CHICAGO (Monday, August 5, 2002) – The 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has reached its "Final Eight" as three of the four Quarterfinal games will take place this Wednesday, August 7. In the marquee match-up, last year’s Open Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) will travel to take on the defending MLS champion San Jose Earthquakes in a match that will be broadcast live on Fox Sports World (FSW) and Fox Sports World Español (FSWE) from Spartan Stadium on Wednesday (August 7) at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET).
The Galaxy-Earthquakes match-up marks the third consecutive year that the two MLS rivals will be meeting in the Open Cup Quarterfinals. L.A. has twice eliminated San Jose from the Open Cup, winning 10-9 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in 2001 and downing the 'Quakes 2-0 in 2000. San Jose got a measure of revenge for those two defeats, though, by beating L.A. in overtime to claim the 2001 MLS Cup.
In other Quarterfinal matches set for August 7, the NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS) will host the Columbus Crew (MLS) at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, N.Y., at 9:15 p.m. ET, while the Colorado Rapids (MLS) travel to meet the Dallas Burn (MLS) at the Cotton Bowl at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Rounding out the Quarterfinals will be the MLS’ Kansas City Wizards visiting the last remaining A-League squad, the Milwaukee Rampage, at the Rampage Sports Complex in Franklin, Wis., on Saturday, August 24, at 7:30 p.m. CT. The Rampage-Wizards match was originally slated for August 7, but was rescheduled for August 24 in order to accommodate the Wizards, who are currently in the 2002 Football Confederation (CONCACAF) Champions Cup Semifinals, set for August 7 and 28.
FSW and FSWE will also broadcast both Open Cup Semifinal matches, set for September 3 and 10, and the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on October 26 or 27.
– QUARTERFINALS PREVIEW–
August 7 & 24, 2002
2002 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals Match-ups (Overall Record Since 1996):
Dallas Burn (10-5-1) vs. Colorado Rapids (5-5-0)
@ Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, on August 7, at 7:30 p.m. CT
One of three intra-league match-ups … First-ever meeting between the two squads in Open Cup competition … Burn – The 1997 U.S. Open Cup Champions, are the only MLS club to appear in every tournament since 1996 … Earned a spot in the 2002 Quarterfinals with a 2-1 sudden-death overtime victory over the host Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League) in the Third Round … Reached the Quarterfinals on six occasions (1996-2000, 2002) … Rapids – Making their sixth tournament appearance (1996-97, 1999, 2000-02) ... Snapped a three-game losing streak in Open Cup competition after posting a 1-0 overtime win over the host Charleston Battery (A-League) in Third Round action … Best performance was in 1999, advancing to the championship final but falling 2-0 to the Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) in Columbus, Ohio.
Columbus Crew (10-3-1) vs. NY/NJ MetroStars (7-5-1)
@ Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, N.Y., on August 7, at 9:15 p.m. ET
The third meeting between the two teams in tournament play … Crew holds a 1-0-1 edge in the Open Cup as the squad topped the MetroStars in their first meeting 1-0 in the Semifinals on Aug. 4, 1998 … Two years later, both squads met again in the 2000 Quarterfinals, but it was the MetroStars prevailing 7-6 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation and two sudden-death overtime periods … Crew – Advanced to the 2002 Quarterfinals after blanking the visiting Richmond Kickers (A-League) 3-0 in Third Round play ... Making their fifth appearance in the Open Cup … Best finish for the Crew in tournament history was second place in 1998, losing to the Chicago Fire (MLS) in the championship final … MetroStars – Knocked off the host Hampton Roads Mariners (A-League) 1-0 in Third Round action for a spot in the 2002 Quarterfinals … Making their fifth consecutive tournament appearance … Reached the semifinals on three occasions (1997-98, 2000).
Los Angeles Galaxy (9-2-1) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (6-2-3)
@ Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif., on August 7, at 7 p.m. PT
A marquee Quarterfinal encounter that pits the defending Open Cup champions Los Angeles Galaxy traveling to take on the San Jose Earthquakes … These two squads have met twice in tournament play and the Galaxy have eliminated the Earthquakes on both occasions in the Quarterfinals … Galaxy downed the Earthquakes 2-0 in the 2000 Quarterfinals and then won 10-9 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in the 2001 Quarters … Galaxy – Won the Open Cup last year … Making their fourth consecutive appearance (1999-2002) … Coming off a convincing 4-0 road victory over the Minnesota Thunder (A-League) in the Third Round … Earthquakes – Have five Open Cup appearances (1997-98, 2000-02) to their credit … Earned a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory against the host Seattle Sounder (A-League) in Third Round action … Have advanced to the Quaterfinals in the last five tournaments.
Milwaukee Rampage (3-1-1) vs. Kansas City Wizards (2-4-1)
@ Rampage Sports Complex in Franklin, Wis., on August 24, at 7:30 p.m. CT
First-ever meeting between these two Midwest teams in the Open Cup … Rampage are putting a four-game unbeaten streak on the line in tournament play and have also not given up a goal in the last 430 minutes … Rampage – Have made three appearances in the Open Cup (1998, 2001-02) … Advanced to the 2002 tournament by topping the Cincinnati Riverhawks (A-League) by a 5-4 aggregate score in a two-game qualifying series … Opened the competition in the Second Round and easily topped the visiting New York Freedoms (D3) 4-0 … Rampage continued their winning streak posting a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire (MLS) in Third Round play. … Wizards – Have made five previous appearances (1996-98, 2000-01) in the Open Cup, but amazingly only have two total victories in tournament play … Coming off a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 overtime road win over the Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) in the Third Round.
ALBRIGHT, MCBRIDE, WASHINGTON TRAIL ALL-TIME LEADER MORENO IN OPEN CUP SCORING LIST: After their tallies during the 2002 Open Cup Third Round, forwards Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy-MLS), Brian McBride (Columbus Crew-MLS) and Dante Washington (Columbus Crew-MLS) all have scored seven career goals in tournament history placing them in a crowded seven-way tie for second (along with Abdul Thompson Conteh, Johnny Menyongar, Welton and Josh Wolff) on the Open Cup all-time goalscorers list (since 1996). All seven trail current leader Jamie Moreno of D.C. United (MLS) with 10 career goals.
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* U.S. Men's National Team midfielder William "Billy" Gonsalves (1 goal, 6 caps), who played in two FIFA World Cups (Uruguay 1930, Italy 1934), won eight Open Cup titles with five career club teams. Gonsalves captured back-to-back championships with three clubs: Fall River (Mass.) Marksmen of the American Soccer League (ASL) in 1930-31, St. Louis Stix, Baer and Fuller of the St. Louis Soccer League in 1933-34 and the Brooklyn Hispaño (ASL) in 1943-44. Gonsalves also won the Open Cup crown with the New Bedford (Mass.) Whalers (ASL) in 1932 and the St. Louis Central Breweries F.C. in 1935.
* A record crowd of 20,376 at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colo., watched the host Colorado Rapids (MLS) shutout the Seattle Sounders (A-League) 1-0 in an Open Cup Third Round match on July 13, 1999. The record attendance is the most in a tournament match since 1996.
The 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Brackets are available here (pdf.)