1996 U.S. Open Cup

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1996 U.S. Open Cup
CountryUnited States
ChampionsD.C. United
(1st title)
Runners-upRochester 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]


Carolina Dynamo (USISL)0–2D.C. United (MLS)
Steve Rammel Goal 50'83'
Attendance: 1,829
Referee: Ruben Rodhas (USA)

Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS)3–4 (a.e.t.)Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-L)
Roy Lassiter Goal 80'
Carlos Valderrama Goal 85' (pen.)
Evans Wise Goal 86'
Henry Gutierrez Goal 34'
Doug Miller Goal 42'82'
Chris Kennell Goal 113'
Attendance: 12,428
Referee: Robert Sheker (USA)

Colorado Rapids (MLS)3–2Kansas City Wiz (MLS)
Chris Henderson Goal 10'85'
Goal 45' (o.g.)
Sean Bowers Goal 36'
Vitalis Takawira Goal 62'
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.

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


Colorado Rapids (MLS)0–3Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-L)
Lenin Steenkamp Goal 32'
Doug Miller Goal 56'85'
Attendance: 12,179
Referee: -- (USA)

D.C. United (MLS)2–0Dallas Burn (MLS)
Jaime Moreno Goal 12'82'
Attendance: 1,958
Referee: Kevin Terry (USA)


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