2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Preview: Sporting KC vs. Chicago Fire PDL

Chicago Fire PDL at Sporting Kansas City
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 – 7:30 p.m. CT
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park | Kansas City, Kansas

Fresh off a win in MLS play over the weekend, Sporting Kansas City faces a quick turnaround as they host Chicago Fire PDL of the USL Premier Development League tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. CT in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The match will be held at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park and is the first-ever U.S. Open Cup match to be played at the brand new stadium. 

Tickets for the match are just $10 for Sporting Kansas City season ticket members and $15 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased here or at the LIVESTRONG Sporting Park box office. 

Sporting Kansas City enter the third round of the tournament by virtue of a 5-0 win over the New England Revolution on May 25th at the Blue Valley District Activities Complex in Overland Park, Kansas. Chance Myers and C.J. Sapong each scored twice while Aurelien Collin got his first competitive goal for Sporting Kansas City in the victory. 

The Fire PDL enter Tuesday’s contest after edging the NPSL’s Madison 56ers by a 2-0 scoreline in Madison, Wisconsin on Wednesday, June 22nd. Andrew Ribeiro and Thierry Zahui got the goals in a match that took 24 hours to complete after a lightning delay forced the match to be abandoned the previous night.

The winner of Tuesday's contest will advance to the quarterfinal round of the tournament, set to be held on July 12th, against the winner of the match between the Columbus Crew and the Richmond Kickers of USL Pro. Should Sporting Kansas City advance, the quarterfinal match will be played at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.

The U.S. Open Cup has been held annually since 1914 and is named after Lamar Hunt, original owner of Sporting Kansas City from 1995-2006. Kansas City won the U.S. Open Cup in 2004,defeating the Chicago Fire 1-0 on a golden goal by striker Igor Simutenkov off a free kick in the 95th minute at Arrowhead Stadium on September 22nd, 2004. Current Sporting Kansas City captain Davy Arnaud featured in the starting lineup for Kansas City in the final.