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Charlotte Independence to Face MLS Side Atlanta United in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 32

April 18, 2024 - United Soccer League One (USL1)
Charlotte Independence News Release

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Round of 32 matchups for the 2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's annual club championship, were announced today. The Charlotte Independence will face Atlanta United on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia.

The Jacks reached the Round of 32 in dramatic fashion, defeating Rhode Island FC in a penalty shootout. Three goals apiece in regulation sent the match into extra time. Another goal by each side led the match to be decided by kicks from the mark. Goalkeeper Austin Pack saved three penalty kicks to send Charlotte through to the next round.

Atlanta United is one of eight MLS sides entering the 2024 U.S. Open Cup in the Round of 32. The 2019 U.S. Open Cup winners are currently 3-2-2 in MLS play this season.


The Third Round victory was the Independence's first win against a USL Championship side in the U.S. Open Cup since 2015.

Reaching the Round of 32 is the furthest the Jacks have advanced in the U.S. Open Cup since 2015.

Four goals against Rhode Island FC are the most scored in a U.S. Open Cup game by the Independence since 2015.

The Charlotte Independence needed extra time and a penalty shootout to decide a winner in its second-straight game in the U.S. Open Cup.

The Round of 32 matchup will be the Independence's third-ever game against an MLS side. The other two occurrences were in 2015 as the Jacks defeated New England Revolution to reach the Round of 16 against Chicago Fire.

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