DALLAS - The Dallas Burn will begin play in the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup by hosting the Virginia Beach Mariners of the A-League on Wednesday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Old Panther Field in Duncanville.
Tickets for the match, which will be available at the stadium beginning two hours before kickoff, are $5 for adults and $2 for children 16-years-old and younger. Additionally, military personnel that show an active military ID will receive their ticket for $2.
Virginia Beach advanced to the third round with a 2-0 victory over the DFW Tornadoes on June 15 in Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach (4-6-2) is currently tied for fifth in the A-League's Eastern Conference with 14 points. They are led by former Burn forward Dante Washington, who is tied for second in the A-League in scoring with 18 points.
Dating back to 1914, the Lamar U.S. Open Cup is the oldest soccer cup competition in the United States and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the U.S., the annual Open Cup is a single-elimination tournament based on similar competitions played across the world concurrent with domestic league action. The winner of the tournament will receive $100,000 in prize money, while the runner-up receives $50,000. The Burn won the tournament in 1997.