Wizards begin defense of U.S. Open Cup title August 3 against Des Moines Menace

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The reigning U.S. Open Cup
Champion Kansas City Wizards will begin defense of their title on Wednesday,
August 3rd when they host the PDL's Des Moines Menace in the 4th round of
the 2005 U.S. Open Cup. The match will kickoff at 7:00 p.m. CT at a venue to
be announced in the next few days. Tickets will be General Admission and are
$10 for adults and $5 for youth (15 and under).

The Wizards and seven other MLS teams enter the tournament in the
fourth round on August 3rd, joining eight other teams from MLS, USL
Divisions 1 & 2 and PDL that have advanced through the field. Des Moines
earned the right to face the Wizards in the Quarterfinal round following
their 5-1 upset win over the Atlanta Silverbacks (USL1) last night in
Atlanta.

Kansas City captured the 2004 U.S. Open Cup title in dramatic fashion,
beating the Chicago Fire 1-0 in overtime at Arrowhead Stadium in September
22, 2004. Forward Igor Simutenkov's freekick in the 95th minute pierced
through the Fire defensive wall and deflected off goalkeeper Henry Ring
before settling in the back of the goal.

The Wizards earned a berth in the 2004 U.S. Open Cup Final by
claiming a 4-1 road win against the Atlanta Silverbacks in the 4th round of
the tournament, followed by back-to-back shutout wins at home against fellow
MLS opponents the Dallas Burn and San Jose Earthquakes in the quarterfinals
and semifinals, respectively. During their four games of the 2004
tournament, the Wizards outscored their opponents 10-1 en route to their
first Open Cup title in franchise history.

Dating back to 1914, the 91-year-old U.S. Open Cup is the oldest
soccer cup competition in the United States and is among the oldest in the
world. The tournament is open to affiliated amateur and professional teams
in the United States, and is single-elimination format. Pairings, dates and
kickoff times for the Quarterfinals will be announced at a later date. Log
on to www.kcwizards.com or www.ussoccer.com for the latest scores and
information on the 2005 U.S. Open Cup.

At stake in the tournament is $180,000 in prize money broken down as
follows: $100,000 to the champion, $50,000 to the runner up and $10,000 to
the team which advances deepest in the tournament from each of the Division
II, Division III and amateur levels. The U.S. Open Cup, the U.S. Soccer
Federation's National Championship, is an annual competition open to all
amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. It is the
oldest annual team tournament in U.S. sports history and among the oldest
soccer tournaments of its type in the world.


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