U.S. Open Cup Canceled due to COVID-19

The U.S. Open Cup 2020 has been reportedly canceled due to the negative impacts of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States this year, the Sports Illustrated has announced recently.

The U.S. Soccer Federation has decided on the cancellation of the annual U.S. Open Cup tournament after having suspended it in early March. This season would have been the 107th edition after the debuting in 1913.

The federation is planning to invite each club that meets the requirements to join this year’s tournament for a discussion. It is expected to make an official announcement early next week with a schedule on having to push the 107th edition until 2021.

With the traveling of plenty of teams for matches in the Open Cup, it would put them at risk with the pandemic, which has continued to be at greater risks in some parts of the country, the federation said.

Normally, the winner of the Open Cup gains a spot in the next season of the Concacaf Champions League. However, there has been no decision regarding that.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the suspension and cancellation of several leagues this season that generally would see its teams participate in the competition. United Soccer League (USL) League Two and the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) have canceled their seasons earlier this year due to the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the Major League Soccer (MLS), the USL League One, the USL Championship, and the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) are projected to continue regular seasons.

In the 2019 edition of the U.S. Open Cup, Atlanta United won the championship for the first time in the team’s history after defeating Minnesota United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

According to the latest data released on August 15, the United States has 5.48 million COVID-19 patients with 171,535 deaths. Meanwhile, the number of recoveries is 2.88 million so far.