Columbus Crew SC will face the Chicago Fire in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s fourth round, the first round to have Major League Soccer teams. The matchup for the oldest cup competition in U.S. soccer was set on Thursday after a draw made at the House of Soccer, in Chicago, Illinois.
The Black & Gold will host the match at MAPFRE Stadium on June 6, a Wednesday, at 7 p.m. ET The game will be part of a four-match home stretch for the Crew, which will host Toronto FC on June 2, the New York Red Bulls on June 9 and Atlanta United on June 13, all as part of MLS’ regular season.
The team that advances from this round will face either Minnesota United or FC Cincinnati of the United Soccer League.
The Crew won the U.S. Open Cup once, in 2002, and have been to the final of the tournament two other teams. Last year the team’s campaign ended in the fourth round following a 1-0 road loss to FC Cincinnati.
The winner of the U.S. Open Cup qualifies directly for the CONCACAF Champions League with a chance to qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup, a tournament featuring champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations.
From the press release:
All 2018 Crew SC Full Season Ticket Members receive tickets to all Crew SC U.S. Open Cup home matches through the quarterfinals as part of their memberships. As such, all 2018 Crew SC Full Season Ticket Members can claim tickets to the June 6 match beginning today. Tickets for non-Season Ticket Members go on sale this Friday and can be purchased at ColumbusCrewSC.com. All Open Cup matches that Crew SC is drawn to host will be played as true home matches at MAPFRE Stadium — the site of Crew SC’s 2002 U.S. Open Cup Final victory.