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U.S. Open Cup Third Round Sites, Fourth Round Pairings Finalized by U.S. Soccer

CHICAGO (June 27, 2003) – The hosts for all eight 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup third-round matches were finalized and the fourth-round prospective parings were announced today by U.S. Soccer. In the third round, eight A-League teams along with the MetroStars and D.C. United of MLS join the tournament while the final eight MLS teams will enter in the fourth round.

All of the third round matches will be played on July 16, and the fourth round is scheduled for August 6. No host teams have yet been determined for the fourth round.

Three amateur teams, including two from the United Soccer Leagues’ Premier Development League, have made it through to the third round. After topping the Utah Blitzz (USL-PSL) 4-0 in the second round, the Fresno Fuego will travel to face the El Paso Patriots (A-League) at Dudley Field in El Paso, Texas, at 7 p.m. MT. The winner will face the Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) in the fourth round. Also from the PDL, the Mid Michigan Bucks will host an MLS side for the third time since 1999, as the MetroStars travel to Hurley Stadium in Berkley, Mich., at 7:30 p.m. ET with the winner advancing to face the Columbus Crew (MLS).

The other amateur team, the Milwaukee Bavarians of the United States Adult Soccer Association, will be part of the most intriguing third-round match up as they face cross-city opponent Milwaukee Wave United of the A-League in Uihlein Soccer Park at 7 p.m. CT. The winner of this match will face the Chicago Fire (MLS) in the fourth round.

Also in the third round, two A-League teams – the Seattle Sounders and host Minnesota Thunder  will face off at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., at 7:30 p.m. CT. The winner of that match will take on the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) in the fourth round.

Two third-round winners will advance to do battle in the fourth round. D.C. United (MLS) will host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (A-League) at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds, Md., at 7:30 p.m. ET, with the victor facing the winner of a match between the Carolina Dynamo (USL-PSL) and the Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League) at MacPherson Stadium in Browns Summit, N.C., at 7:30 p.m. ET,

In another match hosted by a USL-PSL team in North Carolina, the Atlanta Silverbacks will face the Wilmington Hammerheads in Wilmington’s Legion Sports Complex at 7:30 p.m. ET for the right to face the Dallas Burn (MLS) in the fourth round.

The A-League’s Rochester Raging Rhinos will host the final third round match. Their opponent will be either the Chesapeake Dragons (PDL) or the New Hampshire Phantoms (USL-PSL). The Dragons and Phantoms will face off in an extra second-round match on July 10, made necessary because the Dragon’s first-round opponent used an ineligible player. The team advancing from this group will face the New England Revolution (MLS) in the fourth round.

Finally, the Colorado Rapids will face the Kansas City Wizards in the only guaranteed all-MLS fourth-round match.

Geographical pairings and host proposals received from each club helped determine match-ups, as they will through the quarterfinals of the tournament. For complete results from the first and second rounds of the tournament, visit the 2003 Open Cup competition’s page on

2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule/Results

First Round
No.    Result   
1     Bridgeport Italians (USASA) 1, Chesapeake Dragons (PDL) 0*
2     D.S. United (USASA) 1, Raleigh CASL Elite (PDL) 4
3     Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) 2, Des Moines Menace (PDL) 1
4     Fresno Fuego (PDL) 1, Chico Rooks (USASA) 0
Bye: Bradenton Academics
Bye: Mid-Michigan Bucks
* Chesapeake earns a second round match because Bridgeport used an ineligible player.

Second Round
No.    Result/Teams    Location    Date    Times (Local)
5    Bradenton Academics (PDL) 1, Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL) 2
6    Long Island Rough Riders (USL-PSL) 1, at Mid-Michigan Bucks (PDL) 2
7    Bridgeport Italians (USASA) 0, New Hampshire Phantoms (USL-PSL) 3
7a    Chesapeake Dragons (PDL) at New Hampshire Phantoms (USL-PSL)    TBD    July 10    TBD
8    Raleigh CASL Elite (PDL) 1, Carolina Dynamo (USL-PSL) 2
9    Reading Rage (USL-PSL) 0, Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) 1
10    Utah Blitzz (USL-PSL) 0, Fresno Fuego (PDL) 4

Third Round
No.    Teams    Location    Date    Times (Local)
11    Seattle Sounders (A-League) at Minnesota Thunder (A-League)    Blaine, Minn.    July 16    7:30 p.m.
12    Pittsburgh Riverhounds (A-League) at D.C. United (MLS)    Boyds, Md.    July 16    7:30 p.m.
13    Fresno Fuego (PDL) at El Paso Patriots (A-League)    El Paso, Texas    July 16    7 p.m.
14    Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL)    Wilmington, N.C.    July 16    7:30 p.m.
15    Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League) at Carolina Dynamo (USL-PSL)    Browns Summit, N.C.    July 16    7:30 p.m.
16    Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) at Milwaukee Wave United  (A-League)    Milwaukee, Wisc.    July 16    7 p.m.
17    MetroStars (MLS) at Mid Michigan Bucks (PDL)    Berkley, Mich.    July 16    7:30 p.m.
18    Game 7a Winner at Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League)     TBA    July 16    TBA

Fourth Round
No.    Teams    Location    Date    Times (Local)
19    San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. Game 11 Winner    TBD    Aug. 6    TBD
20    Game 12 Winner vs. Game 15 Winner    TBD    Aug. 6    TBD
21    Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) vs. Game 13 Winner    TBD    Aug. 6    TBD
22    Dallas Burn (MLS) vs. Game 14 Winner    TBD    Aug. 6    TBD
23    Colorado Rapids (MLS) vs. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)    TBD    Aug. 6    TBD
24    Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Game 16 Winner    TBD    Aug. 6    TBD
25    Columbus Crew (MLS) vs. Game 17 Winner    TBD    Aug. 6    TBD
26    New England Revolution (MLS) vs. Game 18 Winner    TBD    Aug. 6    TBD

Quarterfinals – Aug. 27
Semifinals – Sept. 23-24
Final – Oct. 15