U.S. Soccer

2016 U.S. Open Cup Final Between FC Dallas, New England on ESPN2 and UDN set for Sept. 13

CHICAGO (Aug. 19, 2016) – The 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final between FC Dallas and New England Revolution will be played on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 9 p.m. CT at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and Univision Deportes Network for the second-straight year.

FC Dallas hosts the final by virtue of finishing ahead of New England Revolution in the Hosting Priority Draw, held on July 21 at Soccer House in Chicago.

The two teams arrive at the championship match after exciting Semifinal wins. New England used goals from Kei Kamara, Je-Vaughn Watson and Teal Bunbury to down the Chicago Fire 3-1 on Aug. 9. The next day, FC Dallas got late extra time strikes from Matt Hedges and Victor Ulloa to defeat the host LA Galaxy 2-1 on Aug. 10.

The 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final serves as a rematch of the 2007 Championship, when the Revolution defeated FC Dallas 3-2 for their only major title to date in a game also played in Frisco, Texas.

This year's winning team will receive $250,000 and a berth in the 2017-18 CONCACAF Champions' League. The runner-up will earn $60,000.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer's national club championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 102 consecutive years dating from 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

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USOC Aug 19, 2016

Matchups Determined for 2017 U.S. Open Cup First and Second Round Qualifying

CHICAGO (Aug. 17, 2016) - A record 64 amateur teams will take the field this September and October for the chance to play professional sides in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the 104th edition of U.S. Soccer’s national club championship. In the first step toward making this dream possible for these local clubs, U.S. Soccer announced the match-ups for the first and second qualifying rounds earlier today.

The 64 squads – including clubs from 18 states and 23 leagues – will be competing through the local qualifying path of the tournament’s Open Division (the track involving all teams other than Division I, II and III professional teams). Rounding out the Open Division are the Premier Development League and the National Premier Soccer League, two national leagues who opted to bypass local qualifying and will instead use 2016 league results to determine their entrants into the 2017 Open Cup. The final number of slots for each method of entry into the tournament will be determined by early January. Those teams advancing will see action in the 2017 Open Cup first round, tentatively scheduled for May 10.

Fifty-six of the 64 local entries will participate in the first qualifying round, scheduled for Sept. 10-11 and Sept. 17-18, while eight other sides will receive byes to the second qualifying round, set for Oct. 15-16 and Oct. 22-23. Match-ups were determined based on geographic proximity (with three or more teams from the same area paired via blind draw), while the selection of home teams was conducted via blind draw or coin flip. A determination regarding the third qualifying round pairings and bracket will be made after the second qualifying round is completed.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion annually since 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt. Major League Soccer (Division I) clubs FC Dallas and New England Revolution will face each other in the 2016 Open Cup Final in Frisco, Texas, in September on a date to be determined.

2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Open Division Local Qualifying Schedule

First Qualifying Round

Date

Game

Time/Result

Venue

Sept. 10

Brick Lions FC (N.J.) at Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Pa.)

2:30 p.m. ET

Vereinigung Erzgebirge; Warminster, Pa.

Sept. 10

Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (Md.) at Christos FC (Md.)

7 p.m. ET

Troy Park; Elkridge, Md.

Sept. 10

Rising Stars FC (Pa.) at Junior Lone Star FC (Pa.)

7 p.m. ET

Monsingnor Bonner High School; Drexel Hill, Pa.

Sept. 10

Salone FC (Pa.) at West Chester United SC (Pa.)

7:30 p.m. ET

West Chester United SC Turf Field; West Chester, Pa.

Sept. 10

New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) at Lansdowne Bhoys (N.Y.)

8 p.m. ET

Tibbetts Brooke Park; Yonkers, N.Y.

Sept. 11

Newtown Pride FC (Conn.) at Newport FC (R.I.)

9:30 a.m. ET

Gardiner Seveney Field; Portsmouth, R.I.

Sept. 11

GPS Omens (Mass.) at Southie FC (Mass.)

12 p.m. ET

Madison Park; Roxbury Crossing, Mass.

Sept. 11

New York Greek American SC (N.Y.) at FC Motown (N.J.)

7 p.m. ET

Athenia Steel Park; Clifton, N.J.

Sept. 17

Davis Legacy (Calif.) at El Farolito (Calif.)

11 a.m. PT

Boxer Stadium; San Francisco, Calif.

