CARSON, Calif. - The Los Angeles Galaxy, champions of the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will open their run in the 2005 edition of that tournament with a fourth round match against Chivas USA on Wednesday August 3 at 7:30 pm in The Home Depot Center's Track and Field Stadium on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills, the club announced today.
"We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting our Open Cup match against Chivas USA at the Track and Field Stadium," said Galaxy President and General Manager Doug Hamilton. "Hosting the game there will make for an intimate atmosphere that all of our fans will enjoy."
Tickets for the match, which will be general admission, will cost $10 and are available beginning at 10am on Thursday, July 14 today by calling the Galaxy toll-free at 1-877-3GALAXY. Parking will be available for $10 on the day of the match at The Home Depot Center.
"The chance to host a U.S. Open Cup match between the two teams that call The Home Depot Center home excites us a great deal," said Bill Peterson, Managing Director of The Home Depot Center.
While the Galaxy earned automatic entry into the fourth round of the knockout tournament, Chivas will be playing their second game of the tournament, following a dramatic 3-2 defeat of the Charlotte Eagles on July 13.
Dating back to 1914, the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in United States soccer and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States, the annual US Open Cup is an 90-year-old single-elimination tournament.
The US Open Cup is very similar to domestic cup competitions popular throughout Europe, South America and the rest of the world. Cup competitions, which usually run concurrent with a country's league season, are open in the early stages to any club that can qualify; giving local amateur teams a chance to compete against the best teams a country has to offer.