CHICAGO (Friday, July 26, 2002) – U.S. Soccer has announced the final dates for the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinals, which are set to take place on September 3 and 10 and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports World (FSW) and Fox Sports World Español (FSWE).
The first Semifinal match is slated for Tuesday, September 3, at either 8 p.m. ET or 8 p.m. PT with the Dallas Burn/Colorado Rapids Quarterfinal winner taking on the San Jose Earthquakes/Los Angeles Galaxy victor. The other Semifinal encounter is set for the following week (Tuesday, September 10) at 8 p.m. ET as the NY/NJ MetroStars/Columbus Crew Quarterfinal winner meets the survivor of the Milwaukee Rampage/Kansas City Wizards match. The venues for each Semifinal will be determined by U.S. Soccer as one team from each of the match-ups will be designated as host.
Rounding out the FSW and FSWE Open Cup broadcasts in 2002 will the Championship game on the weekend of October 26-27.
U.S. Soccer also announced that the Kansas City Wizards – Milwaukee Rampage Quarterfinal, originally slated for August 7, has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 24, at the Rampage Sports Complex in Franklin, Wis. at 7:30 p.m. CT. The change was made to accommodate the Wizards, who are currently in the 2002 Football Confederation (CONCACAF) Champions Cup Semifinals, scheduled to be completed by late-August.
The Rampage made several moves in their A-League regular season schedule to fit the Open Cup Quarterfinal encounter against the MLS’ Wizards on August 24. The Rampage’s match-up against the visiting Cincinnati Riverhawks, previously set for Wednesday, August 21, will now take place on Tuesday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m. CT. Milwaukee will also host the Portland Timbers on August 21, at 7:30 p.m. CT rather than on August 24 as originally scheduled.
In the marquee match-up of the quarterfinals, the defending 2002 U.S. Open Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy will travel to take on the defending 2002 MLS champion San Jose Earthquakes in a match that will be broadcast live on FSW and FSWE from Spartan Stadium on Wednesday, August 7, at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET).
The other Quarterfinals on August 7 will be the NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS) hosting the Columbus Crew (MLS) at the Mitchell Athletic Complex in Uniondale, N.Y. at 9:15 p.m. ET, and the Colorado Rapids (MLS) traveling to meet the Dallas Burn (MLS) at the Cotton Bowl at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Dating back to 1914, the 89-year-old U.S. Open Cup is the oldest soccer cup competition in the United States and is also among the oldest in the world.
The 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Brackets are available here (pdf.)