LOS ANGELES, DALLAS EACH SEEK SECOND OPEN CUP TITLE: FC Dallas travels to The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., to face the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final at 8 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Each team is seeking their second U.S. Open Cup title. Dallas last won it all in 1997 in penalty kicks over D.C. United, while L.A. took home the title in 2001 with an overtime victory over the New England Revolution. This is the second final appearance for Dallas and the third for Los Angeles, who lost the 2002 cup final to the Columbus Crew.
GOLTV TO TELEVISE FINAL: For the second consecutive year, GolTV will broadcast the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final live at 8 p.m. PT. GolTV will televise the match live in both English and Spanish, including a one hour pre-game show which will air at 7 p.m. CT. This is the second of a three-year agreement between U.S. Soccer and GolTV for the Open Cup final to air on GolTV. Phil Schoen (play-by-play), Ray Hudson (color) and Lindsey Dean (sideline) will call the English broadcast. For full listing of GolTV coverage in your area, please visit www.goltv.tv.
HEAR IT FROM THE TEAMS: ussoccer.com’s latest podcast features the complete national media conference call held Monday with representatives from both teams. Listen as Steve Sampson, Colin Clarke, Ronnie O’Brien, Peter Vagenas and others talk about what this championship match means to their teams.
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 overtime periods will be played. If the score is still tied at the end of these periods, the winner will be decided with penalty kicks.
• Players are suspended for one match after accumulating three yellow cards or one red card during the tournament. The suspensions carry over from year to year.
$180,000 IN PRIZE MONEY TO BE HANDED OUT: Not just the Open Cup Champion walks away with a payday. A total of seven of the 42 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 Minnesota Thunder, who fell to the Galaxy in the semifinals, claimed the Division II (USL First Division) prize of $10,000 as the only team from their level to advance to the semifinals. At the Division III level, three teams from the USL Second Division split the $10,000 award the Western Mass Pioneers, the Charlotte Eagles and the Wilmington Hammerheads. The Des Moines Menace (PDL) have already claimed their $10,000 prize as the top amateur team, doing so by advancing all the way to the fourth round with wins over the Charleston Battery and Atlanta Silverbacks of USL1.
2005 U.S. OPEN CUP LEADING SCORERS: Three players have scored five goals in the 2005 U.S. Open Cup, and all three were on the field in the Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Minnesota Thunder semifinal tilt. Johnny Menyongar of the Thunder sits atop the charts with five goals and two assists, while teammate Melvin Tarley has five total goals, four of which came in one game vs. the Colorado Rapids. Galaxy forward Herculez Gomez is the third five-goal scorer in 2005, and will look to build on that total in the final on Wednesday night.
Name Team Goals Assists Points
1. Melvin Tarley Minnesota Thunder 6 0 12
1. Johnny Menyongar Minnesota Thunder 5 2 12
3. Hercules Gomez Los Angeles Galaxy 5 0 10
4. McColm Cephas Richmond Kickers 4 0 8
4. Tony Donatelli Ocean City Barons 3 2 8
6. Juan Sastoque Roma 3 1 7
6. Tomas Boltnar Des Moines Menace 2 3 7
8. Byron Carmichael Ocean City Barons 3 0 6
8. Christian Gomez D.C. United 3 0 6
8. Dustin Swinehart Charlotte Eagles 3 0 6
8. Jason Kreis Real Salt Lake 3 0 6
8. Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy 2 2 6
8. Michael Krause Des Moines Menp; 3 0 6
8. Moussa Dagnogo Indiana Reggae Boyz 2 2 6
GALAXY, FC DALLAS PLAYERS SCORING IN 2005: Representatives from FC Dallas and the Galaxy have accounted for 20 of the 182 total goals scored in the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and an additional eight assists. In total, 14 different players recorded a point.
