D.C. United to Host U.S. Open Cup Third Round Match
Washington, D.C. (June 17, 2010) - D.C. United is set to host either the Richmond Kickers (USL-2) or Real Maryland (USL-2) in the third round of the 2010 U.S. Open Cup. The game will be held at George Mason Stadium in Fairfax, Va. June 30 at 7:30 p.m. Richmond defeated Crystal Palace Baltimore 1-0 in the first round last night and will host Real Maryland, a first round 2-1 overtime winner over Reading United AC, in the second round Tuesday, June 22. George Mason Stadium is a smoke and alcohol free facility.
Advance tickets will go on sale Friday, June 18 via dcunited.com . Seating is general admission and will be available for $25, while groups of 10 or more can purchase at the $22 price level. All United plan holders may purchase tickets at the $22 price level and should contact D.C. United at 202-587-5000 for additional information. George Mason students can purchase advance tickets to the game at the field house box office for $22 each. All day of game seating will be $25 and available for cash sale only.
Last year, D.C. United advanced to the U.S. Open Cup final before falling to Seattle Sounders FC. The Black-and-Red have twice won the tournament, capturing titles in 1996 with a 3-0 win over the Rochester Rhinos and in 2008 courtesy of a 2-1 victory over the Charleston Battery. United began their title quest this year with play-in victories against MLS rivals FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake, recording 4-2 and 2-1 victories, respectively, to earn third round entry in the Open Cup field.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is an annual national competition that is open to all amateur and professional soccer teams that are affiliated with U.S. Soccer. It is the oldest tournament in the U.S., beginning in 1914 when Brooklyn Field Club took home the very first title. MLS teams were first included in the tournament in the inaugural 1996 season, with D.C. United taking home the title.
The tournament bracket is formed by teams from the USL First Division, USL Second Division, USL Premier Development League, and United States Adult Soccer Association. Teams compete in single elimination play, adding MLS teams to the mix in the third round, and continue on towards the championship game.
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