will look to become the sixth team to win U.S. Soccer's national championship four times as they defend their title. The Fire also went on the road in the 2003 final, defeating the MetroStars 1-0 to add on to the club's 1998 and 2000 titles.
For the seventh time since Major League Soccer joined the competition in its inaugural year, the Division I league sends two representatives to the final match out of the field of 167 eligible teams. At stake is a $100,000 prize for the winners as well as having the team inscribed on the historic Dewar Cup. The runner up will take home a prize of $50,000.
Tickets for the U.S. Open Cup Final can be purchased through Ticketmaster or the Wizards Box Office at 816-920-9300. Lower Level Sideline seating is available for $18 for adults and $13 for youth (15 and under). Club Level seating is $22 for adults and $16 for youths. There will be no endline general admission seating available. Zard Card holders can purchase $5 seats for themselves and each accompanying family member with reserved seating in Sections 104 and 133 on the North side of the stadium. The Open Cup Final is designated as "Special Game C" for Wizards season ticket holders.
The Lamar Hunt 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 that dates back to 1914. It is the oldest annual team tournament in U.S. sports history and among the oldest soccer tournaments of its type in the world. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor long-time soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt. The winning team will have its name added to the Dewar Trophy, which resides permanently at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., but will make a special appearance in Kansas City for the week leading up to the match.