Previews, ESPN+ links for all 16 games

Orlando City SC players celebrate after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Orlando City SC
Orlando City SC players celebrate after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Orlando City SC

The Fourth Round of the 2022 U.S. Open Cup kicks off this week with 16 games, six on Tuesday and the remaining 10 on Wednesday.

The final two amateur clubs (FC Motown, North Carolina Fusion U-23s) were eliminated in the Third Round, meaning there are no more clubs alive that entered in the First Round. FC Motown became the first club to claim prize money, as they were awarded $25,000 as the Open Division team that advanced the furthest (winning the tiebreaker over North Carolina Fusion).

There are six teams remaining from the third tier: Richmond Kickers, Northern Colorado Hailstorm, South Georgia Tormenta and Union Omaha from USL League One, California United Strikers FC from NISA, and Rochester New York FC from MLS Next Pro. By comparison, only one team below Division 2 remained alive at the same point in the 2019 tournament (and none of them were third tier).

In an odd twist of the draw, only four games feature teams from different leagues: South Georgia Tormenta (USL League One) at Inter Miami CF (MLS), Charlotte FC (MLS) at Richmond Kickers (USL League One), Rochester New York FC (MLS Next Pro) at New York City FC (MLS), and San Antonio FC (USL Championship) at Houston Dynamo (MLS). This means at least three non-MLS clubs are guaranteed to advance to the Round of 16.

All games this round, and the rest of the tournament, will be broadcasted on the ESPN+ subscription service. Additionally, as first announced by USL Director of Content Nicholas Murray, there will be an Open Cup “whip-around” show on ESPN+ for Wednesday’s 10-game slate. This will likely a program in a similar vein to Sky Sport’s “Match of the Day” or, for us hot-blooded Americans, something like the NFL Redzone.

As always, TheCup.us will have reporters at every game and will be providing in-game updates on Twitter (@USOpenCup) and as we have done for more than a decade, the hashtag we recommend is #USOC2022.

Below you will find a brief preview of all 16 of this week’s games with links to each broadcast:

May 10, 2022

Philadelphia Union (MLS) at Orlando City SC (MLS) 
Exploria Stadium; Orlando, FL 
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+

Philadelphia have been one of the more consistently successful MLS teams in the last ten years of the Open Cup. Union has reached the Open Cup Final on three occasions in 2014, 2015 and most recently in 2018. Only once in their previous eight appearances have they been eliminated in their opening game, a 2-1 extra time loss to D.C. United in 2019. Philadelphia faced Orlando City in the 2018 Quarterfinals at home, and won 1-0 on Alejandro Bedoya’s 4th minute goal.

Orlando City started in 2009 in USL-1 as the Austin Aztex, where they reached the Third Round in 2009 & 2010. Success followed them in their move to Orlando, with the peak being a 2013 run to the Quarterfinals, knocking off two MLS clubs (Colorado & Sporting KC) along the way. In 2015 the club moved up to MLS, adding to their resume a pair of Quarterfinal runs (2015 & 2018), and a Semifinal spot in 2019 where they fell to Atlanta United 2-0.

Philadelphia has just one Open Cup road win out of eight games, and that was a 2-1 extra time victory over D.C. United in the Fourth Round in 2012. Eighteen of Philly’s 27 Open Cup games have been against MLS opposition. They hold an 8-5-5 record against their league mates, going 2-3 in penalty shootouts.

Orlando opened their 2022 US Open Cup with a 2-1 win at home over the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the USL Championship in the Third Round. Alexandre Pato and Junior Urso scored second half goals. The Union received a bye into the Fourth Round based on their league results from last season.

Alejandro Bedoya of the Philadelphia Union celebrates his goal against Orlando City in the 2018 US Open Cup Quarterfinals. Photo: Greg Carroccio, Philadelphia Union
Alejandro Bedoya of the Philadelphia Union celebrates his goal against Orlando City in the 2018 US Open Cup Quarterfinals. Photo: Greg Carroccio, Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union (MLS)
9th US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 16-5-6 (3-3 PKs)
Away: 1-3-4 (2-2 PKs)
vs. MLS: 8-5-5 (2-3 PKs)
Best finish: Final (2014, 2015, 2018)

Current Season
5-1-4 19 Pts., 15 GF 8 GA, 1st in MLS Eastern Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Daniel Gazdag, 4
Assists Leader: Kai Wagner, 3
Goalkeeping Leader: Andre Blake, 9 games, 0.67 GAA / 4 clean sheets

 

Last Three Games
4/23 – MLS – 1-1 draw vs. CF Montreal
5/1 – MLS – 1-1 draw at Nashville SC
5/7 – MLS – 2-2 draw at Los Angeles FC

Orlando City SC (MLS)
12th US Open Cup appearance | 6th in MLS
Overall: 18-11-3 (3-0 PKs) | 6-5-3 (3-0 PKs) in MLS
Home: 12-4-1 (1-0 PKs) | 3-3-1 (1-0 PKs) in MLS
vs. MLS: 4-9-2 (2-0 PKs) | 2-3-0 (2-0 PKs) in MLS
Best finish: Semifinals (2019)

Current Season
5-4-2 17 Pts., 13 GF 15 GA, 4th in MLS Eastern Conference

Goal Scoring Leader: Five players tied with 2
Assists Leader: Mauricio Pereyra, 5
Goalkeeping Leader: Pedro Gallese, 10 games, 1.40 GAA / 5 clean sheets

Last Three Games
4/24 – MLS – 0-3 loss vs. New York Red Bulls
4/30 – MLS – 2-1 win vs. Charlotte FC
5/7 – MLS – 1-4 loss at CF Montreal

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New York Red Bulls (MLS) at D.C. United (MLS)
Audi Field; Washington, D.C. 
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+

There was once a time when D.C. United could almost be penciled for a spot in the Semifinals at the start of any Open Cup they entered, but now that time has passed. Nine out of their first 14 Cup appearances from 1996-2013 saw the club finish as a semifinalist of better. Since 2014, United have fallen on hard times in Cup play, failing to advance past their second game in their last six appearances. 

The New York Red Bulls have a bit of a split personality in their Open Cup history. As the MetroStars, the club reached the semifinals four times, making a championship game appearance in 2003 (1-0 loss to Chicago Fire). When the team changed its name to Red Bulls, it went nine years without advancing past a second game, going 3-7-0 in that span. A blip of home came in 2015 with a Quarterfinal appearance, then a trip to the Final in 2017. In the two tournaments after that disappointment returned with early exits each time at the hands of MLS clubs.

Both teams have been rather mediocre against MLS clubs in the Open Cup, with the Red Bulls holding a 8-12-3 (2-1 PKs) record, and D.C. United slightly better at 11-10-3 (0-3 PKs). Going back to 2016, eight of the Red Bulls last eleven Open Cup games have been against MLS clubs, resulting in a 3-4-2 record (1-1 PKs). Meanwhile, D.C. has faced four MLS clubs since 2016 for a 1-2-1 record.

The teams have met twice in past Open Cup play. In 2003, the Red Bulls (as the MetroStars) defeated D.C. 3-2 in the Semifinals, Amado Guevara scoring twice for the Metros. In 2006, D.C. defeated the Red Bulls 3-2 in the Quarterfinals with Jamil Walker scoring the final two goals for the winners.

