May 26, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; The starting line up for the Philadelphia Union pose for a photo at BMO Field prior to a game against the Toronto FC. Toronto defeated Philadelphia 1-0. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE
For the first time in soccer history Tuesday, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup comes to the city of Philadelphia as the Union, a MLS franchise, takes on the Rochester Rhinos, a USL Pro franchise, at PPL Park (7:30 p.m. ET). The Union will be looking for their first ever U.S. Open Cup victory, as they're 0-2 all-time in Open Cup matches, while the Rhinos defeated the Brooklyn Italians in the second round.
For the first time ever, the U.S. Open Cup, which is the longest running U.S. Soccer Tournament, has opened its field to 64 teams involving all professional soccer league teams in America. The MLS' Union earned a bye into the third round, while the USLP's Rhinos earned a berth into the second round.
The winner of this match moves onto the fourth round on June 5 against either the Charleston Battery or New York Red Bulls. In 2010, the Union lost to the Red Bulls 2-1 and last season were downed by the D.C. United, 2-1, in penalty kicks.
The Seattle Sounders FC are looking for their third straight U.S. Open Cup title.
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