March 29, 2011

StatBroadcast to carry live stats for US Open Cup qualifier soccer match between MLS' Colorado Rush and Chicago Fire

PEORIA, ILL. -- StatBroadcast will carry live stats from the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Second Round Qualifier Play-in soccer match on its network on Wednesday evening, March 30, as Major League Soccer's Colorado Rush and Chicago Fire face off at Shea Stadium on the campus of Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. The match will represent the first event between two professional sports franchises to be broadcast live on the StatBroadcast network.

Fans interested in following the stats can do so via or directly from StatBroadcast (link:, with the match starting at 6:30PM CT.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which is recognized as U.S. Soccer's National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 95 consecutive years dating back to 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor long-time soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

The match is being hosted by Bradley University. Bradley University previously served as the host to a 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifying game between the Fire and Crew, drawing a sold-out, Shea Stadium record crowd of 3,829 fans. Chicago pulled out a 3-2 win in double overtime on a 116th-minute goal by Andy Herron to qualify for the tournament's main draw. The Fire went on to advance to the quarterfinals, losing to eventual champion D.C. United.

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