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Venues Set For Sweet 16 in Third Round of 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup


CHICAGO (Monday, June 26, 2000) - With qualification and the first and second rounds of the 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup completed, an original field of 154 teams has been narrowed down to the Sweet 16 as U.S. Soccer announced today the venues and kickoff times for the third round of the tournament with most matches to be played across the country on July 25.

The stage is set for the bragging rights of the 'Windy City' when the defending PDL champion Chicago Sockers host the Chicago Fire, winners of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 1998, at the "The Hive" in Arlington Heights, Ill. The Socker's defense has yet to concede a goal in both the first and second rounds of the 2000 Open Cup.

For another PDL team, the Mid Michigan Bucks, the Cinderella story has also begun. After defeating the New England Revolution, 1-0, in the second round, the Bucks will now try and stampede their way past the Miami Fusion when they host the MLS club on July 25 at White Pine Stadium in Saginaw, Mich.

Bound to be a soccer classic and rich in action, the defending Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion Rochester Rhinos will travel to RFK Stadium on July 26 to take on the 1996 U.S. Open Cup winners, D.C. United. Both teams are looking for their second Open Cup title. D.C. United defeated the Rhinos in the 1996 Open Cup final, 3-0, to win their only Open Cup crown.

Dating back to 1914, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in U.S. States soccer and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the U.S., the annual U.S. Open Cup is an 87-year-old-single-elimination tournament based on similar competitions played across the world concurrent with domestic league action.

In 1999, the U.S. Open Cup was renamed the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to honor the long- time soccer supporter and pioneer. Hunt, the owner of the Kansas City Wizards and Columbus Crew of MLS and the owner of the Dallas Tornados of the old NASL, was one of the sports first major ownership figures and is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

DateOpponentLocationKickoff / TVTickets
2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
(Third Round)
July 25Match 21 (West): 8-San Diego Flash (A-League) @ 1-Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)Mesa College7:35 p.m. (PT) / ----
July 25Match 22 (West): Richmond Kickers (A-League) @ 5-San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)Spartan Stadium7 p.m. (PT) / ----
July 25Match 23 (West): 3-Chicago Fire (MLS) @ Chicago Sockers (PDL)Forest View Park7:30 p.m. (CT) / ----
July 25Match 24 (West): 2-Dallas Burn (MLS) @ 7-Minnesota Thunder (A-League)National Sports Center7:05 p.m. (CT) / ----
July 26Match 25 (East): Rochester Rhinos (A-League) @ 1-D.C. United (MLS)RFK Stadium7:30 p.m. (ET) / ----
July 25Match 26 (East): 4-Miami Fusion (MLS) @ Mid Michigan Bucks (PDL)White Pine Stadium7:30 p.m. (ET) / ----
July 25Match 27 (East): 3-Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS) @ 6-NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS)Mitchell Field8 p.m. (ET) / ----
July 19Match 28 (East): 7-Hampton Roads (A-League) @ 2-Columbus Crew (MLS)TBATBA / TBATBA
2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
(Remaining Rounds)
Aug. 9QuarterfinalsTBATBA / TBATBA
Aug. 23SemifinalsTBATBA / TBATBA
Oct. 222000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup FinalTBATBA / TBATBA

LEADING SCORERS
PlayerTeamGamesGoalsAssistsPoints
Welton Miami 1419
Raul Diaz Arce D.C. United 1306
Jonny Menyonger Minnesota 1306
Abdul Thompson ContehSan Jose 1204
Chad Deering Dallas 1204
Dema Kovalenko Chicago Fire1204
Gerad Lagos Minnesota 1124
Jaime Moreno D.C. United 1124
Ante Razov Chicago Fire1204
Ian Russell San Jose 1204
Diego Serna Miami 1124
Carlos Farias San Diego 1113
Harut Karapetyan San Jose 1113
Gregory Messam Richmond 1113
Martin Nash Rochester 1113
Nelson Vargas Miami 1113
Brian West Columbus 1113
Note: * denotes player/team eliminated from the 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

GOAL-SCORING LEADERS
PlayerTeamGamesGoals
Welton Miami 14
Raul Diaz Arce D.C. United 13
Jonny Menyonger Minnesota 13
Abdul Thompson ContehSan Jose 12
Chad Deering Dallas 12
Dema Kovalenko Chicago Fire12
Ante Razov Chicago Fire12
Ian Russell San Jose 12
Note: * denotes player/team eliminated from the 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

ASSIST LEADERS
PlayerTeamGamesAssists
Gerad Lagos Minnesota 12
Jaime MorenoD.C. United12
Diego Serna Miami 12
Note: * denotes player/team eliminated from the 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

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