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2021 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Qualification Announced

March 29, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Chicago Fire FC News Release

NEW YORK - Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer today announced the MLS club qualification procedure for the 2021 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

As announced by U.S. Soccer in February, eight U.S.-based MLS teams will qualify for the 2021 tournament. MLS and U.S. Soccer today confirmed that those eight teams will be determined by team performance through the first three weeks of MLS regular season play (April 16 through May 3).

The U.S.-based MLS clubs with the highest number of regular season points per game (three points for a win, one point for a tie) at the conclusion of the first three weeks of MLS play will qualify for the 2021 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

In the event that two or more teams have an equal number of points per game, the below regular season tiebreakers will be used until one team ranks above the other(s). After the winner of the MLS regular season tiebreaker is determined, any remaining tied clubs will again go through a second round of the MLS tiebreakers in order to determine the next advancing club. The tiebreaker system will continue until qualification has been determined.

Goal Differential (GD) per match (Goals For per match minus Goals Against per match)

Goals For (GF) per match

Fewest Disciplinary Points* per match

Away Goals Differential per Away match (Away Goals For per Away match minus Away Goals Against per Away match)

Away Goals For per Away match

Home Goals Differential per Home match (Home Goals For per Home match minus Home Goals Against per Home match)

Home Goals For per Home match

Coin Toss (tie of two clubs) or Drawing of Lots (tie of three or more clubs)

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