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Simutenkov strikes in sudden death, Kansas City takes the title 1-0 from Fire.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Wednesday, September 22, 2004) -- Reserve striker Igor Simutenkov's scored with a free kick six minutes into sudden death, giving the Kansas City Wizards the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title with a 1-0 decision over the defending champion Chicago Fire before 8,819 at Arrowhead Stadium tonight.

Simutenkov also netted the winner with a first-half penalty kick to defeat the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 in an August 24 semifinal.

"It was a shot for a right-footer," Kansas City coach Bob Gansler said of assigning Simutenkov to take the decisive kick. "If the same ball was on the other side, you would have seen Diego (Gutierrez) in there. If Francisco (Gomez) was in there, he might have had to arm-wrestle Igor for it."

By winning the battle of Major League Soccer clubs, Kansas City won for the first time the Open Cup, which is named after the team's owner\operator Lamar Hunt, and will have its name etched on the Dewar Cup. The Dewar Cup, the oldest trophy in United States sports history, is three feet tall and weighs 100 pounds. It was initiated in 1912 and served as the U.S. Open Cup trophy since its inception in 1914.

Kansas City earned the $100,000 first prize while the Fire took home $50,000.

"For me, this is the most important goal of my life," said Simutenkov, who replaced Gomez at the break, of tonight's heroics. "(Kansas City defender) Alex (Zotinca) ducked down and I was able to get the ball through the wall. I'm very happy and happy for this group of guys, the coaches and the fans."

Chicago seemed to carry momentum into overtime, but the Wizards were the aggressor in extra time. After a restart, Kansas City pushed forward and earned a free kick 19 yards out when Fire defender Evan Whitfield fouled K.C. striker Josh Wolff, who had received the ball on a break, three yards above the top left side of the box

Simutenkov drove his 21-yard low direct kick through the Fire's defensive wall to the near post. Goalkeeper Henry Ring dove to his right and got both hands on the shot, but had the ball shoot up and hit the underside of the crossbar. As the ball caromed back to the ground, it hit the prone Ring and rolled into the net for the 1-0 in the 96th minute.

"It didn't go in like I thought it would, but at least he put it hard on frame," Wolff said. "Henry made a good save on the first one, then it took an unfortunate bounce off the crossbar and hit him in the back of the head and it went it. I was sitting at the back of the doorstep for any loose change. I'm extremely happy for Igor with all the work he put in."

Kansas City keeper Tony Meola needed to make only one save to record the shutout. Ring made four stops in the losing effort.

"It was a hard game for the offense," Chicago coach Dave Sarachan said. "Kansas City doesn't concede a lot of goals and we didn't have many looks at the goal tonight. I give credit to their defenders. In these kind of games -- championship matches -- everything is tight as it is and teams don't get a lot of looks."

Wolff nearly set up a decisive Wizards goal in the 85th minute when he led a four-on-three counterattack. Wolff found Gutierrez alone in the right side of the box, but Ring came quickly out to turn away Gutierrez's point-blank shot.

As the game progressed through the early-going, Kansas City backs sent long balls ahead to Wolff, forward Davy Arnaud and midfielder Jack Jewsbury, but as hard as the trio tried, it could not get behind the Fire defense.

In the 43rd minute, Chicago midfielder Logan Pause excited the Fire fans, streaking into the right side of the box. His shot from a sharp angle went wide of the far post. Striker Damani Ralph could have tapped the ball in, but he would have been ruled offside had he tried.

Ring made a sprawling save on Kansas City midfielder Kerry Zavagnin, who had been fed by Wolff, in the 69th minute, to keep the contest scoreless.


Kansas City Wizards 1, Chicago Fire 0

Lineups: Kansas City - Tony Meola, Alex Zotinca, Jimmy Conrad, Nick Garcia, Jose Burciaga Jr., Francisco Gomez (Igor Simutenkov 46), Jack Jewsbury (Taylor Graham 68), Kerry Zavagnin, Diego Gutierrez, Josh Wolff, Davy Arnaud. Chicago - Henry Ring, C.J. Brown, Jim Curtin, Evan Whitfield, Kelly Gray, Logan Pause (Chris Armas 88), Jesse Marsch, Andy Williams, Dipsy Selolwane, Nate Jaqua, Damani Ralph.