Sept. 17

Ann Arbor FC (Mich.) at Oakland County FC (Mich.)

6 p.m. ET

Stoney Creek High School; Rochester Hills, Mich.

Sept. 17

Moreno Valley Fútbol Club (Calif.) at HD Rush FC (Calif.)

3 p.m. PT

University Preparatory School; Victorville, Calif.

Sept. 17

Colorado Rovers (Colo.) at Harpo’s FC (Colo.)

5 p.m. MT

Dicks Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

Sept. 17

Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) at NTX Rayados (Texas)

7:30 p.m. CT

Richland College; Dallas, Texas

Sept. 17

Azteca FC (Colo.) at FC Denver (Colo.)

6:30 p.m. MT

Aurora Sports Park; Aurora, Colo.

Sept. 17

Del Rey City Soccer Club (Calif.) at FC Hasental (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Chaminade College Preparatory; Canoga Park, Calif.

Sept. 17

Orange County FC (Calif.) at La Máquina FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Westminster High School; Westminster, Calif.

Sept. 17

Avalanche USA FC (Calif.) at Inland Empire FC (Calif.)

7:30 p.m. PT

Rancho Jurupa Regional Sports Park; Jurupa Valley, Calif.

Sept. 17

OC Crew Soccer Club (Calif.) at Ozzy’s Laguna FC (Calif.)

8 p.m. PT

Santa Ana Stadium; Santa Ana, Calif.

Sept. 18

Outbreak FC (Calif.) at Buena Park FC (Calif.)

11 a.m. PT

John F. Kennedy High School; La Palma, Calif.

Sept. 18

Hurricane FC (Fla.) at Miami Dade FC (Fla.)

3 p.m. ET

Tropical Park Stadium; Miami, Fla.

Sept. 18

Red Force FC (Fla.) at Miami Nacional Soccer Club (Fla.)

4 p.m. ET

Lauderhill Sports Complex; Lauderhill, Fla.

Sept. 18

FC Boulder (Colo.) at Colorado Rush (Colo.)

3 p.m. MT

Addenbrooke Soccer Complex; Lakewood, Colo.

Sept. 18

L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) at Real Sociedad Royals (Calif.)

4:30 p.m. PT

St. John Bosco Football Stadium; Bellflower, Calif.

Sept. 18

Valley United SC (Calif.) at SFV Scorpions SC (Calif.)

5 p.m. PT

Alemony High School; Mission Hills, Calif.

Sept. 18

AC Brea Steaua (Calif.) at Strikers FC South Coast (Calif.)

6:30 p.m. PT

Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, Calif.

Sept. 18

Chula Vista FC (Calif.) at Frontera United (Ariz.)

7 p.m. MST

Desert Sun Stadium; Yuma, Ariz.

Sept. 18

Las Vegas High Rollers SC (Nev.) at Anahuac FC (Nev.)

7 p.m. PT

Sports Park; Las Vegas, Nev.

Sept. 18

La Habra City FC (Calif.) at Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.)

7:30 p.m. PT

Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, Calif.

Teams with byes in First Qualifying Round (8): Aromas Café FC (Va.); Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.); IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.); Minneapolis City SC (Minn.); MF 10 (Nev.); Motagua New Orleans (La.); Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.); Uruguay Kendall FC (Fla.)

Second Qualifying Round

Date

Game

Time

Venue

Oct. 15-16

New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.)/Lansdowne Bhoys (N.Y.) winner at New York Greek American SC (N.Y.)/FC Motown (N.J.) winner

TBD

TBD

Oct. 15-16

Salone FC (Pa.)/West Chester United SC (Pa.) winner at Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (Md.)/Christos FC (Md.) winner

TBD

TBD

Oct. 15-16

Rising Stars FC (Pa.)/Junior Lone Star FC (Pa.) winner at Brick Lions FC (N.J.)/Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Pa.) winner

TBD

TBD

Oct. 15-16

GPS Omens (Mass.)/Southie FC (Mass.) winner at Newtown Pride FC (Conn.)/Newport FC (R.I.) winner

TBD

TBD

Oct. 16

Aromas Café FC (Va.) at Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.)

3 p.m. ET

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

Oct. 22

Ann Arbor FC (Mich.)/Oakland County FC (Mich.) winner at Minneapolis City SC (Minn.)

2:30 p.m. CT

National Sports Center – Field U2; Blaine, Minn.

