Dallas Surprises D.C.
with U.S. Open Cup Victory in Indy
After 120 minutes of hard-fought, goalless soccer, the Dallas
Burn claimed their first major trophy with a 5-3 penalty kick triumph over D.C. United in
front of 9,776 at the U.S. Open Cup Final in Indianapolis. The attendance was the highest
ever for a U.S. Open Cup Final.
Jorge Rodriguez clinched the victory with the Burn's fifth
consecutive penalty kick tally. Raul Diaz Arce missed D.C. United's second attempt to
provide the margin of victory.
"I'm really proud to be a part of this team," said
Snickers Most Valuable Player Mark Dodd, who finished with five saves in goal for Dallas.
"The key to the game tonight was heart. It was a long game and we fought hard after
being off for two weeks. We believed in ourselves and the extra motivation let us to the
win and I'm very proud of these guys. They all deserve it."
The victory by Dallas ended D.C. United's hopes of adding a
second double to their trophy coffers. In just two years of existence, United has already
won two MLS Cup crowns and were the defending U.S. Open Cup champions.
"It was a great game, in the first half we took it too
them," said Burn head coach Dave Dir. "As the game wore on they lost their legs.
We hit the post on our best opportunity and they were unlucky on that offside call. It s
good to beat them, because they have been playing so well and because they are MLS champs.
It's good to be Open Cup champs."
This year's final marked the return of the Dewar Cup, the
Open Cup championship's original trophy, which was presented to Burn head coach Dave Dir
and his victorious club at the conclusion of the match. The Dewar Cup, which was first
presented in 1914 before being retired in 1979, was refurbished by the U.S. Amateur Soccer
Association earlier this year.
Open to all amateur and professional teams in the United
States, the annual U.S. Open Cup is an 84-year-old single- elimination tournament in which
32 finalists had been competing for up to $150,000 in prize money.
Soccer Association 1997 US Open Cup Recap
U.S. OPEN CUP FINALS -- IUPUI - INDIANAPOLIS
BURN 1, UNITED 0 (PK)
OCTOBER 29, 1997
INDIANAPOLIS -- Stuffing D.C. United's attempt at a "double double," the Dallas
Burn converted on five of five penalty kicks to win the U.S. Open Cup title before a crowd
of 9,776 at IUPUI in Indianapolis.
Neither team could find the back of the net in regulation and
two sudden-death overtime periods, but Dallas couldn't miss in the penalty kick round,
beating D.C. 5-3 to win the match.
Damian, Jason Kreis, Alain Sutter, Daniel Peinado and Jorge
Rodriguez all converted their penalty kicks against United 'keeper Tom Presthus, the
team's shootout specialist who was inserted near the end of the second overtime period for
The lone miss in the penalty kick round was by D.C. forward
Raul Diaz Arce, whose shot sailed high over the crossbar in the second frame. Marco
Etcheverry, Jaime Moreno and Ben Iroha each converted their attempts for United.
The scoreless game was not devoid of action, as several
players blasted shots off the posts and just wide of the goal. The overtime periods
featured end-to-end action, as both teams fought to come up with a golden goal.
Dallas had three good chances in OT -- Dante Washington was
stopped by Scott Garlick's diving save in the 97th minute; Damian shot wide in the 113th
minute and Wade Webber hit the post in the 114th minute. Diaz Arce scored in the 29th
minute for D.C. United, but the goal was nullified by an
The 84-year-old U.S.Open Cup tournament allows any team
registered with the U.S. Soccer Federation (professional or amateur) to compete for the
championship and title of best team in the USA. For winning, the Burn receives the Dewer
Cup trophy, $100,000 and the right to represent the USA in next year's CONCACAF Cup.
Official Box Score
|Date: October 29, 1997
Stadium: IUPUI - Indianapolis, IN
Referee: Rich Grady
Referee's Assistant: Steve Olson
Referee's Assistant: Michael Kennedy
DALLAS BURN (0-0-0-0)
D.C. UNITED (0-0-0-0)
|SCORING SUMMARY (TEAM-MIN-GOAL-ASSIST)
PENALTY KICK SHOOTOUT
DALLAS BURN - Damian G, Kreis G, Sutter G, Peinado G, Rodriguez G
D.C. UNITED - Etcheverry G, Diaz Arce NG, Moreno G, Iroha G
|DALLAS BURN -- Mark Dodd, Tom
Soehn, Wade Webber, Brandon Pollard, Richard Farrer (Jorge Rodriguez 68), Mark Santel
(Jason Kreis 100), Ted Eck, Daniel Peinado, Alain Sutter, Gerell Elliott (Damian 73),
|TOTAL SHOTS: 20; SAVES: 5; FOULS:
24; OFFSIDE: 7; CORNER KICKS: 4; CAUTIONS: Santel 12, Damian 105; EJECTIONS: None
|D.C. UNITED -- Scott Garlick (Tom
Presthus 119), Mario Gori, Clint Peay, Carlos Llamosa, David Vaudreuil, Richie Williams,
John Maessner (Ben Iroha 46), Marco Etcheverry, Tony Sanneh (Brian Kamler 75), Jaime
Moreno, Raul Diaz Arce
|TOTAL SHOTS: 14; SAVES: 5; FOULS:
29; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 10; CAUTIONS: Moreno 70, Etcheverry 95; EJECTIONS: None