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%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%2001 DRAW FORMAT: The draw will consist of four pots, two for each region (west and east), eight teams in each pot. Both the west and east regions will have one pot that consists of six Major League Soccer (MLS) teams along two A-League squads. The other pot will have the remaining A-League/D3 Pro teams and the first round amateur winners. The west bracket will be drawn first with the east to follow. The draw order will be numerical from top to bottom and the first team drawn from the first pot will be placed in its respective bracket. The opponent will come from the second pot and be placed below the first team in its respective game number.
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%WHO WANTS TO WIN 100,000?: The 2001 U.S. Open Cup Champion will receive $100,000 in prize money, while the runner-up will take home $50,000. In addition, $10,000 will be awarded to the team from each of the following categories of the U.S. Open Cup competition that advances the furthest in the competition: (1) the Amateur Division; (2) the Professional Outdoor Division III; and (3) the Professional Outdoor Division II. If more than one team in a category advances furthest to the same round of competition, the $10,000 will be divided equally among those teams in that category.
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%153 PARTICIPANTS IN 2001 TOURNAMENT: A total of 153 teams were eligible to compete for the 2001 Lamar Hunt Open Cup. After qualification concluded in the A-League/D3 Pro League, Premier Development League (PDL) and the U.S. Amateur Soccer Association (USASA), 24 teams joined the 12 Major League Soccer Franchises in the single-elimination tournament. Below is the breakdown by league:
- Major League Soccer (12 spots): 12 teams qualified
- A-League/D3 Pro League (16 spots): 35 teams eligible
- Premier Development League (4 spots): 42 teams eligible
- United States Amateur Soccer Association (4 spots): 64 teams eligible in 2000
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%CHICAGO FIRE LOOKING TO REPEAT: The Chicago Fire want to become the first team since the N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms of New York, N.Y. (1982, 1983) to win back-to-back U.S. Open Cup Championships. Since the inception of the single-elimination tournament in 1914, only seven other clubs have captured two consecutive titles and only one did it on two separate occasions (Bethlehem Steel FC of Bethlehem, Penn. - 1915-16 and 1918-19).
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%SOUNDERS TO HAVE TWO TEAMS IN 2001 TOURNEY: Two Seattle Sounders teams advanced to the second round of the 2001 U.S. Open Cup. The PDL's Seattle Sounders Select team earned a 4-1 victory over the USASA Region I winner Olympia Stamford of Connecticut in Renton, Wash., to advance to the second round of the U.S. Open Cup, where it joins the A-League's Sounders, one of 16 teams to advance from A-League/D3 Pro League qualifying. Both squads have been placed in the west regional bracket from the 2001 draw, but will not play against each other in the second round. The only way the two teams can face each other is after the second round action.
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%PDL'S CENTRAL COAST, SOUNDERS SELECT WIN OPENING ROUND MATCHES: First round action kicked off with two of the four amateur matches took place last Saturday (June 9), as the PDL teams swept the twin-bill over the squads representing the USASA. The PDL's Seattle Sounders Select team earned a 4-1 victory over the USASA Region I winners Olympia Stamford of Connecticut in Renton, Wash, while in San Luis Obispo, Calif., the host PDL's Central Coast Roadrunners topped USASA Region IV Champions Mexico S.C. (of Selma, Calif.) 5-4 on penalty kicks after both squads battled to 1-1 draw after regulation and two sudden death overtime periods.
%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%FIRST ROUND CONCLUDES ON WEDNESDAY: The final two amateur first round matches will take place this Wednesday with inner-state encounters, as the USASA Region III representative Uruguay S.C. (of Davie, Fla.) travels to face the Miami Strike Force of the PDL, while in a Michigan state battle, the PDL's Mid Michigan Bucks host the USASA Region II Chaldeon Arsenal (of Farimington Hills, Michigan). Both winners will join the Sounders Select and the Roadrunners in the second round of the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup which begins on June 27.