2003 U.S. Open Cup

The 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup ran from June through October, 2003, open to all soccer teams in the United States.

The Chicago Fire won their 3rd Open Cup title with a 1-0 victory over the MetroStars in the final at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey. Chicago missed out on a domestic treble (with the Supporters' Shield) when the Fire lost MLS Cup 2003.

The Open Cup tournament was dominated by MLS squads, as only two non-MLS teams reached the quarterfinals. The Pro Select League's Wilmington Hammerheads were the story of the tournament, winning four straight games to reach the quarterfinals, including a 4-1 thrashing of MLS side Dallas Burn. The A-League's Seattle Sounders were the only other minor-league team to beat an MLS team, winning 1-0 over San Jose.

2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
CountryUnited States
ChampionsChicago Fire
(3rd title)
Top goal scorer(s)Amado Guevara
(4 goals)

Open Cup bracket

Home teams listed on top of bracket

Third Round Fourth Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
MLS Columbus Crew 3
MLS MetroStars 4
PDL Mid Michigan Bucks 0
MLS MetroStars 4
MLS MetroStars (ASDET) 2
MLS New England Revolution 1
MLS New England Revolution 2
A-L Rochester Rhinos 1
A-L Rochester Rhinos 4
PSL New Hampshire Phantoms 1
MLS MetroStars 3
MLS D.C. United 2
PSL Wilmington Hammerheads 2
A-L Atlanta Silverbacks 1
PSL Wilmington Hammerheads 4
MLS Dallas Burn 1
PSL Wilmington Hammerheads 0
MLS D.C. United 1
MLS D.C. United 2
A-L Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1
MLS D.C. United (ASDET) 1
A-L Virginia Beach Mariners 0
A-L Virginia Beach Mariners 5
PDL Carolina Dynamo 0
MLS MetroStars 0
MLS Chicago Fire 1
A-L Milwaukee Wave United 4
USASA Bavarian SC 1
A-L Milwaukee Wave United 1
MLS Chicago Fire 4
MLS Chicago Fire 2
MLS Colorado Rapids 1
MLS Colorado Rapids 3
MLS Kansas City Wizards 2
MLS Chicago Fire 3
MLS Los Angeles Galaxy 2
A-L Minnesota Thunder 0
A-L Seattle Sounders 1
A-L Seattle Sounders 1
MLS San Jose Earthquakes 0
A-L Seattle Sounders 1
MLS Los Angeles Galaxy 5
MLS Los Angeles Galaxy 3
PDL Fresno Fuego 1
A-L El Paso Patriots 2
PDL Fresno Fuego 5


Note: Scorelines use the standard U.S. convention of placing the home team on the right-hand side of box scores.

First round

Four PDL and four USASA teams start.

Second round

Six PSL and two PDL teams enter.

Third round

Eight A-League and two MLS teams enter.

Fourth round

Eight MLS teams enter.


Chicago Fire (MLS)1–0MetroStars (MLS)
Damani Ralph 68' (Report)

Top scorers

Position Player Club Goals
1 Amado Guevara MetroStars 4
2 Antonio Martínez Los Angeles Galaxy 3
Alejandro Moreno Los Angeles Galaxy 3
John Spencer Colorado Rapids 3
Greg Howes Milwaukee Wave United 3
Orlando Ramirez Fresno Fuego 3
Carlos Ruíz Los Angeles Galaxy 3
2002 D.C. United season

The 2002 D.C. United season was the clubs' eighth year of existence, as well as their seventh season in Major League Soccer.

Under second-year head coach, Ray Hudson, United failed to qualify for the playoffs for the third consecutive season, a dry spell that would not be achieved again until the 2011 United season.

2002 Major League Soccer season

The 2002 Major League Soccer season was the seventh season of competition for Major League Soccer.

On January 8, 2002, MLS folded two of its teams. The Miami Fusion F.C. ceased operations after only four years in existence due to low attendance and an unfavorable stadium deal. The Tampa Bay Mutiny also ceased operations due to the lack of local ownership. MLS eliminated the Central Division and returned to its original two-conference alignment.

2002 San Jose Earthquakes season

The 2002 San Jose Earthquakes season was the seventh season of the team's existence.

2003 D.C. United season

The 2003 D.C. United season was the clubs' ninth year of existence, as well as their seventh season in Major League Soccer.

Led by Ray Hudson, D.C. United's 2003 campaign was highlighted by the club's return to the MLS Cup Playoffs, their first postseason appearance since 1999. In the playoffs, United who didn't qualify for the playoffs until the final day of the regular season, took on the Eastern Conference regular season champions, Chicago Fire. The Fire defeated United 4–0 on aggregates in the conference semifinals, winning each leg by a 2–0 margin of victory.