Scoring:
Kansas City - Simutenkov (unassisted) 95.

Total shots: Kansas City 15 (Wolff 4), Chicago 9 (Williams 4). Shots on goal: Kansas City 5 (five tied with 1), Chicago 1 (Williams). Saves: Kansas City - Meola 1; Chicago - Ring 4. Fouls: Kansas City 16 (Arnaud 3, Conrad 3), Chicago 25 (six tied with 3). Offside: Kansas City 4 (Jewsbury 2, Wolff 2), Chicago 2 (Ralph, Selolwane). Corner kicks: Kansas City 1 (Burciaga), Chicago 8 (Williams 8). Yellow card cautions: Kansas City - Gutierrez 80; Chicago - Pause 21.

Referee: Terry Vaughn. Referee's assistants: Nathan Clement, Greg Barkey. Attendance: 8,819 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Weather: Clear, 79 degrees.


2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
(all times Eastern)

Key:
MLS - Major League Soccer (first division)
A - A-League (second division)
PSL - Pro Select League (third division)
PDL - Premier Development League (fourth division)
USASA - United States Adult Soccer Association (amateur)


Championship

at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City (MLS) 1, Chicago Fire (MLS) 0 (OT)


Semifinals

Wednesday, August 25

at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium in Naperville, Ill.
Chicago Fire (MLS) 1, Charleston Battery (A) 0 (2OT)

Tuesday, August 24

at Blue Valley Complex in Overland Park, Kans.
Kansas City Wizards (MLS) 1, San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 0


Quarterfinals

Wednesday, August 4

at James Griffin Stadium in St. Paul, Minne.
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 2, Minnesota Thunder (A) 2
(San Jose advances 5-4 in penalty kicks)

at Blue Valley Complex in Overland Park, Kans.
Kansas City Wizards (MLS) 4, Dallas Burn (MLS) 0

at University of Richmond (Va.) Stadium
Chicago Fire (MLS) 1, Richmond Kickers (A) 0 (2OT)

at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y.
Charleston Battery (A) 1, Rochester Raging Rhinos (A) 0


Fourth round

Wednesday, July 21

at University of Richmond Stadium
Richmond Kickers (A) 2, D.C. United (MLS) 1

Tuesday, July 20

at the Metrodome in Minneapolis
Minnesota Thunder (A) 1, Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) 0

at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas
Dallas Burn 3, Colorado Rapids (MLS) 0

at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.
Rochester Raging Rhinos (A) 1, New England Revolution (MLS) 1 (2OT)
(Rochester advances 3-1 in penalty kicks)

at Columbus (Ohio) Crew Stadium
Chicago Fire (MLS) 2, Columbus Crew (MLS) 1 (OT)

at DeKalb Stadium in Clarkston, Ga.
Kansas City Wizards (MLS) 4, Atlanta Silverbacks (A) 1

Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C.
Charleston Battery (A) 1, MetroStars (MLS) 0

Wednesday, July 14

at PGE Park in Portland, Ore.
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 3, Portland Timbers (A) 0


Third round

Wednesday, June 30

at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City
Portland Timbers (A) 2, Utah Blitzz (PSL) 1

at James Griffin Stadium in St. Paul, Minn.
Minnesota Thunder (A) 2, Boulder Rapids Reserve (PDL) 1 (2OT)

at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C.
Charleston Battery (A) 2, Wilmington Hammerheads (PSL) 0

at MacPherson Stadium in Browns Summit, N.C.
Atlanta Silverbacks (A) 3, Carolina Dynamo (PDL) 2 (2OT)

at Old Panther Stadium in Duncanville, Tex.
Dallas Burn (MLS) 2, Virginia Beach Mariners (A) 0

at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond, Va.
Richmond Kickers (A) 1, Cape Cod Crusaders (PDL) 0 (OT)

at Columbus (Ohio) Crew Stadium
Columbus Crew (A) 2, Syracuse Salty Dogs (A) 1

at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y.
Rochester Raging Rhinos (A) 1, Chicago Fire Reserves (PDL) 0


