Tickets for the match will go on sale Tuesday, August 1, with prices ranging from $20 for Mezzanine level, $15 for VIP level, $12 for premium level and $10 for Spectator level. Tickets will be available through all TicketMaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, TicketMaster Phone Charge and at the RFK Stadium box office. In the Washington metropolitan area TicketMaster can be reached at 202-432-SEAT (7328); in Northern Virginia at 703-573-SEAT; in the Baltimore metropolitan area at 410-481-SEAT; and at 800-551-SEAT outside of metropolitan areas. Group tickets will be available through the D.C. United office at 703-478-6600.
United earned the right to face Miami after dismantling the reigning Open Cup champions Rochester Raging Rhinos of the A-League, 3-0, in the third round on July 26 at RFK Stadium. U.S. Olympic hopeful Chris Albright netted a pair of goals and Jaime Moreno added the other gem for United. In the second round, the Black-and-Red also eliminated A-League side Charleston Battery, 4-0, exacting some revenge on the team that ousted the defending MLS champion from the tournament last year.
Miami survived a scare before advancing to the quarterfinal round after defeating the Mid-Michigan Bucks (Premier Development League) in penalty kicks in a game that ended 3-3 after two 15-minute overtime periods on July 25 in Saginaw, Michigan.
Dating back to 1914, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in American soccer and is among the oldest of its kind in the world. Open to affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States, the annual U.S. Open Cup is an 87-year-old, single-elimination tournament based upon similar competitions played across the world concurrent with domestic league action.
United captured the U.S. Open Cup title in 1996, defeating Rochester 3-0 at RFK Stadium and lost the 1997 final to the Dallas Burn in penalty kicks after a scoreless draw in regulation.