Inter Miami Will Skip the US Open Cup, 8 MLS Teams Joins Tournament

Inter Miami Will Skip the US Open Cup, 8 MLS Teams Joins Tournament

Last updated on March 2nd, 2024 at 06:55 am

Lionel Messi and the rest of Inter Miami will skip the US Open Cup. As a result, only eight teams from Major League Soccer will be part of the tournament. They are Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle, Salt Lake, and Kansas City.

Although they did not participate in last year’s CONCACAF Champions Cup, Houston is the reigning champion. The other six teams were all in the top seven of the regular season Supporters’ Shield rankings.

Clubs from the Major League Soccer will play only lower-division opponents until a showdown between two teams from the same league becomes inevitable in the fourth round. According to a sports betting platform, eighteen Major League Soccer clubs advanced to the fourth round last season. Houston triumphed against Miami in last year’s final, 2-1. Because of an injury, Messi did not participate in the game.

The Rochester Raging Rhinos, a USL second-tier club, won the competition by defeating the Colorado Rapids 2-0 in the final. They are the only non-top-tier team to win since MLS began in 1996.

Inter Miami Will Skip the US Open Cup

Inter Miami Will Skip the US Open Cup, 8 MLS Teams Joins TournamentIn a December 15 announcement, Major League Soccer (MLS) said it was removing all its clubs from the oldest US soccer league, which began in 1914, and substituting MLS Next Pro third-tier developing teams.

Fifteen days after MLS’s decision, the USSF announced it was considering the decision as a request the organization declined. According to sports news for bookies, the USSF announced that it has enhanced financial incentives, expanded trip reimbursement, and brought on new business partners.

In its third division, Major League Soccer has announced the addition of eleven clubs: Austin, Carolina, Chattanooga, and Chicago. Places like Colorado, Minnesota, Crown Legacy, Los Angeles Galaxy, NYC, Red Bulls, and Portland are on the menu. With 24 clubs participating, the United Soccer League Championship is entering its second tier.

Rounds one and two will occur on March 19 and 21, followed by rounds two and three in April, rounds sixteen and seventeen in April, rounds seven and eight in May, and rounds twenty-one and two in May. There will be a quarterfinal on July 9, a semifinal on August 27 and 28, and a championship on September 25.

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