Orlando City SC to host Columbus Crew SC in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16
Orlando City SC will face Columbus Crew SC on June 30 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in the Round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The match-up was determined by a live draw by U.S. Soccer held in Chicago earlier today. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
The match against the Crew SC will be included in the 2015 season ticket package.
Individual tickets will go on sale on Friday, June 19. Please visit www.orlandocitysc.com or call 855-ORL-CITY.
The Lions advanced to the Round of 16 by defeating former USL foes Charleston Battery 8-7 after ten rounds of penalty kicks, following a 4-4 tie in regulation at Blackbaud Stadium. City holds a 9-4-0 all-time record in the U.S. Open Cup, dating back to the 2011 campaign.
The Lions have never faced the Crew SC in U.S. Open Cup play, but both clubs have rapidly formed an intense rivalry following two matches in Major League Soccer (MLS) play. In their first matchup, Orlando City played with 10 men for the majority of the match, and suffered a 3-0 loss at MAPFRE Stadium. In May, it was Columbus who played a man down at the Orlando Citrus Bowl, battling the Lions to a 2-2 draw in a very heated and tense contest.
In 2013, Orlando City defeated the Colorado Rapids and 2012 champions Sporting Kansas City en route to a quarter-final appearance against five time Open Cup Champions Chicago Fire – the Club’s furthest run in the tournament.
To purchase group or individual tickets, or to join the 2016 Season Ticket waitlist visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com or call 855-ORL-CITY.
About Orlando City Soccer Club:
One of the leading teams in Major League Soccer (MLS), and the only MLS team in Florida, Orlando City Soccer Club has developed a rich history and passionate following in its short existence since starting in the USL in 2011. The Lions’ first team set the U.S. record for best start of any professional soccer club in its first 100 USL matches (66-12-22). During that time, the Lions won three regular season titles and two postseason championships.
In MLS, the team draws an average of over 35,770 fans per home game – including 62,500 for its home opener – a record for an expansion team in its first six stand-alone home games. In addition, the team is currently near the top of the league in social media followers. Orlando City has not only captured the passion of soccer fans in the City Beautiful, it continues to build its brand overseas as its matches are broadcast in 100 countries and in 30 languages.
Outside of the first squad, OCS C also has a youth club, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS) and a U-23 team that participates in the PDL. Lastly, the Orlando City Foundation is active in the community year round, promoting health and wellness in children throughout the region, and raising funds for and volunteering time for various local organizations.