2020 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup [R]

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  1. NFLPatriot

    NFLPatriot Member+

    Jun 25, 2002
    Foxboro, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    US Soccer announces restructured schedule, format for 2020 US Open Cup
    December 12, 2019
    3:04PM EST
    Charles Boehm

    Highlights:
    1. starts earlier (round 1 is March 24th)
    2. Bottom 11 MLS clubs from 2019 to enter in round 3 (including MIA and NSH)
    3. Top 12 (including Revs) enter in round 4
    4. Minimum of 2 weeks between rounds

    Not new, but MLS-owned clubs are not eligible, so Revs II will not be entered in this Cup.
     
  2. propnut27

    propnut27 Member

    Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur
    Germany
    Mar 15, 2009
    Naples Fl.
    Club:
    --other--
    If ANY club is excluded then it really ISN'T the OPEN Cup any longer, is it?
     
  3. MrSangster

    MrSangster Member

    Feb 16, 1999
    Duxbury,MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I prefer to consider it as the semi-open cup as opposed the semi-closed cup...
     
  4. Doublecard

    Doublecard Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    But is the cup half-full, though?
     
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  5. propnut27

    propnut27 Member

    Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur
    Germany
    Mar 15, 2009
    Naples Fl.
    Club:
    --other--
    What it really does is make it less than it was, which was already not very much. It was already an afterthought and a pain-in-the-ass for MLS clubs. Too much of a chance to embarrass themselves, with no real upside. Can you remember the Mid Michigan Bucks, or Joe Public? I do. I'd like to see the Cup tournament to survive and prosper. This ain't the way to do it. It was already half-assed. This format makes it quarter-assed. USSF is a herd with far more horses asses than there are horses.
     
  6. Revs in 2010

    Revs in 2010 Member+

    Feb 29, 2000
    Dedham, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I totally agree with your point about the US Open Cup, and would argue that it's now more like 16th assed or 32-assed, but I do want to point out that the Joe Public embarrassment had nothing to do with the US Open Cup.:eek::D
     
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  7. Nacional Tijuana

    Nacional Tijuana BigSoccer Supporter

    May 6, 2003
    San Diego, Calif.
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  8. ToMhIlL

    ToMhIlL Member+

    Feb 18, 1999
    Boxborough, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    With 23 US MLS teams, you can't exactly have them start with the round of 32, can you? If they start at 64, that means the finalists would have played 6 games. So it seems like a decent compromise to seed the top 16 (US) MLS teams and have the others play in.

    I've said this before, but during World Cup and Copa America years when the MLS schedule lightens up they should have the USOC on every weekend. This way they can get through a few rounds quickly, have larger crowds than they would on a Wednesday, allow for away fans to travel, and with no league games, MLS clubs will at least play a close to full strength team. If you need your Internationals in order to beat the Central Jersey Riptide, you've got bigger problems than that. If at all possible, the lower seed should host, since it is, in fact a big deal for an MLS club to come to town, as opposed to the Revs hosting the some team no one has ever heard of in Gillette with 66,000 empty seats.
     
  9. tsb11

    tsb11 Member

    United States
    May 31, 2018
    I hear what you're saying about atmosphere.

    Conversely though, the visiting team gets a cut of the gate (at least that's how it works in cup comps abroad), and failing to fill Gilette probably offers a more attractive financial outcome than filling the local HS stand (a la the 2018 debacle against Louisville)
     

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