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Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final Ready to Kickoff in Seattle

2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final
Seattle Sounders vs. Columbus Crew
Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.
Oct. 5, 2010, 7 p.m. PT

SOUNDERS SEEK REPEAT TITLE: The Seattle Sounders
play host to the 2010 Lamar Hunt Open Cup Final on Tuesday night as they
seek to repeat as champions. Should the hosts hoist the title for a
second year in a row, they would become the first side to do so since
MLS sides entered the competition in 1996. For the visiting Columbus
Crew, it's a chance to grab the trophy for the first time since 2002,
the last time they appeared in the final of the USA's oldest annual team
tournament.

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL TO TELEVISE FINAL:
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final returns to Fox Soccer Channel and
Fox Sports en Español live at 10 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow online via
ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUICK HITS

  • Tuesday’s match will conclude the 97th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
  • The home team is 9-3-0 in U.S. Open Cup finals since MLS began
    participating in the tournament in 1996. The 2003 Chicago Fire, 2007 New
    England Revolution and 2009 Seattle Sounders are the only road teams to
    win a final. Two finals, 1997 and 1999, were played at neutral sites.
  • This will be the first time the Open Cup Final has been played in the state of Washington. 
  • The U.S. Open Cup Final has gone into overtime four times since 1996. 
  • A total of 63 different teams have won the U.S. Open Cup, with the Sounders the most recent first-time winners in 2009. 
  • Three MLS teams have won the “double” – winning the MLS and U.S.
    Open Cups in the same year. The Galaxy were the last team to achieve
    that distinction back in 2005, while the 1998 Chicago Fire and 1996 D.C.
    United also won both.
  • The home team is 28-7-3 in the 2010 competition, with the visiting teams holding a 3-0 advantage in shootout victories. 
  • One-hundred and six goals have been scored in the 2010 Open Cup, down from 114 at this same stage last year. 
  • There were 22 shutouts during 2010 (four more than 2009), and just one 0-0 tie. 
  • The Harrisburg City Islanders of USL-2 won this year’s $10,000
    dollar prize as the top Division III team by advancing to the
    quarterfinals. 
  • The $10,000 amateur prize was split between the Kitsap Pumas and
    the Long Island Rough Riders. Both PDL teams reached the second round. 
  • The final $10,000 prize went to the Portland Timbers of USSF
    Division-2, whose tournament run was ended in the Round of 16 by the
    Seattle Sounders, their bitter rivals.
  • The winner of the final will receive $100,000 in prize money, while the runner-up will get half that at $50,000.
  • Michael Kennedy will be the Referee for Tuesday's match with Tom
    Supple and Paul Scott running the lines as Assistant Referees. The
    fourth official will be Ricardo Salazar.
  • Overtime: If the match is tied at the end of regulation, two
    15-minute overtime periods will be played. If at the end of these
    periods the score is tied, the champion will be decided with penalty
    kicks.
  • Unlike MLS matches, only one assist is counted in the official records.

A CLOSER LOOK: SEATTLE SOUNDERS

Head Coach:
Sigi Schmid
2010 U.S. Open Cup Record: (2-0-1)
All-Time Open Cup Final Record: 1-0-0
2010 MLS Record: 12-9-6, 42 points (Fourth in the Western Conference)
2010 League Leading Scorer: Fredy Montero (10 goals)
Last Outing: 3-2 win against Toronto FC on Oct. 2

2010 Open Cup Game-By-Game
Date       Round     Opponent                         Result                             Location
June 30  3             Portland Timbers (D-2)     1-1 T (4-3 in Shootout)     PGE Park; Portland, Ore.
July 7     QF           Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) 2-0 W                             Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.
Sept. 1   SF           Chivas USA (MLS)             3-1 W                             Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

QUICK HITS

  • Seattle is 2-0-0 at home in the 2010 Open Cup, with a 2-0 win
    against the Los Angeles Galaxy and a 3-1 win against Chivas USA. Both
    games were played not at Qwest Field but at Starfire Sports Complex in
    Tukwila, Wash.
  • Seattle’s MLS home record is 7-5-3 so far this year. 
  • The Sounders have played Columbus twice so far in MLS this
    season, drawing 1-1 at Qwest Field in Seattle on May 1 and winning 4-0
    on Sept. 18 at Crew Stadium. 
  • Sounders forward Nate Jaqua is tied for highest scoring honors
    in the 2010 Open Cup. Jaqua, who has scored in all three games for the
    Sounders, has five total goals and is tied with Miami's Paulo Araujo,
    Jr. for the scoring crown. 
  • 2010 will mark the third time a Seattle-based club has competed
    in the final of the U.S. Open Cup. Before the Sounders' victory last
    year in D.C., the last club from the Emerald City to make the final was
    the Mitre Eagles in 1987. Twenty-three years ago the Eagles fell to Club
    España, from Washington, D.C., after a 3-2 penalty shootout following a
    0-0 draw. 
  • Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid previously managed Columbus Crew
    from 2006-2008, winning MLS Cup with the Crew in 2008 before leaving
    for Seattle. 
  • Seattle forward Fredy Montero is fourth in MLS scoring with 10 goals and tied for third with nine assists.

