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Fire face Wizards Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in U.S. Open Cup Final

The Chicago Fire will meet the Kansas City Wizards on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. CT in the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The match will be televised live on GolTV, including a 30-minute pregame show beginning at 7 p.m. CT. The match will also be live on MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

GOLTV TO TELEVISE FINAL: For the first time ever, GolTV will broadcast the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final. GolTV will televise the U.S. Open Cup Final live in both English and Spanish, including a 30-minute pre-game show which will air at 7 p.m. CT. U.S. Soccer and GolTV have also reached an agreement for the 2005 and 2006 U.S. Open Cup Finals to air on GolTV. Phil Schoen will call the play-by-play on the English broadcast. Omar Orlando Salazar and Oscar Restrepo comprise the Spanish language broadcast team. The match will also be available live via’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. GolTV will broadcast the matches nationwide via the Dish Network. The game will also be available via cable on Adelphia, Comcast, Cablevision and the National Cable Television Cooperative in select markets across the country. For full listing please visit

DEWAR CUP TO BE ON DISPLAY DURING FINAL: The 100-pound, three-foot tall Dewar Trophy – the championship trophy for the U.S. Open Cup – has made the nearly 1,200-plus mile journey from the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., to Arrowhead Stadium for the 2004 Open Cup Final. The 2004 Open Cup winners will be awarded the 2004 Championship Trophy, gold medals and also will have their names added to the Dewar Trophy. The second-place team will receive silver medals. The Dewar Cup has been retired and resides permanently in the Hall of Fame. Prior to being at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., for the match last year, the Open Cup was last at the Open Cup final in 1998 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

HISTORY OF THE DEWAR CUP: The oldest trophy in United States team sports history was donated to the American Amateur Football Association in 1912 by Sir Thomas R. Dewar, a British distiller, sportsman and philanthropist during a AAFA (now United States Amateur Soccer Association) visit to London prior to the 1912 Olympics. The trophy was originally purchased for $500 and given in the hope of promoting soccer in the United States and in the name of Anglo-American friendship. The cup was first awarded to the Yonkers Football Club (N.Y.) in 1912 after they defeated the Hollywood Inn Football Club (N.Y.) at the Lennox Oval in New York City. The trophy was officially adopted as the U.S. Open Cup trophy prior to the Brooklyn Field Club's inaugural championship in 1914 in Pawtucket, R.I. The trophy was retired in 1979, but was refurbished by the USASA in 1997 and was presented to the 1997 and 1998 Open Cup winners, before permanently returning to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

$180,000 IN PRIZE MONEY TO BE HANDED OUT: Not just the Open Cup Champion walks away with a payday. A total of five of the 40 teams will divide $180,000 in prize money for their performances. The Champion will win $100,000, with the runner up earning $50,000. Another $30,000 has already been claimed by lower division teams. The Charleston Battery, who fell to the Fire in the semifinals, claimed the Division II (A-League) prize of $10,000 as the only team from their level to advance to the semifinals. At the Division III and amateur levels, several teams tied based on tiebreakers for the award. From Division III, the Pro Soccer League, the Utah Blitzz and Wilmington Hammerheads split the $10,000 award. At the amateur lever there were four prize-winners, with the Boulder Rapids Reserve, Carolina Dynamo, Cape Cod Crusaders and Chicago Fire Reserves each earning $2,500.

U.S. SOCCER HOME IN ARROWHEAD: Arrowhead Stadium is no stranger to U.S. National Team events, both on the Men’s and Women’s side. The Women’s National Team has played at Arrowhead three times since 1999, averaging an attendance of 25,305. The Gold-Medal winning squad will visit the stadium again on October 16, facing Mexico as part of the team’s “Fan Celebration Tour.” The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Costa Rica 1-0 at Arrowhead Stadium in a World Cup qualifier in 2001 with a goal from current Wizards and former Fire player Josh Wolff before a crowd of 37,319.

U.S. NATIONAL TEAM TIES IN OPEN CUP FINAL: Many of the players set to take the field Wednesday night during the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final have ties to one of the U.S. Men’s National Teams. Unfortunately, several also make up the injury report for both teams heading into the game. From the full U.S. National Team pool Ante Razov and Chris Klein are out, along with former U.S. international Preki. Two more full national team members Chris Armas and Tony Meola are questionable and probable, respectively. Other players that have been capped by the national team and are available for selection include: Nick Garcia, Kerry Zavagnin, Zach Thornton and Josh Wolff. Justin Mapp, who played with the U.S. Under-23 and Under-20 teams most recently, is out for the match. From the U.S. Under-23 pool, Jose Burciaga Jr, D.J. Countess, Kelly Gray, Nate Jaqua and Logan Pause will be in Kansas City and U.S. Under-20 Craig Capano plays for the Fire. Capano, Mapp and Countess were all a part of the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program.

