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Timbers U.S. Open Cup tickets now on sale

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers will play host to Cal FC of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association (USASA) in the third round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, May 30, at JELD-WEN Field; kickoff is 7:30 p.m. (Pacific). Tickets are now on sale for the general public.

Starting at $10, tickets for the Timbers’ U.S. Open Cup match are available for purchase at the JELD-WEN Field box office, area Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Entering their first U.S. Open Cup as an MLS side, the Timbers take on Cal FC, a USASA club based in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Cal FC defeated the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL PRO 4-0 in the second round Tuesday to advance to face Portland. The last remaining USASA team in the tournament, Cal FC earned a 3-1 win over the Kitsap Pumas (Premier Development League) in the first round on May 15.

Cal FC, coached by former U.S. National Team standout and National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Eric Wynalda, finished as the runner-up in the USASA Region IV tournament in May, which qualified the team for the 2012 U.S. Open Cup.

The 2012 U.S. Open Cup, the 99th edition of the tournament, began with a 64-team field, which is the largest in the modern era (1995 to present), on May 15, with 32 amateur teams opening play in the first round. For the first time, all Division I, II and III professional clubs, totaling 32 teams, are participating in the tournament proper.

The U.S. Open Cup, a single-elimination tournament, has crowned a champion for 98 consecutive years beginning in 1914. Every winning team’s name is engraved on the base of the Dewar Challenge Trophy, which dates to the first year of the tournament and resides at U.S. Soccer House in Chicago.