The Chicago Fire will host the New York Red Bulls in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal at TOYOTA PARK on Tuesday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. CT. The Fire defeated the Rochester Rhinos 1-0 to advance to the 4th round of the nation’s longest standing team tournament Tuesday night in Rochester, NY. The New York Red Bulls overcame a one-goal deficit to defeat FC New York 2-1 Tuesday in Harrison, NJ.
Advance tickets for the Fire – Red Bulls match are available by calling 888-MLS-Fire, via Chicago-Fire.com and Ticketmaster. Tickets start as low at $10 for Chicago Fire Season Ticket Holders. The U.S. Open Cup tilt is not part of the Fire Season Ticket package. Season Ticket Holders can exchange unused tickets at no additional cost. Bonus Game One in the Fire’s Season Ticket Plan will be an international friendly to be announced at a later date.
The Fire, playing in their 14th consecutive U.S. Open Cup, are unbeaten against New York at TOYOTA PARK in MLS play, going 5-0-3 all-time vs. Red Bull at the soccer-specific venue, including a 1-1 draw against Thierry Henry and company on Sunday, June 26. The last time the Fire met New York in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play the Men in Red prevailed 1-0 to win the 2003 U.S. Open Cup title in the Cup Final at Giants Stadium on Oct. 15, 2003.
Since 1998, the Fire have racked up an impressive 26-8-3 record in Open Cup play, which has helped the squad reach the semifinal round on seven out of 13 occasions and the tournament’s final five times. The 2006 title marked the ninth time a team from Chicago won the Open Cup and made the Fire one of five teams to capture the crown at least four times in the tournament’s nearly century-long history.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which is recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 95 consecutive years dating back to 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor long-time soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.