The Red Bulls reached the Fourth Round with a 2-1 win over Hartford Athletic of the USL Championship. Early goals from Lewis Morgan and Aaron Long was all NYRB needed while out-shooting Hartford 30-4. D.C. United traveled to Rochester in the Third Round and vanquished NISA’s Flower City Union 3-0 through two goals from Ola Kamara and another from Nigel Robertha. Flower City held on to a scoreless draw until the 73rd minute before the D.C. floodgates opened. In somewhat of a surprise move, D.C. fired manager Hernan Losada the next day, leaving Chad Ashton as the interim manager.

The New York Red Bulls celebrate the game-winning goal against FC Cincinnati in the 101st minute in the 2017 US Open Cup Semifinals. Photo: Ryan Meyer | New York Red Bulls
The New York Red Bulls celebrate the game-winning goal against FC Cincinnati in the 101st minute in the 2017 US Open Cup Semifinals. Photo: Ryan Meyer | New York Red Bulls

New York Red Bulls (MLS)
22nd US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 23-20-3 (2-1 PKs)
Away: 12-13-1 (0-1 PKs)
vs. MLS: 8-12-3 (2-1 PKs)
Best finish: Final (2003, 2017)

Current Season
5-3-2 18 Pts., 16 GF 8 GA, 2nd in MLS Eastern Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Lewis Morgan, 4
Assists Leader: Frankie Amaya, Omir Fernandez, Patryk Klimala, 3
Goalkeeping Leader: Carlos Coronel, 10 games, 0.80 GAA / 3 clean sheets

Last Three Games
4/24 – MLS – 3-0 win at Orlando City SC
4/30 – MLS – 2-1 win at Chicago Fire
5/7 – MLS – 1-1 draw vs. Portland Timbers

D.C. United (MLS)
22nd US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 34-14-7
Home: 26-6-4 (1-3 PKs)
vs. MLS: 11-10-3 (0-3 PKs)
Best finish: U.S. Open Cup Champions (1996, 2008, 2013)

Current Season
4-5-0 12 Pts., 12 GF 13 GA, 10th in MLS Eastern Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Taxiarchis Fountas, Ola KAmara, 4
Assists Leader: Julian Gressel, 4
Goalkeeping Leader: Bill Hamid, 7 games, 1.22 GAA / 2 clean sheets

Last Three Games
4/23 – MLS – 3-2 win vs. New England Revolution
4/30 – MLS – 0-3 loss at Columbus Crew
5/7 – MLS – 2-0 win vs. Houston Dynamo

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Louisville City FC (USL-C) at Detroit City FC (USL-C) 
Keyworth Stadium; Hamtramck, MI 
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+

Detroit City’s previous four US Open Cup appearances came as an amateur NPSL club, and during their time as a pro club with NISA, the Open Cup had been canceled. Detroit are 2-1-1 against professional clubs, but that record is 2-0 since they have become a pro club themselves.

Louisville City have been one of the more successful USL Championship teams in recent Open Cup play. Louisville holds a 10-5-2 all-time record in the Cup, although they are just 3-5 in Open Cup games on the road. Their last win away from home came in the 2017 Second Round with a 9-0 win over Open Division Local side Tartan Devils Oak Avalon.

Despite both teams’ relatively short Open Cup histories, Detroit City and Louisville City have met before in the tournament. As a NPSL club, Detroit traveled to Louisville for the Second Round in 2016 and played to a 1-1 extra time draw, with Louisville surviving the penalty shootout 3-1.

In the Third Round, Detroit fell behind the Columbus Crew 1-0 early in the first half, then got goals in the 64th and 88th minutes from Maxi Rodriguez to send the Keyworth Stadium crowd into a frenzy. The performance earned Rodriguez the “Player of the Round” from TheCup.us for Round 3.

Louisville had an even longer wait for victory in their Third Round game. After playing a scoreless 120 minutes with St. Louis CITY 2 of MLS Next Pro, Louisville came out on top in the penalty shootout 9-8, just one round short of each team’s goalkeepers taking a turn at a spot kick.

Players from Louisville City and Detroit City FC battle for the ball in the Third Round of the 2016 US Open Cup. Photo: Alena Shuckmann | Louisville City
Players from Louisville City and Detroit City FC battle for the ball in the Third Round of the 2016 US Open Cup. Photo: Alena Shuckmann | Louisville City

Louisville City FC (USL Championship)
6th US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 10-5-2 (2-0 PKs)
Away: 3-5-0
vs. Division 2: 4-2-0
Best finish: Quarterfinals (2018)

Current Season
7-0-3 24 Pts., 20 GF 4 GA, 1st in USL Championship Eastern Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Wilson Harris, 5
Assists Leader: Wilson Harris, 3
Goalkeeping Leader: Kyle Morton, 10 games, 0.40 GAA / 7 clean sheets

Last Three Games
4/23 – USLC – 1-1 draw at Charleston Battery
4/30 – USLC – 2-0 win vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
5/4 – USLC – 4-0 win at Atlanta United 2

Detroit City FC (USL Championship)
5th US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 2-2-4 (2-2 PKs)
Home: 2-0-2 (1-1 PKs)
vs. Division 2: 0-1-0
Best finish: Fourth Round (2022)

Current Season
5-2-2 17 Pts., 13 GF 7 GA, 3rd in USL Championship Eastern Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Antoine Hoppenot, 3
Assists Leader: Maxi Rodriguez, Rhys Williams, 2
Goalkeeping Leader: Nathan Steinwascher, 9 games, 0.78 GAA / 4 clean sheets

Last Three Games
4/23 – USLC – 2-1 win at Hartford Athletic
4/30 – USLC – 2-0 win vs. NY Red Bulls II
5/7 – USLC – 1-3 loss at FC Tulsa
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South Georgia Tormenta FC (USL-1) at Inter Miami CF (MLS) 
DRV PNK Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, FL 
Kickoff: 8 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+

Prior to 2022, South Georgia’s lone Open Cup game was a 1-0 loss to league mates Greenville Triumph in the 2019 Second Round.

South Georgia wound up playing their Second Round game at the Charleston Battery at 11 a.m. on April 7 after the game was pushed back a day due to inclement weather. In addition there were zero fans in attendance due to stadium damage caused by a previous storm. The Tormenta took advantage of the reduced home field advantage to pull off a 1-0 surprise on the strength of Athur Bosua’s 61st minute goal

In the Third Round, the Tormenta defeated Birmingham Legion 2-0 despite being outshot 20-7. First half goals from Curtis Thorn and Jake Dengler held up for South Georgia

Inter Miami’s Open Cup debut ended with a 1-0 win in the “Miami Classico” over Miami FC of the USL Championship. Leonardo Campana scored the lone goal in the 83rd minute, and Inter will be without defender Damion Lowe, who was sent off after a second yellow in second half stoppage time.

