Sep 16, 2004
CHICAGO (Thursday, September 16, 2004) – The defending champion Chicago Fire will travel to face the Kansas City Wizards in the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on Wednesday, Sept. 22, and GolTV, the United States only all-soccer network, will broadcast the match live at 7:30 p.m. CT from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
- Championship Game Kicks Off at 7:30 p.m. CT Live From Arrowhead Stadium
- GolTV Available to Satellite and Cable Subscribers Nationwide
- Pre-game Show On GolTV To Air at 7 p.m. CT
GolTV will televise the U.S. Open Cup Final live in both English and Spanish, including a 30-minute pre-game show which will air at 7 p.m. CT. U.S. Soccer and GolTV have also reached an agreement for the 2005 and 2006 U.S. Open Cup Finals to air on GolTV.
“We are extremely pleased and excited to be embarking on a three year contract with U.S. Soccer and SUM,” said Enzo Francescoli, Vice President and founder of GolTV. “Both have been incredibly instrumental in establishing a strong base for the future of the sport in the United States. The upcoming broadcast of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final is a testament to our commitment to bring the best of U.S. Soccer into our viewers’ homes and marks only the beginning of exiting U.S. Soccer play on GolTV.”
Phil Schoen will call the play-by-play on the English broadcast. Omar Orlando Salazar and Oscar Restrepo comprise the Spanish language broadcast team. The match will also be available live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
GolTV will broadcast the matches nationwide via the Dish Network. The game will also be available via cable on Adelphia, Comcast, Cablevision and the National Cable Television Cooperative in select markets across the country. For full listing please visit www.goltv.tv.
After only one year on the air, GolTV has scored big with the fans by bringing the best of soccer into America’s living rooms. With a blend of European, South American and Central American games, GolTV is the answer for soccer aficionados from all walks of life with more than 5 million viewers.
The Chicago Fire, one of seven teams to win the U.S. Open Cup at least three times, will look to become the sixth team to win U.S. Soccer’s national championship four times as they defend their title. The Fire also went on the road in the 2003 final, defeating the MetroStars 1-0 to add on to their 1998 and 2000 titles. For the Kansas City Wizards, this is their first trip to an Open Cup final.
For the seventh time since Major League Soccer joined the competition in its inaugural year, the Division I league sends two representatives to the final match out of the field of 167 eligible teams. At stake is a $100,000 prize for the winners as well as having the team inscribed on the historic Dewar Cup. The runner up will take home a prize of $50,000.
Tickets for the U.S. Open Cup Final can be purchased through Ticketmaster or the Wizards Box Office at 816-920-9300. Lower Level Sideline seating is available for $18 for adults and $13 for youth (15 and under). Club Level seating is $22 for adults and $16 for youths. There will be no endline general admission seating available. Zard Card holders can purchase $5 seats for themselves and each accompanying family member with reserved seating in Sections 104 and 133 on the North side of the stadium. The Open Cup Final is designated as "Special Game C" for Wizards season ticket holders.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation’s National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer that dates back to 1914. It is the oldest annual team tournament in U.S. sports history and among the oldest soccer tournaments of its type in the world. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor long-time soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt. The winning team will have its name added to the Dewar Trophy, which resides permanently at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., but will make a special appearance in Kansas City for the week leading up to the match.
U.S. Open Cup Results/Schedule
# Date Teams Venue; City Time
37 Aug. 24 San Jose Earthquakes 0, Kansas City Wizards 1 Blue Valley Complex; Overland Park., Kan. 7:30 p.m. CT
38 Aug. 25 Charleston Battery 0, Chicago Fire 1 (OT) Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium; Naperville, Ill. 7:30 p.m. CT
# Date Teams Venue; City Time TV
39 Sept. 22 Chicago Fire at Kansas City Wizards Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Mo. 7:30 p.m. CT GolTV