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January 7, 2016
MLS teams' USL affiliates no longer eligible for Open Cup

CHICAGO - U.S. Soccer has revised its Open Cup policies to allow professional clubs controlling teams at multiple levels to enter only their highest-level professional team.

The updated policy now states that "any Outdoor Professional League Team that is majority owned by a higher-level Outdoor Professional League Team or any team that is (1) majority owned by an Outdoor Professional League Team, (2) registered with any Open Division League, and (3) registered as a professional team, will not be able to take part in the Open Cup."

As a requirement of this revised policy, the Open Cup Commissioner must issue a list of proposed ineligible teams for review by the Open Cup Committee, which was done yesterday.

This year, all of the affected teams are MLS franchises, whose USL affiliates will be ineligible. Those teams are:
LA Galaxy (LA Galaxy II)
New York red Bulls (New York Red Bulls II)
Orlando City SC (Orlando City B)
Philadelphia Union (Bethlehem Steel FC)
Portland Timbers (Portland Timbers 2)
Real Salt Lake (Real Monarchs SLC)
Seattle Sounders FC (Seattle Sounders 2)
Sporting Kansas City (Swope Park Rangers KC)

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