Rapids Enter 2006 US Open Cup This Wednesday

DENVER CO (Monday July 31 2006)- The Colorado Rapids announced today their entry into the 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a fourth round match that will take place this Wednesday August 2nd when they take on Real Salt Lake at Rice Eccles Stadium at 7:00 p.m. (MT).

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

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.

Colorado Rapids All-Time Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup history and results:

1996: Advanced to semifinal round
Defeated: Kansas City Wizards (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 to 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)