South Georgia Tormenta 2022 US Open Cup
Players from South Georgia Tormenta celebrate during the club’s match against Birmingham Legion FC in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: South Georgia Tormenta FC

South Georgia Tormenta FC (USL League One)
2nd US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 2-1-0
Away: 2-1-0
vs. MLS: 0-0-0
Best finish: Fourth Round (2022)

Current Season
2-1-2, 8 Pts. 4 GF 1 GA, 2nd in USL League One
Goal Scoring Leader: Four players tied with 1
Assists Leader: Four players tied with 1
Goalkeeping Leader: Pablo Jara, 4 games, 0.25 GAA / 3 clean sheets

Last Three Games
4/23 – USL1 – 2-0 win at Greenville Triumph
4/30 – USL1 – 2-0 win at FC Tucson
5/7 – USL1 – 0-0 draw vs. Charlotte Independence

Inter Miami CF (MLS)

1st US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 1-0-0
Home: 0-0-0
vs. Division 3: 0-0-0
Best finish: Fourth Round (2022)

Current Season
3-6-1 10 Pts., 9 GF 19 GA, 13th in MLS Eastern Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Leonardo Campana, 5
Assists Leaders: Leonardo Campana, Ariel Lassiter, DeAndre Yedlin, 2
Goalkeeping Leader: Nick Marsman, 5 games, 1.60 GAA/ 1 clean sheet

Last Three Games
4/24 – MLS – 2-1 win vs. Atlanta United
4/30 – MLS – 0-2 loss at New England Revolution
5/7 – MLS – 0-1 loss at Charlotte FC

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FC Dallas (MLS) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 
Children’s Mercy Park; Kansas City, KS 
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+

The two-time Open Cup champs FC Dallas have quietly built up an impressive resume over their previous 22 appearances. Their 16 Quarterfinal appearances are only second all-time to the 17 held by St. Louis powerhouse Kutis SC. 

In their first 13 Open Cup appearances Kansas City struggled to find success. Their first four attempts from 1996-2000 ended with eliminations after their opening game. Just twice was the club able to make deep runs, a semifinal appearance in 2002, and winning the Open Cup in 2004 with a 1-0 golden goal win over the Chicago Fire. Since changing their name to Sporting Kansas City, Open Cup success became more commonplace. In 2012, 2015 and 2017 Sporting KC won it all, bringing their Open Cup championship total to four.

FC Dallas and Sporting KC have met four times in Open Cup play over the years, all won by Kansas City, with a 16-4 advantage in goals. Sporting’s last 10 Open Cup games have been against MLS clubs, and 14 of their last 16 dating back to 2015.

FC Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City, Open Cup

2018 (SKC 3-2), 2017 (SKC 3-0), 2015 (SKC 6–2), 2004 (SKC 4-0)

FC Dallas got past FC Tulsa 2-1 in the Third Round behind goals from Franco Jara (PK) and Jader Obrian. It is the seventh consecutive tournament FC Dallas has advanced past their opening game.

SKC and FC Dallas played to a 2-2 draw in MLS play on April 30. Jonathan Russell opened the scoring for KC with a penalty kick in the 22nd minute, then Alan Velasco and Jesus Ferreira gava Dallas a 2-1 halftime lead with late first half goals. Daniel Salloi pulled Kansas City level in the 77th minute.

Daniel Salloi of Sporting Kansas City celebrates one of his two goals against FC Dallas in the Fifth Round of the 2018 US Open Cup. Photo: Sporting KC
Daniel Salloi of Sporting Kansas City celebrates one of his two goals against FC Dallas in the Fifth Round of the 2018 US Open Cup. Photo: Sporting KC

FC Dallas (MLS)

23rd US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 36-19-6 (5-1 PKs)

Away: 14-12-2 (2-0 PKs)
vs. MLS: 13-13-3 (2-1 PKs)
Best finish: U.S. Open Cup Champions (1997, 2016)

Current Season
5-1-4 19 Pts., 16 GF 7 GA, 4th in MLS Western Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Jesus Ferreira, 7
Assists Leader: Brandon Servania, Alan Velasco, 3
Goalkeeping Leader: Maarten Paes, 10 games, 0.70 GAA / 4 clean sheets

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/23 – MLS – 2-1 win vs. Houston Dynamo
4/30 – MLS – 2-2 draw at Sporting Kansas City
5/7 – MLS – 2-0 win vs. Seattle Sounders

 

 

 

Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
22nd US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 28-15-6 (4-2 PKs)
Home: 20-7-2 (2-0 PKs)
vs. MLS: 14-10-3 (3-0 PKs)
Best finish: U.S. Open Cup Champions (2004, 2012, 2015, 2017)

 

Current Season
2-6-3 9 Pts., 16 GF 23 GA, 12th in MLS Western Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Johnny Russell, Daniel Salloi, Remi Walter, 2
Assists Leader: Cameron Duke, 2
Goalkeeping Leader: Tim Melia, 11 games, 1.45 GAA / 4 clean sheets

Last Three Games
4/23 – MLS – 0-0 draw vs. Columbus Crew
4/30 – MLS – 2-2 draw vs. FC Dallas
5/7 – MLS – 0-0 draw at New York City FC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Portland Timbers (MLS) at Los Angeles FC (MLS) 
Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, CA 
Kickoff: 10:30 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+

 

 

 

Los Angeles FC has a long way to go to catch up to their inter-city rivals LA Galaxy in Open Cup pedigree, but in their two Open Cup appearances so far they’re off to a good start. Their debut in 2018 saw them reach the Semifinals where they were eliminated by the Houston Dynamo on penalties after a 3-3 draw. In 2019 all three of their opponents were from MLS, and after knocking off Real Salt Lake and the San Jose Earthquakes, LAFC fell to the Portland Timbers 1-0 in the Quarterfinals. Of the eight Open Cup games LAFC has played, six have been at Banc of California Stadium, and they have a 5-1 record there. 

LAFC also has a historical hill to climb to reach the heights set by the Open Cup champions of Los Angeles. Leading the way is Maccabee AC with five Championships (1973, 1975, 1977, 1978 & 1981), tied with Bethlehem Steel for the most Open Cup titles in history. Other LA winners at the Los Angeles Galaxy (2001, 2005), Los Angeles Kickers (1958, 1964), and McIlvaine Canvasbacks (1959)

Portland’s game against LAFC will be the 15th straight Open Cup contest the Timbers have played against an MLS opponent, a streak that stretches back to 2014. The club holds an 8-6 record in the previous 14 games. Their last non-MLS opponent was the Orlando City U-23’s of the PDL (USL League Two) in the 2014 Fourth Round, a 3-0 win for Portland.

The two clubs faced off in the 2018 & 2019 Quarterfinals. In 2018 LAFC won 3-2 on goals from Carlos Vela, Marco Urena and a Timbers own goal. Portland’s goals came from Vytautas Andriuškevičius and Julio Cascante. In 2019 the Timbers avenged that loss with a 1-0 victory on Jeremy Ebobisse’s 84th minute goal.

Portland and LAFC played to a 1-1 draw back on March 6 when Mamdou Fall scored the equalizer for LAFC in 90th minute stoppage time. Yimmi Chara gave Portland an early 1-0 lead in the 18th minute, but the Timbers were forced to play with 10 men for the final 28 minutes when Cladio Bravo received his second yellow card and was sent off.

Los Angeles FC had an easy time in their 5-1 Third Round victory over Orange County SC. Cristian Arango and Danny Musovski each had two goals, and Cal Jennings added another.

