Friday, May 18, 2012

Union to host U.S. Open Cup game

Chester, Pa. – The Philadelphia Union will host their first ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game on Tuesday, May 29th at 7:30 p.m. ET at PPL Park. 

The club will play the winner of the Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) and the Rochester Rhinos (USL Pro) match-up, which is scheduled for May 22.

The Union are currently 0-2 in Open Cup matches, falling 4-2 on penalty kicks to D.C. United last season and 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls in 2010.  The winner of this match will advance to the Fourth Round on June 5.

Tickets will go on sale to both Union season ticket holders and the general public on Friday, May 18 at 10:00 am. 

The first round concluded on Tuesday, May 15 and all Division I, II and III professional clubs are participating in the tournament proper for the first time ever.  The Division I field includes all 16 U.S. based Major League Soccer teams, which is double the representation from the past five years and the first time since 2006 that all Division I teams are taking part.

The 99th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup includes a random selection process for determining home teams from the first round through the quarterfinals among clubs that have applied to host.  The process, conducted by a coin flip, gives participating teams with venues meeting tournament standards an equal chance at hosting possible opponents for these rounds. 
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