CHICAGO (July 27, 2016) – The 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinals will air on ESPN2. The New England Revolution host the Chicago Fire in the first Semifinal on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. ET, while the LA Galaxy welcome FC Dallas in the second Semifinal on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 10 p.m. ET.
The four teams booked their Semifinal places on Wednesday, July 20. The New England Revolution drew 1-1 before dispatching the Philadelphia Union 4-2 on penalty kicks, while the Chicago Fire downed the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3-0 to setup the first Semifinal. FC Dallas used a second half stoppage time strike to see off the Houston Dynamo 1-0, while the LA Galaxy tallied three goals in the final 13 minutes in a 4-2 comeback defeat of Seattle Sounders FC.
All four clubs are previous winners of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, but none have appeared in the tournament Final since 2011 when the Chicago Fire fell 2-0 to Seattle Sounders FC. Of the four remaining teams, the New England Revolution last won the competition in 2007, preceded by four-time winners Chicago Fire in 2006 and two-time champions LA Galaxy in 2005. FC Dallas looks for its first tournament title since lifting the trophy in 1997.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer's national championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion annually since 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.