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Fourth Round of U.S. Open Cup Gets Underway Tuesday


CHICAGO (Aug. 4, 2003) – After a two week hiatus, the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup gets back underway with a full slate of eight fourth round games this Tuesday (Aug. 5) and Wednesday (Aug. 6) across the country from New England to Los Angeles.

A pair of games are set for Tuesday, Aug. 5 with the Kansas City Wizards (MLS) traveling to face the Colorado Rapids (MLS) in Arvada, Colorado’s North Area Athletic Complex at 7 p.m. MT. The second match features the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) heading up the Pacific Coast to take on the Seattle Sounders (A-League) at the University of Washington at 7 p.m. PT.

Wednesday night, the Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL), already the Division III prizewinner in this year’s tournament, look to unseat the Dallas Burn (MLS) at the Legion Sports Complex in Wilmington, N.C., at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Three MLS teams will also be hosting matches Wednesday with 7:30 p.m. ET kickoffs. The New England Revolution will host the Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) – the only non-MLS team to win the Dewar Trophy since 1996 – at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass. D.C. United will host the Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League) at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds, Md. Also at that time, the Columbus Crew will be hosting the MetroStars (MLS) at Columbus Crew Stadium.

At 7:30 p.m. CT, the Chicago Fire (MLS) will face the Milwaukee Wave United (A-League) at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee, Wisc. In the final Wednesday match, amateur division champion Fresno Fuego (PDL), a USASA affiliated team, will face the Los Angeles Galaxy in the first-ever Open Cup match in The Home Depot Center at 7 p.m. PT.

Teams advancing from the fourth round will play in quarterfinal matches on either Aug. 25 or 27.

Fox Sports World and Fox Sports en Español, which have broadcast a number of Open Cup matches across the last three years, including the semifinals and championship games, will once again be the official television broadcaster of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2003. A full broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round Schedule

Fourth Round – Aug. 5 & 6
No     Date:     Match-Up    Venue, City            Kickoff
19     Aug. 5    San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (A-League)    Univ. of Washington; Seattle, Wash.        7 p.m. PT
20     Aug. 6    Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League) at D.C. United (MLS)    Maryland Soccerplex; Boyds, Md.        7:30 p.m. ET
21     Aug. 6    Fresno Fuego (PDL) at Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)    The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.    7:30 p.m. PT
22     Aug. 6    Dallas Burn (MLS) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL)    Legion Sports Complex; Wilmington, N.C.    7:30 p.m. ET
23     Aug. 5    Kansas City Wizards (MLS) at Colorado Rapids (MLS)    North Area Athletic Complex; Arvada, Colo.    7 p.m. MT
24     Aug. 6    Chicago Fire (MLS) at Milwaukee Wave United (A-League)    Uihlein Soccer Park; Milwaukee, Wisc.    7:30 p.m. CT
25     Aug. 6    MetroStars (MLS) at Columbus Crew (MLS)    Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio            7:30 p.m. ET
26     Aug. 6    Rochester Rhinos (A-League) at New England (MLS)    Lusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass.    7:30 p.m. ET

Match Previews

Match 19: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (A-League), 7 p.m. PT, Aug. 5
Open Cup Series Record: San Jose, 1-0-0 (4-3 overtime win on July 17, 2002 in the third round)
Winner faces: Los Angeles Galaxy or Fresno Fuego

San Jose Earthquakes
How they got here: Entering Competition
2003 Open Cup Goals: None
League Standing: First Place, MLS West, 30 pts, 8-3-6
Leading Scorer: Brian Mullan (5g,5a,15pts)
Head Coach: Frank Yallop
Open Cup Record (Since 1996): 6-3-3
2002 Open Cup Finish: Lost to Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 in overtime in the quarterfinals
Best Open Cup Finish: Have lost in the quarterfinals in each of the last five Open Cups