Oct. 22

FC Boulder (Colo.)/Colorado Rush (Colo.) winner at IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.)

7 p.m. PT

Delta Park; Portland, Ore.

Oct. 22-23

Motagua New Orleans (La.) at Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas)/NTX Rayados (Texas) winner

TBD

TBD

Oct. 22-23

Azteca FC (Colo.)/FC Denver (Colo.) winner at Colorado Rovers (Colo.)/Harpo’s FC (Colo.) winner

TBD

TBD

Oct. 22-23

Boca Raton Football Club (Fla.) at Hurricane FC (Fla.)/Miami Dade FC (Fla.) winner

TBD

TBD

Oct. 22-23

MF 10 (Nev.) at Las Vegas High Rollers SC (Nev.)/Anahuac FC (Nev.) winner

TBD

TBD

Oct. 22-23

La Habra City FC (Calif.)/Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) winner at Orange County FC (Calif.)/La Máquina FC (Calif.) winner

TBD

TBD

Oct. 22-23

Outbreak FC (Calif.)/Buena Park FC (Calif.) winner at Valley United SC (Calif.)/SFV Scorpions SC (Calif.) winner

TBD

TBD

Oct. 22-23

OC Crew Soccer Club (Calif.)/Ozzy’s Laguna FC (Calif.) winner at Moreno Valley Fútbol Club (Calif.)/HD Rush FC (Calif.) winner

TBD

TBD

Oct. 22-23

L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.)/Real Sociedad Royals (Calif.) winner at Avalanche USA FC (Calif.)/Inland Empire FC (Calif.) winner

TBD

TBD

Oct. 22-23

Chula Vista FC (Calif.)/Frontera United (Ariz.) winner at Del Rey City Soccer Club (Calif.)/FC Hasental (Calif.) winner

TBD

TBD

Oct. 22-23

Davis Legacy (Calif.)/El Farolito (Calif.) winner at AC Brea Steaua (Calif.)/Strikers FC South Coast (Calif.) winner

TBD

TBD

Oct. 23

Red Force FC (Fla.)/Miami Nacional Soccer Club (Fla.) winner at Uruguay Kendall FC (Fla.)

7 p.m. ET

Tropical Park Stadium; Miami, Fla.

Third Qualifying Round: Nov. 19-20
Fourth Qualifying Round (if needed):
March 11-12, 2017
Fifth Qualifying Round (if needed):
April 8-9, 2017
First Round:
May 10, 2017 (date tentative)

2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Open Division Teams Entering via the Local Qualifying Track
Listed by State (Region) and League (Sanctioning Body) Affiliation

Arizona
United Premier Soccer League (Calif. State Soccer Assn.-South/USASA)
Frontera United; Yuma, Ariz.

California (North)
NorCal Adult Premier League (US Club Soccer)

Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.

San Francisco Soccer Football League (Calif. Soccer Assn.-North/USASA)
El Farolito; San Francisco, Calif.

California (South)
So Cal Premier League (Calif. State Soccer Assn.-South/USASA)
AC Brea Steaua; Brea, Calif.
Buena Park FC; La Palma, Calif.
Chula Vista FC; Chula Vista, Calif.
Orange County FC; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
Outbreak FC*; Long Beach, Calif.
Real Sociedad Royals; Bellflower, Calif.

United Premier Soccer League (Calif. State Soccer Assn.-South/USASA)
Avalanche USA FC; Glendora, Calif.
Del Rey City SC; Culver City, Calif.
FC Hasental; Canoga Park, Calif.
HD Rush FC; Victorville, Calif.
Inland Empire FC; Jurupa Valley, Calif.
La Habra City FC; Lake Forest, Calif.
La Máquina*; Lake Forest, Calif.
L.A. Wolves FC*; Torrance, Calif.
Moreno Valley Fútbol Club; Moreno Valley, Calif.
OC Crew Soccer Club; Lake Forest, Calif.
Ozzy's Laguna FC; Santa Ana, Calif.
Santa Ana Winds FC; Lake Forest, Calif.
SFV Scorpions SC; Mission Hills, Calif.
Strikers FC South Coast; Lake Forest, Calif.
Valley United SC; North Hills, Calif.

Colorado
Colorado Amateur Soccer League (U.S. Specialty Sports Assn.)
Azteca FC; Aurora, Colo.
Colorado Rovers; Commerce City, Colo.
Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.
FC Boulder; Boulder, Colo.
FC Denver; Aurora, Colo.
Harpo's FC*; Commerce City, Colo.