Name Goals Assists Points
Thompson, Abe 2 1 5
Talley, Carey 2 0 4
Mina, Roberto 1 1 3
Ruiz, Carlos 1 0 2
Johnson, Eddie 1 0 2
O'Brien, Ronnie 1 0 2
Oscar Pareja 0 1 1
Los Angeles Galaxy
Name Goals Assists Points
Gomez, Herculez 5 0 10
Donovan, Landon 2 2 6
Jones, Cobi 1 2 4
Ngwenya, Joseph 2 0 4
Albright, Chris 1 0 2
Marshall, Tyrone 1 0 2
Kirovski, Jovan 0 1 1
CAREER OPEN CUP GOALS BY PLAYERS APPEARING IN THE 2005 FINAL: With names like Carlos Ruiz, Landon Donovan and Cobi Jones on the rosters of the 2005 U.S. Open Cup finalists, it’s a bit of a surprise to find which of these teams’ players has the most career Open Cup goals. That honor falls to none other than Chris Albright with eight goals, the former forward who had five Open Cup goals with D.C. United. That total leaves Albright tied for fifth in total Open Cup goals since 1996. In all, Los Angeles and Dallas players have recorded a total of 46 career Open Cup goals since 1996.
Career Open Cup Goals
Player Team Goals
Albright, Chris Los Angeles Galaxy 8*
Ruiz, Carlos FC Dallas 7#
Gomez, Herculez Los Angeles Galaxy 6&
Johnson, Eddie FC Dallas 4
Jones, Cobi Los Angeles Galaxy 4
O'Brien, Ronnie FC Dallas 4
Donovan, Landon Los Angeles Galaxy 3^
Talley, Carey FC Dallas 3%
Ngwenya, Joseph Los Angeles Galaxy 2
Thompson, Abe FC Dallas 2
Mina, Roberto FC Dallas 1
Marshall, Tyrone Los Angeles Galaxy 1
Vagenas, Peter Los Angeles Galaxy 1
* Scored 5 goals with D.C. United from 1999-2001
^ Scored 1 goal with San Jose Earthquakes in 2004
& Scored 1 goal with San Diego Gauchos in 2002
% Scored 1 goal with D.C. United in 2001
# Scored 6 goals with Los Angeles Galaxy in 2002-2003
OPEN CUP SCORING GOES THROUGH THE ROOF IN 2005: Defense is said to win championships, and that certainly may be the case in the U.S. Open Cup final as the last two title bouts were 1-0 affairs. However, offense has been getting teams to the Open Cup final in 2005. Scoring increased in 2005 more than a goal per game as teams put the ball in the back of the net – including at least one instance of an own goal that saw a defender chip his own goalkeeper from the center circle – 182 times through 40 games. This year’s 4.55 goals per game average is up from 3.18 in 2004 and the 3.64 goals per game in 2003. The Galaxy did their part, averaging four goals per game in their three Open Cup victories, while FC Dallas put home two goals per game.
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM TIES IN OPEN CUP FINAL: Many of the players set to take the field Wednesday night during the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final have ties to one of the U.S. Men’s National Teams. Landon Donovan, the top scorer for the U.S. in 2005, is one of the drivers of the L.A. Galaxy attack and has two goals and two assists this Open Cup campaign. On the other side, Eddie Johnson is another of the USA’s top scorers of the last year. He has one U.S. Open Cup goal in 2005, but will miss the final due to injury. Elsewhere, the outside backs from the last U.S. World Cup qualifier in Guatemala represent opposite teams in this final in Chris Albright of Los Angeles and Greg Vanney of Dallas. Los Angeles goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has three caps for the U.S., including one this year, and all-time U.S. capwinner Cobi Jones (164) also runs the flanks for the Galaxy.
MORE THAN 150 TEAMS PARTICIPATE IN 2005: A total of 158 teams entered Open Cup qualifying for 2005, nine fewer teams than entered in 2004. Qualifying at the Division III and amateur levels narrowed down the field to 42 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 qualifying numbers:
• MLS: All 12 teams automatically qualified
• USL First Division: All eight teams automatically qualified
• USL Second Division: Six of nine teams qualified
• USL Premier Development League: Eight of 50 teams qualified
• United States Amateur Soccer Association: Eight of 79 teams qualified
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 a 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.
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 an 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 where it resides permanently in Oneonta, N.Y.
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