Thursday, 18 Jul 2024

Opening Night of 2023 U.S. Open Cup Third Round Sets Record in St. Louis

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The 2023 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the prestigious national championship of U.S. Soccer, kicked off its Third Round with a bang. St. Louis City SC made a triumphant tournament debut, defeating Union Omaha 5-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 22,423. This set a new record for the largest crowd to attend a Third Round Open Cup match in the Modern Era (1995-Present). The night also saw several other exciting matches and surprising results.

Higher Division Teams Dominate, but Cupset Occurs

In most of the matches on the first matchday of the Third Round, teams from higher divisions emerged victorious. However, the final game of the evening produced the first Cupset of the round. Monterey Bay F.C., a team from the USL Championship (Div. II), upset their MLS neighbors, the San Jose Earthquakes, with a 1-0 win.

MLS and USL Championship Teams Advance

In the opening pair of games, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC and Charleston Battery, both from the USL Championship (Div. II), defeated lower division teams from USL League One (Div. III). Pittsburgh secured a 2-0 win against Maryland Bobcats FC, while Charleston emerged victorious with a 1-0 result against Charlotte Independence.

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The MLS sides had little trouble in their matches. Charlotte FC, St. Louis City, Minnesota United FC, and Sporting Kansas City all cruised to multi-goal victories. The New England Revolution, however, faced a tough challenge from Hartford Athletic but managed to advance with a 2-1 win.

Exciting Matches and Impressive Performances

Charlotte FC displayed a dominant performance, defeating South Georgia Tormenta 4-1. Minnesota United came from behind to defeat Detroit City FC 3-1 in their sole road victory of the night. Sporting Kansas City secured a comfortable 3-0 win against Tulsa Athletic.

Wednesday’s Massive Slate of Games

The Third Round concludes with a massive slate of 16 games on Wednesday. Thirteen of these matches will be broadcast on various platforms, including the B/R app and B/R Football YouTube, CBS Sports Golazo Network, and Teamcasts. Check for the full schedule and links to watch all the available games.


Q: What is the U.S. Open Cup?
A: The U.S. Open Cup is the national championship of U.S. Soccer, featuring teams from all levels of American soccer.

Q: Is this the first time St. Louis City SC is participating in the U.S. Open Cup?
A: Yes, this is St. Louis City’s first appearance in the U.S. Open Cup as an MLS club.


The opening night of the 2023 U.S. Open Cup Third Round provided football fans with thrilling matches and surprising results. St. Louis City SC made a memorable tournament debut in front of a record-breaking crowd. As the competition continues, football enthusiasts eagerly anticipate more exciting clashes and upsets in the coming rounds.

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