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Real Salt Lake Hosts D.C. United in 100th Edition of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final


2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final
D.C. United at Real Salt Lake
Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Oct. 1, 2013

REAL SALT LAKE HOSTS D.C. UNITED IN 100TH EDITION OF U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL: The fifth consecutive all-Major League Soccer final of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 1, when Real Salt Lake hosts D.C. United at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The 100th edition of the tournament reaches its pinnacle with game-time kickoff at 7 p.m. MT and a live broadcast on GolTV. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

Visit MLSSoccer.com on match day for pre-game and post-game coverage of the U.S. Open Cup Final.

D.C. United has advanced to its fifth Open Cup title game and is searching for its third championship. Real Salt Lake is playing in its first Open Cup final.

D.C.’s Dwayne De Rosario is the leading goal scorer among this year’s remaining tournament teams with five goals. Three tallies came during United’s 3-1 victory against the Philadelphia Union on June 12 to advance to the quarterfinals. Frédéric Piquionne of the Portland Timbers is tied with De Rosario with five goals in this year’s U.S. Open Cup before his side bowed out of the tournament to Real Salt Lake with a 2-1 loss in the semifinals on Aug. 7.

Real Salt Lake’s Devon Sandoval leads his side with three goals in the 2013 U.S. Open Cup. He scored two goals – including the game-winner – during Salt Lake’s 5-2 overtime victory against USL PRO’s Charleston Battery on June 12.

REAL SALT LAKE’S ROAD TO THE FINAL:

  • Third Round: Real Salt Lake 3, Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) 2 (OT); May 28 at Sandy, Utah; Real Salt Lake goal scorers: Kyle Beckerman (3rd min.), Devon Sandoval (98th min.), Khari Stephenson (101st min.)
  • Fourth Round: Real Salt Lake 5, Charleston Battery (USL PRO) 2 (OT); June 12 at Sandy, Utah; Real Salt Lake goal scorers: Devon Sandoval (66th and 97th min.), Joao Plata (79th min., PK), Khari Stephenson (105th min.), Javier Morales (105th min., PK)
  • Quarterfinals: Real Salt Lake 3, Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 0; June 26 at Sandy, Utah; Real Salt Lake goal scorers: Tony Beltran (35th min.), Chris Wingert (51st min.), Alvaro Saborio (86th min.)
  • Semifinals: Real Salt Lake 2, Portland Timbers 1; Aug. 7 at Sandy, Utah; Real Salt Lake goal scorers: Alvaro Saborio (7th min.), Joao Plata (78th min.)

D.C. UNITED’S ROAD TO THE FINAL:

  • Third Round: D.C. United 0, Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) 0; 4-2 PKs); May 28 at Richmond, Va.; no goal scorers in regulation – Dwayne De Rosario, Perry Kitchen, Nick DeLeon and James Riley all converted in shootout
  • Fourth Round: D.C. United 3, Philadelphia Union (MLS) 1; June 12 at Boyds, Md.; D.C. United goal scorers: Dwayne De Rosario (24th, 75th and 85th min.)
  • Quarterfinals: D.C. United 3, New England Revolution (MLS) 1; June 26 at Boyds, Md.; D.C. United goal scorers: Chris Pontius (45th min.), Dwayne De Rosario (69th min.), Lionard Pajoy (87th min., PK)
  • Semifinals: D.C. United 2, Chicago Fire (MLS) 0; Aug. 7 at Bridgeview, Ill.; D.C. United goal scorers: Dwayne De Rosario (44th min.), Nick DeLeon (48th min.)

TOURNAMENT HISTORY:

  • U.S. Open Cup Championship Results (1914-present)
  • D.C. United has an opportunity to become the third MLS team to win three titles in the U.S. Open Cup, joining the Chicago Fire (4) and Seattle Sounders (3).
  • D.C. United’s five U.S. Open Cup championship appearances rank second behind only the Fire, who reached the title match six times.
  • Real Salt Lake is the 12th MLS organization to advance to the championship.
  • Bethlehem Steel of Pennsylvania (1915, 1916, 1918, 1919, 1926) and Los Angeles Maccabee SC (1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981) share the record for U.S. Open Cup titles with five apiece.

U.S. OPEN CUP CHAMPIONSHIP TIES:
Real Salt Lake and D.C. United’s coaching staffs and rosters include a number of players who have won at least one Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship. Three players – Real Salt Lake’s Abdoulie Mansally and D.C. United’s James Riley and Sainey Nyassi – were teammates on the New England Revolution’s title-winning team in 2007. Here is a breakdown of former championship winners for each team, along with some of their highlights:

Real Salt Lake:

