After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Open Cup has returned in 2022, and 17 MLS teams learned their lower-league opponent in Friday's third-round draw.
This marks the first time most MLS teams have begun play in the third round in an attempt to create more David vs. Goliath-type encounters.
Here are the third-round fixtures for those 17 clubs, to be scheduled for April 19-21 (home teams listed first):
- Greenville Triumph (USL League One) vs. Charlotte FC
- Real Salt Lake vs. Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC (USL League One)
Northern California Region
- San Jose Earthquakes vs. Bay Cities FC (NISA)
Southern California Region
- Atlanta United vs. Chattanooga FC (NISA)