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MBFC Draws Sacramento Away for 2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 32

April 18, 2024 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Monterey Bay FC News Release

SEASIDE, California - With this morning's draw concluded, Monterey Bay F.C. has announced that the Club's Round of 32 draw against Sacramento Republic FC in the 2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will take place on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. PT at Heart Health Park in Sacramento. A live broadcast of the match will be available at and

Monterey Bay's opening fixture of this year's U.S. Open Cup was met with victory for the Crisp-and-Kelp over National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) side Irvine Zeta FC. A game-winning brace from Salinas native Jerry Ayon in his Club debut led Monterey Bay on the night as the Seasiders officially advanced to the Round of 32 for the second consecutive year, this time facing off against Sacramento Republic FC in Group Lopez. In addition, the newly-introduced, bracket-style set up means that the winner of the Monterey Bay vs Sacramento fixture will automatically host the winner of San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) and Oakland Roots SC.

For the Round of 32, eight additional Championship (Division II) clubs - including Sacramento - have entered the tournament alongside eight Major League Soccer (MLS, Division I) sides. Winners from the 16 round three contests were then paired against the 16 newly-entering sides and placed into mini-brackets - each of which were named after figures linked to the rich history of U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Open Cup.

Similar to England's famous FA Cup, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is U.S. Soccer's National Club Championship. Now in its 109th edition, it is a single-elimination tournament that has crowned a champion every year since 1914. The history-filled tournament is 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.

The winner of the 2024 U.S. Open Cup will receive $300,000 in prize money and an automatic berth in the CONCACAF Champions Cup, akin to Europe's well-known annual Champions League and Europa League tournaments. 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. Learn more about the U.S. Open Cup at, or on X and Instagram @opencup and Facebook @officialopencup.

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