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Crew Stadium Will Host U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal Match on Wednesday, August 9

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Wednesday, July 26, 2000) - Columbus Crew General Manager Jim Smith and Crew Stadium General Manager Mark McCullers announced today that Crew Stadium will be the site of The Crew's U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match against the NY/NJ MetroStars on Wednesday, August 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will be priced exactly the same as Crew tickets ($10, $12, $15, $16, $17 and $28) and go on sale at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, July 26) at the Crew Stadium Box Office and all TicketMaster outlets. They can also be acquired by calling 614-431-3600 or by logging on to Full season-ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase their same seats, while partial-plan holders will have the option of buying either their same seats or comparable ones.

"Our coaching staff and players are committed to their goal of winning the U.S. Open Cup title, so Mark (McCullers) and I are committed to doing what we can to facilitate their pursuit," Smith said. "The team responded very well at home last week and any advantage they can gain from playing at Crew Stadium, in front of a supportive crowd, will be helpful against one of the top teams in Major League Soccer."

Columbus advanced to the quarterfinal round by virtue of its 4-1 victory over the Hampton Roads Mariners of the A-League at Crew Stadium on July 19, while the MetroStars disposed of the Tampa Bay Mutiny 3-0 last night (Tuesday, July 25) to move on. The MetroStars currently lead MLS's Eastern Division with a 13-7-2 record and 41 points.

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.

The Crew advanced to the finals of the 1998 tournament and reached the semifinals in 1999. Last year's championship match was played at Crew Stadium.

Columbus Crew Stadium, the first major-league stadium built specifically for soccer in the United States, has a capacity of 22,555 and is the home of the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. Crew Stadium was developed for the Columbus community by the Hunt Sports Group, led by Lamar and Clark Hunt, and opened on May 15, 1999. An overflow crowd of 24,741 packed Crew Stadium for The Crew's 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution and Columbus went on to average a MLS-best 17,696 fans per game in 1999.