The New England Revolution last won the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in 2007. Now nine years later, the Revolution can clinch their second Cup in franchise history against the very team they defeated in 2007 — FC Dallas.
New England and FC Dallas will square off at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on Tuesday at 10 p.m. It will be the first time since 1944 that there will be a rematch between finalists.
The tournament, in its 103d year, is now named for former FC Dallas owner and National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Lamar Hunt.
The last time the teams faced off in the Cup final, New England coach Jay Heaps was on the Toyota Stadium field as a player for the Revolution. Now running the show, Heaps has the chance to become just the third person to win the US Open Cup as both a player and a coach.
“We’re thrilled to be in this tournament, we’re thrilled that we were able to make it to this final,” Heaps said at a news conference held Monday afternoon at Toyota Stadium. “I was able to play on this field in 2007, and just to see how much this tournament has grown, just in those numbers of years, how exciting it is, and what this game is going to mean.”
For Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen, this is his second Cup final with the team.
“Being to a Cup final, you realize how hard it is to get to this position,” Nguyen said. “You’ve got to cherish the moment. Obviously this was one of the tournments that we had a goal at the beginning of the year, we wanted to win.”