1998 U.S. Open Cup

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1998 U.S. Open Cup
Country United States
Champions Chicago Fire
(1st title)
Runners-up Columbus Crew
Top goal scorer(s) United States Jason Acres
(4 goals)

The 1998 U.S. Open Cup ran from June through October, 1998, open to all soccer teams in the United States.

The first-year Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire won the Cup with a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory over the Columbus Crew at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.

In the early rounds of the tournament, only one MLS team lost to a minor-league side, when the A-League's Nashville Metros beat the Kansas City Wizards 3-1.

Open Cup Bracket[edit]

Home teams listed on top of bracket

Second Round Third Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
A-L Hershey Wildcats 2
PDL Chicago Stingers 3
PDL Chicago Stingers 1
MLS Chicago Fire S.C. 3
MLS Chicago Fire (ASDET, PSO) 1 (4)
MLS San Jose Clash 1 (3)
A-L El Paso Patriots 9
PDL Arizona Sahuaros 1
A-L El Paso Patriots 0
MLS San Jose Clash 2
MLS Chicago Fire S.C. 3
MLS Dallas Burn 2
MLS Dallas Burn 4
A-L Orange County Zodiac 0
A-L Orange County Zodiac 2
PDL Austin Lone Stars 1
MLS Dallas Burn 5
A-L Nashville Metros 1
A-L Nashville Metros 7
PDL Delaware Wizards 1
A-L Nashville Metros 3
MLS Kansas City Wizards 1
MLS Chicago Fire S.C. (ASDET) 2
MLS Columbus Crew 1
MLS Miami Fusion 3
PDL Orlando Nighthawks 0
A-L Milwaukee Rampage 1
PDL Orlando Nighthawks 2
MLS Columbus Crew 3
MLS Miami Fusion 0
PDL Western Mass Pioneers 1
A-L Rochester Rhinos 3
A-L Rochester Rhinos 1
MLS Columbus Crew (ASDET) 2
MLS Columbus Crew 1
MLS MetroStars 0
MLS MetroStars (ASDET) 1
A-L Hampton Roads Mariners 0
A-L Hampton Roads Mariners (aet, PSO) 0 (3)
PDL Central Jersey Riptide 0 (2)
MLS MetroStars 4
MLS Tampa Bay Mutiny 0
MLS Tampa Bay Mutiny (ASDET, PSO) 2 (5)
PDL Worcester Wildfire 2 (4)
A-L Worcester Wildfire 2
PDL Charlotte Eagles 0

First round[edit]

Eight D3 Pro, four PDL, and four USASA teams start.

Second round[edit]

Eight A-League enter.

Third round[edit]

Eight MLS enter.


July 22, 1998
Columbus Crew (MLS) 3–0 Miami Fusion (MLS)
Jeff Cunningham 12'
Brian McBride 36', 44'
Finley Stadium
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Attendance: 3,757
Referee: Sandra Hunt (USA)

July 22, 1998
Chicago Fire (MLS) 1–1 (AET)
4-3 PSO
San Jose Clash (MLS)
Lubos Kubik 55' (Report) Jeff Baicher 65'
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 3,812
Referee: Kevin Terry (USA)

July 22, 1998
Nashville Metros (A-League) 1–5 Dallas Burn (MLS)
John Jones 87' (Report) Dante Washington 9', 53'
Mickey Trotman 48'
Temoc Suarez 78'
Richard Farrer 81'
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 3,812
Referee: Gerry Corrie (USA)


August 4, 1998
Chicago Fire (MLS) 3–2 Dallas Burn (MLS)
Ante Razov 11'
Roman Kosecki 56'
Lubos Kubik 74'
(Report) Mickey Trotman 23'
Leonel Álvarez 83' (pen)
Zephyr Field
New Orleans, Louisiana
Attendance: 6,514
Referee: Rich Grady (USA)

August 4, 1998
Columbus Crew (MLS) 1–0 MetroStars (MLS)
Ricardo Iribarren 5' (Report)
Zephyr Field
New Orleans, Louisiana
Attendance: 6,514
Referee: Tim Weyland (USA)


October 30, 1998
Columbus Crew (MLS) 1–2 (ASDET) Chicago Fire (MLS)
Stern John 53' (Report) Jerzy Podbrozny 45' (pen)
Frank Klopas 99'
Soldier Field
Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 18,615
Referee: Arturo Angeles (USA)
Columbus Crew
Chicago Fire

Top scorers[edit]

Position Player Club Goals
1 Jason Acres Chicago Stingers 4
2 Kirk Wilson El Paso Patriots 3
Brian McBride Columbus Crew 3
Joe Carver Chicago Stingers 3
James Wellington Charlotte Eagles 3

See also[edit]

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