CHICAGO (August 29, 2007) – U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday the possible pairings for the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final, to be disputed during the first week of October in Seattle, Wash., or Frisco, Texas.
The tournament finalists will be determined on Tuesday, September 4 as the Carolina RailHawks of the USL First Division face the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer at 7 p.m. ET at Veterans Stadium in New Britain, Conn. The second semifinal will see the Seattle Sounders (USL-1) host FC Dallas at 7 p.m. PT, also on September 4, at Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash.
Should the Seattle Sounders advance, the championship will be contested at 7 p.m. PT on Tuesday, October 2, at Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash. Should FC Dallas advance, Pizza Hut Park will host the final at 7 p.m. CT on Wednesday, October 3.
The New England Revolution travel to New Britain to face the Carolina RailHawks after a 2-1 win against the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) on August 8 in the quarterfinals. They are led by Taylor Twellman, who notched the second goal in that quarterfinal clash.
Carolina will be ready for the Revolution, having posted a 1-0 quarterfinal victory against the Richmond Kickers (USL-2), in which Connally Edozien scored his fourth goal of the tournament, off an assist from Jonny Steele. The RailHawks advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory against the reigning champions Chicago Fire in the third round of the tournament.
FC Dallas will travel to Washington State to face the Seattle Sounders after defeating the Charleston Battery (USL-1) 2-1 in overtime at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Seattle advanced after a 5-0 thrashing of the Colorado Rapids at Qwest Field in the quarterfinals.
At stake in the tournament is $180,000 in prize money broken down as follows: $100,000 to the champion, $50,000 to the runner up and $10,000 to the team which advances deepest in the tournament from each of the Division II, Division III and amateur levels.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation’s National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. It is the oldest annual team tournament in U.S. sports history and among the oldest soccer tournaments of its type in the world having crowned a champion for 93 consecutive years dating back to 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor long-time soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.
2007 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP
|37||Sept. 4||Carolina RailHawks (USL-1) at New England Revolution (MLS)||Veterans Stadium; New Britain, Conn.||7 p.m. ET|
|38||Sept. 4||FC Dallas (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (USL-1)||Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.||7 p.m. PT|
POSSIBLE CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRINGS
|39||Oct. 2||Carolina RailHawks (USL-1) at Seattle Sounders (USL-1)||Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.||7 p.m. PT|
|or||Oct. 2||New England Revolution (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (USL-1)||Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.||7 p.m. PT|
|or||Oct. 3||Carolina RailHawks (USL-1) at FC Dallas (MLS)||Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas||7 p.m. CT|
|or||Oct. 3||New England Revolution (MLS) at FC Dallas (MLS)||Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas||7 p.m. CT|
2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
Sept. 4 Semifinals Quarterfinal winners
Oct. 2/3 Final Semifinal winners
Composition of participating teams:
8 Major League Soccer
9 United Soccer Leagues First Division
7 United Soccer Leagues Second Division
16 Amateur (8 USL Premier Development League, 8 USASA regional qualifiers)
Total Number of Teams: 40
Total Number of Games: 39