2019 U.S. Open Cup

The 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup was the 106th edition of the U.S. Open Cup, a knockout cup competition in American soccer. It is the oldest ongoing competition in the United States, and was contested by 84 teams from leagues in the U.S. system.[1]

2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
CountryUnited States
ChampionsAtlanta United FC
(1st title)
Runners-upMinnesota United FC
Matches played52
Goals scored167 (3.21 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Darwin Quintero (6 goals)

The 84 entrants included the 21 American clubs from Major League Soccer and 25 non-affiliated American clubs in the USL Championship. The new USL League One entered its six non-affiliated clubs. The qualification tournament, held in 2018 and early 2019, determined seven teams from local amateur leagues. The 10 entrants from the USL League Two and the 14 from the National Premier Soccer League were determined based on results achieved in those leagues in 2018. Finally, beginning this year, the reigning champion of the National Amateur Cup, Milwaukee Bavarian SC, was invited to the tournament.

Houston Dynamo were the defending champions[1] but were eliminated in the round of 16 by Minnesota United FC.

Atlanta United FC won their first Open Cup title, defeating Minnesota United FC 2–1 in the final.


Enter in First Round Enter in Second Round Enter in Fourth Round
Open Division Division III Division II Division I
8 teams
14 teams
USL League Two
10 teams
USL League One
6 teams
USL Championship
25 teams
21 teams
  • Bold: Team still active in the competition.
  • $: Winner of $25,000 bonus for advancing the furthest in the competition from their respective divisions.
  • $$: Winner of $100,000 for being the runner-up in the competition.
  • $$$: Winner of $300,000 for winning the competition.

Number of teams by state

A total of 34 states and the District of Columbia are represented by clubs in the Open Cup this year.

States Number Teams
1  California11Academica SC, Cal FC, El Farolito, FC Golden State Force, Fresno FC, LA Galaxy, Los Angeles FC, Orange County FC, Orange County SC, Sacramento Republic FC, San Jose Earthquakes
2  Texas9Austin Bold FC, Brazos Valley Cavalry FC, El Paso Locomotive FC, FC Dallas, Laredo Heat, Midland-Odessa Sockers FC, NTX Rayados, San Antonio FC, Houston Dynamo
3  Florida6Florida Soccer Soldiers, Lakeland Tropics, Miami FC, Orlando City SC, Tampa Bay Rowdies, The Villages SC
 PennsylvaniaErie Commodores FC, Philadelphia Lone Star FC, Philadelphia Union, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, Reading United AC, West Chester United SC
5  Colorado3Colorado Rapids, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, FC Denver
 GeorgiaAtlanta United FC, South Georgia Tormenta FC, South Georgia Tormenta FC 2
 New JerseyFC Motown, New York Red Bulls, New York Red Bulls U-23
 OhioColumbus Crew SC, Dayton Dutch Lions, FC Cincinnati
 TennesseeChattanooga Red Wolves SC, Memphis 901 FC, Nashville SC
10  Massachusetts2Black Rock FC, New England Revolution
 MichiganAFC Ann Arbor, Lansing Ignite FC
 MinnesotaDuluth FC, Minnesota United FC
 NevadaLas Vegas Lights FC, Reno 1868 FC
 New YorkNew York City FC, New York Cosmos B
 North CarolinaCharlotte Independence, North Carolina FC
 OklahomaOklahoma City Energy FC, Tulsa Roughnecks FC
 OregonFC Mulhouse Portland, Portland Timbers
 South CarolinaCharleston Battery, Greenville Triumph SC
 VirginiaRichmond Kickers, Virginia United FC
 WisconsinForward Madison FC, Milwaukee Bavarian SC
21  Alabama1Birmingham Legion FC
 ArizonaPhoenix Rising FC
 ArkansasLittle Rock Rangers
 ConnecticutHartford Athletic
 District of ColumbiaD.C. United
 IllinoisChicago Fire
 IndianaIndy Eleven
 IowaDes Moines Menace
 KansasSporting Kansas City
 KentuckyLouisville City FC
 MarylandFC Baltimore
 MissouriSaint Louis FC
 New MexicoNew Mexico United
 UtahReal Salt Lake
 WashingtonSeattle Sounders FC

States without a team in the Open Cup: Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.


