It's been 15 years since Ritchie Kotschau lifted the U.S. Open Cup trophy when he helped the Chicago Fire to their first title in October of 1998.
It's been seven years since he last played in the oldest soccer tournament in the United States, that coming on August 2, 2006 when he helped the Colorado Rapids eliminate Real Salt Lake with a 1-0 win in the Fourth Round of the tournament.
The 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will be the biggest yet.
On Tuesday, U.S. Soccer announced that the 2013 U.S. Open Cup will include 68 team - the most in the modern era of the tournamant.
For the second-consecutive year all U.S. based Division I, II and III teams will participate in the tournament proper: 16 from Major League Soccer, six from the North American Soccer League and 12 from USL PRO.
Commerce City, Colo. - Center back and acting team captain Drew Moor was a late scratch from the trip to Kansas City for the fourth round U.S. Open Cup match against Sporting KC, in which the home eliminated the Rapids with a 2-0 win on Tuesday night.
After being an unused substitute in Colorado's 3-1 third round win in Tampa, Florida over the Rowdies, Moor was itching to play on Tuesday at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. However, his left hamstring tightened up during Monday's workout and the coaching staff decided against taking the ironman defender as a precaution.
Colorado Rapids center back Scott Palguta following loss to Sporting KC in U.S. Open Cup:
On Colorado’s performance in a 2-0 loss…
"I thought our back four was pretty solid throughout the night. They didn’t give us too many problems through the run of play. It’s very frustrating because the goals we seem to be conceding against (Sporting KC) have been our fault. Going back to last year, they’ve scored two goals on us in four straight games, and they seem to be soft goals that can be avoided."
Colorado Rapids coach Oscar Pareja's post-game comments following the 2-0 loss to Sporting KC in the U.S. Open Cup 4th Round match:
Thoughts on his team’s performance…
KANSAS CITY, Kan. --Teal Bunbury continued his hot streak against the Colorado Rapids, helping Sporting Kansas City reach the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
Bunbury’s 79th-minute goal on Tuesday night, off a headed assist from C.J. Sapong, iced Sporting’s 2-0 win and propelled them into a June 26 home matchup against the Dayton Dutch Lions of USL Pro. Dayton advanced by beating the PDL’s Michigan Bucks 2-1 earlier Tuesday.
Commerce City, Colo. - The Colorado Rapids are one of only 16 teams - out of the original 64 - that remain in the hunt for the 2012 U.S. Open Cup title. The next challenge comes on Tuesday when the Rapids face Sporting KC in the 4th Round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park (6:30 pm MT, LIVE WEBSTREAM).
U.S. Soccer announced on Saturday afternoon that the Colorado Rapids have finally won a bid and / or coin flip to host a U.S. Open Cup match. But it won't be easy.
The winner of the Rapids-v-Sporting KC 4th Round Open Cup match, which will be played on Tuesday, June 5 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park (6:30 MT), will host the winner of the Michigan Bucks vs Dayton Dutch Lions in the 2012 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal on Tuesday, June 26.
Commerce City, Colo. - Following two games over four days last week, the players were given some time off before returning to training this weekend.
"We have to juggle many needs," Oscar Pareja said before the three day break. "First we have to recover some of the guys that have been injured, and we have to recover some of those that have been accumulating a lot of playing time. But at the same time, we have a group that needs to keep going and training. So we're trying to manage all these things, but what we have to do is get the guys healthy."