Thursday, July 09, 2015

Union to play Red Bulls in U.S. Open Cup quarters

CHESTER, Pa. – The Philadelphia Union will play New York Red Bulls on Tuesday, July 21, at Red Bull Arena in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The match is set to kick-off at 4 p.m. due to the International Champions Cup taking place at Red Bull Arena later that night.

“We are happy that it’s been decided to play this match on the originally designated U.S. Soccer date of July 21, but are very disappointed about the 4 p.m. kick off for our fans that were planning to travel,” Union CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz said. “We have worked cooperatively with U.S. Soccer to obtain a block of tickets and will be providing round-trip bus transportation to any Union fans that wish to attend the game. There is a limited supply of 500 tickets that will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis.”

The Union reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup for the third in time in four years by defeating Rochester Rhinos 0-0 (3-1) in the Fourth Round, and D.C. United, 2-1, in the Round of 16. It’s the first time the Red Bulls have reached the quarterfinals since 2011 and they did so by defeating a pair of NASL teams, Atlanta Silverbacks 3-0 in the Fourth Round, and New York Cosmos 4-1 in the Round of 16.

U.S. Soccer also announced the three other quarterfinal fixtures last week. Chicago Fire will host Orlando City SC on Wednesday, July 22. The winner of that game will travel to play the winner of the Union-Red Bulls match in the semifinals. On the other side of the bracket, Real Salt Lake will host L.A. Galaxy on Tuesday, July 14 and Sporting Kansas City will host Houston Dynamo on Tuesday, July 21.

The semifinals are then slated for Aug. 11-12, with the final coming on either Sept. 29 or 30.

The Union will be providing bus transportation for the first 500 fans interested in traveling to Harrison, N.J. for the match. The road trip, which includes round trip bus transportation, a game ticket and light food and beverage  will be $10 and can be purchased through www.philadelphiaunion.com/promo.
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