The Portland Timbers celebrate after the club's 1-0 win over LAFC in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 US Open Cup. Photo: Twitter @TimbersFC
The Portland Timbers celebrate after the club’s 1-0 win over LAFC in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 US Open Cup. Photo: Twitter @TimbersFC

Portland Timbers (MLS)
16th US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 19-14-1 (0-1 PKs) (12-8-0 in MLS)
Away: 10-8-0 (5-6-0 in MLS)
MLS: 9-10-1 (0-1 PKs) (9-7 in MLS)
Best finish: Semifinals (2019)

 

 

Current Season
2-3-6 12 Pts., 11 GF 16 GA, 10th in MLS Western Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Yimmi Chara, Jaroslaw Niezgoda, 3
Assists Leader: Yimmi Chara, 3
Goalkeeping Leader: Aljaz Ivacic, 10 games, 1.500 GAA / 3 clean sheets

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/23 – MLS – 0-0 draw vs. Real Salt Lake
4/30 – MLS – 0-2 loss at Colorado Rapids
5/7 – MLS  – 1-1 draw at New York Red Bulls

 

 

 

Los Angeles FC (MLS)
3rd US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 6-1-1
Home: 5-1-0
vs. MLS: 3-1-1 (0-1 PKs)
Best finish: Semifinals (2018)

 

 

Current Season
7-1-2 23 Pts., 23 GF 10 GA, 1st in MLS Western Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Carlos Vela, 4
Assists Leader: Jose Cifuentes, Diego Palacios, Carlos Vela, 3
Goalkeeping Leader: MAxime Crepeau, 10 games, 1.00 GAA / 3 clean sheets

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/24 – MLS – 2-1 win at FC Cincinnati
5/1 – MLS – 2-0 win vs. Minnesota United
5/7 – MLS – 2-2- draw vs. Philadelphia Union

 

 

 

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May 11, 2022

Charlotte FC (MLS) at Richmond Kickers (USL-1) 
City Stadium; Richmond, VA
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+

 

 

 

The Kickers have been involved in the Open Cup since 1995, winning that year’s tournament as an amateur club. Their most recent deep run came in 2011 when they knocked off two MLS clubs (Columbus & Kansas City) to reach the semifinals, where they lost to the Chicago Fire 2-1. Over the years Richmiond has jumped between second and third level USL leagues, having spent 2017 & 18 in the USL, then moving down when USL League One was created. 

While Richmond has never had the chance to face Charlotte FC in previous Open Cup tournaments, the Kickers have had six games with teams from North Carolina, and have not had good results with that state’s professional sides. Richmond is 2-4 all-time against teams from the Tar Heel state, and those two wins came against amateur clubs. All three of the four losses came against a professional team, North Carolina FC/Carolina RailHawks in 2007 (0-1, QF), 2009 (1-2, R1) and 2019 (1-4, R3). Richmond also holds a 5-13-1 (0-1 PKs) record against MLS teams, with their last win coming in the 2011 Quarterfinals against Sporting Kansas City. 

Charlotte faced a tough battle in their Open Cup debut in the Third Round, outlasting the Greenville Triumph of USL League One 2-1 in extra time. Christian Ortiz scored the opener just before halftime, and Harrison Afful netted the eventual game-winner in the 106th minute.

Richmond won their Second Round game 1-0 over Northern Virginia FC at home. The lone goal was netted by David Olden, his first goal in over four years while away from the game battling injuries. Their Third Round game against the North Carolina Fusion U-23s of USL League Two nearly went to penalties, but Emiliano Terzaghi scored in the 118th minute to avoid the upset from the amateurs.

Christian Ortiz of Charlotte FC celebrates after scoring a goal against Greenville Triumph in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Charlotte FC
Christian Ortiz of Charlotte FC celebrates after scoring a goal against Greenville Triumph in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Charlotte FC

Charlotte FC (MLS)
1st US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 1-0-0
Away: 0-0-0
vs. Division 3: 0-0-0
Best finish: Fourth Round (2022)

 

Current Season
4-6-1 13 Pts., 10 GF 13 GA, 8th in MLS Eastern Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Karol Swiderski, 4
Assists Leader: Benjamin Bender, 3
Goalkeeping Leader: Kristijan Kahlina, 11 games, 1.18 GAA / 4 clean sheets

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/23 – MLS – 0-0 draw at Colorado Rapids
4/30 – MLS – 1-2 loss at Orlando City SC
5-7 – MLS – 1-0 win vs. Inter Miami CF

 

 

 

Richmond Kickers (USL League One)
22nd US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 33-19-4 (2-2 PKs)
Home: 26-7-1 (1-0 PKs)
vs. MLS: 5-13-1 (0-1 PKs)
Best finish: 1995 US Open Cup champions

 

 

Current Season
2-2-1, 7 Pts. 7 GF 4 GA, 5th in USL League One
Goal Scoring Leader: Emilinano Terzaghi, 3
Assists Leader: Leonardo Baima, 2
Goalkeeping Leader: Akira Fitzgerald, 5 games, 0.80 GAA / 1 clean sheet

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/20 – USOC 3R – 1-0 (AET) win vs. North Carolina Fusion U-23s
4/25 – USL L1 – 2-1 win at Charlotte Independence
5/7 – USL L1 – vs. Forward Madison

 

 

 

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Rochester New York FC (MLSNP) at New York City FC (MLS) 
Belson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Jamaica, NY 
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+

 

 

 

Rochester New York FC, who under the name Rochester Raging Rhinos remain the only non-MLS club to win the US Open Cup since 1996, had been on hiatus since 2018 due to financial difficulties, finally returning to play this season in MLS Next Pro. Rochester are the only independent club in the league, and if they remain so they’ll stay eligible to enter future Open Cup tournaments. In their 23 Open Cup appearances, RNYFC has played a remarkable 46 of their 64 Open Cup games at home, where they hold a 34-8-4 record. The club’s 40 Modern Era Open Cup wins ranks only second behind the Chicago Fire with 42. The last 16 times Rochester had played in the Open Cup, they have advanced to face an MLS club, a streak that runs back to 2002.

In their previous life Rochester was always an upset threat to MLS clubs, holding a respectable 7-6-2 (1-1 PKs) record from 1996-2005. Since then Rochester has managed just one outright win in 14 games against MLS opposition, advancing one other time on penalties. Their last win against an MLS team came in 2014 with a Fourth Round home win against defending champion D.C. United in a game that featured multiple delays.

NYCFC’s short Open Cup history has only seen one successful run, a trip to the Quarterfinals in 2019. Their previous four appearances all ended after one game to a pair of NYC clubs. In 1015 & 2016 they were upset by the NASL’s New York Cosmos, and in 2017 & 2018 the New York Red Bulls sent them packing.

Rochester has opened their 2022 tournament against a pair of amateur clubs. First up was a 1-0 win over Lansdowne Yonkers in the Second Round. Girban Rayo’s goal in first half stoppage time was enough for Rochester to see off the amateurs. Their Third Round game against FC Motown was a bit more difficult and dramatic. By the end of the second half Rochester found themselves playing with nine men after Lamar Batista and Pedro Dolabella received second half red cards. FC Motown then tied the game in stoppage time, but Rochester survived the two-man advantage for 35 minutes to win the penalty shootout after finishing 2-2 over 120 minutes.

