Chivas USA to face Seattle Sounders in USOC Semis September 1

The Red-and-White will play the current Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champions at Starfire Sports C

Chivas USA will face the Seattle Sounders in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals on Wednesday, September 1st, at 7:00 p.m. PT at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. Chivas USA advanced to the semifinals on Tuesday by beating the Houston Dynamo 3-1 at Robertson Stadium. The Red-and-White will visit the current U.S. Open Cup champions, who beat the LA Galaxy 2-0 on Wednesday night at Starfire Sports Complex to advance in the tournament.  

The other semifinal match will be between the Columbus Crew and the winner of the contest between the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) and D.C. United, which will be played on Wednesday, July 21, at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. The semifinals are set for Aug. 31-Sept. 1. The final will be played Oct. 5.

The quarterfinals of the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicked off Tuesday, as Chivas USA advanced to the semifinals for the first time in club history with a 3-1 win against Houston, the first-ever victory at Robertson Stadium. The Columbus Crew also advanced to the semifinals by posting a 3-0 victory against the Charleston Battery (USL-2).

In 2009, the Seattle Sounders won the U.S. Open Cup with a 2-1 victory over D.C. United at RFK Stadium.  The last time Chivas USA and Seattle Sounders played in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Seattle defeated Chivas USA 2-0 at Starfire Sports Complex in 2008 during the third round of the tournament. The two teams had met previously in 2007 and Seattle beat the Red-and-White by a score of 3-1, also at Starfire.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which is 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 for 95 consecutive years dating back to 1914. It is the oldest annual team tournament in U.S. sports history and among the oldest soccer tournaments of its type in the world. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor long-time soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt. More information on the tournament can be found at usopencup.com.