CHICAGO (Tuesday, September 10, 2002) – The winner of tonight's 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinal between the Columbus Crew (MLS) and Kansas City Wizards (MLS) will host the defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) in the tournament's Championship Match set for late October. The championship match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports World (FSW) and Fox Sports World Español (FSWE).
The venue for the 2002 U.S. Open Cup Championship was determined by U.S. Soccer after evaluating hosting proposals submitted by the four semifinalists (Dallas Burn, Crew, Galaxy and Wizards) in the single-elimination tournament.
The 2002 semifinals conclude tonight as the Kansas City Wizards travel to face the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium at 8 p.m. ET live on FSW and FSWE. The winner of the Midwest showdown will take on the Los Angeles Galaxy for the 2002 title. If the Crew defeats the Wizards, the final will take place at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. ET. However, if the Wizards are victorious in the semifinals then Arrowhead Stadium will be the venue for the championship match on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET).
The Galaxy, who are trying to become the first team since the New York Pancyprian-Freedoms of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League to win back-to-back U.S. Open Cup Championships (1982-1983), extended their tournament unbeaten streak to eight games (matching the MLS’ Chicago Fire from 2000-2001) with a convincing 4-1 semifinal victory over the MLS’ Dallas Burn on Sept. 3 at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif.
The Crew has never lost an Open Cup game at home (5-0-1) since 1996, while the Wizards have earned two consecutive road victories in 2002 after posting only one win in their last six overall Open Cup appearances.
Tickets for the 2002 Open Cup Final will go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10 a.m. local time in either Columbus or Kansas City through Ticketmaster. Complete ticket information will be available online at www.ussoccer.com.
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 here (.pdf)