U.S. Open Cup semifinals: A Look Ahead

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The way the U.S. Open Cup has played out, there's certainly a David bracket and a Goliath bracket.

The Chicago Fire and Richmond Kickers meet in the former, as both carry underdog stories into their Open Cup semifinal matchup at Toyota Park Tuesday night.

FC Dallas and two-time defending champion Seattle square off in the heavyweight matchup, with the winner undoubtedly being the favorite to capture the championship and automatic berth in the 2012-2013 CONCACAF Champions League that goes along with it.

Here's a closer look at the U.S. Open Cup semifinals:

U.S. OPEN CUP SEMIFINALS

Chicago Fire vs. Richmond Kickers, 8:30 p.m., live stream on Chicago-Fire.com

With the Kickers being eliminated from the USL Pro playoffs, they can focus solely on trying to knock off their third consecutive MLS Eastern Conference opponent. Richmond defeated the Columbus Crew and Sporting Kansas City en route to the semifinals and is seeking a return to the finals for the first time since 1995, when it won the tournament.

Chicago, meanwhile, is enjoying its best run of form during this MLS season as winners of two straight and has never lost a quarterfinal, semifinal or final Open Cup match at home (11-0-0). A win would put the Fire in position to tie the record for most U.S. Open Cup titles (5). Chicago would host the final with a win and a Dallas win over Seattle.

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas, 10 p.m., live stream on SoundersFC.com

The headliner features two Western Conference powers who are both dealing with a bit of fixture congestion. With the stress of the league season building, both are also involved in the CONCACAF Champions League and have had to balance the two competitions while keeping an eye on Tuesday's semifinal.

Seattle won the last meeting between the two teams by a 1-0 scoreline a couple of weeks ago in Frisco, Texas, and has its eye on an Open Cup three-peat, something that would be unprecedented in the MLS era. With another win over Dallas, Seattle would host the final for a second straight year.

FCD will try to prevent that from happening with the return of George John to the lineup. John's potential transfer to Blackburn fell through this weekend, paving the way for him to solidify the heart of the Dallas defense for the next few months.

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Who do you see winning the semifinal matches? Do you think Richmond can keep its run going?

Share your thoughts below.

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15 Responses to U.S. Open Cup semifinals: A Look Ahead

  1. Dominick says:

    Who will win the USOC Semi between Richmond and Chicago? Easy, Da Fire…I see the score Fire 246, Richmond -4

  2. Harriet Tubman says:

    The Richmond Kickers are the ONLY interesting thing about the US Open Cup. In a perfect world Richmond downs Chicago, 2-1.

  3. EBFG says:

    Sounders own this tourney. Everyone else are just pretenders.

  4. Harriet Tubman says:

    I wish the Cup garnered more attention. It’s great that Seattle’s had success with it, but it’s hardly an exciting tournament when teams like NY and LA don’t even show up for games, playing second teams instead of firsts. The CCL ticket is the only bit that makes the final worth watching.

  5. sammysounder says:

    New York sucks. La ran out as many starters as we did. They just lost. Open Cup is great. How can you not wanna watch two of the three best teams in the league duke it out over a semifinal and the usl guys ai
    for a third straight knockout of an mls side?

    I feel bad for those who can’t enjoy matches like these.

  6. t says:

    The final should be a matchup between the two MLS teams who deserve to be called kings of the cup, Seattle and Chicago. That way either team makes for a historic win. Three in a row for Sounders and tied all time most wins for Fire.

  7. Tim M. says:

    Tonight’s gonna be a hell of a game between FCD and Seattle.

    George John is gonna play with a particular edge tonight, im sure, which should invigorate our team.

    I just hope they assign a decent ref to this one.

  8. Tim M. says:

    I just could never root for a team with a name like “Red Bulls”. Even worse, the “MagicJacks”!

  9. And Coach Ditka gets da first 200 goals. He learned a lot when he was in dat soccer movie a few years ago.

  10. Clayton says:

    Let’s go FCD!!!!!

  11. DCLee says:

    I agree with Sammy. The USOC is a great tourney with a great history. It is great that Seattle has come in and brought more attention to this tourney and played the villain in the way they are dominating it right now.

  12. Charles says:

    I don’t have time to talk about tonights game…the two hottest teams in MLS.

    But yeah,

    Assuming Fire-Sounders,

    a 4 time champ going for a record 5

    versus

    winner of the last two ( a team that has made the last 5 semi-finals, going back the USL days ) going for the ThreePeat…

    That would have no interesting story lines.

    Please please think before you post. Has there been a more interesting time in US Soccer ? NO.

  13. All the way to defeat at Toyota Park.

    USOC and Brimstone Cups back at their rightful place.

  14. Luke says:

    Are either of these games going to be on tv?

  15. Mark says:

    Can’t see Dallas losing to any of these teams, not even Seattle. I think FCD has this all the way. Then again I thought the same thing about last year’s MLS Cup.