Real Salt Lake vs ??? - US Open Cup tickets go on sale

Real Salt Lake will play host to either the Charlotte Eagles or the Wilmington Hammerheads on Tuesday, June 28th at 7pm MT in the 3rd round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament.  Tickets for this match are on sale now and are being offered at a great price:

Tickets for RSL's debut in the 98th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will go on-sale to the public this Friday, June 17 at 12:00 p.m. MT, with tickets in all general seating areas at Rio Tinto Stadium costing just $5 for current Real Salt Lake Season Ticket Holders and only $10 for the general public. Real Salt Lake Season Ticket Holders are reminded that no U.S. Open Cup contests are included in their 2011 ticket package.

Tickets for the contest can be purchased online at www.RealSaltLake.com, over the phone at 801-727-2700 or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box Office.

You can check out the official press release about the match after the jump

SANDY, Utah / CHICAGO (Wednesday, June 15, 2011) - Real Salt Lake today learned the possible opponents for its return to Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play, with the Claret-and-Cobalt drawing the winner of the Second Round contest between USL PRO sides Charlotte Eagles and Wilmington Hammerheads. Real Salt Lake will host the Third Round contest at Rio Tinto Stadium on Tuesday, June 28, with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m. MT.

Winning the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup - U.S. Soccer's National Championship tournament - would offer Real Salt Lake a road back to the CONCACAF Champions League tournament, the continental club championship the Utah side was on the cusp of winning this past spring. Participation in MLS Cup 2011 and claiming the MLS Supporters' Shield (regular season) title would provide the other three routes for qualification into the 2012/13 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Tickets for RSL's debut in the 98th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will go on-sale to the public this Friday, June 17 at 12:00 p.m. MT, with tickets in all general seating areas at Rio Tinto Stadium costing just $5 for current Real Salt Lake Season Ticket Holders and only $10 for the general public. Real Salt Lake Season Ticket Holders are reminded that no U.S. Open Cup contests are included in their 2011 ticket package.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is an annual, single-elimination competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer, with a "closed bid" process determining the host teams in each round. For the first time in club history, Real Salt Lake enters the 2011 competition as one of six automatic MLS qualifiers to receive passage to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup's Third Round (Round of 16), doing so as a result of its finish in the top six of last year's MLS regular season standings.

This year's tournament proper kicked off Tuesday with 16 First Round matches contested across the country, with 13 of those games won by the home side. The 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will continue with yesterday's 16 victors pairing off for Second Round fixtures next Tuesday, June 21, with the eight teams that emerge matching up against MLS opponents in the Third Round on June 28. The U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals will be held July 12/13, followed by the two Semifinal Round games on Aug. 30/31 and the Final on Oct. 4/5.

This year's appearance in the U.S. Open Cup proper marks RSL's first since 2006, the final season in which all MLS teams automatically entered the competition's earlier rounds. For the last four consecutive years, RSL was forced to try and earn its spot in the domestic tournament as one of at least nine Major League Soccer sides fighting for the two "play-in" positions allocated to America's top-flight division.

The 2011 champion will earn a $100,000 cash prize, while the runner-up will collect $50,000. The top Division III (USL PRO) and Amateur Division clubs (USL PDL, USASA & NPSL) will each receive a $10,000 prize (no Division II teams are participating in the 2011 U.S. Open Cup as the North American Soccer League did not obtain provisional sanctioning in time to be included). The winner also will have the team's name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, the oldest trophy in American team sports that is housed in the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y. The tournament has crowned a champion for 97 consecutive years dating back to 1914.

For more information on the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, visit www.USsoccer.com or www.TheCup.us.

This is a great chance to get some cheap tickets to come out and see RSL play in a very important match.  Hope to see you there.

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