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U.S. Open Cup

HISTORY

Dating back to 1914, the U.S. Open Cup is the oldest 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 U.S. Open Cup is an 85-year-old single-elimination tournament. The 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 concurrently 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.  The winner of each country's domestic cup competition, in addition to taking home the prize money, is automatically placed into a tournament to compete against neighboring countries' cup winners. In Europe, this tournament is known as the Cup Winner's Cup competition, and in North and Central America and Carribean it is the CONCACAF Cup Winner's Cup, which was first competed in 1992.

As the oldest annual team tournament in U.S. sports history, the U.S. Open Cup dates back to 1914 when the Brooklyn Field Club won the first national title by defeating the Brooklyn Celtics in Pawtucket, R.I. First instituted as the National Challenge Cup it was conceived as a competition open to all players (amateur and professional) and based upon England's Football Association Cup format. During the Open Cup's early years, teams sponsored by industry in the East's urban centers dominated the competition. Bethlehem Steel (Pa.) won four Open Cup titles between 1915 and 1919, while Fall River F.C. (Mass.) won five national crowns between 1917 and 1931, tying Bethlehem Steel (a winner also in 1926) and Maccabbees S.C. of Los Angeles (1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, and 1981) as the tournament's only five time winners. Although there have been numerous back-to-back winners (eight overall by seven different teams), only Greek American AA of New York City has won three consecutive crowns (1967-1969).

While teams sponsored by industries in the East's urban centers dominated the Open and Amateur Cups until the 1950s, the teams from the West and Midwest have performed very well more recently. California alone has garnered the lion's share of that success, winning ten titles since 1973. Missouri, Illinois, and Florida have also appeared regularly on the winner's list. Although it is now a complete "knock-out" tournament, with a few exceptions the U.S. Open Cup final was a two-leg, home-and-away series between 1928 and 1968. Despite the prominence of the North American Soccer League from 1967 to 1984, NASL teams rarely showed the inclination to enter the U.S. Open Cup competition. In fact, until the emergence of Major League Soccer, full professional teams were almost non-existent in the competition. That has changed in recent years, though, with the MLS taking part since 1996, thus helping to make the tournament a true "national" championship. Due to increased sponsorship and greater media attention, the U.S. Open Cup is now beginning to enjoy a prominence equal to its importance as America's "open" soccer championship.

PAST U.S. OPEN CUP Results

The results of the  2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, 2003 U.S. Open Cup, 2004 U.S. Open Cup, 2005 U.S. Open Cup and 2006 U.S. Open Cup are posted.  Includes all results from the beginning of the tournament all the way to the championship.

HISTORY OF THE DEWAR CUP
The Dewar Cup, the oldest trophy in United States team sports, was refurbished in 1997 by the U.S. Amateur Soccer Association and, after being retired in 1979, has been presented to each U.S. Open Cup champion since the Dallas Burn's victory in Indianapolis in 1997. The trophy, a silver sculpture standing almost three feet high, was originally donated to the American Amateur Football Association (AAFA) by Sir Thomas R. Dewar, the British sportsman and philanthropist, when the AAFA (now the USASA) visited London before the 1912 Olympic Games. Purchased by Dewar for the equivalent of $500, it was given in the hope of promoting soccer in the United States and in the name of Anglo- American friendship. After first being awarded to the Yonkers Football Club (N.Y.) in 1912 after they defeated the Hollywood Inn Football Club (N.Y.) at the Lennox Oval in New York City, the trophy was officially adopted as the U.S. Open Cup trophy prior to the Brooklyn Field Club's inaugural championship in 1914 in Pawtucket, R.I.

