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D.C. United to Play in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in Germantown Wednesday

June 14, 2016

 

D.C. United will host the fourth round match of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, on Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30 pm, at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

   The Strikers, who play in the North American Soccer League (NASL), defeated the Richmond Kickers in penalties on June 1 following an extra-time thriller that was started earlier in the day due to scheduling conflicts and then delayed because of lightning. 

   Advance Sales Tickets: $15, Day of Tickets: $20. Free Parking will be available at Maryland SoccerPlex. A child 16 and under is free with a paid accompanying adult ticket. Free ticket available at Box Office on Wednesday. Call 202-587-5000 for more information.

   The U.S. Open Cup, is a knock-out cup competition. It is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the U.S. and the world's third-longest-running open soccer tournament. The 103rd edition, currently ongoing in 2016, is being contested by 91 clubs from the three professional leagues sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation, including Major League Soccer, the North American Soccer League, and the United Soccer League, and amateur clubs in the earlier rounds of the tournament after qualifying through their leagues.

   The overall champion earns a total of $250,000 in prize money, while the runner-up receives $60,000, and the furthest-advancing team from each lower division league receives $15,000. In addition, the tournament winner qualifies for the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League.

   The Florida-based side are 8-9 all-time in the Open Cup and have never advanced past the third round. Last year, they were ousted by the Charleston Battery 3-2 on May 27. 

   The Strikers, named after the original Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old North American Soccer League from 1977-1983, became Miami F.C. in 2006 before rebranding and relocating back to Fort Lauderdale in 2011.

   Fort Lauderdale, who currently sit in seventh place in the NASL, boast a strong attack: Brazilian forward Maicon Santos (who played in 26 matches for D.C. United in 2012) is second in the league with four goals.

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