Schedule announced for 2022 US Open Cup

Chris Smith
The US Open Cup will return for its 107th edition in 2022.
The US Open Cup will return for its 107th edition in 2022. / Bob Levey/GettyImages

After a two-year hiatus, the US Open Cup is set to return in 2022 with a new format and start date.

US Soccer's oldest competition - which features both professional and amateur clubs - has been on the backburner since Atlanta United's triumph over Minnesota United in 2019 due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

But the Cup is due to return for its 107th edition next season, with a March 22-23 start date the earliest in the modern era (1995 onwards) - allowing for a compact 2022 schedule that includes the FIFA World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year.

The 25 US-based MLS teams will enter either in the third round or round-of-32 depending on seeding, while all rounds involving professional clubs will take place outside of international windows. This will give teams the best possible chance of progression with their strongest players available.

2022 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup schedule:

  • Jan. 6: Open Division berth allocation announced
  • March 22-23: First Round (Open Division teams enter)
  • April 5-7: Second Round (Division II and III teams enter)
  • April 19-21: Third Round (17 Division I teams enter)
  • May 10-11: Round of 32 (remaining 8 Division I teams enter)
  • May 24-25: Round of 16
  • June 21-22: Quarterfinals
  • July 26-27: Semifinals
  • Sept. 6-7 or 13-14: Final

When will the MLS teams enter the US Open Cup?

  • Third round: Atlanta United FC, Austin FC, Charlotte FC, Chicago Fire FC, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Cincinnati, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Inter Miami CF, Los Angeles FC, LA Galaxy, Minnesota United FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes.
  • Round-of-32: Colorado Rapids, Nashville SC, New England Revolution, New York City FC, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City.

What is on the line in the US Open Cup?

A prize pot of $300,000 has been offered up for the winner of the 2022 US Open Cup, while the runner-up will receive $100,000 - no team outside the top-flight has won the trophy since 1999.

A place in the 2023 CONCACAF Champions League will also be given to the winner, giving US clubs the possibility of going up against Liga MX's finest as well as other top teams from around the region.