Andell Holdings

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Chicago Fire Soccer Club

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club is an American professional soccer club based in the suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois. The team competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference, having moved to the conference in 2002.

The franchise is named after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and was founded on October 8, 1997, the event's 126th anniversary. The team began play in 1998 as one of the league's first expansion teams. The Fire won the MLS Cup as well as the U.S. Open Cup (the "double") on their first season. They also won U.S. Open Cups in 2000, 2003, and 2006, in addition to the 2003 MLS Supporters' Shield. In 2015, the club won the first ever MLS Wooden Spoon, and repeated the feat in 2016.

The Fire maintains an extensive development system, consisting of the Chicago Fire Development Academy and the Chicago Fire Juniors youth organization. They also operate the Chicago Fire Foundation, the team's community-based charitable division. SeatGeek Stadium is the Fire's home stadium.

MLS Cup 2003

MLS Cup 2003 was the eighth edition of the MLS Cup, the championship match of Major League Soccer (MLS), which took place on November 23, 2003. It was hosted at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and was contested by the Chicago Fire and the San Jose Earthquakes to decide the champion of the 2003 season. Both teams had previously won the MLS Cup and were looking for their second championship.

San Jose defeated Chicago 4–2, clinching their second championship in three years; Landon Donovan scored two goals and was named the match's most valuable player. The match included a sequence of three goals scored within a five-minute period early in the second half and had the earliest goal scored in MLS Cup history, the competition's first own goal, and the first penalty kick awarded in a final. It was also the highest-scoring final, with six goals in total.

Nick Sakiewicz

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Previously, Sakiewicz was a founder, operating partner and CEO of the Philadelphia Union and a former professional soccer goalkeeper. He is a 21-year veteran of Major League Soccer and was part of a small group of people that started the League in 1995. He helped launch the league as its first Vice President of Sponsorship Sales and went on to serve as the president and general manager of two inaugural teams, the Tampa Bay Mutiny and the MetroStars. He also led the efforts to build two soccer-specific stadiums (New York and Philadelphia) and was cofounder of Major League Soccer's 16th expansion franchise, the Philadelphia Union. Until October 2015, he served as the CEO and Operating Partner of Keystone Sports & Entertainment, LLC, the ownership group of the Philadelphia Union. He played in both the Major Indoor Soccer League and American Professional Soccer League and coached at the youth and college levels.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC records and results

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Ricardo Clark

Ricardo Anthony Clark (born February 10, 1983) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew SC. He previously played for MetroStars, San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Eintracht Frankfurt, and Stabæk. Clark has appeared for the United States national team.

A native of Atlanta, Clark played two years in college at Furman before being drafted second overall in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by MetroStars. After two seasons and nearly 100 appearances, he was traded to San Jose Earthquakes. The franchise moved from San Jose to Houston for the 2006 season, becoming the Houston Dynamo, and Clark followed along. He spent four seasons with the Dynamo, helping the club win two MLS Cups, before departing for Europe. Clark spent three years in Europe, playing for Eintracht Frankfurt and Stabæk, before returning to the United States and the Dynamo midway through the 2012 Major League Soccer season. He spent the next six years in Houston, departing at the end of 2017 with 304 appearances for the Dynamo across his two spells. Clark signed as a free agent with Columbus Crew SC, his fourth MLS club in 14 seasons in the league.

At international level, Clark appeared for the United States at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. He earned his first senior cap in October 2005 against Panama, and went on to score three goals in 34 caps for his country. Clark represented the United States at two CONCACAF Gold Cups, helped the U.S. to the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and played at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He earned his final senior cap in January 2012.

June 4, 2003
Bridgeport Italians (USASA)1–0 – n/aChesapeake Dragons (PDL)Bowie, Maryland
Rubén Fernández 25' (Report) Stadium: Bowie State University
Attendance: 200
Referee: Joe Rieck (USA)

