The 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinals take center stage this week as New England Revolution host Chicago Fire on Tuesday, August 9 at 8 p.m. ET and LA Galaxy welcome FC Dallas on Wednesday, August 10 at 10 p.m. ET. Both matches will air live on ESPN2.
The four MLS legacy clubs combine for eight of the tournament’s 21 titles during the modern era (1995-present), but none have lifted the U.S. Open Cup trophy since the New England Revolution’s 3-2 triumph against FC Dallas in the 2007 Final.
Take a detailed look at both Semifinals:
Tuesday, August 9
New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire
Time/Location: 8 p.m. ET; Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
Referees: R) Edvin Jurisevic, AR1) Kermit Quisenberry, AR2) Claudiu Badea 4th) Randall Kelley
New England Revolution Best Finish: Champions (2007)
New England Revolution Semifinal Appearances: 4 (2001, 2007-08, 2016)
New England Revolution All-Time Record: 16-10-5
Chicago Fire Best Finish: Champions (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006)
Chicago Fire Semifinal Appearances: 12 (1998, 2000-06, 2011, 2013-16)
Chicago Fire All-Time Record: 39-13-4
Previous U.S. Open Cup Meetings
August 3, 2005 – New England Revolution 2, Chicago Fire 3 (AET) Fourth Round
August 23, 2006 – Chicago Fire 2, New England Revolution 1 Quarterfinal
HOW THEY GOT HERE:
New England Revolution
Fourth Round: Carolina RailHawks 0, New England Revolution 1 (AET) June 15
Round of 16: New York Cosmos 2, New England Revolution 3 June 29
Bunbury 43’, 83’, Kamara 75’
Quarterfinals: New England Revolution 1, Philadelphia Union 1 (4-2 PKs) July 20
Fourth Round: Chicago Fire 1, Indy Eleven 1 (4-3 PKs) June 15
Round of 16: Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew SC 1 June 28
Accam 7’, 29’
Quarterfinals: Chicago Fire 3, Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 0 July 20
Accam 5’, de Leeuw 35’, Thiam 51’
- The game marks the Chicago Fire’s 12th Semifinal appearance, a modern era record. It is also the club’s fourth straight U.S. Open Cup Semifinal match.
- New England Revolution makes its fourth Semifinal appearance and first since 2008.
- New England are 10-4-3 all-time in home U.S. Open Cup matches while Chicago are 12-12-2 all-time in away games.
- Tuesday’s Semifinal marks the first knockout style match between the historic rivals since Chicago defeated New England 2-0 in the second leg of the 2009 MLS Eastern Conference Semifinal on November 7, 2009.
- With four goals, Fire attacker David Accam sits tied with LA Galaxy’s Sebastian Lletget for second in the tournament’s Golden Boot Race. The pair sit one goal behind Edwin Borboa of La Maquina.
- Teal Bunbury leads the New England Revolution with two goals in the competition.
- The Chicago Fire lead the all-competitions series with a 32-30-12 record (MLS, MLS Playoffs, USOC, SuperLiga)
- New England Revolution are 6-0-1 vs. Chicago Fire in MLS Cup Playoff matches at Gillette Stadium.
- With a 20-8-3 record, New England Revolution lead the series across all competitions at Gillette Stadium (MLS, MLS Playoffs)
- The Chicago Fire are in the midst of a record 38-game road winless streak across all competitions (36 MLS matches, two USOC matches). Coincidentally, the team’s last away win was a 1-0 victory at New England on July 12, 2014.
- Chicago have lost nine-straight away MLS matches this season, two of which came at New England on May 14 (2-0) and July 23 (1-0). The team’s last road point came in a 0-0 draw at New York City FC on April 10.
- The Semifinal marks just the second U.S. Open Cup match for the Revolution at Gillette Stadium and first since 2007, a 2-1 Quarterfinal win vs. Harrisburg City Islanders.
- CAUTION WATCH: Chicago Fire midfielder Nick LaBrocca has two yellow cards thus far in the tournament. A third against New England would see him miss the Final, should the Fire advance.
- The match will be carried live on ESPN2 with Jon Champion and Taylor Twellman on the call.
- New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps helped the club to its lone U.S. Open Cup title, playing three of the team’s four matches during the team’s run to the 2007 title.
- Other members of the Revolution to previously win the U.S. Open Cup: Teal Bunbury and Kei Kamara (2012 Sporting Kansas City), Assistant Coach Tom Soehn (1998 and 2000 Chicago Fire)
- Chicago Fire assistant coach Logan Pause helped the club to tournament titles in 2003 and 2006. He played in all four matches of the latter tournament.