Seattle Sounders
How they got here: Topped Minnesota 1-0 on July 16, Entered in Third Round
2003 Open Cup Goals: Kyle Smith
League Standing: First Place, A-League Pacific, 41pts, 12-4-5
Leading Scorer: Kyle Smith (7g,3a,17pts)
Head Coach: Brian Schmetzer
Open Cup Record (Since 1996): 3-5-0
2002 Open Cup Finish: Lost to San Jose in the third round 3-4 in overtime
Best Open Cup Finish: Lost to the Dallas Burn in the 1996 quarterfinals
 
Match 23: Kansas City Wizards (MLS) at Colorado Rapids (MLS), 7 p.m. MT, Aug. 5
Open Cup Series Record: Colorado, 1-0-0. (3-2 overtime win on Sept. 15, 1996 in the quarterfinals)
Winner faces: Chicago Fire or Milwaukee Wave United

Kansas City Wizards
How they got here: Entering Competition
2003 Open Cup Goals: None
League Standing: Second Place, MLS West, 27 pts, 7-4-6
Leading Scorer: Preki (8g,10a,26pts)
Head Coach: Bob Gansler
Open Cup Record (Since 1996): 3-5-1
2002 Open Cup Finish: Lost to Columbus in the semifinals, 3-2 in overtime
Best Open Cup Finish: Advanced to the semifinals in 2002

Colorado Rapids
How they got here: Entering Competition
2003 Open Cup Goals: None
League Standing: Third Place, MLS West, 21 pts, 6-8-3
Leading Scorer: Mark Chung (7g,3a,17pts)
Head Coach: David Irving
Open Cup Record (Since 1996): 5-6-0
2002 Open Cup Finish: Lost to Dallas 1-0 in overtime in the quarterfinals
Best Open Cup Finish: Lost in the 1999 final

Match 20: Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League) at D.C. United (MLS), 7:30 p.m. ET, Aug. 6
Open Cup Series Record: First Meeting
Winner faces: Dallas Burn or Wilmington Hammerheads

Virginia Beach Mariners
How they got here: Topped Carolina Dynamo 5-0, Entered in Third Round
2003 Open Cup Goals: Dante Washington (2), Roland Vargas-Aguilera (2), Carlos Garcia-Dominguez
League Standing: Third Place, A-League Southeast, 32 pts, 10-8-2
Leading Scorer: Dante Washington (15g,1a,31pts)
Head Coach: Shawn McDonald
Open Cup Record (Since 1996): 3-3-1 (prior to 2003 as the Hampton Roads Mariners)
2002 Open Cup Finish: Lost to the MetroStars in the third round
Best Open Cup Finish: Has lost to MLS teams in the third round in 1998, 2000, 2002

D.C. United
How they got here: Topped Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2-1 on July 16, Entered in Third Round
2003 Open Cup Goals: Mike Petke, Dema Kovalenko
League Standing: Fourth Place, MLS East, 21pts, 5-6-6
Leading Scorer: Marco Etcheverry (4g,5a,13pts)
Head Coach: Ray Hudson
Open Cup Record (Since 1996): 11-3-2
2002 Open Cup Finish: Did not participate
Best Open Cup Finish: 1996 Open Cup Champions

Match 21: Fresno Fuego (PDL) at Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS), 7:30 p.m. PT, Aug. 6
Open Cup Series Record: First Meeting
Winner faces: Seattle Sounders or San Jose Earthquakes

Fresno Fuego
How they got here: Topped Chico Rooks 1-0, Topped Utah Blitzz 4-0, Topped El Paso Patriots 5-0
2003 Open Cup Goals: Orlando Ramirez (3), Jose Luis Espindol (2), Edgardo Contreras-Salazar, Edgardo Contreras-Salazar, Erik Farfan, Ernesto Vega, Eddie Gutierrez
League Standing: T-First Place, PDL Southwest, 42 pts, 14-4-0
Leading Scorer: Edgardo Contreras-Salazar (11g,4a,26pts)
Head Coach: Jaime Ramirez
Open Cup Record (Since 1996): 3-0-0
2002 Open Cup Finish: First Appearance
Best Open Cup Finish: First Appearance

