D.C. United to enter U.S. Open Cup play on June 30
Washington, D.C. (June 11, 2009) - D.C. United is set to defend last year’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as it enters in the third round of the 2009 tournament on Tuesday, June 30. United will face either Real Maryland (USL-2) or Ocean City Barons (PDL) at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, MD with a kickoff time of 7:30 p.m. ET. Tickets will go on sale to planholders on Monday, June 15 at 10 a.m. ET via dcunited.com or calling 202-587-5000. Individual tickets will go on sale through TicketMaster later in the week.
Tickets for the match will be available for $25, while groups of 10 or more can purchase at the $22 price level, which includes parking. Season ticket holders will receive a special ticket discount and should contact D.C. United for additional information. Tickets can be purchased via dcunited.com or by calling United offices at 202-587-5000.
Last year, D.C. United won the U.S. Open Cup for the second time in club history after defeating the Charleston Battery of the USL First Division, 2-1, in front of the home fans at RFK Stadium on Sept. 3. United began their title defense this year with play-in victories against MLS rivals FC Dallas and New York Red Bulls. United recorded a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas on April 22, before defeating New York 5-3 on May 20 at RFK to earn a spot 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 only non-MLS team to win the tournament since then was the Rochester Raging Rhinos in 1999, when they defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-0 in the final.
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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