CHICAGO (Aug. 9, 2023) – An agreement between U.S. Soccer and Telemundo will treat soccer fans nationwide to live Spanish-language coverage of the 2023 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s Semifinals and Final exclusively on Telemundo, Universo and Peacock. Adding to its robust offering of live sports events, the network secured the exclusive Spanish-language rights to broadcast the final three high-stakes games of U.S. Soccer’s National Championship.
Live coverage of the tournament Semifinals on Wednesday, Aug. 23 begins with FC Cincinnati, the team with the best record in the MLS, hosting Inter Miami CF and Lionel Messi. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on Telemundo and Peacock. The action continues with Mexico star Héctor Herrera and the Houston Dynamo FC welcoming Real Salt Lake, a team featuring a roster with players from 10 Latin American countries. Coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. ET on Universo and Peacock.
The Semifinal broadcasts mark the first domestic Spanish-language coverage of the Open Cup since the 2018 Final and will augment the competition’s continued growth now in its 108th edition. This year’s competition has seen multiple attendance records set as well as strong viewership throughout each round of play.
The 2023 U.S. Open Cup Final, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 27, will broadcast live and stream on Peacock. Additional Telemundo coverage and broadcast details for the 2023 U.S. Open Cup Final will be announced at a later date.
Telemundo Deportes is the leading U.S. sports media brand and destination for sports in Spanish language, delivering a comprehensive roster of live events and studio programming, including exclusive Spanish-language coverage of all FIFA properties and Teams USA through 2026. In addition to serving as the exclusive U.S. home for Liga MX’s Chivas de Guadalajara home matches, the network offers comprehensive Spanish-language coverage of Premier League and NFL’s Sunday Night Football.
About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
In its 108th edition, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – U.S. Soccer's National Championship – has crowned a champion annually since 1914 (with the exception of 2020 & 21 due to COVID-19). 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 competition was renamed to honor United States soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt. The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States and the world's third-longest continuously run national cup tournament.
The 2023 U.S. Open Cup winner will earn $300,000 in prize money, a berth in the 2023 Concacaf Champions Cup and have the club’s 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 farthest from each lower division takes home a $25,000 cash prize.
About NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises:
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises leads the media industry in the production and distribution of Spanish language content for U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. The company serves U.S. Hispanics through its national broadcast network, the cable network Universo, and digital platforms including the Telemundo app and streaming services, such as Peacock, among others. The Telemundo Network offers Spanish-language entertainment, news, and sports content reaching 95% of U.S. Hispanic TV households in 210 markets through 30 owned stations and 61 affiliate stations. Telemundo also owns an independent station serving Puerto Rico. Telemundo is the exclusive U.S. Spanish-language home of the world’s two most popular sporting events, the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games, as well as the Premier League and Mexican soccer team Chivas. The #1 producer of scripted Spanish-language content in the U.S., Telemundo Global Studios includes Telemundo Television Studios, Telemundo Streaming Studios, and Underground Producciones. Telemundo’s new Tplus content brand on Peacock features programming developed for the full spectrum of Hispanics. NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.