forfeit for ineligible player
Bridgeport Italians (USASA)0–2 / fChesapeake Dragons (PDL)
June 4, 2003 Chico Rooks (USASA)0–1Fresno Fuego (PDL)Fresno, California
(Report) Jose Luis Espindola 80' Stadium: Steinert Field
Attendance: 200
Referee: Abi Mohebbi (USA)
June 5, 2003 Bavarian Soccer Club (USASA)2–1 (asdet)Des Moines Menace (PDL)Des Moines, Iowa
Ryan Seymour 66'
Brian Doherty 111'
(Report) Daryl Brazeau 90' Stadium: Cara McGrane Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 3,152
Referee: Douglas Jotzke (USA)
June 7, 2003 D.S. United (USASA)1–4Raleigh CASL Elite (PDL)Cary, North Carolina
Adrian Miron 45' (Report) David Buehler 26'
Keith Nicholson 34'
Ray Fumo 55'
John Izzo 87'
Stadium: SAS Stadium
Attendance: 389
Referee: Guy Goodrich (USA)
June 24, 2003 Reading Rage (PSL)0–1Bavarian SC (USASA)Milwaukee
(Report) Dan Stebbins 86' Stadium: Bavarian Soccer Park
Attendance: 450
Referee: Kelly Ross (USA)
June 25, 2003 Long Island Rough Riders (PSL)1–2Mid Michigan Bucks (PDL)Berkley, Michigan
Darrell Etienne 56' (Report) Kevin Taylor 74'
Simon Omekanda 80'
Stadium: Hurley Field
Attendance: 1,105
Referee: Brent Song (USA)
June 25, 2003 Bradenton Academics (PDL)1–2 (asdet)Wilmington Hammerheads (PSL)Wilmington, North Carolina
Rory Dowdell 82' (Report) Chad Goulding 34'
Ryan Miller 94'
Stadium: Legion Stadium
Attendance: --
Referee: Daniel Burack (USA)
June 25, 2003 Utah Blitzz (PSL)0–4Fresno Fuego (PDL)Fresno, California
(Report) Jose Luis Espindola 28'
Edgardo Contreras 69', 86
Orlando Ramirez 78'
Stadium: Steinert Field
Attendance: 1,076
Referee: Cory Dean (USA)
June 25, 2003 Raleigh CASL Elite (PDL)1–2Carolina Dynamo (PSL)Greensboro, North Carolina
Chris Norbert 88' (Report) Steve Armas 49'
T. J. Rolfing 53'
Stadium: Macpherson Stadium
Attendance: 703
Referee: John Frey (USA)
June 25, 2003
match annulled after first-rd. protest upheld
Bridgeport Italians (USASA)0–3 – n/aNew Hampshire Phantoms (PSL)Manchester, New Hampshire
(Report) Ryan Ackerman 19'
Bjørn Hansen 38' (pen)
Ebbie Kodiat 83'
Stadium: Singer Park
Attendance: --
Referee: Erich Simmons (USA)
July 10, 2003
Chesapeake Dragons (PDL)2–3 (asdet)New Hampshire Phantoms (PSL)Manchester, New Hampshire
Justin Combs 61', 73' (Report) Tsuyoshi Tanikawa 38', 63'
Ebbie Kodiat 101'
Stadium: Singer Park
Attendance: 451
Referee: Gus St. Silva (USA)
July 16, 2003 MetroStars (MLS)4–0Mid Michigan Bucks (PDL)Berkley, Michigan
Amado Guevara 5'
John Wolyniec 83'
Mike Nugent 87'
José Galván 88'
(Report) Stadium: Hurley Stadium
Attendance: 4,010
Referee: Richard Rodriguez (USA)
July 16, 2003 New Hampshire Phantoms (PSL)1–4Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League)Rochester, New York
Bjørn Hansen 10' (Report) Viktor Paco 17'
Stoian Mladenov 67'
Fred Commodore 85'
David Hayes 90'
Stadium: Frontier Field
Attendance: 7,461
Referee: Vladimir Fabre (USA)
July 16, 2003 Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League)1–2Wilmington Hammerheads (PSL)Wilmington, North Carolina
Mac Cozier 52' (Report) Byron Charmichael 66'
Kevin Nyland 75'
Stadium: Legion Stadium
Attendance: 1,568
Referee: Abbas Piran (USA)
July 16, 2003 Pittsburgh Riverhounds (A-League)1–2D.C. United (MLS)Germantown, Maryland
Thiago Martins 74' (Report) Mike Petke 33'
Dema Kovalenko 44'
Stadium: Maryland SoccerPlex
Attendance: 3,073
Referee: Hector Tobon (USA)
July 16, 2003 Carolina Dynamo (PDL)0–5Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League)Virginia Beach, Virginia
(Report) Dante Washington 16', 35'
Roland Aguilera
Roland Aguilera 72'
Carlos Garcia
Stadium: Virginia Beach Sportsplex
Attendance: 518
Referee: Dan Stead (USA)
July 16, 2003 Seattle Sounders (A-League)1–0Minnesota Thunder (A-League)Blaine, Minnesota
Kyle Smith 50' (Report) Stadium: National Sports Center
Attendance: 3,182
Referee: Brian Hall (USA)