Second round

Tuesday, June 21

at Winslow (N.J.) High School
Syracuse Salty Dogs (A) 4, South Jersey Barons (PDL) 2 (replay)

Wednesday, June 15

at Pleasant View Field in Boulder, Colo.
San Diego Gauchos (PSL) 0, Boulder Rapids Reserve (PDL) 0
(Boulder advances 5-4 on penalty kicks)

at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City
Utah Blitzz (PSL) 3, Sacramento Knights (USASA) 0

at Winslow (N.J.) High School
South Jersey Barons (PDL) 1, Syracuse Salty Dogs (A) 1, suspended, rain

at Virginia Beach Sportsplex
Virginia Beach Mariners (A) 2, DFW Tornadoes (PDL) 0

at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H.?
Chicago Fire Reserves (PDL) 5, New Hampshire Phantoms (PSL) 1

at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.
Cape Cod Crusaders (PDL) 3, Western Mass Pioneers (PSL) 2

at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, N.C.
Wilmington Hammerheads (PSL) 3, Cocoa Expos (PDL) 0

at MacPherson Stadium in Browns Summit, N.C.
Carolina Dynamo (PDL) 4, Charlotte Eagles (PSL) 3


First round

Tuesday, June 8

at Pennington Field in Bedford, Tex.
DFW Tornadoes (PDL) 3, Legends FC (USASA) 1

at Cocoa (Fla.) Sports Complex
Cocoa Expos (PDL) 2, Azzurri (USASA) 1 (OT)

Wednesday, June 2

at Rooks Stadium in Chico, Calif.
Boulder Rapids Reserve (PDL) 2, Chico Rooks (USASA) 1

at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane, Wash.
Sacramento Knights (USASA) 2, Spokane Shadow (PDL) 1 (OT)

at Winslow High School in Tansboro, N.J.
South Jersey Barons (PDL) 5, Allied S.C. of Baltimore 0

at Redmond Recreational Complex in Bensenville, Ill.
Chicago Fire Reserves (PDL) 5, SAC Wisla of Chicago (USASA) 1

at Belson Stadium in Jamaica, N.Y.
Cape Cod Crusaders (PDL) 4, N.Y. Greek American-Atlas (USASA) 1

at McPherson Stadium in Browns Summit, N.C.
Carolina Dynamo (PDL) 5, Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) 1


Fourth round - Tuesday, July 14-21
Quarterfinals - Wednesday, August 4
Semifinals - Tuesday, August 24 and Wednesday, August 25
Championship - Wednesday, September 22
The field

MLS (10): Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, Dallas Burn, D.C. United, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, New England Revolution, MetroStars, San Jose Earthquakes
A-League (8): Atlanta Silverbacks, Charleston Battery, Minnesota Thunder, Portland Timbers, Richmond Kickers, Rochester Raging Rhinos, Syracuse Salty Dogs, Virginia Beach Mariners.
Pro Select League (6): Charlotte Eagles, New Hampshire Phantoms, San Diego Gauchos, Utah Blitzz, Western Massachusetts Pioneers, Wilmington Hammerheads.
Premier Development League (8): Boulder Rapids Reserves, Cape Cod Crusaders, Carolina Dynamo, Chicago Fire Reserves, Cocoa Expos, DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) Tornadoes, South Jersey Barons, Spokane Shadow
USASA (8): Allied FC (Baltimore), Azzurri (Dallas), Chico Rooks, Legends FC (Texas), Milwaukee Bavarians, N.Y. Greek-American-Atlas, SAC Wisla (Chicago), Sacramento Knights.

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