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Where would a D.C. United win rank in U.S. Open Cup final upsets?

Sep 30, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

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In case you forgot, on Tuesday night Real Salt Lake host D.C. United in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final.

Oh yeah.

Well, to get you ready for the showpiece final at Rio Tinto, we will have a plethora of preview pieces coming your way at ProSoccerTalk.

So, we all know how bad D.C. have been in MLS play this season, our very own Steve Davis posted this piece over the weekend that shows all the records United can break this season. None of them are good ones.

With home field advantage and in great form ahead of the USOC Final, many will laugh in your face if you suggested Ben Olsen’s Black and Red squad will roll into Utah, beat Real Salt Lake and spend the long flight back to D.C. sipping Champagne out of the Open Cup. If they did, it would perhaps be one of the biggest shocks in Open Cup final history, Rochester’s ’99 triumph aside.

You have to look back quite some time to find some other upsets, but they’re there. Can D.C. spoil the RSL party on Tuesday? Watch the game live on Gol TV at 9pm ET to find out.

Here are three of the biggest upsets in USOC final history. Perhaps D.C. can draw inspiration from these, as the underdogs prevailed.

1997: Dallas Burn 0-0 D.C. United (Dallas won on PKs 4-3)

Luckily for RSL fans, their manager Jason Kreis knows all about upsets as his Dallas side beat the all-conquering D.C. United team on penalties. Bruce Arena’s men dominated the early years of MLS, and many expected them to walk this game at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis.

1999: Rochester Rhinos 2-0 Colorado Rapids

Banded around as ‘the’ biggest upset in USOC final history, the Rochester Rhinos are still the only non-MLS team to win the trophy since MLS began in 1996. Goals from Doug Miller and Yari Allnutt were enough to down MLS outfit Colorado at Columbus Crew Stadium. Pat Onstad got the shutout for Rochester, as the current USL Pro still celebrate this success today.

2007: New England Revolution 3-2 FC Dallas

Not so much of a huge upset, as Steve Nicol’s New England side were incredibly good and made the MLS Cup final in ’07 and lost to Houston… again. But at least they had some success in Texas in ’07, as the defeated home side Dallas 3-2 in front of their own fans. Pat Noonan grabbed the first and assisted on two others, as the Revs were real party poppers in Frisco.

  1. hildezero - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    There’s ain’t gonna be an upset, that’s for sure. United may had rested their starters, but so did Real. Real is gonna win it.

  2. geojock - Sep 30, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Either team could win. It is a midweek game and even though the players are rested, it still doesnt have the big game feel of lets say an MLS play off game. Plus this is MLS so records aside, at the end of the day there isnt a ton of difference in quality between clubs. Are some teams disasters depsite some quality (DC), absolutely, but all it takes is for them to gel for 90 min.

    • mlsconvert88888 - Sep 30, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      Odds are long for a DC win, but there’s a reason they still play the games.

  3. hildezero - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:32 PM


    That’s true.

  4. mikeevergreen - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Don’t think DC can win?

    Chicago Fire 0-2 DC United. That was the semi-final. Mid-week. Players from both sides rested.

    Be. Very. Afraid.

    • charliej11 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      Chicago is NOT SLC…at all. Chicago winning it over SLC in SLC wohld have been a big upset too, no ?
      Not as big as DC, but big.

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