Connecticut
Connecticut Soccer League (Conn. State Soccer Assn./USASA)

Newtown Pride FC; Meriden, Conn.

Florida
American Premier Soccer League (Florida State Soccer Assn./USASA)

Boca Raton Football Club*; Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Hurricane FC; Coconut Creek, Fla.
Miami Dade FC; Miami, Fla.
Miami Nacional Soccer Club; Lauderhill, Fla.
Red Force FC; Miami, Fla.
Uruguay Kendall FC; Miami, Fla.

Louisiana
Gulf Coast Premier League (Louisiana Soccer Assn./USASA)

Motagua New Orleans*; New Orleans, La.

Maryland
Maryland Major Soccer League (Md. State Soccer Assn./USASA)

Christos FC; Elkridge, Md.

Washington Premier League (Md. State Soccer Assn./USASA)
Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC; Boyds, Md.

Massachusetts
Bay State Soccer League (Mass. Adult State Soccer Assn./USASA)

Global Premier Soccer (GPS) Omens; Wayland, Mass.
Southie FC*; Roxbury Crossing, Mass.

Michigan
Ann Arbor Premier Development League (Michigan Soccer Association/USASA)

Ann Arbor FC; Saline, Mich.

Premier League of America (USASA)
Oakland County FC; Rochester Hills, Mich.

Minnesota
Premier League of America (USASA)

Minneapolis City SC; Blaine, Minn.

Nevada
United Premier Soccer League (Calif. State Soccer Assn.-South/USASA)

Anahuac FC; Las Vegas, Nev.
Las Vegas Highrollers SC; Las Vegas, Nev.
MF 10; Las Vegas, Nev.

New Jersey
Garden State Soccer League (New Jersey Soccer Assn./USASA)

Brick Lions FC; Brick, N.J.
FC Motown; Clifton, N.J.

New York
Cosmopolitan Soccer League (Eastern New Youth State Soccer Assn./USASA)

Lansdowne Bhoys FC*; Yonkers, N.Y.
New York Greek American SC^; Maspeth, N.Y.
New York Pancyprian Freedoms*#; Jamaica, N.Y.

Oregon
Oregon Premier Soccer League (Oregon Adult Soccer Assn./USASA)

International Portland Select (IPS)/Marathon Taverna; Portland, Ore.

Pennsylvania
Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League (Pa. West Soccer Assn./USASA)

Tartan Devils Oak Avalon; Pittsburgh, Pa.

Philadelphia Premier Soccer League (Eastern Pa. Soccer Assn./USASA)
Junior Lone Star FC; Drexel Hill, Pa.
Rising Stars FC; Drexel Hill, Pa.
Salone FC; Drexel Hill, Pa.

United Soccer League of Pennsylvania (Eastern Pa. Soccer Assn./USASA)
Vereinigung Erzgebirge; Warminster, Pa.
West Chester United*; West Chester, Pa.

Rhode Island
USA Soccer League (US Club Soccer)

Newport FC; Portsmouth, R.I.

Texas
Austin Men's Soccer Association (U.S. Specialty Sports Assn.)

Celtic Cowboys Premier; Austin, Texas

North Texas Premier Soccer Association (North Texas Soccer Assn./USASA)
NTX Rayados*; Dallas, Texas

Virginia
Soccer Organization of the Charlottesville Area (Metro D.C.-Va. Soccer Assn./USASA)

Aromas Café FC*; Charlottesville, Va.

* Advanced to 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
^ Four-time U.S. Open Cup Champion (1967-69, 1974)
# Three-time U.S. Open Cup Champion (1980, 1982-83)

Facts and Figures of Open Division Teams Entering via the Local Qualifying Track:

