In the first match, airing live at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) on both networks, the defending U.S. Open Cup champion Chicago Fire will host the A-League's Pittsburgh Riverhounds in Wheaton, Illinois, just outside Chicago. Then at 11 p.m. ET (8 p.m. PT), Fox Sports World and Fox Sports World Español will broadcast a West Coast showdown between Major League Soccer rivals the Los Angeles Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes live from Negoesco Soccer Stadium at the University of San Francisco.
The Fire advanced to the quarterfinals on July 11, with a last-second 1-0 victory on the road against the Kansas City Wizards to extend the team's current U.S. Open Cup winning streak to seven games. For Pittsburgh, the road to the quarterfinals included an upset 2-0 victory over MLS's Colorado Rapids in the second round and a 2-1 triumph over fellow A-League combatants the El Paso Patriots.
After recording back-to-back home victories in the second and third rounds, the Galaxy will play their first road match of the 2001 tournament when they travel to meet the Earthquakes. The Earthquakes are coming off a penalty-kick shootout win over the host Milwaukee Rampage (A-League) in the Round of 16 on July 11. After battling the Rampage to a scoreless draw through regulation and two sudden death overtime periods, the Earthquakes prevailed 7-6 after eight rounds of penalty kicks. Meanwhile, despite trailing 1-0 in the second-half, the Galaxy advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-1 triumph over the Seattle Sounders Select of the United Soccer Leagues' Premier Development League.
The Galaxy and the Earthquakes are currently tied atop of the Western Division with 32 points at the halfway point of the 2001 Major League Soccer regular season.
Both Fox Sports World (FSW) and Fox Sports World Español (FSWE) quarterfinal broadcasts are Western bracket match-ups, with the winners of each game set to meet in the semifinals on Aug. 21 or 22. In addition to airing a second round match-up between the Galaxy and the A-League's Nashville Metros, FSW and FSWE will also televise both semifinal contests and the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship scheduled for Oct. 27.
In the Eastern Open Cup quarterfinal brackets, the New England Revolution will host the Columbus Crew at Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., at 7:30 p.m. ET, while D.C. United squares off against the A-League's Richmond Kickers at 7:30 p.m. ET at RFK Stadium. The Revolution and Crew are both coming off 2-1 third-round victories on July 11, with the Revolution topping the Charleston Battery (A-League) and the Crew coming from behind to down last year's Open Cup runner-ups, the Miami Fusion. In D.C., United is coming off a 3-0 blanking of the Hershey Wildcats (A-League) on July 11, while the Kickers defeated the Connecticut Wolves (A-League) 2-1.
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.