2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 Slated for This Wednesday
The "Round of 16" also features a 2000 MLS Cup rematch as the current MLS champion Kansas City Wizards host the defending U.S. Open Cup champion Chicago Fire at the Blue Valley Sports Complex in Overland Park, Kansas at 7:30 p.m. CT. The Wizards topped the Fire 1-0 last October to capture the MLS Cup in Washington, D.C., but the squads have never faced each other in Open Cup tournament play.
As in the previous round, the Open Cup will feature a doubleheader hosted by an A-League squad as Richmond, Va. plays host to two contests. In one of three intra-league match-ups, the host Richmond Kickers of the A-League will meet the Connecticut Wolves at the University of Richmond City Stadium at 6:00 p.m. ET. The second game of the doubleheader is slated to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET as D.C. United (MLS) squares off against the Hershey Wildcats (A-League).
After staging a doubleheader in the second round, the Milwaukee Rampage (A-League) will continue their home-stand as the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) visit the Milwaukee County Sports Complex at 5:30 p.m. CT.
Two more intra-league match-ups will also take place on July 11 as the A-League's Pittsburgh Riverhounds travel to face the El Paso Patriots at Socorro Student Activities Complex in El Paso, Texas at 7:35 p.m. MT, while Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew will host the 2000 U.S. Open Cup finalist Miami Fusion at Crew Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Rounding out the third round are the New England Revolution (MLS) squaring off against the Charleston Battery (A-League) at 7:30 p.m. ET in a game hosted by the Revolution at Foxboro Stadium.
Dating back to 1914, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest soccer cup competition in the United States and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the U.S., the annual Open Cup is an 88-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 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.