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Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinal Notes


CHICAGO FIRE vs. D.C. UNITED

Match and Ticket Information
Location: Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Tickets: Use code FIRE to purchase $12 tickets – Buy Now
Free parking and $2 hot dogs for everyone in attendance
Broadcast Information: The match will be streamed live on ussoccer.com and the Chicago Fire website

Team Breakdown

Chicago Fire
Chicago reached the quarterfinals for the ninth time, tied for the Open Cup record. After beating the Charlotte Eagles in Round 3, the Fire got past MLS rival Columbus Crew in a weather-delayed Round 4. Chicago then beat USL PRO side Orlando City SC, which had just defeated the defending Open Cup Champion Sporting Kansas City, to make it to the semifinals.

  • This is Chicago’s eighth semifinal appearance, tied for most in Open Cup history with D.C. United
  • The Fire has a 6-2 record in the semifinals
  • Chicago has won the Open Cup four times, the most of any MLS team (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006)
  • One more title would tie the Fire for the most titles with Bethlehem Steel and Maccabi Los Angeles
  • Chicago is 2-0 against D.C. United in the MLS regular season with one game yet to be played
  • Defeated D.C. United 3-0 in 2006 Open Cup semifinals
  • Leading Open Cup scorers: Mike Magee and Chris Rolfe (3)

D.C. United
Despite having the worst record in MLS, D.C. United is making an unprecedented run in the U.S. Open Cup. After having two players sent off in extra time of its fourth-round game against the Richmond Kickers, D.C. still held on to prevail in PKs. D.C. United got a pair of 3-1 wins against the Philadelphia Union in the fourth round and against a confident New England Revolution side on the quarterfinals. Dwayne De Rosario leads D.C. into the semifinals with four goals in the tournament, tied for second-most in this year’s tournament.

  • This is D.C. United’s eighth semifinal appearance, tied for most in the Open Cup with Chicago
  • They have a 4-4 record
  • Two-time Open Cup champion (1996, 2008)
  • 0-2 against Chicago in the MLS regular season with one game yet to be played.
  • Leading Open Cup scorer: Dwayne De Rosario (4)


Paths to the Semifinals:

D.C. United

  • Third Round: D.C. United 0, Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) 0; 4-2 PKs); May 28 at Richmond, Va.
  • Fourth Round: D.C. United 3, Philadelphia Union (MLS) 1; June 12 at Boyds, Md.
  • Quarterfinals: D.C. United 3, New England Revolution (MLS) 1; June 26 at Boyds, Md.

Chicago Fire

  • Third Round: Chicago Fire 2, Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) 0; May 29 at Rock Hill, S.C.
  • Fourth Round: Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew (MLS) 1; June 12 at Bridgeview, Ill.
  • Quarterfinals: Chicago Fire 5, Orlando City SC (USL PRO) 1; June 26 at Bridgeview, Ill.


REAL SALT LAKE vs. PORTLAND TIMBERS

Match and Ticket Information
Location: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Time: 7:30 p.m. MT
Tickets: Use code USOC for $10 off tickets – BUY NOW
Broadcast Information: The match will be streamed live on ussoccer.com and broadcast on local television stations in the Portland and Salt Lake areas. Check local listings.

Real Salt Lake
This is the first time Real Salt Lake has made it to the semifinal round of the U.S. Open Cup. Real Salt Lake advanced out of the third and fourth rounds with a pair of victories in extra time against the NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks and USL PRO side Charleston Battery, respectively. They then shut out the Carolina RailHawks 3-0 in the quarterfinals with goals from Tony Beltran, Chris Wingert and Alvaro Saborio.

  • First appearance in the semifinals of the Open Cup
  • Deepest RSL had gone in the Open Cup before 2013 was the quarterfinals in 2011
  • Has yet to play Portland in the MLS Regular season, but has three games in the second half of the season
  • Leading Open Cup scorer: Devon Sandoval (3)

Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers hosted the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL PRO for a 5-1 victory in the third round. Wins against the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the fourth round and FC Dallas in the quarterfinals sealed their trip to their first semifinals. Frederic Piquionne scored an Open Cup record four goals in the third-round game against Wilmington, and sits alone atop the Open Cup scoring leaders list with five goals.

  • First appearance in the semifinals of the Open Cup
  • Have not faced Real Salt Lake in the MLS regular season, but has three games in the second half of the season
  • Leading Open Cup scorer: Frederic Piquionne (5)


Paths to the Semifinals:
Portland Timbers

  • Third Round: Portland Timbers 5, Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) 1; May 29 at Portland, Ore.
  • Fourth Round: Portland Timbers 2, Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 0; June 12 at Portland, Ore.
  • Quarterfinals: Portland Timbers 3, FC Dallas (MLS) 2; June 26 at Frisco, Texas

Real Salt Lake

  • Third Round: Real Salt Lake 3, Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) 2 (OT); May 28 at Sandy, Utah
  • Fourth Round: Real Salt Lake 5, Charleston Battery (USL PRO) 2; June 12 at Sandy, Utah
  • Quarterfinals: Real Salt Lake 3, Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 0; June 26 at Sandy, Utah

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