Chattanooga FC will compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in the second round on April 7, 2022. The oldest national soccer tournament in the United States, the U.S. Open Cup is a single elimination knockout tournament featuring 103 professional, semi-professional, and amateur teams that compete for the prestigious tournament championship, as well as an automatic berth in Concacaf Champions League.
The Boys in Blue will enter the single elimination knockout tournament in the Second Round of competition against USC Championship team Memphis 901 FC. The winner of that match will advance to the third round along with 17 U.S.-based Major League Soccer clubs. Winners of all Third Round matches advance to the Fourth Round (Round of 32).
This will be the 107th edition of the tournament, which gives clubs from all levels of the American soccer ecosystem the chance to compete for the U.S. Open Cup title, prize money, and a coveted Concacaf Champions League berth. MLS teams have won the U.S. Open Cup each year dating back to 2000, with Atlanta United holding the current title from 2019.
CFC History in US Open Cup
This will be the club's 7th appearance in the tournament (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). There was no US Open Cup in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. CFC holds a 4-6 overall record in the tournament with four games settled by penalty shootout and a fifth settled in extra time. 2022 will be the first time CFC enters the tournament in the Second Round as a professional club.
2nd Round - Memphis 901 FC (April 7)
* This will be CFC's highest level opponent in the tournament, a professional club for USL-Championship, USSF 2nd Division.
1st Round - Charlotte Eagles (L2-0)
1st Round - Reading United AC (W0-0, PKs)
3rd Round - Harrisburg City Islands (L2-1)
* Advanced straight to 3rd Round after first win
1st Round - Ocala Stampede, (W1-1, PKs)
2nd Round - Wilmington Hammerheads, (W1-1, PKs)
3rd Round - Atlanta Silverbacks (L2-1)
*1st Round - Wilmington Hammerheads (W3-1)
**3rd Round - Atlanta Silverbacks (L5-0)
* First win against professional club
** Advanced straight to 3rd Round after first win
1st Round - Carolina Dynamo (L4-4, PKs)
1st Round - Pittsburgh Riverhounds (L3-2) Extra Time
* CFC's first game against a fully professional side
Chattanooga FC Annual Pass members and Flex Ticket customers automatically receive tickets to any Chattanooga FC U.S. Open Cup matches played at Finley Stadium from the Second Round through the Quarterfinals stage as part of season ticket membership. Single match tickets are available here.
The competition features eight (8) rounds to crown a champion, with draws conducted each round to determine matchups. In total, Chattanooga FC will need to win seven (7) matches to win the U.S. Open Cup.
Chattanooga FC is among 23 Division III pro teams as well as 23 Division II pro teams to see their first tournament action starting in the Second Round, joining 16 winners from the previous stage.
All NISA professional clubs enter the tournament in the Second Round. U.S.-based MLS clubs enter the tournament in either the Third or Fourth Round. In 2022, 17 U.S.-based MLS clubs will enter in the Third Round with eight (8) US-based MLS teams qualifying for an automatic bye to the Fourth Round by virtue of 2021 MLS results.
The winner of the Open Cup receives a berth in the 2023 Concacaf Champions League, $300,000 in prize money, and the prestigious Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophy. The runner-up will earn $100,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will take home a $25,000 cash prize.
About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
In its 107th edition, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – U.S. Soccer's National Championship – has crowned a champion since 1914 in every year except 2020 and 2021. The history-filled tournament is conducted on a single-game-knockout basis and open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. In 1999, the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.Atlanta United FC is the defending Open Cup champion, having earned the club's first tournament title thanks to a 2-1 victory against Minnesota United FC on Aug. 27, 2019, in front of an Open Cup Final record 35,709 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.