SportsTalk December 17th: Major League Soccer (MLS) officially announced that in the 2024 U.S. Open Cup, it will no longer send the MLS first team to compete, but will send MLS Next Pro Development League teams compete.
The U.S. Open Cup is the oldest football tournament in the United States. Founded in 1914, it is a single-game victory. Negative knockout format. Since there is no promotion or relegation in MLS games, the U.S. Open Cup is the only opportunity for other lower-level American teams to have an official match with MLS teams. However, in recent years, Major League teams have not paid much attention to the U.S. Open Cup, and usually only send out substitute lineups or even youth team players to cope with the problem.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber publicly criticized the current situation of the U.S. Open Cup in May this year, saying that Not up to the highest standards. Last week, Don Garber further elaborated on the relevant views in his season summary speech: “If we want our first team to participate in the oldest cup in the United States, then everyone from the MLS to other football leagues must improve. The image of the competition. Otherwise we should unite and formulate a new plan.”
The MLS has decided not to continue playing in 2024 Instead of sending the first team to the U.S. Open Cup, a G League team (created two years ago) similar to the second team will be sent. At the same time, a spokesman for the MLS also told ESPN that after the U.S. Open Cup enters the later stages next season, the MLS will not allow MLS first-team players to participate in the development league team.
A vote was taken to withdraw from the U.S. Open Cup. This is currently being reviewed by U.S. Soccer staff. U.S. Soccer and our members remain committed to the success of the historic U.S. Open Cup and look forward to discussing the Cup with all of our stakeholders future.”
However, MLS officials stated that they would not rule out the possibility of reconsidering participation in the U.S. Open Cup after 2024. “In recent months, MLS Sports and Competition The group has been working with U.S. Soccer to determine the future role of MLS teams in the U.S. Open Cup. MLS remains committed to working with U.S. Soccer to develop the U.S. Open Cup in the coming years. “The MLS will determine whether to re-join the US Open Cup after the 2024 season.
US Champions League Chairman Paul McDowell “Today’s announcement from MLS regarding the U.S. Open Cup comes as a surprise to us and is contrary to recent announcements,” No said. We will discuss it with U.S. Soccer and our club owners before making any further public comments on MLS’s position. ”
The last time a non-MLB team reached the US Open Cup final was in 2022, when US Champions League team Sacramento The Republic lost to Orlando City 0-3 in the final. The last time a non-MLB team won the US Open Cup was the Rochester Rhinos in 1999. The previous US Open Cup champion can win the CONCACAF championship. League qualification, but after the MLS team withdrew, whether next year’s U.S. Open Cup champion team will still be eligible to participate has not yet been determined.