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Semifinal Matches Set for 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

CHICAGO (September 4, 2003) – The final schedule for the semifinals of the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has been set, including the broadcast schedule on Fox Sports World and Fox Sports World en Español. The Chicago Fire will host the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sept. 23, and the MetroStars will host D.C. United on Oct. 1 with all four teams vying for a spot in the Oct. 15 final.

The Fire will host the Galaxy at Cardinal Stadium on the campus of North Central College in Naperville, Ill. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. CT and be televised live on Fox Sports World and same day delay at 11 p.m. ET on Fox Sports World en Español. The game is a rematch of the 2001 semifinal, when the Galaxy used an overtime goal by Alexi Lalas to advance to the final, which they won to become Open Cup Champion. Chicago won the Open Cup in 1998 and 2000.

The next week, the MetroStars will face D.C. United at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University at 7:30 p.m. ET on Oct. 1. The game will not be televised. The MetroStars, the only semifinalist never to have claimed the Dewar Trophy, will be looking for their first Open Cup semifinal win in four tries. D.C. United looks to make a trip back to the final for the first time since 1997.

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 a 90-year-old single-elimination tournament.

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.  Hunt, the owner-operator of multiple MLS teams including the 2002 Open Cup Champion Columbus Crew and the owner of the Dallas Tornado of the NASL, was one of the sports first major ownership figures and is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

The tournament winner earns $100,000 in prize money. The winning team of the U.S. Open Cup will have their name engraved on the Dewar Cup trophy, which has been permanently retired at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y.

Fox Sports World and Fox Sports en Español, which have broadcast a number of Open Cup matches across the last three years, including the semifinals and championship games, is once again the official television broadcaster of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2003.

2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule

Semifinals – Sept. 23/Oct 1
Date:         Match-Up                                            Venue, City                                           Kickoff
Sept. 23    Los Angeles Galaxy at Chicago Fire     Cardinal Stadium; Naperville, Ill.            7 p.m. CT
Oct. 1       D.C. United at MetroStars                   Yurcak Field; Piscataway, N.J.              7:30 p.m. ET

Final – Oct 15