The U.S. Open Cup, the national championship of the United States, began in 1914 and is the oldest annual team tournament in U.S. sports. Modeled after England's famous FA Cup, the Open Cup is open to all senior division teams, amateur and professional registered with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

The oldest trophy in the United States team sports history was donated to the American Amateur Football Association in 1912 by Sir Thomas R. Dewar, a British distiller, sportsman and philanthropist during a AAFA (now known as United States Amateur Soccer Association) visit to London prior to the 1912 Olympics.

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Past US Open Cup champions from Pittsburgh include:

Pittsburgh Gallatin - 1942
Pittsburgh Morgan SC - 1949
Pittsburgh Hamarville - 1952, 1956

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds, undefeated at home this season, nabbed the last qualification spot allocated to the USL’s second division.

It’s been a tough start to the 2008 campaign. The Hounds have been racking up frequent flyer miles and AAA mileage points by the thousands and things won’t get any easier as they gear up for a trip to Chicago to take on the historic AAC Eagles. The opening contest will take place on June 10th.

Although the Eagles play in the lower USASA (United States Adult Soccer Association) league, they are not to be taken lightly. The Eagles won this tournament in 1990 and have outscored their last two league opponents by 17 goals. They are a club rich in Polish tradition and have been competing in the Chicago area since 1940.

The Riverhounds, led by skipper Nathan Salsi, are going to have to find a way to slow down the high-powered Eagle’s attack. Manager Gene Klien will call on the midfielders to keep possession and control the pace of the match. Boyzzz Khumalo should be able to use his speed as an advantage to create scoring chances from the wing. Leon and Travis should both get plenty of looks inside the box.

If the Hounds advance, they will play the winner of a first round match up between the Cleveland City Stars and the Michigan Bucks on June 24th.

1 Response to 'Lamar Hunt US Open Cup...Hounds travel to Chicago'

  1. Anonymous Said,'> June 6, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    not IF the hounds andvance its WHEN the hounds advance