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U.S. Open Cup History

Think you know your U.S. Soccer trivia? Well...try us. We’ll see how far back your knowledge of Team USA and U.S. Soccer extends. And who the heck is Jack Marshall? Even the trivia buffs in the U.S. Soccer Communications Department would be hard pressed to tell you that one Jack Marshall received his one and only cap way back in 1926. Okay, that was pretty much impossible. They get easier. We give you four questions each month, 1 to 4, easy to hard.

Answer #1 correctly, and it’s safe to assume you haven’t been stuck in a cave for the last five years.
Answer #2 correctly, and you already know more about soccer than any anchor from "SportsCenter".
Answer #3 correctly, you’re probably pretty proud of yourself. Don’t be. Try Question #4.
If you answered #4 correctly, you are either N.Y. Daily News soccer writer Michael Lewis or you own a U.S. Soccer Media Guide.

This month’s trivia has to do with the annual, upset-friendly, "knock-out" tournament known as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.


Q1: (Difficulty level 1 of 4) True or False: The U.S. Open Cup is the oldest soccer competition in the United States.
Q2: (2 of 4) Who was the first MLS team to win the U.S. Open Cup?
Q3: (3 of 4) Who are the two United Soccer Leagues to team to win the U.S. Open Cup in the 90's, and what year did each team take the crown?
Q4: (4 of 4) What year did the Open Cup competition not have an outright winner?

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A1: True. The tournament is a whopping 88 years old.
A2: D.C. United, 1996; a 3-0 win over the Rochester Raging Rhinos at RFK Stadium.
A3: The Richmond Kickers in 1995 and the Rochester Raging Rhinos in 1999.
A4: 1940, when the Baltimore F.C. and Sparta A.B.A. drew 0-0 and 2-2 to share the title.


"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)