The 2020 U.S. Open Cup draw is in, and Minneapolis City will travel to SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, IL, former home of the Chicago Fire, to take on Chicago FC United in the first round. The match will be played at 7:00pm on March 24.
The Crows qualified for the tournament by virtue of their storming performance in the National Premier Soccer League, where they won the North Conference for the second year in a row and advanced to the Midwest Region Semifinal. They face Chicago FC United of USL2. The Lions, a powerhouse in the league, won the Great Lakes Division in impressive style by topping Flint City Bucks. The Bucks would go on to win the USL2 national playoffs.
“Chicago are a great club” said head coach Matt vanBenschoten “and there are in a city full of talent. They may not have their typical league team for the first round, but they will be formidable. Well coached, very talented, it’s a big match.”
The 2020 U.S. Open Cup marks the second time that Minneapolis City has qualified for the tournament main rounds, but it will be the first time that the club plays in the main rounds. City were disqualified from the 2017 edition of the tournament because they moved to the NPSL. It was the same year that Minnesota United moved to MLS, but only amateur clubs are kicked out of the tournament for league switches.
“Let’s just hope that we make it all the way to March” said club Co-Founder Dan Hoedeman.
For the second consecutive year and as part of a four-year deal, ESPN+ will be the home for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. If you can’t make the trip to Chicago with us, make sure to tune in to the game.
2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Competition Schedule
Jan. 22 First Round pairings announced
Jan. 29 Second Round pairings and possible pairings announced
March 24-25 First Round (Open Division teams enter)
April 7-9 Second Round (Division II and III teams enter)
April 10 Third Round Draw
April 21-23 Third Round (11 Division I teams enter)
April 24 Round of 32 Draw
May 19-20 Round of 32 (remaining 12 Division I teams enter)
May 21 Round of 16/Quarterfinal Draw
June 10 Possible Round of 16
June 23-24 Round or 16 or Quarterfinals
July 14-15 Quarterfinals or Semifinals
Aug. 11-12 Semifinals or Final
Sept. 22-24 Possible Final
About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
In its 107th year, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – U.S. Soccer’s National Championship – is the only high-profile competition in American team sports where amateur sides can face professionals in meaningful competition. The history-filled tournament, conducted on a single-game, knockout basis and open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer, has crowned a champion annually since 1914. In 1999, the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States and the word third-longest continuously open soccer tournament was renamed to honor United States soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.