Los Angeles Galaxy
How they got here: Entering Competition
2003 Open Cup Goals: none
League Standing: Fourth Place, MLS West, 21pts, 5-6-6
Leading Scorer: Carlos Ruiz (8g,2a,18pts)
Head Coach: Sigi Schmid
Open Cup Record (Since 1996): 11-3-1
2002 Open Cup Finish: Lost in the final to the Columbus Crew 1-0
Best Open Cup Finish: 2001 Open Cup Champions

Match 22: Dallas Burn (MLS) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL), 7:30 p.m. ET, Aug. 6
Open Cup Series Record: First Meeting
Winner faces: D.C. United or Virginia Beach Mariners

Dallas Burn
How they got here: Entering Competition
2003 Open Cup Goals: None
 League Standing: Fifth Place, MLS West, 13 pts, 3-10-4
Leading Scorer: Jason Kreis (7g,2a,16pts)
Head Coach: Mike Jefferies
Open Cup Record (Since 1996): 11-6-1
2002 Open Cup Finish: Lost to Los Angeles in the semifinals, 4-1
Best Open Cup Finish: 1997 Open Cup Champions

Wilmington Hammerheads
How they got here: Topped Bradenton Academics 2-1, Topped Atlanta Silverbacks 2-1
2003 Open Cup Goals: Chad Goulding, Ryan Miller, Byron Carmichael, Kevin Nylen
 League Standing: Fourth Place, USL-PSL, 36 pts, 11-6-3
Leading Scorer: Glenn Murray (7g,6a,20pts)
Head Coach: David Irving
Open Cup Record (Since 1996): 2-0-0
2002 Open Cup Finish: Did not participate

Match 24: Chicago Fire (MLS) at Milwaukee Wave United (A-League), 7:30 p.m. CT, Aug. 6
Open Cup Series Record: Milwaukee, 1-0-0. (1-0 win in the 2002 third round as Milwaukee Rampage)
Winner faces: Kansas City Wizards or Colorado Rapids

Chicago Fire
How they got here: Entering Competition
2003 Open Cup Goals: None
League Standing: First Place, MLS East, 28 pts, 8-4-4
Leading Scorer: Ante Razov (9g,3a,21pts)
Head Coach: Dave Sarachan
Open Cup Record (Since 1996): 11-3-1
2002 Open Cup Finish: Lost to Milwaukee Rampage in the third round 1-0
Best Open Cup Finish: 1998 and 2000 U.S. Open Cup Champions

Milwaukee Wave United
How they got here: Topped Milwaukee Bavarians 4-1
2003 Open Cup Goals: Gregory Howes (2), Dino Delevski, Digital Takawira
League Standing: Second Place, A-League Central, 30 pts, 10-9-0
Leading Scorer: Todd Dusosky and Dino Delevski (8g,5a,21pts)
Head Coach: Art Kramer
Open Cup Record (Since 1996): 4-2-1
2002 Open Cup Finish: Lost to Kansas City 2-0 in the quarterfinals
Best Open Cup Finish: Advanced to the quarterfinals in 2002 before losing to Kansas City

Match 25: MetroStars (MLS) at Columbus Crew (MLS), 7:30 p.m. ET, Aug. 6
Open Cup Series Record: Columbus, 2-0-1
Winner faces: New England Revolution and Rochester Raging Rhinos

MetroStars
How they got here: Topped the Mid Michigan Bucks 4-0
2003 Open Cup Goals: Amado Guevara, John Woyniec, Mike Nugent, Jose Galvan
League Standing: Second Place, MLS East, 28 pts, 8-5-4
Leading Scorer: Clint Mathis  (7g,1a,15pts)
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
Open Cup Record (Since 1996): 8-5-1
2002 Open Cup Finish: Lost to Columbus in the quarterfinals 2-1
Best Open Cup Finish: Semifinal appearances in 1997, 1998 and 2000

