1996 U.S. Open Cup

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1996 U.S. Open Cup
Country United States
Champions D.C. United
(1st title)
Runners-up Rochester Rhinos

The 1996 United States Open Cup was the 83rd edition of the tournament, and the first Open Cup to include Major League Soccer teams.

D.C. United defeated the Rochester Raging Rhinos 3-0 in the final at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

Originally, four of the ten MLS teams entered the tournament. Five ended up participating, as D.C. United replaced the Los Angeles Galaxy (due to the Galaxy's congested schedule), and the Colorado Rapids replaced the Colorado Foxes (when the team could not reschedule its third-round match against Kansas City). The A-League Rochester side beat two MLS teams en route to the final before falling to already-crowned MLS Cup champion United.


  Second Round Quarterfinals Semifinal Final
  MLS  Dallas Burn 3  
    A-L  Seattle Sounders 2  
USASA  San Jose Oaks 0
A-L  Seattle Sounders 1  
  MLS  Dallas Burn 0  
  MLS  D.C. United 2  
  MLS  D.C. United 2
    USISL  Carolina Dynamo 0  
A-L  New York Fever 0
USISL  Carolina Dynamo 1  
  MLS  D.C. United 3
  A-L  Rochester Rhinos 0
A-L  Rochester Rhinos 2  
USISL  Fort Myers Manatees 0  
  A-L  Rochester Rhinos (AET) 4
    MLS  Tampa Bay Mutiny 3  
  A-L  Rochester Rhinos 3
  MLS  Colorado Rapids 0  
  MLS  Kansas City Wiz 2
    MLS  Colorado Rapids 3  
A-L  Colorado Foxes 5
USISL  El Paso Patriots 1  

First Round[edit]

Second Round[edit]


September 4, 1996
Carolina Dynamo (USISL) 0–2 D.C. United (MLS)
Goal 50' Steve Rammel
Goal 83' Steve Rammel
Klockner Stadium; Charlottesville, Virginia
Attendance: 1,829
Referee: Ruben Rodhas (USA)

September 7, 1996
Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS) 3–4 (AET) Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-L)
Roy Lassiter Goal 80'
Carlos Valderrama Goal 85' (pen)
Evans Wise Goal 86'
Goal 34' Henry Gutierrez
Goal 42' Goal 82' Doug Miller
Goal 113' Chris Kennell
Frontier Field; Rochester, New York
Attendance: 12,428
Referee: Robert Sheker (USA)

September 15, 1996
Colorado Rapids (MLS) 3–2 Kansas City Wiz (MLS)
Chris Henderson Goal 10' Goal 85'
Goal 45' (og)
Goal 36' Sean Bowers
Goal 62' Digital Takawira
Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Missouri
Attendance: 5,009
Referee: Ron Corey (USA)

Note: The Colorado Rapids replaced the Colorado Foxes when the team could not reschedule its Quarterfinal match after player availability conflicts due to CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying.

September 16, 1996
Seattle Sounders (A-L) 2–3 Dallas Burn (MLS)
Joey Leonetti Goal 3'
David Hoggan Goal 90' (pen)
Goal 58' Lawrence Lozzano
Goal 70' Gerell Elliott
Goal 79' Ted Eck 79'
Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 1,305
Referee: Kevin Terry (USA)


October 27, 1996
D.C. United (MLS) 2–0 Dallas Burn (MLS)
Jaime Moreno 12'
Jaime Moreno 82'
Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 1,958
Referee: Kevin Terry (USA)


October 30, 1996
Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-L) 0–3 D.C. United (MLS)
Raúl Díaz Arce 45'
Eddie Pope 63'
Jaime Moreno 89'
RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 7,234
Referee: Esse Baharmast (USA)

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