The US Soccer Federation has approved a major change to the US Open Cup. A change that will
certainly enhance how the tournament is played in the US.
The competition will feature a Modern Professional Era (1995-present) record 64 teams, including
every US-based professional club in the American soccer pyramid from Major League Soccer (16
teams), the North American Soccer League (6 teams), and USL PRO (10 teams).
A change is coming to the US Open Cup that many of us have been hoping for. According to sources
to theCup.us, the USOC will extend it's bracket out to all 16 US-based Major League Soccer teams
and go to a 64-team bracket.
Over the last few years, the tournament has come under constant criticism for the way MLS teams
enter the tournament.
It sounds like the USSF is tired of people like me and other bloggers beating the dead horse
about the US Open Cup format. The Sporting News' Brian Straus is reporting that the USSF could
propose a new format that does away with the current qualifying round for MLS clubs and it could
see the end of the bidding process.