A CLOSER LOOK: COLUMBUS CREW

Head Coach: Robert Warzycha
2010 U.S. Open Cup Record: 3-0-0
2010 Open Cup Leading Scorers: Andy Iro and Steven Lenhart (2 goals)
All-Time Open Cup Final Record: 1-1-0
2010 MLS Record: 13-7-7, 46 points (Second place, Eastern Conference)
2010 League Leading Scorer: Guillermo Barros Schellotto (8 goals)
Last Outing: 0-0 Draw with San Jose Earthquakes on Oct. 2

2010 Open Cup Game-By-Game
Date         Round     Opponent                      Result     Location
June 29    3             Rochester Rhinos (D-2)   2-1 W     Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
July 6      QF           Charleston Battery (D-2)  3-0 W     Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 1     SF           D.C. United (MLS)           2-1 W     RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
 
QUICK HITS

  • The Columbus Crew is 1-0-0 away from home in the 2010 U.S. Open Cup 
  • The Crew will be playing their second consecutive game on the
    road in the 2010 Open Cup after traveling to Washington, D.C. and
    notching an extra time victory against D.C. United in the semifinal. 
  • The Crew are 19-9-1 all-time in the U.S. Open Cup. The team is
    9-8-1 against MLS teams and 0-1 all-time in Open Cup penalty kick
    shootouts. 
  • Brian McBride is the Crew's all-time Open Cup goalscoring leader, with eight goals in 13 games. 
  • In 1998, the Crew advanced to the Open Cup final for the first
    time but were defeated in extra time by Bob Bradley's Chicago Fire.
    Stern John scored the Crew's lone goal in a 2-1 defeat in front of more
    than 18,000 fans at Chicago's Soldier Field. 
  • The Crew won their first Open Cup in 2002 by defeating the Los
    Angeles Galaxy at Crew Stadium. Fredy Garcia scored the lone goal of the
    game to give the Crew their first trophy in any competition. 
  • The Crew are the only team from Ohio to win the U.S. Open Cup.

SOUNDERS, CREW PLAYERS OPEN CUP SCORING IN 2010:
Representatives from Seattle and Columbus have accounted for 13 of the
106 total goals scored in the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Seattle Sounders

 Name  Goals  Assists  Points
 Nate Jaqua

 5

 0

 10

 Fredy Montero

 1

 0

 2

 Steve Zakuani

 0

 2

 2

 Roger Levesque

 0

 1

 1

 Miguel Montaño

 0

 1

 1

 Sanna Nyassi

 0

 1

 1

Columbus Crew

 Name  Goals  Assists  Points
 Andy Iro 

 2

 0

 4

 Steven Lenhart

2

0

4

 Eddie Gaven 

 1

 1

 3

 Emilio Renteria

  1

 0

 2

 Guillermo Barros Schelotto 

 1

 0

 2

 Emmanuael Ekpo

 0

 1

 1

 Duncan Oughton

 0

 1

 1

HISTORY OF THE DEWAR CUP:
While the trophy no longer travels to the U.S. Open Cup Final, the name
of the winning team is added to the bottom of the Dewar Trophy
following an Open Cup title. 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 a 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.

STATE PRIDE: While teams from
Ohio and Washington have never met in the Open Cup Final, the two
states do have prior history playing for the title: Bruell Insurance
from Cleveland made the final in 1930 before losing to Fall River
Marksman from Massachusetts and in 1945 the Cleveland Americans fell to
Brookhattan from New York. Both finals were played over two legs. The
Crew made the final in 1998, following a 43-year absence for Ohio teams,
and returned four years later to win the title in 2002. The Mitre
Eagles were Washington's first representatives in the Open Cup Final,
losing to Club España of Washington, D.C. in 1987. Last year the
Sounders exacted some revenge against the nation's capital by defeating
D.C. United.

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 97-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.

2010 U.S. OPEN CUP REWIND:
When the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup began on June 15, there were 40
teams with the goal of making it to the Open Cup final. Below are a list
of the teams that qualified for the U.S. Open Cup, including eight MLS
teams and nine USSF Division-2 teams.

2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Participants:
MLS (8): Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, Houston Dynamo, Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, Seattle Sounders
USSF Division-2 (9): Austin Aztex, Carolina RailHawks, Crystal Palace Baltimore, Miami FC, NSC Minnesota Stars, Portland Timbers, Rochester Rhinos, AC St. Louis, FC Tampa Bay
USL Second Division (6): Charleston Battery, Charlotte Eagles, Harrisburg City Islanders, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Real Maryland Monarchs, Richmond Kickers
Premier Development League (8): Central Florida Kraze, Dayton Dutch Lions, Des Moines Menace, DFW Tornados, Kitsap Pumas, Long Island Rough Riders, Reading United, Ventura County Fusion
USASA (9):
Arizona Sahuaros, Bay Area Ambassadors, Brooklyn Italians, CASL Elite,
Detroit United, KC Athletics, Legends FC, New York Pancyprian-Freedoms,
Sonoma County Sol
*Prize winners at each level are in bold.