Rochester New York FC celebrate after advancing 4-3 in penalty kicks (2-2 draw) against FC Motown in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Rochehster NY FC
Rochester New York FC celebrate after advancing 4-3 in penalty kicks (2-2 draw) against FC Motown in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Rochehster NY FC

Rochester New York FC (MLS Next Pro)
23rd US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 40-18-6 (3-3 PKs)
Away: 4-10-2 (1-1 PKs)
vs. MLS: 8-16-5 (2-3 PKs)
Best finish: Champions (1999)

Current Season
1-3-1 5 Pts., 5 GF 9 GA, 8th in MLS Next Pro Eastern Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Wilterlynd Inalien, 2
Assists Leader: Four players tied with 1
Goalkeeping Leader: Caique, 5 games, 1.80 GAA / 1 clean sheet

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/20 – USOC 3R – 2-2 (AET/4-3 PKs) draw vs. FC Motown
4/23 – MLS NP – 2-3 loss vs. New York City FC II
5/8 – MLS NP – 2-1 win at FC Cincinnati 2

 

 

 

New York City FC (MLS)
6th US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 2-3-2 (0-2 PKs)
Home: 1-1-0
vs. Division 2: 1-1-1 (0-1 PKs)
Best finish: Quarterfinals (2019)

 

 

Current Season
4-3-2 14 Pts., 19 GF 10 GA, 6th in MLS Eastern Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Valentin Castellanos, 5
Assists Leader: Talles Magno, 5
Goalkeeping Leader: Sean Johnson, 9 games, 1.11 GAA / 4 clean sheets

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/24 – MLS – 5-4 win vs. Toronto FC
5/1 – MLS – 3-0 win vs. San Jose Earthquakes
5/7 – MLS – 0-0 draw vs. Sporting Kansas City

 

 

 

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FC Cincinnati (MLS) at New England Revolution (MLS) 
Gillette Stadium: Foxborough, MA 
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+

 

 

 

Cincinnati’s Open Cup history actually goes all the way back to the 1931 tournament, when teams from the Queen City began entering the Ohio district’s qualifying rounds. The teams didn’t find much success and by the end of the 1930’s the city went dormant in Open Cup play until the early 1970’s. 

FC Cincinnati of course had their famous Open Cup run in 2017 as a USL club, reaching the semifinals and drawing crowds over 30K to three of the games they hosted that year. The game that put them on center stage was their epic Fifth Round contest with the Chicago Fire, which was televised live on ESPN. After a 0-0 draw Cincinnati advanced on penalty kicks, and went on to push the New York Red Bulls to extra time before losing 3-2 in the semifinals.

This will be the first Open Cup game for the Revs at Gillette Stadium since their 3-1 win over the Chicago Fire in the 2016 Semifinals. Overall New England have only played one other of their 21 Open Cup home games at Gillette Stadium, a 2-1 win over the Harrisburg City Islanders in the 2007 Quarterfinals. Their first five Open Cup games in 2000 & 2001 were at the old Foxboro Stadium. The Revs other home Open Cup games have been played in Boston, Ludlow MA, Providence, RI, New Britain, CT.

FC Cincinnati needed 120 minutes for their 2-0 Third Round win over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Alvaro Barreal scored twice in the first ten minutes of extra time to give Cincinnati the edge they needed to advance.

FC Cincinnati Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2022 US Open Cup Luciano Acosta
Luciano Acosta of FC Cincinnati dribbles against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: FC Cincinnati
4/19/2022
Photographer:Brett Hansbauer/4th Floor Creative

FC Cincinnati (MLS)
5th US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 9-3-2 (2-1 in Major League Soccer)
Away: 2-2-0 (0-1 in Major League Soccer)
vs. MLS: 1-1-2 (1-1 PKs) (0-0 in Major League Soccer)
Best finish: Semifinals (2017)

 

Current Season
5-5-1 16 Pts., 14 GF 17 GA, 5th in MLS Eastern Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Brandon Vasquez, 6
Assists Leader: Luciano Acosta, 3
Goalkeeping Leader: Alec Kann, 7 games, 2.00 GAA / 1 clean sheet

Last Three Games
4/30 – MLS – 2-1 win at Toronto FC
5/4 – MLS – 0-2 loss at FC Cincinnati
5/7 – MLS – 1-0 win vs. Minnesota United

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New England Revolution (MLS)
19th US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 20-15-5 (3-2 PKs)
Home: 13-5-3 (2-1 PKs)
vs. MLS: 7-10-1 (1-0 PKs)
Best finish: U.S. Open Cup Champion (2007)

 

Current Season
3-5-2 11 Pts., 16 GF 18 GA, 11th in MLS Eastern Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Adam Buksa, 4
Assists Leader: Carles Gil, 5
Goalkeeping Leader: Earl Edwards Jr., 4 games, 2.00 GAA / 1 clean sheet
Brad Knighton, 4 games, 2.00 GAA / 0 gclean sheets

 

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/23 – MLS – 2-3 loss at D.C. United
4/30 – MLS – 2-0 win vs. Inter Miami CF
5/7 – MLS – 2-2 draw vs. Columbus Crew

 

 

 

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Atlanta United FC (MLS) at Nashville SC (MLS) 
GEODIS Park; Nashville, TN
Kickoff: 8 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+

 

 

 

In a way this will be Nashville SC’s re-debut in the Open Cup, as it will be their first game in the tournament as a MLS club after their previous two appearances came as a USL team. Five of their six previous Open Cup games were home affairs for Nashville, but this will be the first in their very own stadium. All three home games in 2018 were at Vanderbilt in Nashville, and their two in 2019 were at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, TN. Nashville holds a 4-0-1 record at home 

Atlanta’s first prominent team in the Open Cup was Datagraphic in the early 1980’s. Datagraphic reached the Quarterfinals in 1979, and then the Semifinals in 1981. The club also won the 1979 National Amateur Cup.

After the previous two Open Cup tournaments had been canceled due to COVID-19, Atlanta United was able to begin defense of their 2019 Championship. The Five Stripes  had no trouble with Chattanooga FC in the Third Round, cruising to a 6-0 victory. Dom Dwyer scored twice, with Ronald Hernandez, Marcelino Moreno, Luis Araujo and Brooks Lennon adding to the score for the defending Open Cup Champions.

The clubs have yet to meet in MLS play this season, with their first game coming ten days after their Open Cup contest, once again in Nashville.

