CHICAGO (Tuesday, September 18, 2001) - U.S. Soccer announced today that Titan Stadium, on the campus of Cal State Fullerton, in Fullerton, Calif., will be the venue for the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final between Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy and New England Revolution on October 27.
The Galaxy-Revs showdown will crown a new Open Cup Champion as both MLS squads are making their first appearance in the tournament final.
Los Angeles earned their berth to the 2001 final after battling to a hard fought 1-0 semifinal victory in sudden-death overtime over last year's Open Cup Champion Chicago Fire on August 22 in Fullerton, Calif. The game was a rematch of the 2000 Open Cup semis that also had a dramatic conclusion. In the 2000 match, the Fire advanced to the final on a shorthanded golden goal from forward Josh Wolff for the 2-1 win. In this year's semifinal, also at Titan Stadium, Galaxy defender Alexi Lalas was the hero, scoring a golden goal early in the first overtime period to help Los Angeles avenge last year's loss.
In the other semifinal, the surprising New England Revolution blanked the 1996 U.S. Open Cup champion D.C. United 2-0 at Foxboro Stadium on Aug. 22, where the team played four straight matches en route to the final. Two goals by forward Andy Williams was all the offense the Revs needed to defeat United and advance to the first-ever tournament final in club history. After going winless in two previous tournament appearances, the Revs won four straight games in the 2001 competition and will now play their first Open Cup match away from the New England area. Prior to this year's final, the Revs had played five games in Foxboro Stadium (Foxboro, Mass.) and one in Veteran's Memorial Stadium (New Britain, Conn.).
Tickets for the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final are priced at $30 for VIP Midfield, $20 for West Sideline Bleachers and $15 East Sidelines and are available through the Cal State Fullerton Athletic Department at 714-CSU-CSUF (714-278-2783). New England fans can also purchase tickets through the Revolution by contacting 508-384-9143.
Dating back to 1914, the 88-year-old U.S. Open Cup is the oldest soccer cup competition in the United States and is among the oldest in the world. In 1999, the single-elimination tournament, open to all affiliated professional and amateur clubs in the United States, was renamed the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to honor the long-time soccer supporter and pioneer. Hunt, the owner of the Columbus Crew and Kansas City Wizards 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.