CHICAGO (Friday, August 30, 2002) – Of the 147 teams that were eligible to compete for the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, only four remain as the 89-year-old single elimination tournament has reached the semifinal stage with the finalists squaring off on back-to-back Tuesday's on September 3 and 10.
Last year’s Open Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) will kickoff the Semifinal Round as they host the MLS' Dallas Burn at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif. at 8 p.m. PT on Sept. 3.
The other semifinal match will take place a week later (on Sept. 10) as the Kansas City Wizards (MLS) will visit the Columbus Crew (MLS) at 8 p.m. ET.
Both 2002 Open Cup Semifinals, as well as the Championship Final set for the weekend of October 26-27, will be broadcast live on Fox Sports World and Fox Sports World Español.
– SEMIFINAL PREVIEWS–
2002 U.S. Open Cup Semifinals Match-ups (Overall Record Since 1996):
Los Angeles Galaxy (10-2-1) vs. Dallas Burn (11-5-1)
@ Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif., on September 3, at 8 p.m. PT
A match-up between the defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy vs. the 1997 Open Cup winners Dallas Burn, as they meet for the first time in tournament play … The Galaxy are putting a seven-game unbeaten streak on the line, while the Burn have not lost to an MLS squad in Open Cup competition since 2000 … Galaxy – Won the Open Cup last year … Making their fourth consecutive appearance (1999-2002) … Coming off a hard-fought 1-0 win in sudden-death overtime against the host San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) in the Quarterfinals … Posted a convincing 4-0 road victory over the Minnesota Thunder (A-League) in the Third Round … Burn – The 1997 Open Cup Champions, are the only MLS club to appear in every tournament since 1996 … In a three-way tie with the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew for the most wins by a MLS squad in Open Cup history (11) … Earned a spot in the 2002 Semifinals after battling the visiting Colorado Rapids to a 1-0 victory in sudden-death overtime in the Quarterfinals … Reached the Quarterfinals with another overtime victory (2-1) the host Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League) in the Third Round … Reached the Semifinals on four occasions (1996-98, 2002).
Columbus Crew (11-3-1) vs. Kansas City Wizards (3-4-1)
@ Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on September 10, at 8 p.m. ET
First-ever meeting between these two Midwest teams in tournament play … Columbus Crew have never lost an Open Cup game at home (5-0-1), while the Kansas City Wizards have earned two consecutive road-victory in 2002 … Crew – In a three-way tie with the Chicago Fire and Dallas Burn for the most wins by a MLS squad in Open Cup history (11) … Advanced to the Semifinals for the third time in history after defeating the host NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS) 2-1 in the Quarterfinals … Earned a spot in the Quarterfinals after blanking the visiting Richmond Kickers (A-League) 3-0 in Third Round play ... Making their fifth appearance in the Open Cup … Best finish for the Crew was second place in 1998, losing to the Chicago Fire in the championship final … Wizards – Have made five previous appearances (1996-98, 2000-01) in the Open Cup, but amazingly only have three total victories in tournament play … Posted a 2-0 blanking over the host Milwaukee Rampage (A-League) in the Quarterfinals … Prior to the Quarterfinals, the Wizards earned a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 overtime road win over the Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) in the Third Round.
GALAXY LOOKING FOR SECOND STRAIGHT TITLE: MLS’ Los Angeles Galaxy want to become the first team since the New York Pancyprian-Freedoms of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League to win back-to-back U.S. Open Cup Championships (1982-83). Since the inception of the single-elimination tournament in 1914, only seven other clubs have captured two consecutive titles, and only one did it on two separate occasions (Bethlehem Steel, Pa. - 1915-16 and 1918-19).
MCBRIDE CLOSES IN ON ALL-TIME LEADER MORENO IN OPEN CUP SCORING LIST: After notching two goals during the 2002 Open Cup, forward Brian McBride (Columbus Crew-MLS) has scored eight career goals placing him second on the Open Cup all-time scoring list (since 1996). McBride just passed a crowded third spot that includes Chris Albright, Abdul Thompson Conteh, Johnny Menyongar, Welton, Dante Washington and Josh Wolff, who have all scored seven goals in Open Cup play. They all trail current leader Jamie Moreno of D.C. United (MLS) with 10 career tallies.
