A result of a coin flip determined that the winner of the Portland-Real Salt Lake semifinal match will host the 100th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final.The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will be lifted in either Portland, Ore., or Sandy, Utah.
A coin flip conducted at U.S. Soccer headquarters in Chicago on Tuesday determined that the final of the 100th U.S. Open Cup competition will be hosted by the winner of the Portland Timbers-Real Salt Lake semifinal match.
The development means that either the Chicago Fire or D.C. United, who will square off in the other semifinal, will have to travel out west for the final. If Portland hosts it, the match will be Sept. 24 at Jeld-Wen Field. If RSL hosts the final, it will be Oct. 1 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Both semifinal matches will be played on Aug. 7.
Neither Portland nor RSL has ever won the Open Cup. Chicago and D.C., however, have each won it multiple times, with the Fire capturing the trophy four times and D.C. winning it twice. The winner of this year's competition will be entered into the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League.
Sporting Kansas City is the reigning trophy holder after ending the Seattle Sounders' three-year title run last summer.