CHICAGO (Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2003) – The 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup bracket has taken its final shape as the semifinal pairings have been announced as the quarterfinal round of the tournament gets underway this week.
All four quarterfinal matches will be played on Wednesday, Aug. 27 with the winners advancing to semifinals on Sept. 23 and 24. Both semifinals will kick off at 8 p.m. ET or PT and will be broadcast live by Fox Sports World and Fox Sports en Español. The 2003 Open Cup final will also be broadcast live on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. ET.
In the semifinals, the winner of the Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders match will face the winner of the Colorado Rapids vs. Chicago Fire on Sept. 23. The other semifinal will pit the winner of the D.C. United vs. Wilmington Hammerheads match against the winner of the New England Revolution vs. MetroStars.
Quarterfinal action gets underway this Wednesday with a pair of matches on the East Coast with 7:30 p.m. ET. The Division 3 Champion Wilmington Hammerheads out of the United Soccer League's Pro Select League will be hosting D.C. United of MLS at the Legion Sport Complex in Wilmington, N.C.
This will be the second major soccer event in Wilmington during the last week, as the Hammerheads clinched the USL-PSL title with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Westchester Flames also in Legion Sport Complex. Wilmington finished their regular season with an 11-6-3 mark, led Glenn Murray's seven goals and six assists. D.C. United is currently in third place of the MLS Eastern Conference with a 7-8-6 record and is coming off a pair of losses to the top two teams in MLS, San Jose and Chicago.
The second quarterfinal in the East will be the MetroStars taking on the New England Revolution in an all-MLS battle at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. The MetroStars are 8-6-7 in league play and have advanced to the quarterfinal of the Open Cup with a 4-1 win over the Mid Michigan Bucks in the third round and a 4-3 win over the defending Open Cup champion Columbus Crew in the fourth round. The Revolution are in last place in the MLS East with a 5-8-8 record. They advanced to the quarterfinals with a fourth-round win over the Rochester Raging Rhinos.
The third match will also be an all-MLS affair, with the Colorado Rapids traveling to Naperville, Ill., to face the Chicago Fire in Cardinal Stadium at 7:30 p.m. CT. Chicago is the best team in the MLS Eastern Division with an 11-4-6 record, while Colorado has 28 points and sits in third in the Western Conference at 8-9-4. The Fire topped Milwaukee Wave United in the fourth round to advance, while Colorado has already had to work its way past MLS foe Kansas City to move on.
The fourth quarterfinal will kick off at 7 p.m. PT in Seattle Seahawks Stadium as the Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS travel to take on the Seattle Sounders of the A-League. The Galaxy, who advanced with a win over the Fresno Fuego (PDL) in the fourth round, are currently holding the last playoff spot in the MLS Western conference with a 6-7-8 record. Seattle advanced past the San Jose Earthquakes in the fourth round with a 1-0 win. The Sounders are 15-7-5 in the A-League this year and with one game to play have a one-point lead in the Pacific Division.
Fox Sports World and Fox Sports en, which have broadcast a number of Open Cup matches across the last three years, including the semifinals and championship games, are the official television broadcaster of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2003.
2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals
No Date: Match-Up - Venue; City - Kickoff
27 Aug. 27: Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (A-League) - Seahawk Stadium; Seattle, Wash. - 7 p.m. PT
28 Aug. 27: D.C. United at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL) - Legion Sports Complex; Wilmington, N.C. - 7:30 p.m. ET
29 Aug. 27: Colorado Rapids (MLS) at Chicago Fire (MLS) - Cardinal Stadium; Naperville, Ill. - 7:30 p.m. CT
30 Aug. 27: New England Revolution (MLS) at MetroStars (MLS) - Yurcak Field; Piscataway, N.J. - 7:30 p.m. ET