- Chicago Fire defender Michael Harrington also won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with Sporting Kansas City in 2012.
Wednesday, August 10
LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas
Time/Location: 10 p.m. ET; StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Referees: R) Ted Unkel, AR1) Ian B. Anderson, AR2) Cameron Blanchard, 4th) Alex Chilowicz
LA Galaxy Best Finish: Champions (2001, 2005)
LA Galaxy Semifinal Appearances: 7 (2000-03, 2005-06, 2016)
LA Galaxy All-Time Record: 26-15-1
FC Dallas Best Finish: Champions (1997)
FC Dallas Semifinal Appearances: 9 (1996-98, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2014)
FC Dallas All-Time Record: 24-18-4
Previous U.S. Open Cup Meetings
September 28, 2005: LA Galaxy 1, FC Dallas 0 Final
September 3, 2002: LA Galaxy 4, Dallas Burn 1 Semifinal
HOW THEY GOT HERE:
Fourth Round: LA Galaxy 4, La Maquina 1 (AET) June 14
Villarreal 15’, Romney 96’, Lletget 105’, 115’
Round of 16: Portland Timbers 0, LA Galaxy 1 June 29
Quarterfinals: LA Galaxy 4, Seattle Sounders FC 2 July 20
Gordon 17’, dos Santos 77’, Lletget 85’, 88’
Fourth Round: FC Dallas 2, OKC Energy FC 2 (6-5 PKs) June 15
Lizarazo 37, 43’
Round of 16: FC Dallas 2, Colorado Rapids 1 (AET) June 29
Diaz 64’, Urruti 96’
Quarterfinals: Houston Dynamo 0, FC Dallas 1 July 20
- Wednesday’s Semifinal is a rematch of the 2005 U.S. Open Cup Final which the LA Galaxy won 1-0.
- FC Dallas makes its ninth Semifinal appearance, which is tied with D.C. United for second most in the tournament’s modern era.
- LA Galaxy appears in its seventh U.S. Open Cup Semifinal and first since 2006.
- The game is the first knockout match between the two sides since FC Dallas defeated the LA Galaxy 3-0 in the 2010 MLS Western Conference Final on November 14, 2010.
- With four goals, Galaxy forward Sebastian Lletget sits tied with the Chicago Fire’s David Accam for second in the tournament’s Golden Boot race. The MLS pair sits one goal behind Edwin Borboa ofl La Maquina.
- With two goals, Carlos Lizarazo leads FC Dallas in tournament scoring.
- This is the first meeting between the two sides this season.
- The LA Galaxy have won 17 straight home U.S. Open Cup matches, with their last defeat coming in the 2000 Semifinal, a 2-1 extra time loss to the Chicago Fire.
- LA Galaxy are 19-2-0 all-time in home U.S. Open Cup matches while FC Dallas are 8-12-2 all-time in away matches.
- LA Galaxy lead the all-competitions series with a 40-26-11 record and the all-competitions series at StubHub Center with a 21-10-4 record.
- Having last won a title in the 1997 U.S. Open Cup, FC Dallas holds the longest domestic trophy drought among all 20 MLS clubs.
- CAUTION WATCH: FC Dallas defender Atiba Harris has accumulated two yellow cards thus far in the tournament. Should he be shown one against the Galaxy, he would miss the club’s potential U.S. Open Cup Final.
- The match will air on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. ET with Glenn Davis and Kasey Keller on the call.
- The LA Galaxy coaching staff is well seasoned in U.S. Open Cup success. Head coach Bruce Arena won the 1996 U.S. Open Cup as the head coach of D.C. United. Associate head coach Dave Sarachan led the Chicago Fire to Open Cup titles in 2003 and 2006. Assistant coach Pat Noonan and goalkeeping coach Matt Reis have also won the Open Cup multiple times as players. Noonan and Reis won the 2007 championship with the New England Revolution, while Noonan also won twice as a member of Sounders FC in 2010 and 2011 and Reis was part of the Galaxy’s first championship in 2001.
- Jeff Larentowicz is the only LA Galaxy player to lift the U.S. Open Cup, doing so with the 2007 New England Revolution.
- Likewise, Mauro Rosales is the only FC Dallas player to win the U.S. Open Cup, lifting the trophy with Seattle Sounders FC in 2011.