Past Champions

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2006 Chicago Fire (MLS) Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) 3-1
2005 Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) FC Dallas (MLS) 1-0
2004 Kansas City Wizards (MLS) Chicago Fire (MLS) 1-0 (OT)
2003 Chicago Fire (MLS) NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS) 1-0
2002 Columbus Crew (MLS) Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) 1-0
2001 New England Revolution (MLS) Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) 2-1 (OT)
2000 Chicago Fire (MLS) Miami Fusion (MLS) 2-1
1999 Rochester Rhinos (A-league) Colorado Rapids (MLS) 2-0
1998 Chicago Fire (MLS) Columbus Crew (MLS) 2-1 (OT)
1997 Dallas Burn (MLS) D.C. United (MLS) 0-0 (5-3)
1996 D.C. United (MLS) Rochester Rhinos (A-League) 3-0
1995 Richmond Kickers (A-League) El Paso Patriots (A-League) 1-1 (4-2)
1994 Greek-American A.C. (San Francisco) Bavarian Leinenkugel (Milwaukee) 3-0
1993 C.D. Mexico (San Francisco) United German-Hungarians (Philadelphia) 5-0
1992 San Jose Oaks Vasco de Gama (Bridgeport) 2-1
1991 Brooklyn Italian S.C. Richardson Rockets (Texas) 1-0
1990 A.A.C. Eagles (Chicago) Brooklyn Italian S.C. 2-1
1989 H.R.C. Kickers (St. Petersburg, FL) New York Greek-American 2-1
1988 Busch S.C. (St. Louis) Greek-American (San Francisco) 1-0
1987 Club Espana (Washington, DC) Seattle Eagles 1-0
1986 Kutis S.C. (St. Louis) San Pedro Yugoslavs 1-0
1985 Greek-American A.C. (San Francisco) St. Louis Kutis 2-1
1984 A.O. Krete (New York) San Pedro Yugoslavs 4-2
1983 N.Y. Pancyrian-Freedoms St. Louis Kutis 4-3
1982 N.Y. Pancyrian-Freedoms Los Angeles Maccabee 4-3
1981 Maccabee S.C. (Los Angeles) Brooklyn Dodgers 5-1
1980 N.Y. Pancyrian-Freedoms Los Angeles Maccabee 3-2
1979 Brooklyn Dodgers S.C. Chicago Croatian 2-1
1978 Brooklyn Dodgers S.C. Chicago Croatian 2-1
1977 Maccabee S.C. (Los Angeles) United German-Hungarian (Philadelphia) 5-1
1976 San Francisco A.C. New York Inter-Giuliana 1-0
1975 Maccabee S.C. (Los Angeles) New York Inter-Giuliana 1-0
1974 Greek-American A.C. (San Francisco) Chicago Croatia 2-0
1973 Maccabee S.C. (Los Angeles) Cleveland Inter 5-3
1972 Elizabeth S.C. (Union, NJ) San Pedro Yugoslavs 1-0
1971 Hota S.C. (New York) San Pedro Yugoslavs 6-4
1970 Elizabeth S.C. (Union, NJ) Los Angeles Croatia 2-1
1969 Greek American A.A. (New York) Montabello Armenians 1-0
1968 Greek American A.A. (New York) Chicago Olympic 1-0
1967 Greek American A.A. (New York) Orange County 4-2
1966 Ukrainian Nationals (Philadelphia) Orange County 3-0
1965 N.Y. Ukrainians Chicago Hansa 3-0
1964 Los Angeles Kickers Ukrainian Nationals (Philadelphia) 2-0
1963 Ukrainian Nationals (Philadelphia) Los Angeles Armenian 1-0
1962 New York Hungaria San Francisco Scots 3-2
1961 Ukrainian Nationals (Philadelphia) Los Angeles Scots 5-2
1960 Ukrainian Nationals (Philadelphia) Los Angeles Kickers 5-3
