Revs to open USOC play against Red Bulls

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. –The New England Revolution will begin play in the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, May 12, against the New York Red Bulls. The teams’ play-in game will kickoff at 8 p.m., at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

The Revolution, the top seed among the eight teams playing for one of two Major League Soccer play-in slots, was seeded against the winner of last night’s New York Red Bulls-Philadelphia Union play-in match. The Red Bulls earned a 2-1 victory, advancing to face the Revs in the second play-in round. New York won the right to host the match through a coin-flip in late March, which determined match locations.

The winner of the Revolution-Red Bulls match will host the Colorado Rapids for the right the advance to the main draw of the 2010 U.S. Open Cup.

The 2010 U.S. Open Cup marks the 11th season the team has competed in the event. The Revs, who have a 10-8-3 all-time record in the competition, won the 2007 tournament to capture the club’s first-ever cup title.

The U.S. Open Cup has existed for more than 80 years and incorporates American soccer clubs of every level - ranging from MLS teams to the amateur leagues. The annual event, which began in 1914, also ranks among the oldest cup competitions in the world. The single-elimination tournament was born as the National Challenge Cup, and was modeled after England’s Football Association Cup.

The Revolution continues play in the MLS regular season on Saturday, May 1, when the team hosts FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., and Comcast SportsNet will televise the game live, while 98.5 The Sports Hub will have the call of the game on the radio. For more information about the Revolution, visit