July 16, 2003 Fresno Fuego (PDL)5–2El Paso Patriots (A-League)El Paso, Texas
Eric Farfan 11'
Orlando Ramirez 73', 81'
Ernie Vega 83'
Eddie Gutierrez 87'
(Report) Omar Mora 16'
Laurenco Andrade 34' (pen)
Stadium: Dudley Stadium
Attendance: 1,750
Referee: Troy Travis (USA)
July 23, 2003 Bavarian Soccer Club (USASA)1–4Milwaukee Wave United (A-League)Milwaukee
Dominic DePra 85' (Report) Greg Howes 10', 19'
Dino Delevski 61'
Vitalis Takawira 69'
Stadium: Uihlein Soccer Park
Attendance: 4,161
Referee: Robert Petersen (USA)
August 5, 2003 San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)0–1Seattle Sounders (A-League)Seattle
(Report) Kyle Smith 41' Stadium: Husky Soccer Field
Attendance: 2,510
Referee: David Simon (USA)
August 6, 2003 MetroStars (MLS)4–3Columbus Crew (MLS)Columbus, Ohio
Brian Maisonneuve 24'(og)
Steve Jolley 54'
Eddie Pope 77', 86'
(Report) Edson Buddle 10', 11'
Brian Maisonneuve 43'
Stadium: Crew Stadium
Attendance: 5,590
Referee: Kevin Stott (USA)
August 6, 2003 Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League)1–2New England Revolution (MLS)Ludlow, Massachusetts
Stoian Mladenov 23' (Report) Steve Ralston 25'
Taylor Twellman 45'
Stadium: Lusitano Stadium
Attendance: --
Referee: Gus St. Silva (USA)
August 6, 2003 Dallas Burn (MLS)1–4Wilmington Hammerheads (PSL)Wilmington, North Carolina
Eddie Johnson 6' (Report) Jeff Johnson 33'
Kevin Nylen 52'
Glenn Murray 69', 89'
Stadium: Legion Stadium
Attendance: 3,019
Referee: Roni Canales (USA)
August 6, 2003 D.C. United (MLS)1–0 (asdet)Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League)Germantown, Maryland
Hristo Stoitchkov 97' (Report) Stadium: Maryland SoccerPlex
Attendance: 2,870
Referee: Abbey Okulaja (USA)
August 6, 2003 Chicago Fire (MLS)4–1Milwaukee Wave United (A-League)Milwaukee
Chris Armas 14'
Ante Razov 34'
Evan Whitfield 61'
Dipsy Selolwane 80'
(Report) Greg Howes 2' Stadium: Uihlein Soccer Park
Attendance: 3,773
Referee: Marcel Yohan (USA)
August 6, 2003 Kansas City Wizards (MLS)2–3Colorado Rapids (MLS)Arvada, Colorado
(Report) Stadium: North Area Athletic Complex
Attendance: 1,421
Referee: Richard Heron (USA)
August 6, 2003 Fresno Fuego (PDL)1–3Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)Carson, California
Eddie Gutierrez 89' (Report) Arturo Torres 25'
Alejandro Moreno 33'
Paul Broome 89'
Stadium: Home Depot Center
Attendance: 6,860
Referee: Ramón Hernández (USA)
August 27, 2003 New England Revolution (MLS)1–2 (asdet)MetroStars (MLS)Piscataway, New Jersey
Jay Heaps 45' (Report) Clint Mathis 29'
Amado Guevara 116'
Stadium: Yurcak Field
Attendance: 3,853
Referee: Roni Canales (USA)
August 27, 2003 D.C. United (MLS)1–0Wilmington Hammerheads (PSL)Wilmington, North Carolina
Ronald Cerritos 30' (Report) Stadium: Legion Field
Attendance: 5,026
Referee: Gus St. Silva (USA)
August 27, 2003 Colorado Rapids (MLS)1–2Chicago Fire (MLS)Naperville, Illinois
John Spencer 36' (Report) DaMarcus Beasley 44'
Robin Fraser 53' (og)
Stadium: Cardinal Stadium
Attendance: 5,156
Referee: Michael Kennedy (USA)
August 27, 2003 Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)5–1Seattle Sounders (A-League)Seattle
Carlos Ruiz 3', 87', 90'
Antonio Martínez 39'
Alejandro Moreno 67'
(Report) Jason Farrell 70' Stadium: Seahawks Stadium
Attendance: 7,542
Referee: Jesse Johnson (USA)
September 23, 2003 Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)2–3Chicago Fire (MLS)Naperville, Illinois
Alejandro Moreno 73'
Arturo Torres 75'
(Report) DaMarcus Beasley 55'
Damani Ralph 63'
Ante Razov 69'
Stadium: Cardinal Stadium
Attendance: 5,327
Referee: Gus St. Silva (USA)
October 1, 2003 D.C. United (MLS)2–3MetroStars (MLS)Piscataway, New Jersey
Galin Ivanov 18'
Ronald Cerritos 76'
(Report) Amado Guevara 20', 43'
John Wolyniec 88'
Stadium: Yurcak Field
Attendance: 3,791
Referee: Terry Vaughn (USA)

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