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QUARTERFINALS

D.C. United 2
Carolina Dynamo 0

Tampa Bay Mutiny 3
Rochester Rhinos 4(OT)

Kansas City Wiz 2
Colorado Rapids 3

Dallas Burn 3
Seattle Sounders2

Most Consistent MLS Team Upset

Five MLS teams entered the tournament at this stage but only three continued on. Kansas City began their Open Cup losing streak with a loss to fellow MLS team Colorado Rapids (replacing the Foxes for the Quarterfinals) while D.C. United and the Dallas Burn dispatched the Carolina Dynamo and Seattle Sounders, respectively. The real story, however, was in Rochester; the hometown Rhinos belted in four goals, including an overtime winner, to defeat the league-leading Tampa Bay Mutiny. An upset in monumental proportions, this game defined what cup competitions mean and was everything the Open Cup was meant to be.

SEMI-FINALS

Rochester Rhinos3
Colorado Rapids 0

Dallas Burn 0
D.C. United 2

Irrepressible Rhinos March to Final

The Rochester Rhinos shrugged off the challenge of the slumping Colorado Rapids, who were doomed to have a terrible first season. What makes the Rhinos' 1996 ascent to both the Open Cup Final and A-League Championship is the fact that they, too, were in their first year of existence. Blazing a trail of excellence for teams of all divisions to emulate, the Rhinos showed that class and skill were not monopolized by MLS teams. Elsewhere, D.C. United had obviously hit their stride with Bolivian phenomenon Jaime Moreno downing Dallas with a double strike.

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