Atlanta United forward Luiz Araújo dribbles the ball during the match against Chattanooga FC in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Kyle Hess | Atlanta United
Atlanta United forward Luiz Araújo dribbles the ball during the match against Chattanooga FC in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Kyle Hess | Atlanta United

Atlanta United (MLS)
4th US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 8-2-0
Away: 2-1-0
vs. MLS: 3-1-0
Best finish: U.S. Open Cup Champions (2019)

 

 

 

 

Current Season
4-4-2 14 Pts., 15 GF 14 GA, 7th in MLS Eastern Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Ronaldo Cisneros, 4
Assists Leader: Marcelino Moreno, 3
Goalkeeping Leader: Brad Guzan, 7 games, 1.32 GAA / 1 clean sheet

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/24 – MLS – 1-2 loss at Inter Miami CF
4/30 – MLS – 1-2 loss at CF Montreal
5/7 – MLS – 4-1 win vs. Chicago FIre

 

 

 

Nashville FC (Major League Soccer)
3rd US Open Cup appearance (1st in MLS)
Overall: 4-1-1 (0-1 PKs)
Away: 4-0-1 (0-1 PKs)
vs. MLS: 1-0-0
Best finish: Fifth Round (2018)

 

Current Season
4-3-3 15 Pts., 11 GF 10 GA, 6th in MLS Western Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: CJ Sapong, 3
Assists Leader: Hany Mukhtar, 4
Goalkeeping Leader: Joe Willis, 10 games, 1.00 GAA / 3 clean sheets

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/23 – MLS – 0-1 loss at Los Angeles Galaxy
5/1 – MLS – 1-1 draw vs. Philadelphia Union
5/8 – MLS – 2-0 win vs. Real Salt Lake

 

 

 

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Colorado Rapids (MLS) at Minnesota United FC (MLS) 
Allianz Field; St. Paul, MN 
Kickoff: 8 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+

 

 

 

The Colorado Rapids are the worst MLS team as far as the Open Cup goes. Only once in their previous 17 appearances they have advanced past a second game, that came in 1999 when they reached the Final. The Rapids lost to the Rochester Raging Rhinos 2-0, the only non-MLS club to win the Open Cup since 1996. Their record against MLS teams in the Open Cup is just 4-8-0, with the last win coming in the 2006 Fourth Round over Real Salt Lake. Since then the Rapids are 0-5 vs. MLS. Their record on the road isn’t much better, 5-16-0 with their last road win coming versus the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the 2012 Third Round.

The state of Minnesota’s first entry in the Open Cup game in the 1958 tournament, when the Minneapolis Tigers were the only entry from the state. The Tigers lost to Milwaukee’s Serbian SC 2-1 in extra time, and in the following years the Minnesota entry would play the Wisconsin winner, but failed each time to get past their neighbors to the East.

Minnesota United didn’t have much Open Cup success either in the NASL (2010-2016) or MLS, only advancing past a second game just once in 2012. In 2019 the club finally broke through, making their way to the Final where they lost to Atlanta United 2-1. As an MLS club the Loons are 3-0-0 at home, but hold just a 3-3-0 record against MLS teams.

Minnesota took the first step in returning to the Final with a 2-0 win over Forward Madison in the Third Round. Adrien Honou and Brent Kallman scored in the second half.

Colorado and Minnesota met earlier this season at St. Paul, MN in MLS play on April 16 with Minnesota coming out 3-1 winners. Bakaye Dibassy, Robin Lod and Abu Danladi scored for Minnesota, with Diego Rubio getting the lone marker for Colorado.

Bongokuhle Hlongwane of Minnesota United battles for the ball in the club's match against Forward Madison in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Minnesota United
Bongokuhle Hlongwane of Minnesota United battles for the ball in the club’s match against Forward Madison in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Minnesota United

Colorado Rapids (MLS)
18th US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 13-18-1 (0-1 PKs)
Away: 5-16-0
vs. MLS: 4-8-0
Best finish: Final (1999)

 

Current Season
3-4-3 12 Pts., 11 GF 12 GA, 9th in MLS Western Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Diego Rubio, 5
Assists Leader: Michael Barrios, 4
Goalkeeping Leader: Will Yagbrough, 10 games, 1.20 GAA / 4 clean sheets

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/23 – MLS – 0-0 draw vs. Charlotte FC
4/30 – MLS – 2-0 win vs. Portland Timbers
5/7 – MLS – 0-1 loss at San Jose Earthquakes

 

 

 

Minnesota United (MLS)
11th US Open Cup appearance | 4th in Major League Soccer
Overall: 10-8-2 (1-1 PKS) | 5-3-1 (1-0 PKs) in Major League Soccer
Home: 4-3-0 | 3-0-0 in Major League Soccer
vs. MLS: 4-6-0 | 3-3-0 in Major League Soccer
Best finish: Final (2019)

 

 

Current Season
4-4-2 14 Pts., 11 GF 9 GA, 7th in MLS Western Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Robin Lod, 3
Assists Leader: Emanuel Renesto, 4
Goalkeeping Leader: Dayne St, Clair, 8 games, 0.66 GAA / 3 clean sheets

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/23 – MLS – 3-0 win vs. Chicago Fire
5/1 – MLS – 0-2 loss at Los Angeles FC
5/7 – MLS – 0-1 loss vs. FC Cincinnati

 

 

 

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Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC (USL-1) at Union Omaha (USL-1) 
Caniglia Field (Univ. of Nebraska at Omaha); Omaha, NE 
Kickoff: 8 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+

 

 

 

Northern Colorado had the odd distinction of their debut Open Cup match also being their first ever match as a club. Despite being outshot 25-9 by the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, the Hailstorm pulled off the 1-0 upset in extra time on Jerry Desdunes’ goal in the 96th minute.

In the Third Round, Robert Cornwall made the most of his teams’ one shot on goal, netting the game winner in the 70th minute to upset Real Salt Lake.

Union Omaha had to go a long longer to pull off the upset in their Third Round match with the Chicago Fire. Noe Meza scored the tying goal midway through the second half, and in extra time Alex Touche sent the game to penalties with a 120th minute stoppage time goal . Rashid Nuhu saved Chicago’s Final penalty to give Omaha the upset.

While they await the completion of their new stadium, Northern Colorado will not play its first home game in USL League One until June 8 when it hosts North Carolina FC

The Hailstorm and Union have not faced each other in USL League One yet, but the club will meet twice before the end of the month on May 11 & 28, both at Omaha.

Robert Cornwall of Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal against Real Salt Lake in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Ashley Potts | Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC
Robert Cornwall of Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal against Real Salt Lake in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Ashley Potts | Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC

Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC (USL League One)

1st US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 2-0-0
Away: 2-0-0
vs. Division 3: 0-0-0
Best finish: Fourth Round (2002)

Current Season
1-2-1 4 Pts., 5 GF 8 GA, 10th in USL League One
Goal Scoring Leader: Irvin Parra, 2
Assists Leader: Four players tied with 1
Goalkeeping Leader: Thomas Olden, 3 games, 2.33 GAA / 0 clean sheets

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/20 – USOC 3R – 1-0 win at Real Salt Lake
4/30 – USL L1 – 2-1 win at North Carolina FC
5/7 – USL L1 – 1-4 loss at Chattanooga Red Wolves

 

 

 

Union Omaha (USL League One)
1st US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 2-0-0
Home: 1-0-0
vs. Division 3: 0-0-0
Best finish: Fourth Round (2002)

 

Current Season
1-1-2 5 Pts., 6 GF 4 GA, 8th in USL League One
Goal Scoring Leader: Hugo Kametani, John Scearce, 2
Assists Leader: Noe Meza, 2
Goalkeeping Leader: Rashid Nuhu, 3 games, 0.67 GAA / 2 clean sheets

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/19 – USOC 3R – 2-2 (AET/5-4 PKs) draw at Chicago Fire
4/23 – USL L1 – 3-0 win vs. Central Valley Fuego
4/30 – USL L1 – 2-1 loss at Charlotte Independence

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Union Omaha celebrate after eliminating the Chicago Fire 5-4 in penalty kicks (after a 2-2 draw) in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup at Soldier Field. Photo: Union Omaha

 

 

 

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San Antonio FC (USL-C) at Houston Dynamo (MLS) 
PNC Stadium; Houston, TX 
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+

 

 

 

Houston has quite a remarkable home field record in the Open Cup, having played 21 of their 31 cup games at home. 14 of their last 17 Cup games have been at PNC Stadium, including the last 9 games. Their entire championship run (5 games) in 2018 was played at PNC. The Dynamo are 5-2-1 (0-1 PKs) against division 2 clubs in the Open Cup, and their last loss to a team from that level came in the 2012 Third Round when the NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions upset them 1-0 at San Antonio.

