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Chicago Fire to Host Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Match at Toyota Park

June 17, 2010 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Chicago Fire FC News Release

CHICAGO, IL (June 17, 2010) - The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that it will host a third round match of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at TOYOTA PARK on Tuesday, June 29 at 7:30 PM CT. The Fire will take on either the Carolina RailHawks or Charleston Battery in their quest for a fifth U.S. Open Cup title since 1998, the club's inaugural season.

Tickets for the Fire's third round U.S. Open Cup match are just $15 dollars for all seats at TOYOTA PARK. Fire Season Ticket Holders and ten-game pack holders are eligible for a buy one ticket, get one ticket offer compliments of the Fire. Group prices are just $10 per ticket for groups of 15 or more. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 21 at 10:00 AM CT. For tickets please call 1-888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473) or head to the club's official website at

The Fire enter 2010 as the undisputed kings of the modern era of the tournament, having hoisted the coveted Dewar Trophy four times - 1998, 2000, 2003 & 2006 - in just 12 years of play. The Fire has taken pride in competing in the U.S. Open Cup, and its results reflect that mindset. Since 1998, the Fire have racked up an impressive 25-8-2 record in Open Cup play, which has helped the squad reach the semifinal round on seven out of 12 occasions and the tournament's final five times. The 2006 title marked the ninth time a team from Chicago won the Open Cup and made the Fire one of five teams to capture the crown at least four times in the tournament's nearly century-long history.

"The team is looking forward to this match and has its eye on capturing yet another U.S. Open Cup title," said Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas. "We've been fortunate enough to have a very successful run with this Cup over the last twelve years and our players are hungry to bring it back to Chicago."

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which is recognized as U.S. Soccer's National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 95 consecutive years dating back to 1914. It is the oldest annual team tournament in U.S. sports history and among the oldest soccer tournaments of its type in the world. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor long-time soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

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