1998 U.S. Open Cup

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1998 U.S. Open Cup
CountryUnited States
ChampionsChicago Fire
(1st title)
Runners-upColumbus Crew
Top goal scorer(s)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 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.


Columbus Crew (MLS)3–0Miami Fusion (MLS)
Jeff Cunningham 12'
Brian McBride 36', 44'
Attendance: 3,757
Referee: Sandra Hunt (USA)

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

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


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

Columbus Crew (MLS)1–0MetroStars (MLS)
Ricardo Iribarren 5' (Report)
Attendance: 6,514
Referee: Tim Weyland (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

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