  • 23 different leagues represented (including 3 new leagues added this year)
  • 18 different states represented (including 4 new states added this year)
  • 23 teams entering from California alone (21 from Southern Calif., 2 from Northern Calif.)
  • 6 teams each from Colorado, Florida and Pennsylvania
  • 3 teams from Nevada and New York
  • 2 teams each from Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas
  • 1 team each from Arizona, Connecticut, Louisiana, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island and Virginia
  • 12 teams entering 2017 Open Division local qualifying reached the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup first round; 7 of these reached the second round; 3 of these reached the third round
  • La Máquina (Lake Forest, Calif.) advanced to the fourth round of the 2016 Open Cup and battled MLS powerhouse LA Galaxy in a game that went to overtime before losing controversially
  • The 64 teams entering local qualifying breaks the record of 56 set last year
  • 36 teams are veterans of Open Division local qualifying, having participated in the inaugural competition last year
  • 28 teams are entering Open Division local qualifying for the first time
  • 55 teams are from U.S. Adult Soccer Association-affiliated leagues
  • 7 teams are from U.S. Specialty Sports Association-affiliated leagues
  • 2 teams are from US Club Soccer-affiliated leagues
  • New York Greek American SC is a four-time U.S. Open Cup Champion (1967-69, 1974)
  • New York Pancyprian Freedoms are a three-time U.S. Open Cup Champion (1980, 1982-83)

2017 U.S. Open Cup Competition Calendar for Open Division Local Qualifying Entries

Key Dates in 2016:
Monday, Aug. 22 (4 p.m. CT) - Fall roster submission deadline for teams participating through the Open Division local qualifying track (22 player limit, no additions allowed after the deadline)
Friday, Sept. 2 (4 p.m. CT) - Roster approval/clearance deadline for first qualifying round (players must be approved by their team's league and cleared by U.S. Soccer to play)
Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 10-11 - First qualifying round for teams in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states (from Maine to Virginia and West Virginia)
Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 17-18 - First qualifying round for teams in all other states
Friday, Oct. 7 (4 p.m. CT) - Roster approval/clearance deadline for second and third qualifying rounds
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 15-16 - Second qualifying round for teams in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 22-23 - Second qualifying round for teams in all other states
Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 19-20 - Third qualifying round for all teams

Key Dates in 2017:
January date TBD - Final allocation determined for Open Division slots into 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Wednesday, Jan. 4 (2 p.m. CT) - Home Game Application deadline for fourth and fifth qualifying rounds (if needed)
January date TBD - Matchups for fourth qualifying round (if needed) and bracket for fifth qualifying round (if needed) announced
Monday, Feb. 27 (4 p.m. CT) - Spring roster submission deadline for teams still alive through the Open Division local qualifying track (teams may add up to five new players to their Fall roster who are not already cup-tied; 22 player limit remains)
Friday, March 3 (4 p.m. CT) - Spring roster approval/clearance deadline for Open Division local qualifiers (rosters for these teams will be frozen through June 30 to include the opening rounds of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup)
Saturday-Sunday, March 11-12 - Fourth qualifying round (if needed)
Wednesday, March 22 - Venue Declaration Form deadline for teams wishing to host games in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Friday, March 31 (2 p.m. CT) - Home Game Application deadline for First, Second and Third Rounds of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9 (if needed) - Fifth qualifying round (if needed)
Wednesday, April 12 - 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup First Round pairings and Second Round possible matchups announced
Wednesday, May 10 - 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup First Round (date tentative); Dates for remaining rounds of the competition will be determined by January 2017
Saturday, July 1-Friday, July 14 (4 p.m. CT) - Summer roster changeover period for Open Division local qualifiers still in the competition (teams may add up to five new players to their Spring roster who are not already cup-tied; 22 player limit remains)

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USOC Aug 17, 2016

FC Dallas Stun LA Galaxy with Last-Gasp Goal in 2-1 Extra Time Win, Advance to 2016 U.S. Open Cup Final

CARSON, Calif. (Aug. 10, 2016) – Nobody at the StubHub Center could believe it. Nobody, that is, except those on the field in a red uniform. What looked like certain elimination after going down 1-0 in the 101st minute, FC Dallas netted two goals from Matt Hedges and Victor Ulloa in the 116 and 121st minutes to advance to the 103rd U.S. Open Cup Final in miraculous fashion.

“We’ve fought so hard this season and we’ve come back from many things,” said Ulloa, who scored the game-winning goal. “Our mentality was we wanted to take it back home and win a championship. We didn’t put our heads down and we kept going.”

Dallas were on their heels the majority of the game. They threatened with a few dangerous counter-attacks, but the pace of the game was largely controlled by the Galaxy. After the two sides traded missed opportunities in regulation, Los Angeles took the lead thanks to Mike Magee’s 101st minute penalty kick.

