CHICAGO (Aug. 11, 2014) – The 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final has been narrowed down to two possible dates, as the championship will take place on Sept. 16 or Oct. 1 live on GolTV.
The Philadelphia Union-FC Dallas semifinal winner will host the championship match of the 101st edition of the tournament, as determined by the coin flip conducted by U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati that took place during the Men In Blazers program at MLS All-Star Week.
Should Philadelphia win, it would host the Seattle Sounders FC-Chicago Fire semifinal winner at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. If FC Dallas advances to the final, it would host either the Chicago Fire at 7:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Sept. 16, or Seattle Sounders FC at 7:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Oct. 1. The game would take place at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
The tournament semifinals kick off this week, with FC Dallas hosting the Philadelphia Union at 8 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. Then on Wednesday, Aug. 13, Seattle Sounders FC hosts the Chicago Fire during ussoccer.com’s “Game of the Round.” The match kicks off at 7 p.m. PT.
The Chicago Fire-Seattle Sounders FC matchup features the two winningest MLS teams in the tournament’s history. The Fire has won the U.S. Open Cup on four occasions (1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006), and Seattle Sounders FC earned three straight U.S. Open Cup titles from 2009-2011.
- 2011 U.S. Open Cup Final Highlights – Seattle Sounders FC vs. Chicago Fire
- 2010 U.S. Open Cup Final Highlights – Seattle Sounders FC vs. Columbus Crew
- 2009 U.S. Open Cup Final Highlights – Seattle Sounders FC vs. D.C. United
- Chicago Fire U.S. Open Cup Highlights – 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006 (Chicago Fire)
FC Dallas won the 1997 U.S. Open Cup when the organization was formerly named the Dallas Burn, defeating D.C. United 5-3 in a shootout. Dallas was also the tournament runner-up in 2005 and 2007. The Philadelphia Union is in search of its first U.S. Open Cup Final appearance.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating back to 1914. This year’s winner will earn $250,000, a berth in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions’ League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will take home $60,000. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.