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Possible 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinal Pairings Set


CHICAGO (August 1, 2007) - U.S. Soccer announced the possible pairings for the semifinals of the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, Aug. 1. The semifinal round will take place between August 31 and September 5 as the quarterfinal winners face off.

The quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup begin Tuesday, August 7, and conclude Wednesday, August 8. Eight teams remain from the original field of 40 MLS, USL-1, USL-2, PDL, and USASA squads. Three games are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, with the Richmond Kickers (USL-2) taking on the Carolina Railhawks (USL-1), FC Dallas (MLS) playing the Charleston Battery (USL-1), and the Colorado Rapids (MLS) visiting the Seattle Sounders (USL-1). The quarterfinal round will end on August 8 after the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) take on the New England Revolution.

Richmond Kickers (USL-2) vs. Carolina RailHawks (USL-1)
Tuesday, August 7, 7:30 p.m. ET - SAS Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

The Richmond Kickers are one of two USL-2 teams still remaining in the U.S. Open Cup. Richmond opened the tournament by defeating the Michigan Bucks (PDL) 4-2 at home in Richmond, Va. The Kickers then defeated fellow USL-2 rival, the Cleveland City Stars, 2-1, earning a third round match up with the L.A. Galaxy (MLS). A lone goal by David Bulow was enough to earn the Kickers a surprising third round upset over the Galaxy and secure passage into the quarterfinals.

Richmond’s opponent, the Carolina RailHawks, also scored four goals in their first round match versus USASA team RWB Adria, winning 4-1. The RailHawks faced another USASA team in the second round, Bavarian SC, and again scored four goals, while also keeping a clean sheet in their 4-0 victory. Carolina faced a much tougher opponent in the third round in the form of the Chicago Fire, but a goal by McColm Cephas in the 56th minute, and some heroic goalkeeping by backup goalkeeper John O’Hara, earned the RailHawks a 1-0 upset victory.


FC Dallas (MLS) vs. Charleston Battery (USL-1)
Tuesday, August 7, 7:30 p.m. ET - Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

FC Dallas entered the U.S. Open Cup in the third round with the rest of the MLS teams and was one of only three Division I teams to move on to the quarterfinals. Dallas defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks (USL-1) 4-3 on penalties, having tied 1-1 after regulation play.

The Charleston Battery started the tournament with a comfortable 3-0 victory over the Central Florida Kraze (PDL) in the first round. In the second round, the Battery faced another PDL side, the El Paso Patriots, and were able to score only one goal, but it proved to be enough to see off the Patriots and book a place in the third round. Charleston took on the Houston Dynamo in the third round and pulled off a surprising upset victory, scoring a goal in extra time on the rebound from a blocked penalty. The Battery were the third team to knock off an MLS squad in the 2007 U.S. Open Cup.

Colorado Rapids (MLS) vs. Seattle Sounders (USL-1)
Tuesday, August 7, 7 p.m. PT - Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.

The Colorado Rapids joined the U.S. Open Cup in the third round with the other MLS teams and became the third and final team from MLS to advance to the quarterfinals. Colorado defeated the California Victory (USL-1) 3-1 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., to advance to the quarterfinals.

The Seattle Sounders (USL-1) defeated amateur side Banat Arsenal, 4-1, in the first round of the U.S. Open Cup. Seattle then faced fellow USL-1 rivals, the Portland Timbers, in the second round and defeated them 2-1 to set up a third round match up with Chivas USA. Chivas were the fifth and final MLS team to fall in the third round as Seattle defeated them, 3-1, at home in Seattle, Wash.

Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) vs. New England Revolution (MLS)
Wednesday, August 8, 7:30 p.m. ET - Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.

Harrisburg opened their U.S. Open Cup campaign with a 4-0 victory over Aegean Hawks FC (USASA) in the first round. In the next round, Harrisburg scored two goals, one on either side of halftime, to inspire them to victory over the Ocean City Barons (PDL). The City Islanders then added another name to the list of MLS teams to fall in the third round as they defeated D.C. United (MLS) 1-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.

The New England Revolution also joined the U.S. Open Cup in the third round and were able to survive a second half surge from the Rochester Raging Rhinos (USL-1) to advance to the quarterfinals. Two goals late in the second half from the Rhinos tied the score 2-2, but the Revolution scored in the 90th and 93rd minute to ensure their passage into the next round.

Semifinal Possible Pairings

No. Date Teams Venue;Location Time
37 Wednesday, September 5
Richmond Kickers (USL-2) at New England Revolution (MLS) Veterans Stadium; New Britain, Conn. 7:00 p.m. ET
    OR    
37 Tuesday, September 4 Carolina RailHawks (USL-1) at New England Revolution (MLS) Veterans Stadium; New Britain, Conn. 7:00 p.m. ET
    OR    
37 Tuesday, September 4 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at Carolina RailHawks (USL-1) SAS Soccer Park; Cary, N.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
    OR    
37 Friday, August 31
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at Richmond Kickers (USL-2) University of Richmond Stadium; Richmond, Va. 7:00 p.m. ET
38 Tuesday, September 4 FC Dallas (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (USL-1) Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash. 7:00 p.m. PT
    OR    
38 Tuesday, September 4 Charleston Battery (USL-1) at Seattle Sounders (USL -1) Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash. 7:00 p.m. PT
    OR    
38 Tuesday, September 4 Colorado Rapids (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL-1) Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C. 7:30 p.m. ET
         
38 Tuesday, September 4 Colorado Rapids (MLS) at FC Dallas (MLS) Pizza Hut Park; Frisco Texas 7:30 p.m. CT


Quarterfinal Pairings


No. Date Teams Location; Venue Time
33 August 8 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at New England Revolution (MLS) Gilette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass. 7:30 pm ET
34 August 7 Richmond Kickers (USL-2) at CarolinaRailhawks (USL-1) SAS Soccer Park; Cary, N.C. 7:30 pm ET
35 August 7 FC Dallas (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL-1) Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston S.C. 7:30 pm ET
36 August 7 Colorado Rapids (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (USL-1) Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash. 7 pm PT






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