The Inaugural Tournament: 1913
The U.S. Open Cup, also known as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, started in 1913, making it one of the oldest soccer competitions in the United States.
2. The Trophy's Evolution
The original trophy for the U.S. Open Cup was known as the Dewar Cup, a Scottish silver cup. Today, the trophy is a beautiful piece of American soccer history.
3. The Record-Holding Team
The most successful team in U.S. Open Cup history is the Bethlehem Steel Football Club, winning the cup five times between 1915 and 1919.
4. U.S. Open Cup's Worldwide Appeal
Teams from various countries, including Canada and Bermuda, have competed in the U.S. Open Cup, adding an international flavor to the tournament.
5. Unusual Name Origin
The U.S. Open Cup was initially named the National Challenge Cup. It underwent several name changes before adopting its current title in honor of Lamar Hunt.
6. The Unbreakable Record
Maccabi Los Angeles set an extraordinary record by scoring 16 goals in a single U.S. Open Cup match against Hollywood United in 2002.
7. The Lower-Division Heroe Lower division teams often shine in the U.S. Open Cup. In 1999, the Rochester Raging Rhinos, a second-division team, won the cup.
8. Cinderella Storie
The U.S. Open Cup is known for its "Cinderella stories" where amateur and lower-division teams upset Major League Soccer (MLS) giants.
9. Seattle's Dominance
Seattle Sounders FC holds the modern-era record by winning the U.S. Open Cup four times in a row from 2009 to 2012.
10. International Star
The U.S. Open Cup has seen famous international players participate, such as David Beckham and Thierry Henry.
11. Oldest Goalscorer
In 2012, the oldest goalscorer in the U.S. Open Cup was Mike Clark, who scored at the age of 42.
12. Penalty Shootout Drama The U.S. Open Cup has witnessed nail-biting penalty shootouts, adding to its suspenseful history.
13. Thrilling Final Several U.S. Open Cup finals have gone into overtime, delivering unforgettable moments.
14. Homegrown Talent
The tournament often showcases the talents of American youth players, some of whom later make it to the national team.
15. The Prestigious Legacy The U.S. Open Cup's rich history and tradition continue to make it a cherished competition, contributing significantly to American soccer culture.