Wizards to host Burn in Open Cup

The Kansas City Wizards will host the Dallas Burn on Wednesday, Aug. 4 in the quarterfinals of the 2004 U.S. Open Cup. The match will be played at the Blue Valley District Activity Complex, located at 135th & Switzer in Overland Park, Kan., with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT. The Wizards are currently just three games away from capturing their first U.S. Open Cup Championship and the $100,000 in prize money that goes to the winner.

Tickets to the U.S. Open Cup match are General Admission and are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (15 and under). Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Wizards Box Office at Arrowhead Stadium, or at the Blue Valley District Activity Complex beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the game.

The U.S. Open Cup match is designated as "Special Game A" for Wizards season ticket holders. Each "Special Game A" ticket will admit two people into the Stadium. Seating at the Blue Valley District Activity complex is limited and seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. For ticket information, please call Kim O'Dell in the Wizards office at 816-920-4730.

Kansas City advanced to the Quarterfinals by defeating the Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League) 4-1 in Atlanta on July 20th. Dallas shutout the Colorado Rapids 3-0 to advance to the Quarterfinals. Of the eight teams remaining in the tournament, only four MLS teams remain after six MLS teams were knocked out in the fourth round. Joining the Wizards and Burn in the quarterfinals are the San Jose Earthquakes and Chicago Fire and the Charleston Battery, Richmond Kickers, Rochester Raging Rhinos and Minnesota Thunder of the A-League.

The Aug. 4 match will mark just the third time in 12 total matches that the Wizards will host an Open Cup match since their first appearance in 1996. The Wizards two previous home games in the tournament both came in 2001, both taking place at the Blue Valley District Activity Complex. It will also mark the second time the Wizards have reached the quarterfinals of the 90-year-old tournament.

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 Semifinals will be announced at a later date. Log on to or for the latest scores and information on the 2004 U.S. Open Cup.