1998 U.S. Open Cup Final

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1998 U.S. Open Cup Final
Event1998 U.S. Open Cup
DateOctober 30, 1998
VenueSoldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
RefereeArturo Angeles[1]

The 1998 U.S. Open Cup Final was the 85th final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the United States's oldest soccer cup competition. The match, contested by the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew, took place on October 30, 1998 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.[1] It was Chicago's and the Crew's first U.S Open Cup campaign and their first final in the U.S. Open Cup. The Chicago Fire won the game 2–1 in overtime thanks to goals from Jerzy Podbrożny and Frank Klopas while the Crew goal came from Stern John.[1]

Fire defender, C. J. Brown, was named the clubs Man of the Match after the game.[2]



Chicago Fire2–1 (a.e.t.)Columbus Crew
Podbrożny Goal 45' (pen.)
Klopas Goal 99'
Report John Goal 53'
Attendance: 18,615
Chicago Fire
Columbus Crew
GK United States Zach Thornton
RB Czech Republic Luboš Kubík Substituted off 14'
CB United States C. J. Brown
CB Nigeria Francis Okaroh
LB United States Chris Armas
MF United States Jesse Marsch
MF United States Ritchie Kotschau Substituted off 91'
MF Poland Piotr Nowak
MF United States Josh Wolff
CF ' United States Ante Razov
CF Poland Jerzy Podbrożny
MF United States Josh Keller Substituted in 14' Substituted off 77'
MF United States Zak Ibsen Substituted in 77'
FW United States Frank Klopas Substituted in 91'
United States Bob Bradley
GK United States Juergen Sommer
RB United States Mike Clark
CB United States Thomas Dooley
CB Argentina Ricardo Iribarren
LB Trinidad and Tobago Ansil Elcock
MF Poland Robert Warzycha Substituted off 78'
MF Jamaica Andy Williams
MF United States Brian Maisonneuve Substituted off 67'
MF United States Rob Smith
FW Trinidad and Tobago Stern John
FW United States Brian McBride
MF United States Todd Yeagley Substituted in 67'
MF United States Jason Farrell Substituted in 78'
United States Tom Fitzgerald

Match officials

  • Assistant referees:
    • Michael Kennedy[1]
    • Alberto Echeverria[1]

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • Overtime if necessary.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "1998 Lamar Hunt United States Open Cup". The US Open Cup. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
  2. ^ "Game Recap Friday, October 30, 1998". Chicago Fire Soccer Club. Archived from the original on November 3, 1999. Retrieved October 27, 2013.