  First Round
May 7–8
Second Round
May 14–15
Third Round
May 28–29
NPSL Little Rock Rangers 2(2)     USLC OKC Energy FC 3
LQ NTX Rayados 2(4)     LQ NTX Rayados 1     USLC OKC Energy FC 4
USL2 Lakeland Tropics 1(7)     USLC Tampa Bay Rowdies 4   USLC Tampa Bay Rowdies 3
USL2 The Villages SC 1(8)     USL2 The Villages SC 1  
USL1 Richmond Kickers 6     USLC North Carolina FC 4
LQ Virginia United FC 2     USL1 Richmond Kickers 1     USLC North Carolina FC 1
NPSL Miami FC 1     USLC Charlotte Independence 2(4)   LQ Florida Soccer Soldiers 0
LQ Florida Soccer Soldiers 2     LQ Florida Soccer Soldiers 2(5)  
NPSL Erie Commodores FC 1     USLC Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 3
USL2 Dayton Dutch Lions 2     USL2 Dayton Dutch Lions 0     USLC Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 1
USL1 Lansing Ignite FC 2     USLC Indy Eleven 1   USLC Indy Eleven 0
NPSL AFC Ann Arbor 1     USL1 Lansing Ignite FC 0  
USL2 Reading United AC 2     USLC Louisville City FC 3
NPSL Philadelphia Lone Star FC 1     USL2 Reading United AC 0     USLC Louisville City FC 1
NPSL FC Baltimore Christos 1(4)     USLC Birmingham Legion FC 4   USLC Birmingham Legion FC 0
LQ West Chester United SC 1(5)     LQ West Chester United SC 1  
USL2 Des Moines Menace 1(3)     USL2 Des Moines Menace 1(1)
NPSL Duluth FC 1(1)     USLC Saint Louis FC 1(3)     USLC Saint Louis FC 3
LQ Milwaukee Bavarian SC 0     USLC El Paso Locomotive FC 0   USL1 Forward Madison FC 1
USL1 Forward Madison FC 2     USL1 Forward Madison FC 3  
USL2 New York Red Bulls U-23 4(5)     USLC Memphis 901 FC 3
NPSL FC Motown 4(3)     USL2 New York Red Bulls U-23 1     USLC Memphis 901 FC 4
NPSL New York Cosmos B 2     USLC Hartford Athletic 2   USLC Hartford Athletic 0
USL2 Black Rock FC 1     NPSL New York Cosmos B 1  
USL2 South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 3     USLC Nashville SC 3
USL1 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC 0     USL2 South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 2     USLC Nashville SC 1(0)
USL1 Greenville Triumph SC 1     USL1 Greenville Triumph SC 1   USLC Charleston Battery 1(3)
USL1 South Georgia Tormenta FC 0     USLC Charleston Battery 2  
USLC Austin Bold FC 2
USLC Tulsa Roughnecks FC 0     USLC Austin Bold FC 4
NPSL Laredo Heat SC 1     USLC San Antonio FC 2   USLC San Antonio FC 2
USL2 Brazos Valley Cavalry FC 0     NPSL Laredo Heat 0  
NPSL Midland-Odessa Sockers FC 1     USLC Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 1
LQ FC Denver 2     LQ FC Denver 0     USLC Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 1
USLC Phoenix Rising FC 2(3)   USLC New Mexico United 2*
USLC New Mexico United 2(4)  
USLC Sacramento Republic FC 1
USLC Reno 1868 FC 0     USLC Sacramento Republic FC 1*
LQ Academica SC 1     NPSL El Farolito 0   USLC Fresno FC 0
NPSL El Farolito 2     USLC Fresno FC 1  
LQ Cal FC 5     USLC Las Vegas Lights FC 2
NPSL FC Mulhouse Portland 1     LQ Cal FC 0     USLC Las Vegas Lights FC 3
NPSL Orange County FC 2     USLC Orange County SC 2(3)   NPSL Orange County FC 5
USL2 FC Golden State Force 0     NPSL Orange County FC 2(5)  

Host team listed first
Bold = winner
* = after extra time, ( ) = penalty shootout score

