Friday, June 22, 2012

Union will host U.S. Open Cup Seminfinals game

CHICAGO – The Philadelphia Union have won the bid to host the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Seminfinals at PPL Park, U.S. Soccer announced today. 

A Union victory against the Harrisburg City Islanders in the quarterfinals on Tuesday night will pit the club against the winner of the Sporting Kansas City/Dayton Lions match-up in the semifinals on either July 10th or 11th at 7:30 p.m. 

“Winning the bid to host the semifinal round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is very important to us,” said Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz.  “We are definitely not looking past Harrisburg but if we advance, we wanted to make sure that we had the opportunity to play at home in front of our fans.  Home field advantage is very important in our quest to win our first ever trophy and secure a spot in next year’s CONCACAF Champions League Tournament.”

The remaining eight-team field consists of five MLS (Division I) teams – three-time defending champion Seattle Sounders FC, Chivas USA, the Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City. The other three organizations represent USL PRO (Division III) – the Charlotte Eagles, Dayton Dutch Lions and Harrisburg City Islanders, which are shooting for their third straight win against an MLS side when they visit the in-state Union at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
Union season ticket holders have one last chance to purchase tickets to the Quarterfinals game against Harrisburg and get FREE tickets to the US Open Cup Semi-finals at PPL Park.
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