For Orlando City B, their dreams of U.S. Open Cup glory have ended before they really had a chance to begin, as MLS-owned teams in USL will be not be allowed to compete in North American soccer's largest competition.
From the 2015 policy amendments on the U.S. Soccer website:
"Any Outdoor Professional League Team that is majority owned by a higher-level Outdoor Professional League Team shall be ineligible to participate in the Open Cup. The Open Cup Committee shall review and determine team eligibility annually pursuant to this provision and report its decisions to the National Board of Directors."
The partnership between MLS and the USL has been evolving for months now, with a handful of MLS teams electing to scrap their affiliations with independent USL teams and simply operate their own clubs.
Orlando City chose this route midway through its inaugural MLS season, breaking off a partnership with Louisville City and starting Orlando City B, which will kick off its first USL season next year. Due to the new rule change, OCB will be banned from the U.S. Open Cup, along with...
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