  • Head coach Jason Kreis (1997; Dallas Burn): Following a scoreless regulation, Kreis was a 100th-minute substitution for Mark Santel and he would score on his penalty kick during a 5-3 shootout victory against D.C. United on Oct. 29, 1997. Kreis’ PK gave the Burn a 2-1 lead at the time, and Dallas was ahead for the remainder of the shootout as D.C.’s Raul Diaz Arce missed his attempt following Kreis.
  • Assistant coach C.J. Brown (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006; Chicago Fire): The most prominent U.S. Open Cup competitor among the Real Salt Lake staff, the Fire named Brown MVP of the match for its 2-1 overtime victory against the Columbus Crew on Oct. 30, 1998. Brown played the full 90 minutes during a 2-1 victory against the Miami Fusion to win the 2000 U.S. Open Cup at Soldier Field. Brown did not play in Chicago’s 2006 U.S. Open Cup final, which was a 1-0 victory against the New York/New Jersey MetroStars on Oct. 15. He played 90 minutes during the Fire’s 3-1 victory against the LA Galaxy on Sept. 27, 2006, to win a fourth Open Cup title.
  • Defender Abdoulie Mansally (2007; New England Revolution): Mansally was on New England’s bench but did not see any game-time action during the Revolution’s first U.S. Open Cup championship crown.
  • Midfielder Ned Grabavoy (2005; LA Galaxy): Grabavoy was a member of an LA Galaxy squad that came away with both the U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup in 2005.
  • Midfielder Khari Stephenson (2004; Kansas City Wizards): Stephenson was not called upon for the 2004 U.S. Open Cup championship match, but he was brought off the bench earlier in the tournament.

D.C. United:

  • Assistant coach Josh Wolff (1998, 2000; Chicago Fire / 2004; Kansas City Wizards): Wolff started and played the full length of the Fire’s 2-1 overtime victory against the Columbus Crew on Oct. 30, 1998. The game went 99 minutes with Frank Klopas’ golden goal deciding the match. Wolff played a key role in the Wizards’ 2004 championship victory against his former Fire team. In 2000, Wolff had a memorable tournament as he tied for the goal scoring lead with the Miami Fusion’s Welton with six goals – the last of Welton’s goals came in the 90th minute of the Fire’s 2-1 championship win against Miami on Oct. 21. Wolff was a second-half sub in the championship, and his 112th-minute rebound game-winner against the LA Galaxy in the semifinals was a defining moment during Chicago’s run. In the 2004 final, Wolff drew a foul that set up Igor Simutenkov’s free kick goal in the 95th minute for a 1-0 overtime victory on Sept. 22 at Arrowhead Stadium.
  • Defender James Riley (2007; New England Revolution / 2009, 2010, 2011: Seattle Sounders FC): Riley is the most accomplished U.S. Open Cup veteran among this year’s D.C. United team with four crowns to his name. He started and played the full 90 minutes at right back during New England’s first U.S. Open Cup championship victory, defeating FC Dallas 3-2 on Oct. 3 in Frisco, Texas. Riley then was a regular fixture for the Seattle Sounders’ run of three titles. He played the full 90 for the 2009 Seattle Sounders for a 2-1 victory against D.C. United on Sept. 2, as Seattle became the second MLS team to win the Open Cup in its inaugural season in the league. Riley again played 90 minutes during Seattle’s come-from-behind 2-1 victory against the Columbus Crew on Oct. 5, 2010, to repeat as champion. Capping off Seattle’s three-peat, Riley played 90 minutes at center back for the Sounders en route to a 2-0 victory against the Chicago Fire on Oct. 4, 2011.
  • Midfielder Sainey Nyassi (2007; New England Revolution): Nyassi made the bench for the 2007 championship side, but he did not see any action in the final as New England defeated FC Dallas 3-2 in Frisco, Texas, on Oct. 3. He was an extra time substitution for John Avery in the critical 2-1 semifinal victory against the Carolina RailHawks.

D.C. UNITED’S PREVIOUS U.S. OPEN CUP TITLES:

  • 1996: D.C. United defeated the A-League’s Rochester Raging Rhinos 3-0 at RFK Stadium on Oct. 30. Raul Diaz Arce, Eddie Pope and Jaime Moreno provided the scoring for D.C. Three days earlier, Moreno scored both goals as D.C. United blanked fellow MLS side Dallas Burn 2-0 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
  • 2008: Brazilian midfielder Fred scored the game-winning tally in the 50th minute as D.C. United defeated the Charleston Battery 2-1 at RFK Stadium on Sept. 3. Luciano Emilio had the game’s opening goal for D.C., before Ian Fuller equalized for Charleston.

ABOUT THIS YEAR’S U.S. OPEN CUP:

  • The 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup featured 68 teams, an increase from the 64 that competed in 2012, marking the largest field in the modern era (1995-present).
  • The amount of prize money distributed is a substantial increase, with the overall champion earning a total of $250,000 (up from $100,000 in recent years) and the runner-up receiving $60,000 (up from $50,000).
  • The sites for the semifinals and final were determined by a coin flip. In past years, the sites for the final three matches of the tournament had been determined through a sealed-bid process. Home teams throughout the entire tournament were determined by random selection.

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