1959 McIlvaine Canvasbacks (Los Angeles) Fall River SC 4-3
1958 Los Angeles Kickers Baltimore Pompei (ASL II) 2-1
1957 Kutis S.C. (St. Louis) New York Hakoah (ASL II) 3-1
1956 Hammarville S.C. (Hammarville, PA) Chicago Schwaben (NSL) 3-1
1955 Eintracht Sports Club (New York) Danish Americans (Los Angeles) 2-0
1954 New York Americans Kutis S.C. (St. Louis) 2-0
1953 Falcons S.C. (Chicago) Pittsburgh Hamarville 2-0
1952 Hammarville S.C. (Hammarville, PA) Philadelphia Nationals (ASL II) 4-1
1951 German Hungarians S.C. (New York) Pittsburgh Heidelberg 6-2
1950 Simpkins-Ford S.C. (St. Louis) Fall River Ponta Delgada 2-0
1949 Morgan S.C. (Morgan, PA) Philadelphia Nationals 1-0
1948 Simpkins-Ford S.C. (St. Louis) New York Brookhattan 3-2
1947 Ponta Delgada S.C. (Fall River, MA) Chicago Sparta A & BA 3-2
1946 Chicago Viking Fall river Ponta Delgada 2-1
1945 Brookhatten F.C. (New York) Cleveland Americans 2-1
1944 Brooklyn Hispano F.C. Pittsburgh Morgan-Strasser 4-0
1943 Brooklyn Hispano F.C. Pittsburgh Morgan-Strasser 3-2
1942 Gallatin S.C. (Gallatin, PA) Pawtucket FC 4-2
1941 Pawtucket F.C. (Pawtucket, RI) Detroit Chrysler 4-3
1940 Baltimore SC
Chicago Sparta A & BA
(co-champions) 2-2
1939 St. Mary's Celtic (Brooklyn, NY) Chicago Manhattan Beer 1-0
1938 Spata A. and B.A. (Chicago) Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic 4-2
1937 New York American F.C. St. Louis Shamrocks 4-1
1936 German-Americans (Philadelphia) St. Louis Shamrocks 3-1
1935 Central Breweries F.C. (St. Louis) Pawtucket Rangers
1934 Stix, Baer and Fuller F.C. (St. Louis) Pawtucket Rangers
1933 Stix, Baer and Fuller F.C. (St. Louis) New York Americans 2-1
1932 New Bedford F.C. (New Bedford, MA) Stix, Baer and Fuller F.C. (St. Louis) 5-2
1931 Fall River S.C. (Fall River, MA) Chicago Bricklayers 2-0
1930 Fall River S.C. (Fall River, MA) Cleveland Bruell Insurance 2-1
1929 Hakoah All Star F.C. (New York) St. Louis Madison Kennels 3-0
1928 New York National F.C. Chicago Bricklayers 3-0
1927 Fall River S.C. (Fall River, MA) Detroit Holley Carburetor 7-0
1926 Bethlehem Steel (Bethlehem, PA) St. Louis Ben Millers 7-2
1925 Shawsheen F. C. (Andover, MA) Chicago Canadian Club 3-0
1924 Fall River S.C. (Fall River, MA) St. Louis Vesper Buick 4-2
1923 Paterson F.C. (Pateson, NJ)
St. Louis Scullin Steel
(co-champions) 2-2
1922 Scullen Steel F.C. (St. Louis) Brooklyn Todd Shipyards 3-2
1921 Robbins Dry Dock F.C. (Brooklyn, NY) St. Louis Scullin Steel 4-2
1920 Ben Miller F.C. (St. Louis, MO) Fore River 2-1
1919 Bethlehem Steel (Bethlehem, PA) Paterson FC 2-0
1918 Bethlehem Steel (Bethlehem, PA) Fall River Rovers 3-0
1917 Fall River Rovers (Fall River, MA) Bethlehem Steel 1-0
1916 Bethlehem Steel (Bethlehem, PA) Fall River Rovers 1-0
1915 Bethlehem Steel (Bethlehem, PA) Brooklyn Celtic 3-1
1914 Brooklyn Field Club Brooklyn Celtic 2-1

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