2004 U.S. OPEN CUP LEADING SCORERS: Chicago Fire Reserves forward Julian Nash leads all scorers in the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with four goals and two assists for 10 total points. The Wizards’ Davy Arnaud is tied for second with three goals and two assists.

 Name                            Team Goals Assists Points
1. Julian Nash              Chicago Fire Reserves 4 2 10
2. David Bulow             Cape Cod Crusaders 3 2 8
2. Davy Arnaud              Kansas City Wizards 3 2 8
4. Byron Carmichael   South Jersey Barons 3 0 6
4. Marcus Storey           Carolina Dynamo 3 0 6
4. Stephen Rhyne         Carolina Dynamo 3 0 6
7. Ed Johnson              Dallas Burn 2 1 5
7. Paul Conway           Charleston Battery 2 1 5
7. Ronnie O'Brien         Dallas Burn 2 1 5
8. 12 tied with four points, including:
8. Damani Ralph         Chicago Fire 2 0 4
8. Dipsy Selowane      Chicago Fire 2 0 4

WIZARDS, FIRE PLAYERS OPEN CUP SCORING IN 2004: Representatives from the Chicago Fire and Wizards have accounted for 13 of the 123 total goals scored in the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and an additional nine assists. In total, 13 different players recorded a point.

Chicago Fire
Name  Goals Assists Points
Damani Ralph  2 0 4      
Dipsy Selowane 2 0 4      
Orlando Perez 0 2 2      
Chris Armas 0 1 1           

Kansas City Wizards
Name  Goals Assists Points
Davy Arnaud 3 2 8        
Francisco Gomez 1 1 3        
Chris Klein 1 1 3        
Justin Detter 1 0 2        
Diego Gutierrez 1 0 2        
Alex Zotinca 1 0 2        
Igor Simutenkov 1 0 2        
Matt Taylor 0 1 1        
Jimmy Conrad 0 1 1            

CAREER OPEN CUP GOALS BY PLAYERS APPEARING IN THE 2004 FINAL: Chicago Fire and Kansas City Wizards players have recorded a total of 43 career Open Cup goals since 1996. Josh Wolff of the Wizards leads the way with seven goals, all which he scored as a member of the Fire.

Name   Team   Goals
Wolff, Josh  Kansas City Wizards 7*
Razov, Ante  Chicago Fire  6
Ralph, Damani  Chicago Fire  4
Simutenkov, Igor  Kansas City Wizards 4
Williams, Andy  Chicago Fire  4&
Arnaud, Davy  Kansas City Wizards 3
Selowane, Dipsy  Chicago Fire  3
Gutierrez, Diego  Kansas City Wizards 2^
Gomez, Francisco  Kansas City Wizards 2
Detter, Justin  Kansas City Wizards 2$
Pause, Logan  Chicago Fire  1#
Armas, Chris  Chicago Fire  1 
Whitfield, Evan  Chicago Fire  1
Zotinca, Alex  Kansas City Wizards 1
Preki   Kansas City Wizards  1
Klein, Chris  Kansas City Wizards 1

* Scored all 7 goals with the Chicago Fire, including 6 in 2000
^ Scored 1 goal in 1998 with Chicago Fire
& Scored 2 goals in 2000 with Miami Fusion and 2 in 2001 with New England Revolution
# Scored 1 goal in 2002 with Raleigh CASL Elite
$ Scored 1 goal with the Mid Michigan Bucks in 2001

THE NUMBERS SHOW THAT IT’S ANYONE’S GAME: Score more goals and you win. It’s as simple as that. So far this year, the Kansas City Wizards have scored 3.00 goals per game in the U.S. Open Cup. The Chicago Fire, meanwhile, have scored just 1.33 goals per game in the open cup (tied with the 1997 D.C. United team for lowest scoring team among Open Cup Finalists since 1996). The statistical edge seems to favor the Wizards, but not when you see that the last four Open Cup winners scored fewer goals per game than their opponent in the finals. Defensively, both the Wizards and Fire have each only surrendered one goal in the Open Cup, the lowest combined total for any finals since 1996. There is no correlation between defense in the early rounds and final success, as the team with the lower goals against average in the tournament is 4-4 since 1996. Also, the team with the higher goal difference in early Open Cup rounds is 2-6 in the final. Here is a look at the all time highs and lows for U.S. Open Cup finalists.

