The Kansas City Wizards will begin play in the 2004 U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, July 20, when they enter the prestigious tournament in the fourth round. Kansas City will face the Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League) at DeKalb Stadium in Clarkston, Ga., with a 6:45 p.m. CT kickoff scheduled. Atlanta advanced to the 4th round with a 3-2 win over the Carolina Dynamos (PDL) on Wednesday, June 30.
The road match on July 20 will mark the sixth time in eight years the Wizards have began play in the tournament on the road and will be the eighth road game in 11 overall matches they have played in the U.S. Open Cup since 1996. Last season, the Wizards were knocked out of the tournament in the fourth round after falling to the Colorado Rapids 3-2 in Colorado on Aug. 8.
Dating back to 1914, the 90-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