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Old 05-16-2012, 05:29 PM   #1065
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Sporting Kansas City will host the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup third round at 7:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday, May 29 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Wednesday. Sporting KC will await next Tuesday’s second round winner between the KC Athletics (USASA) and Orlando City Soccer Club (USL PRO).

All Sporting Kansas City Season Ticket Members will receive a ticket to the May 29 match at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, and all subsequent Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup home matches through the quarterfinals, as part of their season ticket package. Single-game ticket information, including pricing and on-sale dates, will be announced at a later date.

The U.S. Open Cup is the oldest annual team tournament in American sports history with origins in 1914 and is named after Lamar Hunt, the original founder of Sporting Kansas City.

The single-elimination tournament began Tuesday with 32 teams participating in the first round and will continue through the final on August 7/8. This year’s field of 64 teams is the largest in the competition’s modern era with all 32 professional clubs in the United States represented alongside 32 amateur teams.

The 16 domestic Major League Soccer teams each enter in the third round and match-ups are based on a geographic basis when feasible. Hosts are determined by random selection among clubs who have applied to host and meet minimum venue requirements.

Sporting Kansas City won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2004, defeating the Chicago Fire 1-0 on a golden goal by striker Igor Simutenkov at Arrowhead Stadium.

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