Gyasi Zardes and Giovani dos Santos, who subbed in together in the 74th minute, combined brilliantly in the first half of extra time. Zardes was able to split the defense outside the 18-yard box and play a perfect through ball to dos Santos. Dallas keeper Chris Seitz came charging off his line and his last-gasp dive tripped up the Mexico international, forcing referee Ted Unkel to point to the penalty spot.

Adjusting the captain’s armband, Magee calmly stepped up to take the ensuing penalty kick. He placed it perfectly in the lower right corner, as Seitz leapt the other way.

But Dallas’ center back Matt Hedges knew it wasn’t over yet. With his team awarded a corner kick in the 116th minute, he was able to find space inside the box and smash home a header off of a perfect delivery from Mauro Diaz.

“It’s hard to really put it into words how we feel,” said Hedges. “We practice our free kicks and set plays every day and for it to come at a time like that is an amazing feeling.”

Dallas pushed to make sure the match would not be decided by penalty kicks. Into stoppage time of the extra frame, the visitors were awarded yet another corner kick. Diaz again delivered the ball on a dime into the penalty area, and Ulloa headed it inside the right post to cap the improbable comeback.

“All of the hard work that this team has done throughout the season, I think we deserved it and we showed it,” said Ulloa. “We had the character and resilience to fight through, and thank God I had the chance to score that goal.”

The win sets up a rematch of the 2007 Final with the New England Revolution and leaves FC Dallas one victory away from ending the club’s 19-year trophy drought, having last lifted silverware in the 1997 U.S. Open Cup. Like in 2007, FC Dallas will once again host the Final at Toyota Stadium, with the chance to end the drought in front of their home fans. The date and kick off time of the Final will be announced at a later date.

“We have that mentality that we need to win a championship for this team,” said Ulloa. “Now we have a great opportunity ahead of us at home in front of our fans who deserve it.”

- Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Match Report -

Match: LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas
Date
: Aug. 10, 2016
Competition
: Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinal
Venue
: StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff
: 7 p.m. PT
Attendance
: 6,120
Weather
: 70 degrees, clear 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          ET1     ET2     F
LAG                            0          0          1          0          1        
DAL                            0          0          0          2          2 

LAG – Mike Magee (penalty kick)       101st minute          
DAL – Matt Hedges (Mauro Diaz)    116
DAL – Victor Ulloa (Mauro Diaz)     120+1’

Lineups:
LAG
: 12-Brian Rowe; 25-Rafael Garcia, 22-Leonardo, 27-Dave Romney, 3-Ashley Cole; 6-Baggio Husidic, 21-Jeff Larentowicz; 40-Raul Mendiola (17-Sebastian Lletget 91’), 18-Mike Magee (capt.), 24-Emmanuel Boateng (10-Giovani dos Santos 74); 9-Alan Gordon (11-Gyasi Zardes 74)
Substitutes not used
: 1-Dan Kennedy, 20-A.J. DeLaGarza, 34-Nigel De Jong, 44-Daniel Steres
Head Coach: Bruce Arena

DAL: 18-Chris Seitz; 14-Atiba Harris (8-Victor Ulloa 46), 24-Walker Zimmerman, 24-Matt Hedges, 31-Maynor Figueroa; 7-Carlos Gruezo, 10-Mauro Diaz (capt.), 23-Kellyn Acosta; 21-Michael Barrios, 37-Maximiliano Urruti (9-Getterson 90+1’), 12-Ryan Hollingshead (13-Tesho Akindele 67)
Substitutes not used
: 1-Jesse Gonzalez, 2-Aubrey David, 5-Norberto Paparatto, 77-Mauro Rosales
Head Coach: Oscar Pareja
 

Stats Summary: LAG / DAL
Shots: 11 / 26
Shots on Goal: 5 / 11
Saves: 9 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 6
Fouls: 14 / 23
Offside: 1 / 6 

Misconduct Summary:
DAL – Atiba Harris (caution)            26th minute
DAL – Victor Ulloa (caution)            53
DAL – Maynor Figueroa (caution)    75
LAG – Rafael Garcia (caution)          80
DAL – Carlos Gruezo (caution)         87
DAL – Kellyn Acosta (caution)         111

Officials:
Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistant Referee 1: Ian Anderson
Assistant Referee 2: Cameron Blanchard
Fourth Official: Alex Chilowicz

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USOC Aug 11, 2016

New England Revolution Defeat Chicago Fire 3-1 in First 2016 U.S. Open Cup Semifinal

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Aug. 9, 2016) – The New England Revolution relied on Je-Vaughn Watson to keep his head at the right time to reach the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinal against Chicago. He scored during regulation in the Quarterfinal against Philadelphia and also thrashed home the winning penalty to arrange this match.

