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U.S. Open Cup: Greek Americans forfeit
June 29th, 1998 12AM
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The N.Y. Greek Americans Atlas of the USASA have forfeited their first-round victory over the Western Mass. Pioneers of the D3 Pro League because the team fielded ineligible players. The Greek Americans appealed, but U.S. Soccer ruled that the amateurs would have to forfeit after a conference call on June 26. As a result, Western Mass. advances to the Second Round and will face the A-League's Rochester Rhinos on July 1. The $10,000 dollars previously awarded to the Greek Americans Atlas for being the amateur team to advance the farthest in the tournament will instead be split among all the amateur teams from the First Round. Here is the updated schedule and results of the 1998 U.S. Open Cup: FIRST ROUND
June 9Austin Lone Stars (D3 Pro) 2 San Nicholas (USASA Region IV) 1
June 10Delaware Wizards (D3 Pro) 2 Detroit Dynamite (Premier) 1 (OT)
June 11Chicago Stingers (D3 Pro) 8 Wisla (USASA Region II) 0
June 12Charlotte Eagles (D3 Pro) 4 Los Lobos (USASA Region III) 3
June 12Arizona Sahuaros (D3 Pro) 2 San Gabriel Valley HIghlanders (Premier) 1
June 13Central Jersey Riptide (D3 Pro) 2 Kansas City Brass (Premier) 1 (OT)
June 16Orlando Nighthawks (D3 Pro) 2 Jackson Chargers (PDSL) 1
June 21Western Mass Pioneers (D3 Pro) defeated (N.Y.) Greek Americans Atlas (USASA) by forfeit.
SECOND ROUND Games to be played between June 23 and 30.
DateMatchupKickoff (local time)
June 23Milwaukee Rampage (A-League) 1 Orlando (D3 Pro) 2
June 23Worcester Wildfire (A-League) 2 Charlotte (D3 Pro) 0
June 23Hershey Wildcats (A-League) 2 Chicago (D3 Pro) 3 (OT)
June 23Orange County Zodiac (A-League) 2 Austin (D3 Pro) 1
June 24El Paso Patriots (A-League) 9 Arizona (D3 Pro) 1
June 24Nashville Metros (A-League) 7 Delaware (D3 Pro) 1
June 30Central Jersey (D3 Pro) at Hampton Roads Mariners (A-League)7:30 p.m.
July 1Western Mass. (D3 Pro) at Rochester Rhinos (A-League)TBD
THIRD ROUND Note: MLS teams have the option to host.
July 6Chicago (D3 Pro) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS)
July 7El Paso (A-League) vs. San Jose Clash (MLS)
July 7Western Mass./Rochester winner vs. Columbus Crew (MLS)
July 8Orlando (D3 Pro) vs. Miami Fusion (MLS)
July 8Central Jersey/Hampton Roads winner vs. MetroStars (MLS)
July 8Worcester (A-League) vs. Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS)
July 8Nashville (A-League) vs. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
July 8Orange County (A-League) vs. Dallas Burn (MLS)
U.S. Soccer is currently finalizing dates and times for the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, which will all be played at neutral stadiums. Following the third round matches, when MLS clubs begin competing, the eight surviving teams will be grouped geographically, and then paired in a blind draw for the quarterfinals. The four quarterfinal matches will be played as two doubleheaders, with one in the East and one in the West. The semifinal match-ups will also be played as a doubleheader, with the four finalists being paired by a blind draw. The dates and times of all these matches will be announced by U.S. Soccer in the coming weeks. The 1998 U.S. Open Cup final has tentatively been scheduled for late August.

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