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Luis Hernandez and Adam Cohen Suspended as a Result of Actions in 2000 U.S. Open Cup

CHICAGO (Tuesday, September 26, 2000) - The U.S. Open Cup Disciplinary Committee in conjunction with Major League Soccer (MLS) and United Soccer Leagues (USL) announced today that Luis Hernandez of the Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) and Adam Cohen of the Tennessee Rhythm (A-League) have been suspended as a result of their actions during the 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Hernandez's suspension, which is for all 2001 U.S. Open Cup games, would reach a maximum of five games should the Galaxy advance throughout the 2001 tournament. He was adjudged to have intentionally kicked Chicago Fire midfielder Peter Nowak in the face near the conclusion of the Fire's semifinal victory over the Galaxy on August 23 at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif. In addition, Hernandez was also fined.

Tennessee Rhythm defender Adam Cohen has been handed a six game suspension following his actions towards U.S. Soccer referee Kevin Terry in the Rhythm's, 3-0, third round loss to the Dallas Burn on June 14. Cohen's suspension, which will take effect at the beginning of the A-League season next year, will force him to miss the first six games of the season.

"Both of these infractions were clear transgressions to the spirit of 'Fair Play' in which all U.S. Soccer competitions are held," said U.S. Soccer Secretary General Dan Flynn. "U.S. Soccer is in complete agreement with the sanctions imposed by Major League Soccer, United Soccer Leagues and the U.S. Open Cup Disciplinary Committee, and as such, no further action will be taken."

The 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship Game, presented by Budweiser, is set for October 21 at 7 p.m. CT at Solider Field in Chicago. The match between the Chicago Fire and Miami Fusion will be televised live on Fox Sports World and Fox Sports World Espanol. Fans can purchase tickets to the final by calling 888/MLS-FIRE (888/657-3473).