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D.C. United, Charleston Battery Set to Face Off in 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final Live on Fox Soccer Channel


2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final
Pre-Game Notes
September 2, 2008

BATTERY, UNITED EACH SEEK HISTORIC WIN: The Charleston Battery head into RFK Stadium on Wednesday night looking to be the first United Soccer Leagues team to win the U.S. Open Cup since the Rochester Rhinos in 1999. D.C. United look to win their second U.S. Open Cup title, with the first coming in 1996 during the team’s inaugural season. For the Battery, this trip marks the first time they’ve appeared in the final. Kickoff in the nation’s capital is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, and the winner will secure a place in the 2009 CONCACAF Champions League.

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL TO TELEVISE FINAL: The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final returns to Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español live at 7:30 p.m. ET. Fox Soccer Channel holds exclusive rights to broadcast the Open Cup final through 2010. Fans can also follow online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUICK HITS

  • Wednesday’s match will conclude the 95th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
  • Since 1996 when MLS was created, MLS and USL-1 (formerly A-League) teams have faced each other three times in the Open Cup Final, including 2008. D.C. United topped the Rochester Rhinos in 1996, and the Rhinos topped the Colorado Rapids in 1999.
  • The home team is 8-2 in U.S. Open Cup Finals since MLS began participating in the tournament. The 2003 Chicago Fire and 2007 New England Revolution are the only road teams to win a Final. Two finals, 1997 and 1999, were played at neutral sites.
  • The U.S. Open Cup Final has gone into overtime four times since 1996.
  • A total of 62 different teams have won the U.S. Open Cup, with the New England Revolution the last first-time winners in 2007.
  • Including D.C. United in 1996, Three MLS teams have won the “double” – winning the MLS and U.S. Open Cups in the same year. The Galaxy were the last team to achieve that distinction back in 2005 and in the 1998 Chicago Fire also won both.
  • The home team is 23-9-6 in the 2008 competition, with the home team holding a 4-2 advantage in penalty kicks.
  • There were 17 shutouts during 2008, with just one 0-0 tie.
  • Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL-2) won the $10,000 dollar prize as the top third division team, advancing to the third round.
  • The Amateur prize winner was Hollywood United of (USASA Region IV), a team run by actor Anthony LaPaglia.

DID YOU KNOW? Raul Diaz Arce has scored for both D.C. United and the Charleston Battery in the Open Cup. He scored goals in 1996, 1997 and 2000 (3) for D.C., and scored once for Charleston in 2002. Diaz Arce is currently working as a scout for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

A CLOSER LOOK: CHARLESTON BATTERY

Head Coach: Michael Anhaeuser
2008 U.S. Open Cup Record: (3-0-2, 2-0 in PK shootouts)
2008 Open Cup Leading Scorer: Darren Spicer (4 goals, 1 assist)
All-Time Open Cup Final Record: First Appearance
2008 USL-1 Record: 10-9-7 (37 pts., Third Place, single table)
2008 League Leading Scorer: Randi Patterson (8 goals)
Last Outing: 0-0 draw on 8/29 vs. first-place Puerto Rico Islanders

2008 Open Cup Game-By-Game

Date

Round

Opponent

Result

Location
June 10

1

ASC Stars (USASA)

3-0 W

Blackbaud Stadium (Charleston, S.C.)
June 25

2

Charlotte Eagles (USL-2)

2-1 W

Blackbaud Stadium (Charleston, S.C.)
July 1

3

Houston Dynamo (MLS)

1-1 T (4-3 PKs)

Blackbaud Stadium (Charleston, S.C.)
July 8

Q

FC Dallas (MLS)

3-1 W

Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)
Aug. 12

S

Seattle Sounders (USL-1)

1-1 T (4-3 PKs)

Blackbaud Stadium (Charleston, S.C.)