Columbus Crew
How they got here: Entering Competition
2003 Open Cup Goals: none
League Standing: Fifth Place, MLS East, 20 pts, 5-7-5
Leading Scorer: Brian McBride (7g,2a,16pts)
Head Coach: Greg Andrulis
Open Cup Record (Since 1996): 13-3-1
2002 Open Cup Finish: Open Cup Champion
Best Open Cup Finish: 2002 Open Cup Champion

Match 26: Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) at N. England Revolution (MLS), 7:30 p.m. ET, Aug. 6
Open Cup Series Record: First Meeting
Winner faces: MetroStars or Columbus Crew

Rochester Raging Rhinos
How they got here: Topped the New Hampshire Phantoms 4-1
2003 Open Cup Goals: Viktor Paco, Stoian Mldenov, Frederick Commodore, David Hayes
 League Standing: First Place, A-League Northeast, 43 pts, 13-5-4
Leading Scorer: Doug Miller (15g,3a,33pts)
Head Coach: Pat Ercoli
Open Cup Record (Since 1996): 13-6-0
2002 Open Cup Finish: Lost to Kansas City 3-2 in overtime in the third round
Best Open Cup Finish: 1999 Open Cup Champion

New England Revolution

How they got here: Entering Competition
2003 Open Cup Goals: none
League Standing: Third Place, MLS East, 22 pts, 5-6-7
Leading Scorer: Taylor Twellman (12g,4a,28pts)
Head Coach: Steve Nicol
Open Cup Record (Since 1996): 4-3-0
2002 Open Cup Finish: Did not participate
Best Open Cup Finish: Lost to Los Angeles in the 2001 final

- 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round Schedule -

Possible Quarterfinals Matches – Aug. 25 & 27
No     Date:     Match-Up    Venue, City            Kickoff
27    Aug. 27    Fresno Fuego at San Jose Earthquakes    Spartan Stadium; San Jose, Calif.    7 p.m. PT
        Aug. 27    Los Angeles Galaxy at San Jose Earthquakes    Spartan Stadium; San Jose, Calif.    7 p.m. PT
        Aug. 27    Fresno Fuego at Seattle Sounders    Seahawk Stadium; Seattle, Wash.    7 p.m. PT
        Aug. 27    Los Angeles Galaxy at Seattle Sounders    Seahawk Stadium; Seattle, Wash.    7 p.m. PT
28    Aug. 27    D.C. United at Wilmington Hammerheads     Legion Sports Complex; Wilmington, N.C.    7:30 p.m. ET
        Aug. 27    Wilmington Hammerheads at Virginia Beach Mariners    Virginia Beach Sportsplex; Virginia Beach, Va.    7 p.m. ET
        Aug. 27    Virginia Beach Mariners at Dallas Burn    Dragon Stadium; Southlake, Texas    7:30 p.m. CT
        Aug. 27    D.C. United at Dallas Burn    Dragon Stadium; Southlake, Texas    7:30 p.m. CT
29    Aug. 25    Milwaukee Wave United at Kansas City Wizards    Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Mo.    7 p.m. CT
        Aug. 25    Milwaukee Wave United at Colorado Rapids    North Area Athletic Complex; Arvada, Co.    7 p.m. MT
        Aug. 27    Colorado Rapids at Chicago Fire     Cardinal Stadium; Naperville, Ill.        7:30 p.m. CT
        Aug. 27    Kansas City Wizards at Chicago Fire    Cardinal Stadium; Naperville, Ill.        7:30 p.m. CT
30    Aug. 27    Columbus Crew at Rochester Raging Rhinos    Frontier Field; Rochester, N.Y.        7:35 p.m. ET
        Aug. 27    MetroStars at Rochester Raging Rhinos    Frontier Field; Rochester, N.Y.        7:35 p.m. ET
        Aug. 27    New England Revolution at MetroStars    Yurcak Field (Rutgers); Piscataway, N.J.     7:30 p.m. ET
        Aug. 27    New England Revolution at Columbus Crew    Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio        7:30 p.m. ET

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