Fourth Round
June 11–12
Round of 16
June 18–20
July 10
August 7
August 27
USLC Memphis 901 FC 1
MLS Orlando City SC 3
MLS Orlando City SC 2*
MLS New England Revolution 1
MLS New York Red Bulls 2
MLS New England Revolution 3*
MLS Orlando City SC 1(5)
MLS New York City FC 1(4)
MLS D.C. United 2*
MLS Philadelphia Union 1
MLS D.C. United 1
MLS New York City FC 2
MLS New York City FC 4
USLC North Carolina FC 0
MLS Orlando City SC 0
MLS Atlanta United FC 2
MLS Columbus Crew SC 1
USLC Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0
MLS Columbus Crew SC 2
MLS Atlanta United FC 3
USLC Charleston Battery 1
MLS Atlanta United FC 3*
MLS Atlanta United FC 2
USLC Saint Louis FC 0
USLC Saint Louis FC 2
MLS Chicago Fire 1
USLC Saint Louis FC 1
MLS FC Cincinnati 0
MLS FC Cincinnati 2*
USLC Louisville City FC 1
MLS Atlanta United FC 2
MLS Minnesota United FC 1
MLS Houston Dynamo 3
USLC Austin Bold FC 2
MLS Houston Dynamo 2
MLS Minnesota United FC 3
MLS Minnesota United FC 4
MLS Sporting Kansas City 1
MLS Minnesota United FC 6
USLC New Mexico United 1
MLS FC Dallas 4
USLC OKC Energy FC 0
MLS FC Dallas 1
USLC New Mexico United 2
MLS Colorado Rapids 2(2)
USLC New Mexico United 2(4)
MLS Minnesota United FC 2
MLS Portland Timbers 1
MLS Real Salt Lake 0
MLS Los Angeles FC 3
MLS Los Angeles FC 3
MLS San Jose Earthquakes 1
MLS San Jose Earthquakes 4
USLC Sacramento Republic FC 3
MLS Los Angeles FC 0
MLS Portland Timbers 1
MLS Seattle Sounders FC 1
MLS Portland Timbers 2
MLS Portland Timbers 4
MLS LA Galaxy 0
MLS LA Galaxy 3
NPSL Orange County FC 0

Host team listed first
Bold = winner
* = after extra time, ( ) = penalty shootout score

Match details

All times local to game site.

First Round

The First Round of the Open Cup took place on May 7 and 8. There were 19 games between eight local qualifiers, 14 NPSL, 10 League Two, and six League One teams. The teams were paired geographically. The pairings were announced on April 10.[2]

Second Round

The Second Round was played on May 14 and 15. 22 games were played between the 19 Round 1 winners and 25 USL Championship teams. Each Round 1 pairing was matched to a Championship team, and the six remaining Championship teams were paired against each other. Pairings were made geographically, and announced on April 17.[3]

Third Round

The Third Round was played on May 28 and 29. 11 games were played between the winners of Round 2. Pairings were made geographically, and announced on May 14.[4]

Fourth Round

The Fourth Round took place on June 11 and 12. The Fourth Round consisted of 16 games between the 11 Third Round winners and the 21 American MLS teams. The teams were divided into eight regional groups of four, with either one or two Third Round teams. Pairings were drawn from the eight groups and announced on May 30.[5]

Round of 16

The Round of 16 took place June 18, 19, and 20. The Round of 16 draw took place on June 13. The Fourth Round winners were divided geographically into four groups and pairings were determined within those groups. A fixed bracket for the rest of the tournament was established.[8]


The Quarterfinal matches took place on July 10.


The Semifinals took place on August 6 and August 7. The hosts of the Semifinals were drawn on July 11.


The hosts were decided on July 11.[1]

Atlanta United FC2–1Minnesota United FC
Report Lod  47'
Attendance: 35,709
Referee: Allen Chapman

Top goalscorers

  Team eliminated for this round.
Rank Player Team Goals By round
1R 2R 3R 4R R16 QF SF F
1 Darwin Quintero Minnesota United FC 6 2211
2 Charles Boateng Richmond Kickers 4 4
Brian Fernández Portland Timbers 211
Ángelo Rodríguez Minnesota United FC 13
Brandon Vazquez Atlanta United FC 22
5 Brandon Allen Tampa Bay Rowdies 3 12
Orr Barouch Cal FC 3
Kevaughn Frater New Mexico United 111
André Lima Austin Bold FC 12
Valeri Qazaishvili San Jose Earthquakes 21
Devon Sandoval New Mexico United 21
Ian Svantesson Charleston Battery 21

Updated through SF


On April 5, 2019, U.S. Soccer announced a 4-year deal with ESPN to broadcast the Open Cup. The entire tournament, from first round to final, will be carried exclusively on the ESPN+ streaming service; in previous years, ESPN networks had only broadcast marquee matches such as the final.[9]


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  4. "2019 U.S. Open Cup Third Round Pairings and Host Scenarios Set". USSoccer.com. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  5. "Exciting Rivalry Matches Highlight 2019 U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round Pairings". USSoccer.com. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
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