2024 US Open Cup: US Soccer Dismisses MLS Youth Team Plan

Written by Patrick Echatah

Major League Soccer (MLS) confirmed on Friday that its teams will not be participating in the 2024 US Open Cup. Instead, the league would send second-tier development clubs from the MLS Next Pro division to the oldest football event in the country.

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All US clubs are eligible to compete in the knockout competition, which has been around since 1914. Many fan organizations and lower level clubs strongly objected to MLS’s decision.

It’s still unknown if MLS clubs will participate in the 2024 edition at all, although negotiations have revealed that it’s expected that they probably will.

The majority of MLS Next Pro’s participants are MLS reserve teams, while several independent clubs are also present. Although the US Soccer Federation had prohibited the move, Major League Soccer (MLS) said in a statement on Wednesday that it was unclear if first teams would participate.

“U.S. Soccer has…notified MLS that the Federation is not prepared to grant the necessary waiver for MLS NEXT Pro clubs owned by MLS owners to participate in the Open Cup. Independently owned MLS NEXT Pro clubs such as Chattanooga FC and Carolina Core remain eligible for the 2024 Open Cup.”

“MLS is committed to finding a viable solution for the 2024 tournament and is working to find a pathway that addresses its goals and concerns,” said the league.

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We are now seeing the development of Inter Miami, which will be a power in the league at the start of the next season.

Inter Miami CF’s head coach, Gerardo “Tata” Martino, has declared that the Club is once again interested in bringing in former teammate Luis Suárez during the upcoming winter transfer window.

Martino stated that the team is still interested in signing the 36-year-old Uruguayan during a press conference the day before Miami’s final MLS home game, which ended in a 2-2 draw with Charlotte FC.


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