The 2015 US Open Cup is just starting, and MLS clubs don't start until the 4th Round. But that's mid-June, with the 5th Round at the end of June Fourth Round Number of Games: 16 Date: June 16-17 Participants: Winners from 15 Third Round games are joined by 17 MLS clubs. Fifth Round Number of Games: 8 Date: June 30-July 1 Fourth Round winners face each other as determined by the Fifth Round Draw. Quarterfinals Date: July 21-22 Semifinals Date: Aug. 11-12 Final Date: Sept. 29 or 30 I don't see Ben throwing out critical starters for the games in June. Both of those are mid-week games and make the whole May/June schedule even more congested than it already is But by the time Quarter- and Semi-Finals roll around, we might still be in the tourney and the stakes start to become higher, and more rewarding (as in the 2016 CCL league). And factoring in the 4 extra CCL league games that will be anytime from mid-August thru mid-October. The biggest potential conflict I see is in mid-August. We already have the following MLS games: Sat, Aug 08 @ Montreal Thr, Aug 13 @ NYCFC Sat, Aug 22 v San Jose If we're still in the Open Cup, we might be able to get the Semi-Final game shifted. But I think we're going to need the scrubs for that first CCL game in August.