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Columbus, Los Angeles and Dallas Advance to Open Cup Semifinals; Galaxy to Host Burn on Sept. 3

CHICAGO (Thursday, August 8, 2002) – U.S. Soccer announced today that the MLS’ Los Angeles Galaxy will host the Dallas Burn in a 2002 Lamar U.S. Open Cup Semifinal at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif., on Tuesday, September 3, at 8 p.m. PT.  The other Semifinal, set for Tuesday, Sept. 10, will pit the Columbus Crew (MLS) against the winner of the remaining Quarterfinal match to be played on August 24 when the Kansas City Wizards (MLS) visit the Milwaukee Rampage (A-League).

The designated host for the second Semifinal match-up will be determined via the Kansas City-Milwaukee outcome as the Crew will either host the Wizards or travel to meet the Rampage on Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.

The venues for the 2002 Open Cup Semifinals were determined by U.S. Soccer after evaluating hosting proposals submitted by the teams remaining in the single-elimination tournament.

Both 2002 Open Cup Semifinals as well as the Championship game on the weekend of October 26-27 will be broadcast live on Fox Sports World (FSW) and Fox Sports World Español (FSWE).

The 89-year-old tournament saw three MLS teams advance to the 2002 Semifinals after they all posted one-goal victories last night in Quarterfinal action.

The defending Open Cup champions L.A. Galaxy extended their tournament-game unbeaten streak to seven as they eliminated the 2001 MLS Cup champions San Jose Earthquakes for a third consecutive year, posting a 1-0 win in sudden-death (golden goal) overtime on Wednesday night at Spartan Stadium. Forward Carlos Ruiz notched the game-winner eleven minutes into the first overtime after both teams battled to a scoreless draw at the end of regulation.

In another overtime encounter, midfielder Ronnie O’Brien’s tally at the 111th minute paced the host Dallas Burn to a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids (MLS) at the Cotton Bowl. After playing their third consecutive overtime match in tournament play, the win over the Rapids puts the Burn in the Open Cup Semifinals for the first time since 1998.

Rounding out last night’s Quarterfinal results, forward Brian McBride scored his eighth career Open Cup goal for the visiting Columbus Crew in their 2-1 win over the NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS) at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, N.Y. Midfielder Kyle Martino notched the game-winner as the Crew earned their first appearance in the Open Cup Semifinals since 1999. Forward Rodrigo Faria had the only tally for the MetroStars.

Tickets for the Galaxy-Burn Semifinal are priced from $10 to $20 and will go on sale early next week (exact date and time to be announced) through Ticketmaster and the L.A. Galaxy at 1-877-3-GALAXY. Complete information will be available at once arrangements are finalized.

Dating back to 1914, the 89-year-old U.S. Open Cup is the oldest soccer cup competition in the United States and is also among the oldest in the world.

The 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Brackets are available at (.pdf)