San Antonio have made decent runs in their short Open Cup history, twice going three rounds deep in 2016 and 2018. In those years their tournament ended at the hands of MLS teams. In ‘16 they dropped a 4-0 decision to Houston, and in ‘18 FC Dallas stopped their run 1-0. The 2016 game is the only time the two clubs have met in Open Cup play.

Both clubs had to fight to the very end in their Third Round games. Houston needed a stoppage-time winner from Samuel Janqua to get past the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros 2-1. Each team gifted the other with own goals earlier in the game. San Antonio upset Austin FC 2-1 in extra time at home on goals from Elliot Collier and Carter Manley, but the hero was goalkeeper Jordan Farr. Through the 120 minutes, Farr made seven saves off 28 shots, including stopping a scramble right in front of the goal just before the final whistle.

San Antonio FC goalkeeper Jordan Farr punches the ball away in his club's match against Austin FC in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: San Antonio FC
San Antonio FC goalkeeper Jordan Farr punches the ball away in his club’s match against Austin FC in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Farr finished a close second in TheCup.us Player of the Round voting in Round 3. Photo: San Antonio FC

San Antonio FC (USL Championship)
5th US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 7-3-2 (1-1 PKs)
Away: 3-2-1 (0-1 PKs)
vs. MLS: 0-2-0
Best finish: Fourth Round (2016, 2018, 2022)

Current Season
7-2-0  21 Pts., 14 GF 7 GA, 2nd in USL Championship Western Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Elliot Collier, 4
Assists Leader: Connor Maloney, 3
Goalkeeping Leader: Jordan Farr, 6 games, 0.83 GAA / 4 clean sheets

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/23 – USLC – 1-0 win at New Mexico United
4/30 – USLC – 6-0 win vs. Monterey Bay FC
5/7 – USLC – 0-3 loss at Phoenix Rising FC

 

 

 

Houston Dynamo (MLS)
14th US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 18-11-2 (1-1 PKs)
Home: 15-5-1 (1-0 PKs)
vs. Division 2: 6-2-1 (0-1 PKs)
Best finish: U.S. Open Cup Champions (2018)

 

 

Current Season
3-4-3 12 Pts., 12 GF 13 GA, 8th in MLS Western Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Sebastian Ferreira, Darwin Quintero, 4
Assists Leader: Adam Lundqvist, 3
Goalkeeping Leader: Steve Clark, 10 games, 1.30 GAA / 2 clean sheets

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/23 – MLS – 1-2 loss at FC Dallas
4/30 – MLS – 1-2 loss vs. Austin FC
5/7 – MLS – 0-2 loss at D.C. United

 

 

 

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San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) at Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) 
Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, WA 
Kickoff: 10 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+

 

 

 

The Earthquakes are on a four game home Open Cup winning streak that goes back to 2017. The club has had limited success in their 16 previous Cup appearances, having reached the Quarterfinals nine times but only advancing to the Semifinals twice (2004 & 2017). The ‘Quakes are just 2-9-4()0-4 PKs) against MLS competition, with their last win coming against Seattle in the 2017 Fifth Round.

As a USL club Seattle made Semifinal runs in 2007 & 2008, but once they moved to MLS in 2009 they cemented themselves as one of the great Open Cup teams of all time. The Sounders reached the Final four straight times from 2009-2012, winning the first three, becoming just the fourth team to win three consecutive Open Cup championships. The others are Fall River Marksmen (1929-1931), Stix, Baer & Fuller (1933-1935) and NY Greek American AA (1967-1969). 

Seattle won a fourth title in 2014, adding themselves to another select list of teams to officially win that many, joining the Chicago Fire (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006), Fall River Marksmen (1927, 1929-1931), Greek American AA (1967-1969, 1974), Ukrainian Nationals (1960, 1961, 1963, 1966), and Sporting Kansas City (2004, 2012, 2015, 2017).

Seattle has the unique situation of having a regular Open Cup venue outside of their normal league venue. Over the years the Sounders have played 22 of their 34 home Open Cup games at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington, reserving the larger Lumen Field for home games in the later rounds. From 2005-2014 the Sounders won 19 straight Open Cup games at Starfire, and have an over record of 20-1-1 with one in via PKs.

San Jose rolled over Bay Cities FC of NISA 5-0 in the Third Round, with Jack Skahan, Paul Marie, Cade Cowell, Niko Tskarias and Ousseni Bousa scoring.

Paul Marie of the San Jose Earthquakes celebrates after scoring a goal against Bay Cities FC in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Photos by Benny Blanco | @Bennyy_Blanco
Paul Marie of the San Jose Earthquakes celebrates after scoring a goal against Bay Cities FC in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Photos by Benny Blanco | @Bennyy_Blanco

San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
17th US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 16-12-7 (3-4 PKs)
Away: 7-7-4 (2-2 PKs)
vs. MLS: 2-9-4 (0-4 PKs)
Best finish: Semifinals (2004, 2017)

Current Season
2-5-3 9 PTs., 16 GF 23 GA, 11th in MLS Western Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Jeremy Ebobisse, 5
Assists Leader: Jan Gregus, 5
Goalkeeping Leader: JT Marcinkowski, 10 games, 2.30 GAA / 1 clean sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/23 – MLS – 3-4 loss vs. Seattle Sounders
5/1 – MLS – 0-3 loss at New York City FC
5/7 – MLS – 1-0 win vs. Colorado Rapids

 

 

 

Seattle Sounders (MLS)
24th US Open Cup appearance (12th in MLS)
Overall: 38-17-6 (4-2 PKs) | 21-6-4 (3-1 PKs in MLS
Home: 28-4-2 (2-0 PKs) | 17-2-1 (1-0 PKs)
vs. MLS: 19-11-3 (2-1 PKs) | 15-4-2 (1-1) in MLS
Best finish: U.S. Open Cup Champion (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014)

 

Current Season
2-5-1 7 Pts., 9 GF 13 GA, 13th in MLS Western Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Jordan Morris, 2
Assists Leader: Nicolas Lodeiro, 3
Goalkeeping Leader: Stefan Frei, 5 games, 1.80 GAA / 0 clean sheets

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/23 – MLS – 3-4 loss at San Jose Earthquakes
5/4 – CONCACAF CL – 3-0 win vs. UNAM Pumas
5/7 – MLS – 0-2 loss at FC Dallas

 

 

 

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Phoenix Rising FC (USL-C) at Sacramento Republic FC (USL-C) 
Heart Health Park; Sacramento, CA 
Kickoff: 10:30 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+

 

 

 

Phoenix Rising has struggled in its six Open Cup appearances, holding a 6-4-2 (0-2 PKs), and are 2-2-1 (0-1 PKs) against teams from their own level.