147 PARTICIPANTS IN 2002 TOURNAMENT: A total of 147 teams were eligible to compete for the 2002 Lamar Hunt Open Cup. After qualification concluded in the A-League/D3 Pro League, Premier Development League (PDL) and the U.S. Amateur Soccer Association (USASA), 24 teams joined eight qualified Major League Soccer Franchises in the single-elimination tournament. Below is the breakdown by league:
- Major League Soccer (8 spots): 10 teams eligible
- A-League/D3 Pro League (15 spots): 30 teams eligible
- Premier Development League (5 spots): 44 teams eligible
- United States Adult Soccer Association (4 spots): 63 teams eligible
GOALS, GOALS AND MORE GOALS: With the completion of 28 games so far in the 2002 U.S. Open Cup, a total of 86 goals have been scored for an average of 3.07 per match.
- U.S. Open Cup Scoring Breakdown -
YEAR: Goals/Games - AVG.
1996: 101/28 - 3.61
1997: 102/31 - 3.29
1998: 116/31 - 3.74
1999: 131/31 - 4.22
2000: 121/35 - 3.46
2001: 135/36 - 3.75
2002: 86/28 - 3.07
Totals: 791/219 - 3.61
WHO WANTS TO WIN $100,000?: The 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Champion will receive $100,000 in prize money, while the runner-up will take home $50,000. In addition, $10,000 is awarded to the team from each of the following categories of the U.S. Open Cup competition that advances the furthest in the competition: (1) the Amateur Division; (2) the Professional Outdoor Division III; and (3) the Professional Outdoor Division II. If more than one team in a category advances furthest to the same round of competition, the $10,000 will be divided equally among those teams in that category.
MILWAUKEE RAMPAGE EARNS $10,000 BONUS: Of the eight A-League teams that entered the 2002 Open Cup, the Milwaukee Rampage were the only squad to reach the Quarterfinals and earn a $10,000 bonus after posting back-to-back shutout victories over the D3’s New York Freedoms (4-0) and then the MLS’ Chicago Fire (1-0). Rampage’s run ended in the Quarterfinals losing a 2-0 decision to the visiting Kansas City Wizards (MLS).
FALLEN D3 PRO LEAGUE, PDL TEAMS SPLIT OPEN CUP PRIZE MONEY: The D3 Pro League’s Greenville Lions, N.Y. Freedoms, San Diego Gauchos, South Jersey Barons and Utah Blitzz will share the $10,000 in prize money reserved for the D3 team that advances the farthest. All five teams advanced to the Second Round of the 2002 Open Cup, but were eliminated by A-League squads on June 25-26. In the PDL, the Des Moines Menace and Raleigh CASL Elite both advanced to the Second Round by defeating non-amateur teams and will split the $10,000 bonus given to the amateur team advancing the farthest in the annual tournament.
DID YOU KNOW? ABOUT THE U.S. OPEN CUP…
* U.S. MNT midfielder William Gonsalves (1 goal, 6 caps), who played in two FIFA World Cups (Uruguay 1930, Italy 1934), won eight Open Cup titles with five career club teams. Gonsalves captured back-to-back championships with three clubs: Fall River (Mass.) Marksmen of the American Soccer League (ASL) in 1930-31, St. Louis Stix, Baer and Fuller of the St. Louis Soccer League in 1933-34 and the Brooklyn Hispaño (ASL) in 1943-44. Gonsalves also won the Open Cup crown with the New Bedford (Mass.) Whalers (ASL) in 1932 and the St. Louis Central Breweries F.C. in 1935.
* The 2000 Open Cup Final between the Chicago Fire (MLS) and the Miami Fusion (MLS) at Soldier Field on Oct. 21, mark the highest attendance in a final in the modern era (since 1996) of 19,146. The overall record since the inception of competition in 1914, is 20,000 in the second match of the two-game 1929 championship between the New York Hakoah S.C. of the Eastern Soccer League and the St. Louis Madison Kennels on April 7, at Dexter Park in Brooklyn, N.Y.