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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
Date Matchup/Result
June 9 Austin Lone Stars (D3 Pro) 2 San Nicholas (USASA Region IV) 1
June 10 Delaware Wizards (D3 Pro) 2 Detroit Dynamite (Premier) 1 (OT)
June 11 Chicago Stingers (D3 Pro) 8 Wisla (USASA Region II) 0
June 12 Charlotte Eagles (D3 Pro) 4 Los Lobos (USASA Region III) 3
June 12 Arizona Sahuaros (D3 Pro) 2 San Gabriel Valley HIghlanders (Premier) 1
June 13 Central Jersey Riptide (D3 Pro) 2 Kansas City Brass (Premier) 1 (OT)
June 16 Orlando Nighthawks (D3 Pro) 2 Jackson Chargers (PDSL) 1
June 21 Western Mass Pioneers (D3 Pro) defeated (N.Y.) Greek Americans Atlas (USASA) by forfeit.
SECOND ROUND Games to be played between June 23 and 30.
Date Matchup Kickoff (local time)
June 23 Milwaukee Rampage (A-League) 1 Orlando (D3 Pro) 2
June 23 Worcester Wildfire (A-League) 2 Charlotte (D3 Pro) 0
June 23 Hershey Wildcats (A-League) 2 Chicago (D3 Pro) 3 (OT)
June 23 Orange County Zodiac (A-League) 2 Austin (D3 Pro) 1
June 24 El Paso Patriots (A-League) 9 Arizona (D3 Pro) 1
June 24 Nashville Metros (A-League) 7 Delaware (D3 Pro) 1
June 30 Central Jersey (D3 Pro) at Hampton Roads Mariners (A-League) 7:30 p.m.
July 1 Western Mass. (D3 Pro) at Rochester Rhinos (A-League) TBD
THIRD ROUND Note: MLS teams have the option to host.
July 6 Chicago (D3 Pro) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS)
July 7 El Paso (A-League) vs. San Jose Clash (MLS)
July 7 Western Mass./Rochester winner vs. Columbus Crew (MLS)
July 8 Orlando (D3 Pro) vs. Miami Fusion (MLS)
July 8 Central Jersey/Hampton Roads winner vs. MetroStars (MLS)
July 8 Worcester (A-League) vs. Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS)
July 8 Nashville (A-League) vs. Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
July 8 Orange 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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