D.C. United to host Columbus Crew in U.S. Open Cup semifinal
Washington, D.C. (July 21, 2010) - With tonight’s victory, D.C. United is set to host the Columbus Crew in the semifinals of the 2010 U.S. Open Cup at RFK Stadium September 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Earlier tonight, United defeated the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup. The Black-and-Red previously beat the Richmond Kickers (USL-2) in the third round, as well as FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake in play-in games to qualify for the tournament’s main draw.
Tickets for this semifinal match are available as part of season ticket membership and half season plan A as Special Game E. Individual game tickets are on sale now at dcunited.com and all TicketMaster outlets for $23 at the Spectator level, $32 at Premium level, $42 at VIP level and $52 at the Mezzanine level. Groups of 15 or more can purchase at discounted prices of $18 for Spectator level, $24 for Premium, $32 for VIP and $42 for Mezzanine level.
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. Last year, D.C. United advanced to the U.S. Open Cup final before falling to Seattle Sounders FC.
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 towards the championship game.