U.S. Open Cup Odds: Round of 32 Betting Opportunities

U.S. Open Cup Odds: Round of 32 Betting Opportunities

The U.S. Open Cup is into the Round of 32, where the final eight teams that haven’t played in the competition enter the field.

The four teams from the CONCACAF Champions League, LAFC, Philadelphia Union, Orlando City, and Austin FC, are joined by the next four best teams from the 2022 MLS season: New York Red Bulls, LA Galaxy, NYCFC, and FC Dallas in joining this round.

Those eight entered the pool with the 24 winners from the Third Round to form the Round of 32. The U.S. Open Cup broke the 32 teams down into eight groups of four, based on geography, to draw the 16 matchups. All 16 ties are single elimination, with overtime and penalty kicks if needed, and will be played on May 9 and May 10.

The Round of 32 features nine all-MLS matchups, six ties where an MLS team plays a USL Championship team, and one matchup where both teams are in the USL Championship. Let’s take a look at some of the U.S. Open Cup betting opportunities for this week’s action. 


U.S. Open Cup Odds: Round of 32 Betting Opportunities

2023 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
When: March 21 – September 27, 2023
Teams: 99 teams
Matches played: 212


St. Louis City, an Intriguing Underdog

St. Louis City FC got off to an impressive 5-0 start in MLS play. The expansion team has come back to earth a little bit over the last month, but still, they are in second place in the stacked Western Conference.

St. Louis City leads all of MLS with a +10 goal differential, and they have scored 27 goals in 11 games, including their five-goal outburst against Union Omaha in the U.S. Open Cup Third Round. 

This week they head north for a first-ever meeting against Chicago Fire. The game won’t be played at Soldier Field but instead at the Fire’s former home in the suburbs. The Fire are languishing near the bottom of the Eastern Conference and have a -3 goal differential in MLS play. 

Surprisingly, City are +300 underdogs in this game, with the Fire at -133 and a draw at +290. This game should have goals, and City are primed to pull off an “upset” and move into the Round of 16 in their first-ever U.S. Open Cup. 


Can the Republic Do it Again?

Last year, USL Championships side Sacramento Republic were the darlings of the U.S. Open Cup. They beat three straight MLS teams, San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy, and Sporting KC, to reach the final, where they lost at Orlando City. They are currently in first place of the USLC with a 5-0-3 record and only two goals allowed in eight games.

In the Round of 32, the Republic were drawn at home against MLS side Colorado Rapids. The Rapids are in 10th place in the Western Conference and have a -3 goal differential.

They are coming off a 3-1 win at LA Galaxy on Saturday, their first road win in a month. The Rapids won their first U.S. Open Cup game 3-1 at home against Northern Colorado Hailstorm

The Republic are slight home underdogs at +165. Colorado is +133, and a draw is +245. This Republic team knows how to win, and they aren’t scared of MLS teams, as evidenced by last year’s run to the finals. 


MLS Champs Looking to Advance

As far as favorites go, LAFC are on the road this week in the U.S Open Cup against Monterey Bay FC. LAFC are headed to the CONCACAF Champions League Final and coming off their first loss in MLS action this season, a 2-1 setback at San Jose.

They do have a lot of competitions going with the CCL, U.S. Open Cup, and MLS action, so a squad rotation may be in the cards for Tuesday night’s game. 

Monterey Bay are in sixth place in the Western Conference of the USLC. They are 3-2-4 on the season with a +3 goal differential. Founded in 2021 after moving from Fresno, Monterey Bay upset San Jose Earthquakes in the Third Round in April, their second-ever U.S. Open Cup Win.

LAFC likely won’t start the regulars but should still have enough firepower to take care of a USLC side. The defending MLS champions are -147 to win on Tuesday, while Monterey Bay is +320, and a draw is +290.

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