QUICK HITS

  • Charleston is 1-0-0 on the road in the 2008 Open Cup, a 3-1 win vs. FC Dallas in the quarterfinals.
  • The Battery have a 16-7-3 record in the U.S. Open Cup, with their first appearance coming in 1999. They are 2-1 in penalty kick shootouts, and 2-2 in matches that go into overtime.
  • Charleston is 5-6-2 all-time vs. MLS teams in the Open Cup, and 1-1 in matches vs. MLS teams that go to PKs.
  • The Battery are the third team since 1996 to twice advance on penalty kicks in a single year of the tournament, and the first to do so and advance to a final. Roma FC (USASA) did so in 2006 and Salinas Valley in 2005.
  • Charleston would become the first team from South Carolina to win an Open Cup title.
  • Charleston’s Stephen Armstrong, Lazo Alavanja and John Wilson formerly suited up for D.C. United.
  • Darren Spicer scored three of his team-leading four Open Cup goals in the first round tie vs. the ASC Stars. He was one of two players in the 2008 Open Cup to record a hat trick, although Seattle Sounder’s Sebastien Le Toux out-did the Battery forward’s feat with four goals vs. Hollywood United.
  • This will be the third all-time meeting between Charleston and D.C. United in the U.S. Open Cup, but the first at home for D.C. as the previous meetings were both in Blackbaud Stadium. In 1999 the Battery defeated D.C. 4-3 in a third round match, and one year later United triumphed with a 4-0 win.
  • Charleston has at least secured $50,000 in prize money, but that could increase to $100,000 with the win.
  • 2008 was the third time that the Battery have advanced at least to the final four of the Open Cup. They were eliminated in the semifinals in 1999 and 2004.

A CLOSER LOOK: D.C. UNITED

Head Coach: Tom Soehn
2008 U.S. Open Cup Record: 3-0-0
2008 Open Cup Leading Scorers: Marc Burch (2 goals), Luciano Emilio (2 goals)
All-Time Open Cup Final Record: 1-0-1 (D.C. United fell 5-4 on PKs to the Dallas Burn in 1997)
2008 MLS Record: 10-10-2 (32 pts., Fourth Place, Eastern Conference)
2008 League Leading Scorer: Luciano Emilio (11 goals)
Last Outing: 0-0 draw on 8/30 vs. New York Red Bulls

2008 Open Cup Game-By-Game

Date

Round

Opponent

Result

Location
July 1

3

Rochester Rhinos (USL-1)

2-0 W

Maryland SoccerPlex (Germantown, Md.)
July 8

Q

Chicago Fire (MLS)

2-1 W

Maryland SoccerPlex (Germantown, Md.)
Aug. 12

S

New England Revolution (MLS)

3-1 W

RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)


QUICK HITS

  • D.C. United is 3-0-0 at home in the 2008 U.S. Open Cup.
  • United is 19-7-3 all-time in the U.S. Open Cup. The team is 1-2 in penalty kick shootouts, and 3-1 in overtime.
  • D.C. has only lost twice in the Open Cup to a Second Division (USL-1/A-League) team. In 1999 the Battery topped D.C. in the third round, and in 2004 the Richmond Kickers knocked D.C. out in the fourth round. Overall they are 10-2-1 vs. Second Division teams, advancing in their one tie in PKs.
  • Jaime Moreno has scored 11 career goals in the U.S. Open Cup, the most of any player appearing in the final. He has recorded at least one goal in 1996 (3), 1997, 1999, 2000 (4), 2001, and 2006.
  • Head coach Tom Soehn won the U.S. Open Cup in back to back years, winning with the Dallas Burn in 1997 and also a year later with the Chicago Fire. In the 1997 final, Dallas beat D.C. United with the current D.C. head coach playing against current D.C. forward Jaime Moreno.
  • D.C. United’s previous U.S. Open Cup title also came against a USL-1 (then A-League) franchise, topping the Rochester Rhinos by a 3-0 score in their inaugural season.
  • United will be playing their fourth consecutive home game in the Open Cup, but just the second consecutive at RFK Stadium. The team’s first two games of the 2008 tournament were played at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
  • Though D.C. United won the U.S. Open Cup in their first appearance, they are the second team from the District of Colombia in history to win the tournament. In 1987, Club España of Washington, D.C., won the tournament.
  • D.C. has at least secured $50,000 in prize money, but that could increase to $100,000 with a win.
  • The 1996 final, won by D.C. United, was played in RFK Stadium. The 1997 final, which D.C. lost to the Dallas Burn, was played at a neutral site in Indianapolis, Ind.

