March 17, 2011

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Houston Dynamo will host Sporting Kansas City in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifying match at the Aggie Soccer Stadium Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m., the Major League Soccer team announced.

"It's always exciting to see high-quality teams come to play at the Aggie Soccer Stadium," A&M soccer head coach G Guerrieri said. "This is something that's very unique for a college facility outside of a major city, but it's the quality of our field and administrators, along with the great reputation of our fans which helps to draw big games to College Station."

Tickets for the contest will go on sale March 14 at 9 a.m. and can be purchased at the Kyle Field box office and at www.HoustonDynamo.com for $20. All seats are general admission.

"We've hosted national championships and international friendlies at the college level as well as professional teams playing international and domestic competitions like this US Open Cup match," Guerrieri said. "I'm a big fan of Coach Kinnear and the Dynamo and am really excited to see them play another top-notch MLS team right here in our yard. KC is a real good side and I'm anticipating a super match on our perfect pitch."

The Aggies hosted the Dynamo in 2007 in front of a standing room-only crowd of 4,286. Houston defeated Puntarenas of Costa Rica in a CONCACAF Champions' Cup quarterfinal series. The winner of the match between the Dynamo and Kansas City will advance to the final round of MLS qualifying for the Open Cup.

"This is a critical match for the Dynamo as we look to advance in the Open Cup," Dynamo president Chris Canetti said. "This tournament is rich with tradition, and we are eager to make a good showing. Playing it at College Station gives us a unique opportunity to showcase our team and our sport in an outlying soccer-savvy market. We hope to duplicate the successful results from 2007."