Galaxy to Host Fire in Rematch of 2000 U.S. Open Cup Semifinal on August 22
CHICAGO (Thursday, August 2, 2001) - The Los Angeles Galaxy will host the defending U.S. Open Cup champion Chicago Fire in the 2001 U.S. Open Cup semifinals at Cal State Fullerton on August 22 in a match that will be televised live at 8 p.m. PT (11 p.m. ET) on Fox Sports World and Fox Sports World Español. The Galaxy-Fire showdown is a rematch of the team's epic 2000 semifinal showdown won last summer by Chicago at Cal State Fullerton 2-1 on a sudden-death overtime goal from forward Josh Wolff.
In the Eastern bracket, the surprising New England Revolution will host 1996 U.S. Open Cup champion D.C. United at Foxboro Stadium on Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. ET (also live on Fox Sports World and Fox Sports World Español) in a match of Major League Soccer Eastern Conference foes.
The Fire, got an overtime goal from forward Amos Magee in the 111th minute to defeat the A-League's Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3-2 in the quarterfinals on July 24. Chicago is making its third trip to the semis in four tournament appearances and is currently riding a tournament-best (since 1996) eight-game winning streak.
On the other side, the Galaxy needed to go to 10 rounds of penalty kicks to top the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 10-9 after both squads battled to a 1-1 draw after regulation and two sudden death overtimes on July 24. The teams converted an amazing 19 consecutive penalty kicks in the shootout before the Galaxy's keeper Kevin Hartman denied Earthquakes' defender Wade Barrett's attempt to equalize in the tenth round.
The Revolution and United are both coming off one-goal quarterfinal victories on July 24. The Revs, who are making their first-ever appearance in the Open Cup semis, topped the visiting Columbus Crew (MLS) 2-1 thanks to tallies from Cate and William Sunsing.
In D.C., forward Abdul Conteh Thompson notched two goals to lead United to a 2-1 victory over the Richmond Kickers of the A-League. United will look to advance to their third U.S. Open Cup Championship Match (champions in 1996, runners-up in 1997).
In addition to airing both semifinals, Fox Sports World and Fox Sports World Español will televise the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship scheduled for Oct. 27.
Dating back to 1914, the 88-year-old U.S. Open Cup is the oldest soccer cup competition in the United States and is among the oldest in the world. In 1999, the single-elimination tournament, open to all affiliated professional and amateur clubs in the United States, was renamed the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to honor the long-time soccer supporter and pioneer. Hunt, the owner of the Columbus Crew and Kansas City Wizards of MLS and the owner of the Dallas Tornados of the old NASL, was one of the sports first major ownership figures and is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.