Open Cup defense begins

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We'll shortly announce via press release that we'll begin defense of our 2008 U.S. Open Cup championship with a play-in game versus FC Dallas on Wednesday, April 22 at RFK Stadium.  Yes, you read that correctly - a play-in game.  The reigning champs aren't given any passes, that's for sure. 

The game will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET and serve as Special Game A for half and full season ticket holders.  Call your ticket rep for more info.  Tickets for the general public will go on sale soon - we'll keep you updated. 

Since Major League Soccer began playing in the tournament in 1996, no team has repeated as champs.  United almost did, though - after winning its first Open Cup title in 1996, the team fell to the Dallas Burn on penalties (5-3) in the final in '97.  Darn. 

Might this be a year for a repeat?