Watson’s awareness and composure rose to the fore once again at the ideal time. His timely contributions in front of goal continued with the decisive strike after 42 minutes to send the Revolution through to the U.S. Open Cup Final for the first time in nine years with a 3-1 victory at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday night.

“When you’re in a good spot like that and you just see the ball, you finish it,” Watson explained. “Even before I tapped it in the goal, I said, ‘Oh my God, it’s a goal again.”

The winner three minutes before halftime ultimately separated the sides and sent the Revs to the Open Cup Final for a third time. Kei Kamara opened the scoring from the spot after 16 minutes, but David Accam prodded home five minutes before halftime to draw the Fire level, setting the stage for Watson’s immediate riposte.

Teal Bunbury guaranteed safe passage with New England’s third after 85 minutes, while David Accam’s late dismissal wrapped a frustrating night for a Fire outfit on the losing end of its fourth straight Open Cup Semifinal appearance.

New England now awaits the winner of the second Semifinal between LA Galaxy and FC Dallas in Carson, Calif. on Wednesday night (7 p.m. PT, ESPN2) as it seeks to add to its lone triumph in this competition back in 2007.

Kamara handed the hosts the perfect start from the spot after 16 minutes. Diego Fagundez and Kelyn Rowe combined on the left edge of the penalty area. Rowe collected and tempted Rodrigo Ramos to clip him as he turned away. Referee Edwin Jurisevic pointed to the spot and paved the way for Kamara to slot the opener past Fire goalkeeper Matt Lampson.

Teal Bunbury pushed his effort just wide of the post from a Kamara pass just after the half-hour, but Chicago posed a lively threat on the break through Accam and Michael de Leeuw. The duo combined five minutes before halftime to draw the Fire level after the Revs failed to clear their lines. De Leeuw managed to persevere on the edge of the penalty area and prod through for Accam to register his fifth goal of the competition.

Accam’s equalizer stood for two minutes before Watson once again played his part in the Open Cup. Chris Tierney curled a menacing corner kick toward the near post for Kamara to twist toward goal. Razvan Cocis diverted the goalbound header through the goal area for the crashing Watson to nod home from close range.

“I love that we just responded well,” Revolution head coach Jay Heaps said. “We’ve had a pretty tough week in terms of putting our head down [after the 4-1 defeat at Toronto FC on Saturday]. We talked a lot about it on Sunday and Monday about having a response tonight. They really came out and used a moment when we got knocked down to get back up.”

Watson’s header sparked the search for a third. Rowe and Bunbury both went close as the second half unfolded, but it took until the waning stages for the Revs to guarantee safe passage to the Final next month.

Bunbury gathered his composure in the attacking third and sensed an opportunity to strike from distance. His low effort eluded Lampson and worked its way inside the near post to guarantee the Revs’ first appearance in the final since winning the competition nearly a decade ago.

“Whenever you can make a Final, it’s huge,” Bunbury said. “Credit to all of the guys. It’s a lot of hard work. It’s a lot of different types of games throughout the tournament. I’m just pleased we were able to make it to this point. It was a great victory tonight and we’re very excited.”

- Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Match Report -

Match : New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire
Date
: Aug. 9, 2016
Competition
: Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinal
Venue
: Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
Kickoff
: 8 p.m. ET
Attendance
: 9,801
Weather
: 78 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
NE                            2 1 3
CHI                           1 0 1

NE - Kei Kamara (penalty kick)                   16th minute
CHI - David Accam (Michael de Leeuw)     40
NE - Je-Vaughn Watson                                42
NE - Teal Bunbury                                        85

Lineups :
NE
: 18-Brad Knighton; 2-Andrew Farrell, 15-Je-Vaughn Watson (21-Zachary Herivaux, 85), 23-Jose Gonçalves, 8-Chris Tierney; 6-Scott Caldwell, 7-Gershon Koffie (28-London Woodberry, 75); 10-Teal Bunbury, 11-Kelyn Rowe, 14-Diego Fagundez (24-Lee Nguyen, 62); 13-Kei Kamara
Substitutions not used
: 22-Bobby Shuttleworth, 25-Darrius Barnes, 4-Steve Neumann, 16-Daigo Kobayashi
Head Coach: Jay Heaps

