U.S. Open Cup

Amateur club named after Mexican restaurant pulls off another stunning U.S. Open Cup upset

El Farolito FC are taking the U.S. Open Cup by storm and pulled off another cupset on Tuesday defeating USL 1 side Central Valley Fuego FC 2-1.

The underdogs advanced to the third round of the tournament courtesy of a brace from Dembor Benson. The 28-year-old scored an equalizer just before halftime and then tucked in the dramatic winner in the 88th minute.

El Farolito highlights

NPSL club named after a Mexican restaurant defeat Portland Timbers II in U.S. Open Cup

The U.S. Open Cup just gave us another showing of why all American clubs should continue competing against each other. Cough, cough, MLS.

This week saw the return of the fan-favorite Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with teams from the USL League One/Two, NISA and MLS Next Pro competing in the first round of the tournament.

U.S. Soccer makes stunning move and denies MLS’ request to use reserve teams in U.S. Open Cup

Major League Soccer's (MLS) request to send their reserve teams to participate in the U.S. Open Cup, the country's oldest tournament, was denied by U.S. Soccer on Wednesday.

MLS clubs voted to send teams from MLS Next Pro, a lower division developmental league formed two years ago comprising of their reserve players, as the U.S. Open Cup was not a priority and because they wanted to reduce fixture congestion.

Major League Soccer pulls cowardly move and won’t send first teams to compete in U.S. Open Cup

Major League Soccer will send teams from the MLS Next Pro development league to the 2024 U.S. Open Cup instead of the clubs' traditional first teams.

It will mark the first time in the history of MLS that its franchises do not send their top players to the annual domestic knockout tournament. The Athletic reported that the league will "reassess its first teams' involvement" after 2024 to decide whether to continue sending Next Pro teams to participate.

Houston Dynamo secure U.S. Open Cup vs. Messi-less Miami

Griffin Dorsey and Amine Biassi scored before halftime and the Houston Dynamo won their second U.S. Open Cup with a 2-1 victory over Inter Miami on Wednesday at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Inter Miami played the final without injured stars Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba.

Lionel Messi provides ridiculous 97th minute game-tying assist – Inter Miami advance on penalties

For the first time since his arrival to Miami Lionel Messi failed to score in a game when the Herons defeated FC Cincinnati 5-4 on penalties (3-3 after extra time) in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals at TQL Stadium on Wednesday.

Messi made up for it with two assists including a perfect ball to Leonardo Campana in the 97th minute to send the game to extra time.

Messi assist vs Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati's Álvaro Barreal scores a must-see winner in the US Open Cup

FC Cincinnati winger Álvaro Barreal is one of the few who prefers to crush our “cupset” dreams. Fortunately for us, he lessened the blow with a goal so technically brilliant, we’re just glad we got to see it.  

Come for the train, stay for the goals: Two USL Championship underdogs down MLS opposition in midweek US Open Cup fixtures

As the tail end of the nation’s oldest and most storied soccer tournament approaches, two second-division teams continue to linger. The Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Birmingham Legion both welcomed MLS opposition into their humble abodes for the US Open Cup Round of 16 and won more than just the hearts of those watching.

Riqui Puig does Messi celly vs. LAFC B Team, gets called a ‘clown’ by Chiellini

All El Tráficos count the same, right? Well, maybe that wasn't the case Tuesday night with LAFC and the LA Galaxy meeting in the U.S. Open Cup at only the Round of 16 stage and with LAFC entirely focused on next week's Concacaf Champions League final against León.

This meeting was basically the El Clásico equivalent of Barcelona playing Real Madrid in a preseason friendly at Hard Rock Stadium.

But don't tell Riqui Puig that.

Thiago Almada's must-see free kick and what is FC Cincinnati capable of this season? 5 takeaways from MLS Matchday 13

In a word, forgettable. Following one of the most exciting matchdays of the MLS season, the league’s first foray into midweek play definitely did not live up to the billing, but there were still a few moments that caught our attention. Despite MLS Matchday 13 being promoted as a continuation of Rivalry Week, there were few games that truly fit that description, and it showed both on the field and in the scorelines.