Goals For (Per Game)
Team Year Games GFPG Final Result
Miami Fusion 2000 4 3.75 Loss
MetroStars 2003 4 3.25 Loss
New England Revs 2001 4 3.25 Loss
Rochester Raging Rhinos 1996 3 3.00 Loss
Dallas Burn 1997 3 3.00 Win
Chicago Fire 2000 4 3.00 Win
Los Angeles Galaxy 2002 3 3.00 Loss
Chicago Fire 2003 3 3.00 Win
Kansas City Wizards 2004 3 3.00 ??

Goals Against (Per Game)
Team Year Games GAPG Final Result
D.C. United 1996 2 0.00 Win
Colorado Rapids 1999 3 0.00 Loss
Chicago Fire 2004 3 0.33 ??
Kansas City Wizards 2004 3 0.33 ??
D.C. United 1997 3 0.33 Loss
Columbus Crew 1998 3 0.33 Loss
Los Angeles Galaxy 2002 3 0.33 Loss

Goal Difference Entering Open Cup Final
Year Winner Difference Loser Difference
1996 D.C. United +4 Rochester Raging Rhinos +6 
1997 Dallas Burn +7 D.C. United +3
1998 Chicago Fire +3 Columbus Crew +5
1999 Rochester Raging Rhinos +4 Colorado Rapids +5
2000 Chicago Fire +10 Miami Fusion +7
2001 Los Angeles Galaxy +8 New England Revolution +10
2002 Columbus Crew +5 Los Angeles Galaxy +8
2003 Chicago Fire +5 MetroStars +7

In 2004, the Wizards are +8 in Open Cup play while the Fire are +3

ABOUT THE LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP: Dating back to 1914, the U.S. Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in United States soccer and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States, the annual U.S. Open Cup is an 90-year-old single-elimination tournament. In a nutshell, the U.S. Open Cup is very similar to domestic cup competitions popular throughout Europe, South America and the rest of the world. Cup competitions, which usually run concurrent with a country's league season, are open in the early stages to any club that can qualify, giving local amateur teams a chance to compete against the best teams a country has to offer. In 1999, the U.S. Open Cup was renamed the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to honor the long-time soccer supporter and pioneer.

OPEN CUP PLAYING RULES: The FIFA Laws of the Game apply to all Open Cup competition matches. Some of the rules differ from Major League Soccer’s competition rules.
 Each team will be allowed to list 18 players from the official team roster for its match day roster.
 Four substitutes will be allowed.
 Overtime: If the match is tied at the end of regulation, two 15-minute golden goal overtime periods will be played. If at the end of these periods the score is still tied, the winner will be decided with penalty kicks.
 Players are suspended for one match after accumulation of a single yellow card in three matches in one year or one red card. The suspensions carry over from year to year.

MORE THAN 160 TEAMS PARTICIPATE IN 2004: A total of 167 teams entered Open Cup qualifying for the year 2004, four more teams than entered in 2003. Qualifying at the Division II, Division III and amateur levels narrowed down the field to 40 teams for the final stage of the tournament when teams crossed over to play opponents from different levels for the first time. A breakdown of the numbers and qualifying follows:
 MLS: All 10 teams automatically qualify
 A-League: Eight of 10 teams qualify
 The five primary qualifiers will be the winners of a two-leg, aggregate goal series predetermined by geography.
 The final three qualifiers are secondary and the remaining berths will be allocated as follows:
 2003 A-League Champion (Charleston)
 2003 A-League Finalist (Minnesota)
 Non-qualifiers with highest top three point percentages as of May 23
 United Soccer League’s-Pro Select League: Six of 12 teams qualify
 Defending League Champion
 Five teams with the best records after playing four pre-selected qualifying games that are also part of the league’s regular season.
 Premier Development League: Eight of the 53 teams qualify
 Defending League Champion
 Determined by the results of four pre-selected regular season games, with the top two teams from the Eastern, Southern and Central Conference advancing, and the top team from the Western Conference advancing.
 United States Amateur Soccer Association: Eight of 82 teams qualify
Determined by regional tournaments, with each of region finalists advancing to the final tournament.