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How the US Open Cup factors into El Capitán

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Even a win tonight won’t matter much in the battle for El Capitán.

Once the matchup was made that FC Dallas would be battling the Houston Dynamo in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 US Open Cup, the big question was what would that do to this year’s battle for El Capitán. Now we have some clarity on what it means.

According to the agreed-upon rules and tiebreakers for El Capitán, tonight’s game between will only factor in if the teams finish the regular season tied in both record and goal difference and do not meet in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Below is the order of how the winner is determined:

  1. Head-to-head regular season series (W-L-T)
  2. Head-to-head goal differential in regular season series
  3. Result of playoff series (if applicable)
  4. Result of CONCACAF Champions League series (if applicable)
  5. Result of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match (if applicable)
  6. Holder retains trophy

Currently, the Dynamo have the edge in the 2016 series thanks to the 5-0 win to open up the season series back in March. The two sides tied back in June and will square off one final time in the regular season in Houston on August 27.

Basically at this point, FC Dallas has to win the next regular season match by more than five goals to win the cannon outright. Sadly right now it looks like we may not see El Capitán stay in Dallas after this season.

Hat-tip for Houston’s media group for releasing this information.