Rapids to Collide With LA in Open Cup Quarterfinals on Wednesday

DENVER CO (Monday July 31 2006)- The Colorado Rapids play their next match in the 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a quarterfinal match at the LA Galaxy this Wednesday Aug. 23 at the Home Depot Center.

You can listen to the game live via web radio broadcast starting at 8:30pm MT byCLICKING HERE at matchtime.

The Rapids are undefeated against Los Angeles in league play this season having gone 3-0-0 against the Galaxy so far in 2006. This will be the first time the two clubs have ever matched up in the Open Cup.

For the full preview of the match including projected lineups the latest injury report miscellaneous game notes head-to-head stats and more visit the Rapids MatchUp Page by CLICKING HERE.

The Rapids advanced to the quarterfinals in the USA's oldest sporting tournament by defeating Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Aug. 2. Jacob Peterson joined the ranks of just 7 players all-time who have scored for the Rapids in an Open Cup match.

The winner of the Rapids vs. LA game will face the Houston Dynamo vs FC Dallas quarterfinal. The semifinals are scheduled to be played on Sept. 6. If the Rapids and Houston both win the match will be played in Denver at Metro State's Auraria campus. If it's the Rapids vs. FC Dallas the match will be played at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco TX.

Dating back to 1914 the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest sports competition in the United States and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all amateur and professional teams in the United States the annual Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is an 87-year-old single-elimination tournament.

In a nutshell the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is very similar to domestic cup competitions popular throughout Europe South America and the rest of the world. Cup competitions which usually run simultaneously with a country's league season are open in the early stages to any club that can qualify giving local amateur teams a chance to compete against the best teams a country has to offer.

In 1996 D.C. United became the first MLS team to capture the title defeating the Rochester Raging Rhinos 3-0 in the final. The Dallas Burn followed suit in 1997 denying United back-to-back titles with a 1-0 win over D.C. in penalty kicks in the championship game. In 1998 it was the expansion Chicago Fire capturing the trophy defeating the Columbus Crew 2-1 in extra time. Since then a variety of teams have conquered the Cup including A-League teams.

The 87-year-old Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament was renamed in 1999 to honor Lamar Hunt a long-time soccer pioneer and current owner of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew and Kansas City Wizards.

RAPIDS YEAR-BY-YEAR HISTORY IN THE OPEN CUP:
1996: Advanced to semifinal round; Defeated: Kansas City Wiz (3-2); Lost t Rochester Raging Rhinos (0-3)
1997: Lost in third round; Lost t Chicago Stingers (1-2)
1998: Lost in qualification round; Lost t Miami Fusion (2-3)
1999: Advanced to championship game; Defeated: Seattle Sounders (1-0) Tampa Bay Mutiny (1-0) Charleston Battery (3-0); Lost t Rochester Raging Rhinos (0-2)
2000: Lost in third round; Lost t Richmond Kickers (0-3)
2001: Lost in third round; Lost t Pittsburgh Riverhounds (0-2)
2002: Advanced to quarterfinal round; Defeated: Charleston Battery (1-0); Lost t Dallas Burn (0-1)
2003: Advance to quarterfinal round; Defeated: Kansas City Wizards (3-2); Lost t Chicago Fire (1-2)
2004: Lost in fourth round; Lost t Dallas Burn (0-3)
2005: Lost in fourth round; Lost t Minnesota Thunder (1-4)
2006: Defeated: Real Salt Lake (1-0)