Red Bulls on the Road for Open Cup Semifinal

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By JAKE NUTTING

Hosting scenarios for the final two rounds of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup were unveiled by U.S. Soccer on Friday morning. Both semifinals could be played on Aug. 9, with the final scheduled for Sept. 20 (which is the first night of the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah).

Making their first appearance since 2003 in the semifinals of the Open Cup, the New York Red Red Bulls will travel to one of the only remaining lower-division teams in the competition. The Red Bulls would play at either the North American Soccer League’s Miami FC (Riccardo Silva Stadium) on Aug. 9 or at the United Soccer League’s FC Cincinnati (Nippert Stadium) on Aug. 15..

The Miami-Cincinnati quarterfinal match, scheduled for Wednesday ,was postponed because of a torrential downpour in South Florida. The match has been rescheduled for Aug. 2; the winner will host the Red Bulls. On the other side of the bracket Sporting Kansas City will host the San Jose Earthquakes in the other semifinal.

Kansas City was drawn to host the final at Children’s Mercy Park, should it advance. If the Red Bulls advance to the final and Kansas City does not, then New York would host the final at Red Bull Arena. If the Red Bulls were eliminated by the winner of the Miami/Cincinnati semifinal and Kansas City loses, the Division II club would host.

Of the teams left in the tournament, only Kansas City has won the Open Cup. The Red Bulls were runners up in 2003, falling to the Chicago Fire, 1-0, at Giants Stadium. Miami and Cincinnati are only in their second season of existence.

The tournament wins earns an automatic berth in the CONCACAF Champions League.