Open Cup Hosts?
While Chivas USA is attempting to mount a late-season charge
to earn a spot in the playoffs, the team has already put itself in the running
this year to collect the club’s first major trophy. Next Wednesday, Sept.
1, the Red-and-White will visit Seattle Sounders FC in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open
Cup semifinal matchup. With a win, Chivas would have a shot at hosting the
Next week’s semifinal will be played at the Starfire
Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash., and the winner will take on either the
Columbus Crew or D.C. United, who face off next Wednesday at RFK Stadium in
If Chivas USA earns a victory against the Sounders, the
result of the other semifinal will dictate where the championship match is
played. If Columbus wins, Chivas would host the Crew in the final on Tuesday,
October 12 at The Home Depot Center. If D.C. wins, the Red-and-White would
travel to the nation’s capital on Wednesday, October 6.
Chivas USA will be pressing for a win against Seattle, who
is the defending U.S. Open Cup champion, having captured the crown last year by
beating D.C. in the final. Since the Sounders joined MLS last season, they have
yet to score a goal against the Red-and-White in four games. Chivas has two
wins and two ties against Seattle, all in MLS play.
Before the Sounders joined MLS at the start of 2009, the
team, which used to play in USL-2, had played Chivas USA four times in history;
two exhibition matches and two U.S. Open Cup games. The Red-and-White won the
exhibitions, taking a 1-0 win on April 7, 2006 and a 3-1 victory on June 2,
2007, but Seattle won both times in Open Cup play, first by a 3-1 score on July
18, 2007, and then 1-0 on July 1, 2008.
The Red-and-White will be focused on the Sept. 1 semifinal
in Seattle, as it will be the first chance Chivas USA has to make its way into
a championship match. The game will have a live online video broadcast on www.SoundersFC.com, and fans will also be
able to follow along at Chivas USA’s twitter feed, @cdchivasusa