Chicago, IL – The US Open Cup has held the draw to determine the hosts of the the semi-finals and finals, following the completion of the quarterfinals on July 20, 2016. The draw determined that the LA Galaxy would host FC Dallas on August 10, 2016 at 7PM Pacific time at StubHub Center. While New England will host the Chicago Fire, a day earlier, at 5PM Pacific.
LA Advanced to the semifinal round after defeating the Seattle Sounders 4-2 on Wednesday night at StubHub Center’s track and field stadium on Wednesday night.
Priority was also set for hosting the final. The teams, ranked in order, are:
- Chicago Fire
- LA Galaxy
- FC Dallas
- New England Revolution
This is a priority list. Which means that if the Chicago Fire were to beat the New England Revolution they would host the Final regardless of who their opponent is. The LA Galaxy were picked second in list of priority, meaning that if New England were to beat Chicago and the LA Galaxy were to defeat FC Dallas, then the Galaxy would have the first option of hosting the Final.
— U.S. Open Cup (@opencup) July 21, 2016
This is a good draw for the Galaxy in both the semi-finals and the finals. With Chicago having to travel to New England and Dallas having to travel to LA, it’s almost a best case scenario. Usually the team with the most home games does well in this tournament. And the Galaxy seem to be riding that luck having only played one game, a 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers in Portland.
If their luck holds out there’s a good chance that the Galaxy would host the Final if they could get past FC Dallas. But that will be no easy task.
Currently there seem to be no field conflicts with the August 10th game. So everyone should expect the semifinal to take place at StubHub Center’s stadium field.
This is the first time since Bruce Arena joined the LA Galaxy in 2009 that the Galaxy have reached the Semifinals. And it’s the first time since 2006 that the LA Galaxy have made it this far.
The questions will now start to turn to exactly who the LA Galaxy will play on August 10th as the calendar isn’t exactly light. But Bruce Arena has so far dodged any bullets slung his way and his “A-” teams seem to be getting the job done.
Ticketing information will become available shortly for the August 10th match on LAGalaxy.com.