Just fifteen times in the modern history of the four major professional sports leagues (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB) has a team managed to win three or more championships in consecutive order.
Richmond becomes only the second 3rd Division team to reach the Semifinals. The only other team to do it was the San Francisco Bay Seals in 1997. There they will face the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Aug. 30 with a spot in the Open Cup Final on the line.
The Chicago Fire earn their record-tying eighth trip to the US Open Cup semifinals after defeating the self-depleted New York Red Bulls 4-0 at Toyota Park in the Quarterfinals of the 2011 tournament.
Meeting for the second time in two weeks, the stars from Los Angeles head north to take on the two-time defending tournament champion Seattle Sounders.
The lone remaining lower division side Richmond Kickers try to knock off a second consecutive MLS club on the road as they visit Sporting Kansas City.
Struggling to find success in MLS, the Chicago Fire are looking to find some glory in the US Open Cup and will have to go through one of the leaders of their Eastern Conference as they play host to the New York Red Bulls.
Four days after playing one another in a Major League Soccer regular season contest the two clubs meet once more in Dallas with more on the line than the three points that were at stake in Utah.
Heading into the 2011 US Open Cup Quarterfinals the Richmond Kickers are the last men standing as representatives of the lower divisions in the tournament, As the lone underdog in the Elite Eight, the club will need to defeat three top flight Major League Soccer teams in order to become the second lower division team to win the championship since the 1996 launch of MLS. The ‘Last Men Standing’ club is a small group comprised now of seven sides that have been the solitary lower division team remaining in the tournament on nine occasions.
Click the headline for all the results for the 98th edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.