SECAUCUS, N.J. (Friday, October 3, 2003) - The MetroStars announced today that tickets for the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, which pits the Metros against rival Chicago Fire, will go on sale Monday, October 6 at noon ET. The match, which will be the "Red and Black's" first ever appearance in a final, is slated for Wednesday October 15, at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Tickets for the match are all $25 and are available for all MetroStars games at the Continental Airlines Arena box office and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets will also be available through Ticketmaster by phone for callers in New Jersey (201-507-8900), New York (212-307-7171), and for Spanish-speaking customers throughout New York and New Jersey (212-307-4757).
The MetroStars advanced to the final with a hard fought 3-2 victory over D.C. United on Wednesday, October 1 in front of 3,791 fans at Yurcak Field, on the campus of Rutgers University. Honduran midfielder Amado Guevara notched his first multi-goal performance for the MetroStars in the victory, and Fordham product John Wolyniec scored in the 88th minute to help the team advance to a final tournament match for the first time in team history.
In addition to D.C. United, the Metros downed the New England Revolution (MLS) 2-1, the Columbus Crew (MLS) 4-3, and the Mid Michigan Bucks (PDL) by a score of 4-0 in the tournament.
The Chicago Fire advanced to the tournament final with a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on September 23. The Fire also beat the Colorado Rapids (MLS) 2-1, and Milwaukee Wave United (A-League) 4-1, en-route to the championship match.
Dating back to 1914, the U.S. 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 U.S. Open Cup is a 90-year-old single-elimination tournament.
In 1999, the U.S. Open Cup was renamed the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to honor the long-time soccer supporter and pioneer. Hunt, the owner-operator of multiple MLS teams including the 2002 Open Cup Champion Columbus Crew and the owner of the Dallas Tornado of the NASL, was one of the sports first major ownership figures and is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.