The National Challenge Cup was born in 1913 and crowned its first champion in 1914 (Brooklyn Field Club) and since then is the second-oldest continually operating soccer tournament in the world.
Lamar Hunt US Open Cup
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You wouldn’t think there would be a question like this, but what exactly has the official title of the tournament, currently known as the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, been over the years?
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The United States Soccer Federation has announced sweeping changes to the 99th edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, many of which confirm reports by TheCup.us. The competition will feature a record 64 teams, including every US-based professional club in the American soccer pyramid and an elimination of the home game bidding process for the majority of the tournament.
Just a few days after publishing the article explaining the US Soccer Federation’s process of determining home games for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, TheCup.us has learned there is a possibility that the system will change next year.
Why have the Sounders and the Fire hosted so many of their Open Cup matches? It isn’t by luck, or by seeding, but rather it’s determined, largely, by which team writes the bigger check.
The US Open Cup debuted in 1913, and since then has had different names and a variety of formats, but it has remained the national championship for the sport of soccer in the United States for more than a century.
UPDATED THROUGH 2019 FINAL The legendary Adelino “Billy” Gonsalves (pictured left) has scored more goals than any player in the history of the US Open Cup. Although, it is worth noting that many of the championships prior to 1968 were played over two and sometimes three legs. It might be a while before any modern […]
TheCup.us will now refer to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, MLS Cup, MLS Supporters’ Shield, and CONCACAF Champions League as the ‘US Soccer Majors.’ It’s an effort to raise the profile of all the championships that teams in the U.S. play for, similar to the sports of golf and tennis.