CHICAGO (Monday, October 22, 2001) - The 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final will crown a new champion on October 27, as Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy host the New England Revolution at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif.
The championship final will be televised live at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET) on Fox Sports World and Fox Sports World Español.
In Saturday's match, the Galaxy will play in their third championship game of the year having previously claimed the CONCACAF Championship in January before losing 2-1 in overtime to the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2001 MLS Cup yesterday in Columbus. Los Angeles is the first U.S. team to play in a Regional Championship, a Division I Championship and the U.S. Open Cup Final in the same calendar year.
Los Angeles earned their berth to the 2001 Open Cup final after battling to a hard fought 1-0 semifinal victory in sudden-death overtime over last year's Open Cup Champion Chicago Fire on August 22 in Fullerton, Calif. The game was a rematch of the 2000 Open Cup semis that also had a dramatic conclusion. In the 2000 match, the Fire advanced to the final on a shorthanded golden goal from forward Josh Wolff for the 2-1 win. In this year's semifinal, also at Titan Stadium, Galaxy defender Alexi Lalas was the hero, scoring a golden goal early in the first overtime period to help Los Angeles avenge last year's loss.
In the other semifinal on Aug. 22, the surprising New England Revolution blanked the 1996 U.S. Open Cup champion D.C. United 2-0 at Foxboro Stadium, where the team played four straight matches en route to the final. Two goals by forward Andy Williams was all the offense the Revs needed to defeat United and advance to the first-ever tournament final in club history. After going winless in two previous tournament appearances, the Revs won four straight games in the 2001 competition and will now play their first Open Cup match away from the New England area. Prior to this year's final, the Revs had played five games in Foxboro Stadium (Foxboro, Mass.) and one in Veteran's Memorial Stadium (New Britain, Conn.).
Tickets for the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final are priced at $30 for VIP Midfield, $20 for West Sideline Bleachers and $15 East Sidelines and are available through the Cal State Fullerton Athletic Department at 714-CSU-CSUF (714-278-2783).
Dating back to 1914, the 88-year-old U.S. Open Cup is the oldest soccer cup competition in the United States and is among the oldest in the world. In 1999, the single-elimination tournament, open to all affiliated professional and amateur clubs in the United States, was renamed the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to honor the long-time soccer supporter and pioneer. Hunt, the owner of the Columbus Crew and Kansas City Wizards of MLS and the owner of the Dallas Tornados of the old NASL, was one of the sports first major ownership figures and is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.