CHI : 28-Matt Lampson; 13-Rodrigo Ramos (3-Brandon Vincent, 46), 16-Jonathan Campbell, 4-Johan Kappelhof, 5-Michael Harrington (15-Joey Calistri, 90); 30-Razvan Coçis, 19-Khaly Thiam (2-Matt Polster, 66); 11-David Accam, 7-John Goossens, 12-Arturo Alvarez; 8-Michael de Leeuw
Substitutions not used
: 25-Sean Johnson, 6-Eric Gehrig, 21-Nick Labrocca, 26-Michael Stephens
Head Caoch: Veljko Paunovic

Stats Summary: NE / CHI
Shots: 16 / 16
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 7 / 6
Fouls: 7 / 16
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CHI - Johan Kappelhof (caution)          43rd minute
NE - Je-Vaughn Watson (caution)          51
NE - Kelyn Rowe (caution)                    89
CHI - David Accam (ejection)                 89
CHI - Michael de Leeuw (caution)           90+1

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USOC Aug 9, 2016

LA Galaxy Look to Reach First U.S. Open Cup Final Since 2006

The Los Angeles Galaxy arguably have the most revered trophy case of any soccer club in the United States. More recently, it’s been success in MLS that has contributed to their stockpile of silverware. But after finding themselves in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinals for the first time since 2006, the two-­time champion Galaxy are relishing their opportunity to reach the Final of the 103rd U.S. Open Cup.

“We want to win this tournament. We’re taking it serious,” said Galaxy forward Alan Gordon. “We want to win trophies and this is the biggest North American tournament so we want to win it.”  

Los Angeles hasn't exactly breezed into this semifinal matchup with FC Dallas. But the difficult road traveled has set them up for a serious shot at the title. 

At first glance, the Galaxy began the tournament smoothly with a 4­-1 win over La Maquina in the fourth round. But the game was not nearly as smooth as it would seem. A 10-men Galaxy side were forced to go to extra time after finishing regulation 1-1. They then scored a controversial goal off of a set piece to take the lead, followed by two late Sebastian Lletget goals that sealed the victory.

The Galaxy went on to travel up to Portland in the Round of 16. They eked out a 1-­0 win over the Timbers in Providence Park; never an easy venue for visitors. 

It was in the Quarterfinals, however, where the Galaxy’s Cup dreams looked bleakest. They found themselves with their backs against the wall, trailing 2-1 in the 77th minute against a familiar foe in the Seattle Sounders. But the Galaxy proved their toughness when it mattered most. They netted three goals in the final thirteen minutes, advancing to the Semifinals in dramatic fashion.

“Mentality, toughness and strength will never be an issue with this group,” said Galaxy midfielder Mike Magee. “Unfortunately we’ve been in some bad situations this year. We’ve shown a lot of character and good responses to adversity, so there’s nothing we’re going to see that we haven’t seen thus far.”

Los Angeles has always been an organization lauded for their top-tier talent. But even with a roster headlined by the biggest names this side of the Atlantic, the blueprint would be different heading into this season. Depth has been the name of the game for 2016, and now with the number of games beginning to add up, the Galaxy are reaping the rewards of their deep talent pool. 

“We’ve had to rely on depth all year, and tomorrow is no different,” said Magee. “Whatever lineup we put out there is going to be a strong one.”

“[Depth is] a key factor in us being in the Semifinal with a chance to get into the Final,” said Gordon. “We’ve had guys out all year and it hasn’t seemed to slow us down. We always have capable guys coming off of the bench and contributing.”

 

The Galaxy's recent form certainly bodes well for their U.S. Open Cup success. They’ve gone undefeated in their last ten matches, with only one loss since May 28. But as the season continues with players competing in multiple competitions, both for club and country, teams can begin to spread thin and tire out.

Balancing multiple competitions is a dance that most managers don’t enjoy navigating. The Galaxy play three games in this week alone. It’s a difficult proposition to make: do you try to keep your players fresh for an MLS playoff run, or risk it by going all-out to win everything? 

Galaxy Manager Bruce Arena acknowledges the difficulties of balancing a roster down the stretch, but he doesn’t want the narrative to get twisted. Winning every game is the motive. 

“It’s very challenging,” said Arena. “All of the games we’re playing this week are important, and what I’m trying to do is position our team to win every game.”

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