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US Open Cup format changes, will feature record-breaking 91 teams

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With the growth of USL Pro, NASL, and MLS in the last year, the 2015 US Open Cup will take on an even larger set of teams — 91, a new modern-era record.

To accommodate the growth and to avoid MLS teams facing their third-division sides, the round of 16 will be divided into four groups of four, with each team having a geographic proximity, save for those clubs for whom there is shared ownership. That will determine the bracketing for the round of 16 and the quarterfinal, but the semifinal will feature another random draw, again with dual-ownership sides being separated.

Entry round

  • Fourth round: MLS teams
  • Third round: NASL teams
  • Second round: USL Pro teams
Key dates
  • April 8: Initial pairings announcement
  • April 22-26: Play-in round
  • May 13: First round
  • May 20: Second round (USL Pro teams enter here, will be geographically matched)
  • May 27: Third round
  • June 16-17: Fourth round (MLS teams enter here)
  • June 18: Fifth round / round of 16 draw
  • June 30-July 1: Quarterfinals
  • Aug. 11-12: Semifinals
  • Sept. 29/30: Final
Utah teams entering
  • Real Salt Lake, fourth round
  • Real Monarchs, second round
  • BYU Cougars (USL PDL), first round