CHICAGO (Feb. 2, 2022) – U.S. Soccer has determined the pairings for the First Round of the 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with 32 Open Division teams facing off March 22-23 to kick off the 107th edition of U.S. Soccer's National Championship.
The 32 Open Division teams include 11 local qualifiers, 10 National Premier Soccer League clubs, 10 USL League Two sides and the U.S. Adult Soccer Association’s 2021 National Amateur Cup champion. The teams, which constitute the best amateur sides from across the country, will each battle another Open Division club during one of the opening two days of the single-elimination tournament. As part of a First Round provision that allows avoidance of extensive travel at this stage of the competition, four of the 16 matches are between teams from the same qualifying pool.
The 16 First Round winners will earn the opportunity to face professional clubs in the Second Round, which is scheduled for April 5-7. Twenty-three USL Championship (Division II), 11 USL League One (Division III), two MLS NEXT Pro (Division III) and 10 National Independent Soccer Association (Division III) professional teams await the First Round winners in the only major American team sports competition in which amateurs can earn the chance at meaningful games against professional clubs and players.
The Second Round pairings and possible pairings will be announced the week of February 7.
Home teams for each round are determined by random selection among those who apply to host. Clubs whose venue meets minimum tournament standards are given priority.
ESPN+ will be the home for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2022, with the broadcast schedule to be announced.
2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Competition Schedule
About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
In its 107th edition, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – U.S. Soccer's National Championship – has crowned a champion since 1914 in every year except 2020 and 2021. The history-filled tournament is conducted on a single-game-knockout basis and open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. In 1999, the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.
The 2022 U.S. Open Cup winner will earn $300,000 in prize money, a berth in the 2023 Concacaf Champions League and have its name engraved on the Dewar Challenge Trophy – one of the oldest nationally-contested trophies in American team sports – now on permanent display at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas. The runner-up will earn $100,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will take home a $25,000 cash prize.
Atlanta United FC is the defending Open Cup champion, having earned the club's first tournament title thanks to a 2-1 victory against Minnesota United FC on Aug. 27, 2019, in front of an Open Cup Final record 35,709 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.