BATTERY, UNITED PLAYERS OPEN CUP SCORING IN 2008: Representatives from Charleston and D.C. have accounted for 15 of the 128 total goals scored in the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Charleston Battery

Name Goals Assists Points
Darren Spicer 4 1 9
Randi Patterson 2 0 4
Ian Fuller 1 1 3
Lazo Alavanja 1 0 2
Marco Reda 1 0 2
Osvaldo Alonso 1 0 2
Stephen Armstrong 0 1 1
David Kenga 0 1 1
Aaron King 0 1 1

D.C. United
Name Goals Assists Points
Marc Burch 2 0 4
Luciano Emilio 2 0 4
Bryan Namoff 1 1 3
Jaime Moreno 0 3 3
Francis Doe 1 0 2
Santino Quaranta 1 0 2
Ivan Guerrero 0 1 1

HISTORY OF THE DEWAR CUP: While the trophy no longer travels to the U.S. Open Cup Final, the name of the winning team is added to the bottom of the Dewar Trophy following an Open Cup title. The oldest trophy in United States team sports history was donated to the American Amateur Football Association in 1912 by Sir Thomas R. Dewar, a British distiller, sportsman and philanthropist during a AAFA (now United States Amateur Soccer Association) visit to London prior to the 1912 Olympics. The trophy was originally purchased for $500 and given in the hope of promoting soccer in the United States and in the name of Anglo-American friendship. The cup was first awarded to the Yonkers Football Club (N.Y.) in 1912 after they defeated the Hollywood Inn Football Club (N.Y.) at the Lennox Oval in New York City. The trophy was officially adopted as the U.S. Open Cup trophy prior to the Brooklyn Field Club's inaugural championship in 1914 in Pawtucket, R.I. The trophy was retired in 1979, but was refurbished by the USASA in 1997 and was presented to the 1997 and 1998 Open Cup winners, before returning to the National Soccer Hall of Fame where it resides permanently in Oneonta, N.Y.

ABOUT THE LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP: Dating back to 1914, the U.S. Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in United States soccer and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States, the annual U.S. Open Cup is a 95-year-old single-elimination tournament. In a nutshell, the U.S. Open Cup is very similar to domestic cup competitions popular throughout Europe, South America and the rest of the world. Cup competitions, which usually run concurrent with a country's league season, are open in the early stages to any club that can qualify, giving local amateur teams a chance to compete against the best teams a country has to offer. 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.

2008 U.S. OPEN CUP REWIND: When the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup began on June 10, there were 40 teams participating with the goal of making it to the Open Cup final. Below are a list of the teams that qualified for the U.S. Open Cup, including eight MLS teams and eight U.S.-based USL First Division teams.
2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Participants:
MLS (8): Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City Wizards, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls
USL First Division (8): Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, Charleston Battery, Miami FC Blues, Minnesota Thunder, Portland Timbers, Rochester Rhinos, Seattle Sounders
USL Second Division (8): Charlotte Eagles, Cleveland City Stars, Crystal Palace Baltimore, Harrisburg City Islanders, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Real Maryland Monarchs, Richmond Kickers, Western Mass Pioneers
USL Premier Development League (8): Austin Aztex, Bradenton Academics, Brooklyn Knights, Fredericksburg Gunners, Los Angeles Legends, Michigan Bucks, St. Louis Lions, Yakima Reds
USASA (8): AAC Eagles, Arizona Sahuaros, ASC New Stars, Boston Olympiakos, Clearwater Galactics, Hollywood United, NY Pancyprian Freedoms, RWB Adria

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