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The Richmond Kickers advanced to the semi-finals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup after defeating Sporting KC 2-0.  This marks the furthest that Richmond has advanced in the US Open Cup since MLS teams joined the tournament in 1996.  Richmond won the US Open Cup in 1995, while at the time being in the equivalent of D-4.

The last time a non-MLS club made it to the semifinals was in 2009 when the Rochester Rhinos advanced over the Columbus Crew and Wilmington Hammerheads in the 3rd round and quarterfinals respectively.  The Rhinos were in the USL First Division that year (2nd division overall in the US/Canada).

The Richmond Kickers have been in the 3rd division overall in the US/Canada since they voluntarily relegated in 2006.  The last time a 3rd division team made it to the semi-finals of the US Open Cup was in 1997, when the SF Bay Seals advanced over the Kansas City Wizards and the San Jose Clash in the 3rd round and quarterfinals respectively.

It is important to note that they may not have made it this far in the tournament if NASL teams would have been allowed to enter.
After a spectacular win, in what is surely one of the most exciting soccer games ever played by an American team, the US Women's National Team advanced to the semifinals over Brazil after AET and penalty kicks.  In the semifinals, they defeated France 3-1 to advance to the final, for the first time since they won in 1999, where they will face Japan.

On a statistical note, this year will mark the first year that a team with a loss in the tournament will win the Women's World Cup.  It is important to note that, since this is only the sixth time the competition has been held, it is not a very longstanding record.

The US leads the way in semifinal appearances, with 5 before this year.  Germany leads final appearances, with 3 before this year.  The US and Germany are tied for the lead with 2 WWC final wins each.