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Quarterfinal Match-Ups Set for 1999 U.S. Open Cup


CHICAGO (Tuesday, July 27, 1999) - With one third round game still to play, U.S. Soccer today announced the pairings and schedule for the quarterfinals of the 1999 U.S. Open Cup. The four matches will take place from August 10-18, with two of the four games being hosted by A-League teams. The final third round game will be played Wednesday, August 4 when the two-time MLS and '96 Open Cup champion D.C. United battle the A-League's Charlston Battery at the newly built Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C.

The two A-League host teams, the #9 Rochester Raging Rhinos and #11 Staten Island Vipers, will be looking to further their role of the spoiler in this year's tournament after they both upset their MLS counterparts in the third round of the 1999 U.S. Open Cup and will try to do the same at the quarter-final stage. The #9-ranked Rhinos, the defending A-League champs, pulled out a surprising 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire, the reigning U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup holders, in front of 10,107 fans at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y. One night earlier and across the state, the #11-ranked Staten Island Vipers stole a 3-2 overtime victory from the ailing NY/NJ MetroStars.

The Rhinos will host the #5-ranked and '97 Open Cup champion Dallas Burn on Wednesday, August 11 at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y., arguably one of the most difficult soccer stadiums to play in as a visiting team. The Vipers will host the winner of the D.C./Charleston match on Wednesday August 18, at Mitchell Park in Staten Island, N.Y. The two teams will be looking to be the first non-MLS teams to earn a semi-final spot since 1997, when the D3 Pro League's San Francisco Bay Seals advanced to the Final Four before falling to D.C. United, 2-1.

MLS, which has dominated the final stages of the Open Cup in the three previous years and has produced the last three champions, will host the other two matches. The #1 Colorado Rapids, who lead the Western Conference with a 12-5 record, will travel to face the #6 Tampa Bay Mutiny on Thursday, August 13 at Raymond James Stadium. In the other all-MLS quarterfinal, the #4-ranked and '98 Open Cup runner-up Columbus Crew will head west to take on the rejuvenated #7 Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday, August 11 at Cal-State Fullerton's Titan Field.

The complete quarterfinals schedule, along with results from the first three rounds, are listed on the following page. The date and location of the 1999 U.S. Open Cup semifinals will be announced at a later date. The 1999 U.S. Open Cup final is scheduled for the newly-constructed Columbus Crew Stadium on September 14 and will be televised live at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN for the first time in the annual tournament's history. For ticket information, contact the Columbus Crew at 614/447-CREW.

For the latest information on the 1999 U.S. Open Cup be sure to log on to www.us-soccer.com for the redesigned U.S. Open Cup web page. The site is updated daily with match results, schedules and previews, and also features recaps from previous tournaments. For the latest on the tournament, go to www.us-soccer.com and click on the U.S. Open Cup icon.

QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS
DateThe Match-UpsKickoff
Aug. 11#4 Columbus Crew (MLS) at #7 Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)7:30 p.m. PT
Aug. 11#5 Dallas Burn (MLS) at #9 Rochester Rhinos (A-League)7:35 p.m. ET
Aug. 13#1 Colorado Rapids (MLS) at #6 Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS)7:30 p.m. ET
Aug. 18#3 D.C. (MLS) / #13 Charleston (A) at #11 Staten Island Vipers (A-League)7:30 p.m. ET

Rankings based on team's divisional standing as of June 1, 1999 ... Team rankings do not affect team pairings or home-field advantage, but are listed to serve the media and fans in comparing team strengths ... League affiliation listed in parenthesis.

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