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U.S. Open Cup: MLS to face more lower division clubs in 2020

Pity Martinez's goal for Atlanta United gave them the cushion they needed to hold off Minnesota, and secure a US Open Cup victory at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The U.S. Soccer Federation announced a restructuring to the U.S. Open Cup, the organization's national championship that features professional and amateur teams squaring off against one another.

The changes were ratified by the U.S. Soccer Open Cup Committee last November, and is the first "major restructuring" of the competition since 2012, according to a release from U.S. Soccer.

The alterations include an expanded format that will require 11 MLS teams -- those U.S.-based teams who finished...

Atlanta downs Minnesota to win U.S. Open Cup

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Pity Martinez's goal for Atlanta United gave them the cushion they needed to hold off Minnesota, and secure a US Open Cup victory at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Atlanta United wasted little time in taking control of the U.S. Open Cup final by securing two early goals Tuesday, while the defense did just enough in a 2-1 victory over visiting Minnesota United.

Atlanta United won despite playing the final 16-plus minutes down a man after defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez was sent off because of a red card that followed two quick second-half yellow cards for dissent and unsporting behavior.

Atlanta United won its third trophy in the past nine months after winning...