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U.S. Open Cup Fever Continues to Grow with Six Third Round Matches to be Played Tomorrow

CHICAGO (Monday, July 24, 2000) - Six of the eight Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup third round matches will be played tomorrow (July 25) across the country, with fans able to follow the Open Cup action via live scoreboard updates on the U.S. Soccer website (

The Columbus Crew, led by Miles Joseph's goal and two assists, became the first team to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup after downing the A-League's Hampton Roads Mariners, 4-1, at Crew Stadium on July 19.

The stage is set for the bragging rights of the 'Windy City' when the defending PDL champion Chicago Sockers host the Chicago Fire, winners of the 1998 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, at the "The Hive" in Arlington Heights, Ill. The Sockers' defense has yet to concede a goal in either of the first two rounds of the 2000 Open Cup.

The Cinderella story has begun for the amateur Mid Michigan Bucks (PDL) after defeating the New England Revolution, 1-0, in the second round. But the Miami Fusion (MLS) vow to end the story before it goes any further when they visit the Bucks tomorrow at White Pine Stadium.

Dating back to 1914, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in U.S. States soccer and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the U.S., the annual U.S. Open Cup is an 87-year-old-single-elimination tournament based on similar competitions played across the world concurrent with domestic league action.

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. Hunt, the owner of the Kansas City Wizards and Columbus Crew 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.

DateOpponentLocationKickoff / TVTickets
2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
(Third Round)
July 25Match 21 (West): 8-San Diego Flash (A-League) @ 1-Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)Mesa College
(Claremont, Calif.)
7:35 p.m. (PT) / ----
July 25Match 22 (West): Richmond Kickers (A-League) @ 5-San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)Spartan Stadium
(San Jose, Calif.)
7 p.m. (PT) / ----
July 25Match 23 (West): 3-Chicago Fire (MLS) @ Chicago Sockers (PDL)Forest View Park
(Arlington Hts., Ill.)
7:30 p.m. (CT) / ----
July 25Match 24 (West): 2-Dallas Burn (MLS) @ 7-Minnesota Thunder (A-League)National Sports Center
(Blaine, Minn.)
7:05 p.m. (CT) / ----
July 26Match 25 (East): Rochester Rhinos (A-League) @ 1-D.C. United (MLS)RFK Stadium
(Washington, D.C.)
7:30 p.m. (ET) / ----
July 25Match 26 (East): 4-Miami Fusion (MLS) @ Mid Michigan Bucks (PDL)White Pine Stadium
(Saginaw, Mich.)
7:30 p.m. (ET) / ----
July 25Match 27 (East): 3-Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS) @ 6-NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS)Mitchell Field
(Uniondale, N.Y.)
8 p.m. (ET) / ----
July 19Match 28 (East): 7-Hampton Roads (A-League) @ 2-Columbus Crew (MLS)Columbus Crew Stadium
(Columbus, Ohio)
Columbus 4,
Hampton Roads 1
2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
(Remaining Rounds)
Aug. 9QuarterfinalsTBATBA / TBATBA
Aug. 23SemifinalsTBATBA / TBATBA
Oct. 222000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup FinalTBATBA / TBATBA