While many eyes train on the UEFA Champions League — with tantalizing matches on the docket between Arsenal and PSG as well as Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City — history will be made well into Tuesday night.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final will kickoff in Texas at 10 p.m. EDT, and FC Dallas’ match-up with the New England Revolution will be the first final rematch since 1982, when Maccabi Los Angeles faced New York Pancyprian-Freedoms.
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FC Dallas will hope to grab a U.S. Open Cup title in its third try since rebranding, having won the title as the Dallas Burn in 1997.
One of those losses came to New England in 2007. Revs coach Jay Heaps was a player on that New England squad.
Though their seasons have been mighty different, New England comes into the match on a hot streak. The Revs beat NYCFC 3-1 this weekend after a 2-0 win over Colorado, both very impressive wins for the East’s No. 7 side. And Dallas just lost at home to the Rapids 1-0.
This year, Dallas won in its trip to New England. That was a 4-2 decision that was knotted 2-2 at half before Fabian Castillo and Tesho Akindele scored to give Dallas its three points. Akindele scored another for Dallas, which got a pair of assists from Kellyn Acosta. Lee Nguyen had a goal and an assist for the Revs.
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The Revs are hoping to become the 15th team to win multiple USOC crowns, having dispatched MLS peers Chicago and Philadelphia after knocking off NASL sides New York Cosmos and Carolina Railhawks.
FC Dallas handled a trio of MLS sides: The Galaxy, Houston, and Colorado. It started its journey to the final needing penalty kicks to edge Oklahoma City Energy FC of the USL.