A stern reminder about an upcoming U.S. Soccer event, whether you plan to check it out live and in person or on the tube.
October has always been known for three things: Fall foliage, Halloween, and the abrupt cancellation of weak new TV shows like "Emeril!" (How bad can 22 minutes of entertainment be?) or another lame "Seinfeld" spinoff (Note to Michael Richards: Kramer’s only funny in small doses). But for soccer fans, it’s all about championship soccer. For U.S. Soccer, that championship is the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, American soccer’s oldest tournament.
This year’s title match is a first for both the Los Angeles Galaxy and the New England Revolution when it comes to the 88-year-old annual competition, which is open to all teams (amateur or pro) affiliated with U.S. Soccer and has made its mark as a ripe ground for inter-league upsets of David vs. Goliath.
The Galaxy may be the best MLS team to have never won a championship, so they’ll be primed to pick up their first piece of hardware (not to mention the $100,000 in prize money). On top of that, they’ll virtually be playing in their back yard when they host the big game at quaint Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif. For L.A., it may just be their final to lose.
Meanwhile, the Revolution are relative rookies in the grand scheme of the Open Cup. While MLS teams have competed since the league’s inception in 1996, the Revs have signed up to take part just three times. They bombed out the first couple times around in ‘97 and 2000, but this year they’ve made winning the Open Cup their mission after missing out on the MLS post-season with a disappointing 2001 campaign. The Revs have nothing to lose, so look out.
It all comes down to Saturday, October 27 at 2 p.m. PT, live on Fox Sports World and Fox Sports World Espanol, so mark your calendar. We WILL have a new U.S. Open Cup champion.
"Center Circle" (October 2001, Inaugural Issue)
In this Inaugural Issue of U.S. Soccer's new monthly fan newsletter / e-zine, you'll find the items listed below. Some will return next month, others will be entirely fresh for November.
1) Armchair Midfielder (MLS Playoffs)
2) Word Association (w/ MNT defender Jeff Agoos)
3) At the Movies (w/ U-17 MNT defenders Chris Lancos and Gray Griffin)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ WNT midfielder Julie Foudy)
5) Big Woman on Campus (w/ WNT/U-21 WNT midfielder Aleisha Cramer)
6) Superstar!!! (w/ WNT forward Tiffeny Milbrett)
7) Mark That Calendar (2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup)
8) Point-Counterpoint (w/ journalists Jere Longman and Steve Davis)
9) From the Bleachers (w/ PHILIPS chant contest winner Randal Bird)
10) "You Don't Know Jack (Marshall)" (U.S. Open Cup history)