Washington, D.C. (February 25, 2009) – D.C. United announced today the club will host FC Dallas in a U.S. Open Cup play-in game on April 22 at RFK Stadium, as it begins defense of its 2008 U.S. Open Cup title. The game will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET and serve as Special Game A for half and full season ticket holders. Tickets for the general public will go on sale at a later date.
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. taking home the title that season. Last year, United won its second Open Cup championship, defeating the Charleston Battery 2-1 in the final.
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