Sacramento is nearly unbeaten at home in the Open Cup, carrying a 14-1-0 record with an active 9 game home winning streak dating back to 2017, the longest current streak of its kind. Sacramento are also 4-0 against competition from their own level.

Sacramento has gone as deep as the fifth round on two occasions, in 2017 & 2018. Each time they knocked off MLS opposition, 3-1 over Real Salt Lake in ‘17, and a 2-1 extra time win over Seattle in 2018.

Sacramento had no trouble beating the Portland Timbers U-23s 6-0 in the Second Round. Sacramento held a 6-0 lead at halftime and eased up in the second half so as not to run up the score on the youngsters. Their Third Round game against Central Valley Fuego was a bit more challenging. Despite being outshot 23-7, the Fuego held on to a 1-1 tie for most of the game. Sacramento was awarded a penalty in the 5th minute of stoppage time, which Rodrigo Lopez converted to give Republic a 2-1 win.

Phoenix had a hard time with Valley United FC (NISA) in the Second Round. Claudio Repetto broke the scoreless draw after 115 minutes to give Phoenix a 1-0 win. Phoenix’s Third Round win over New Mexico United came late. New Mexico gifted Phoenix an early lead with an own goal, then tied the game midway through the second half. Greg Hurst won the game for Phoenix with an 81st minute goal.

The teams are even in USL Championship play since 2014 at 6 wins 6 losses and 7 draws. Phoenix has not lost to Sacramento since a 3-1 defeat on May 19, 2018 and holds a 4-0-4 record in the series since then. The clubs have managed to avoid each other in Open Cup play until this year.

Players from Phoenix Rising FC and New Mexico United battle for the ball in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Eryn Nicholson | Phoenix Rising FC
Players from Phoenix Rising FC and New Mexico United battle for the ball in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Eryn Nicholson | Phoenix Rising FC

 

Phoenix Rising FC (USL Championship)
7th US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 6-4-2 (0-2 PKs)
Away: 3-0-1 (0-1 PKs)
vs. Division 2: 0-1-1 (0-1 PKs)
Best finish: Fourth Round (2014, 2022)

Current Season
6-3-0, 18 Pts., 18 GF 12 GA, 4th in USL Championship Western Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Greg Hurst, Luis Seijas, 4
Assists Leader: Aodhan Quinn, 3
Goalkeeping Leader: Benjamin Lundt, 9 games, 1.33 GAA / 3 clean sheets

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/23 – USLC – 2-1 win vs. Miami FC
5/1 – USLC – 0-3 loss at Los Angeles Galaxy II
5/7 – USLC – 3-0 win vs. San Antonio FC

 

 

 

Sacramento Republic FC (USL Championship)
7th US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 15-5-1 (0-1 PKs)
Home: 14-1-0
vs. Division 2: 4-0-0
Best finish: Fifth Round (2017, 2018)

Current Season
4-2-3, 15 Pts., 11 GF 9 GA, 5th in USL Championship Western Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Douglas Martinez, Rodrigo Lopez, 2
Assists Leader: Douglas Martinez, 2
Goalkeeping Leader: Daniel Vitiello, 6 games, 1.00 GAA / 1 clean sheet

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/30 – USLC – 1-1 draw vs. Las Vegas Lights
5/4 – USLC – 0-0 draw vs. New Mexico United
5/8 –  USLC – 1-0 win at New York Red Bulls II

 

 

Sacramento Republic Portland Timbers U-23s 2022 US Open Cup
Players from Sacramento Republic celebrate during the club’s game against Portland Timbers U-23s in the Second Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: John Jacobs

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LA Galaxy (MLS) at California United Strikers FC (NISA) 
Orange County Great Park (Championship Stadium); Irvine, CA 
Kickoff: 10:30 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN+

 

 

 

It’s been 16 years since the Galaxy’s back to back Finals appearances, and since then they’ve struggled to find consistent success. 2007 through 2014 saw a string of tournaments the Galaxy did not qualify for or were eliminated after just two games.2015 saw a return to the Quarterfinals followed by a Semifinal (2016) and another Quarterfinal (2017). The last two tournaments the Galaxy were stopped by the Portland Timbers each time.

Ther Galaxy have struggles on the road in Open Cup play, holding a 9-14-1 (1-0 PKs) record. Five of those losses are to njon-MLS clubs, the last coming in the 2014 Fifth Round to the Carolina RailHawks (now North Carolina FC).

California United Strikers FC made their Open Cup debut in the Second Round with a resounding 5-0 win over San Fernando Valley FC of the UPSL. The star of the show was 15-year old Marcus Lee, who scored the opening goal in the 4th minute and assisted on another. 

Lee has his very own supporters group from the high school he attends, and is believed to be the youngest player ever to score an Open Cup goal.

California United won their Third Round game over FC Tucson in dramatic fashion. Down 1-0 for most of the game, Omar Nuno tied the score in the 71st minute, and on his debut for the club, Ryotaro Kawashima won the game in stoppage time.

The Galaxy welcomed former club legend and San Diego Loyal manager Landon Donovan to Dignity Health Sports Park in the Third Round, and came away 1-0 winners. Kevin Cabral scored the lone goal of the game.

Omar Nuno of California United Strikers scores a goal against FC Tucson in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Cal United Strikers
Omar Nuno of California United Strikers scores a goal against FC Tucson in the Third Round of the 2022 US Open Cup. Photo: Cal United Strikers

Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
17th US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 33-17-1 (1-0mPKs)
Away: 9-14-1 (1-0 Pks)
vs. Division 3: 2-1-0
Best finish: U.S. Open Cup Champions (2001, 2005)

 

 

Current Season
6-3-1 10 Pts., 11 GF 7 GA, 3rd in MLS Western Conference
Goal Scoring Leader: Chicharito, 5
Assists Leader: Raheem Edwards, 5
Goalkeeping Leader: Jonathan Bond, 10 games, 0.70 GAA / 5 clean sheets

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/23 – MLS – 1-0 win vs. Nashville SC
4/30 – MLS – 0-1 loss at Real Salt Lake
5/8 – 1-0 win at Austin FC

 

 

 

California United Strikers FC (NISA)
1st US Open Cup appearance
Overall: 2-0-0
Home: 1-0-0
vs. MLS: 0-0-0
Best finish: Fourth Round (2022)

Current Season
4-2-0 14 Pts., 9 GF 4 GA, 1st in NISA West Division
Goal Scoring Leader: Omar Nuno, 3
Assists Leader: Felipe Liborio Jr., 2
Goalkeeping Leader: Jean Gamain Antoine, 3 games, 0.00 GAA / 3 clean sheets

 

 

 

 

Last Three Games
4/23 – NISA – 4-3 win vs. Bay Cities FC
5/1 – NISA – 1-0 win at AC Syracuse Pulse
5/4 – NISA – 2-1 win at Flower City Union

 

 

 

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