2012 U.S. Open Cup Final
The 2012 Lamar Hunt U. S. Open Cup Final was played on August 8, 2012 at Livestrong Sporting Park, now known as Children's Mercy Park, in Kansas City, Kansas; the match was the culmination of the 2012 U. S. Open Cup, a tournament open to amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation; this was the 99th edition of the oldest ongoing competition in American soccer. Sporting Kansas City won their second U. S. Open Cup title, their first since 2004, by defeating Seattle Sounders FC, 3–2 in a penalty shootout following a 1–1 draw through extra time; the Seattle Sounders FC were in their fourth-consecutive U. S. Open Cup Final, a feat that had not been accomplished since 1937. Seattle won the cup in its previous three appearances and was attempting to win a fourth consecutive championship; as Open Cup champions, Kansas City earned a $100,000 cash prize and a berth into the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League, marking the club's first Champions League-era appearance in the tournament, their third overall appearance in a CONCACAF competition.
The U. S. Open Cup is an annual American soccer competition open to all United States Soccer Federation affiliated teams, from amateur adult club teams to the professional clubs of Major League Soccer; the 2011 tournament was the 98th edition of the oldest soccer tournament in the United States. In contrast to previous years, for the 2012 edition of the tournament, all US-based MLS teams qualified automatically for the tournament. Only 8 teams from MLS could qualify for the tournament, six automatically based on the previous year's league results, two more via a play-in tournament. Both Seattle Sounders FC and Sporting Kansas City were automatically entered in the tournament for 2012. Seattle Sounders FC won the 2009, 2010, 2011 U. S. Open Cup championships becoming the first team since 1968 to win three championships consecutively; as they had done in previous years, Sounders FC played 2012 U. S. Open Cup home games at the Starfire Sports Complex in Washington; the facility is smaller than the club's home stadium for league matches, CenturyLink Field, but Sounders FC representatives preferred the atmosphere at Starfire for smaller cup matches.
Sounders FC began their title defense against the Atlanta Silverbacks in the third round of the tournament. Atlanta's bid won the coin flip to host the match, but Seattle was allowed to buy the rights from them and the game was played at Starfire on May 30, 2012. Sounders FC striker Sammy Ochoa scored two goals with midfielders Andy Rose, Osvaldo Alonso and Alex Caskey each contributing a goal as Seattle routed the Silverbacks 5–1. Atlanta's goal was provided by Reinaldo Navia. In the fourth round, Seattle faced amateur side Cal FC, coached by former U. S. national team star Eric Wynalda. Cal FC had qualified for the tournament through the USASA regional qualification process. In the tournament they upset several teams, including the Portland Timbers of MLS–shutting them out 1-0–prior to facing Sounders FC; the fourth round match was played on June 5, 2012 at Starfire in front of a crowd of 3,894. Because of the uniqueness of an amateur team making it so deep in the tournament and facing the 3-time defending champion Seattle, the match was televised nationally on Fox Soccer.
Cal FC kept the game close during the first half keeping the score 0–0 at halftime. However, Seattle would not be denied in the second half taking the lead in the 50th minute on a penalty kick by Osvaldo Alonso. Sounders FC went on to score 4 more goals with forward Fredy Montero scoring two, Andy Rose with one, Osvaldo Alonso with his second of the game; the match ended with a final score of 5–0. In the quarterfinals, Sounders FC went on the road to face MLS side San Jose Earthquakes at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, California on June 26, 2012. Seattle had to play the Tuesday night match on one day's rest after losing a league match to the Portland Timbers on the prior Sunday. Seattle's Cordell Cato scored the only goal of the match, physical having five yellow cards issued and one red card; the match ended with a bench clearing brawl between both teams. The final score was 1–0. In their semifinal match, Seattle hosted Chivas USA of the MLS at Starfire on July 11, 2012 in front of 4,500 spectators.
Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson scored the only goal of the first half off of a well placed pass through the Chivas back line. Shortly after the second half kicked off, Seattle forward Fredy Montero was pulled down in the box and a penalty was awarded. Osvaldo Alonso took the penalty scored by chipping the ball over the diving goal keeper. Chivas brought the difference back to one goal in the 74th minute. However, Seattle sealed the win with two more goals by Sammy Ochoa; the final score of 4–1 ensured that Sounders FC would return to the U. S. Open cup final for the fourth straight year. Sporting Kansas City had won the U. S. Open Cup in 2004, when the side was known as Kansas City Wizards; the Wizards won in sudden death overtime against the Chicago Fire, 1–0, to claim their first U. S. Open Cup title. Since winning the 2004 Open Cup, Kansas City has 2 other appearances in a cup final of a major tournament; the MLS Cup 2000 where they won 1-0 over the Chicago Fire and MLS Cup 2004, when they lost 3–2 to D.
C. United. Like Seattle and all fellow MLS sides, Kansas City began their Open Cup campaign on May 29, 2012 playing in the third round proper. Sporting hosted Orlando City of the third-division USL Pro; the match was deadlocked through the first half of play, before Sporting's Paulo Nagamura netted a goal in the second minute of stoppage time, giving Kansas City a 1–0 margin over Or
Utah is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the U. S. on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest by area, 31st-most-populous, 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States. Utah has a population of more than 3 million according to the Census estimate for July 1, 2016. Urban development is concentrated in two areas: the Wasatch Front in the north-central part of the state, which contains 2.5 million people. Utah is bordered by Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Idaho to the north, Arizona to the south, Nevada to the west, it touches a corner of New Mexico in the southeast. 62% of Utahns are reported to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, making Utah the only state with a majority population belonging to a single church. This influences Utahn culture and daily life; the LDS Church's world headquarters is located in Salt Lake City. The state is a center of transportation, information technology and research, government services, a major tourist destination for outdoor recreation.
In 2013, the U. S. Census Bureau estimated. St. George was the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States from 2000 to 2005. Utah has the 14th highest median average income and the least income inequality of any U. S. state. A 2012 Gallup national survey found Utah overall to be the "best state to live in" based on 13 forward-looking measurements including various economic and health-related outlook metrics. A common folk etymology is that the name "Utah" is derived from the name of the Ute tribe, purported to mean "people of the mountains" in the Ute language. However, the word for people in Ute is'núuchiu' while the word for mountain is'káav', offering no linguistic connection to the words'Ute' or'Utah'. According to other sources "Utah" is derived from the Apache name "yuttahih" which means "One, Higher up" or "Those that are higher up". In the Spanish language it was said as "Yuta", subsequently the English-speaking people adapted the word "Utah". Thousands of years before the arrival of European explorers, the Ancestral Puebloans and the Fremont people lived in what is now known as Utah, some of which spoke languages of the Uto-Aztecan group.
Ancestral Pueblo peoples built their homes through excavations in mountains, the Fremont people built houses of straw before disappearing from the region around the 15th century. Another group of Native Americans, the Navajo, settled in the region around the 18th century. In the mid-18th century, other Uto-Aztecan tribes, including the Goshute, the Paiute, the Shoshone, the Ute people settled in the region; these five groups were present. The southern Utah region was explored by the Spanish in 1540, led by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, while looking for the legendary Cíbola. A group led by two Catholic priests—sometimes called the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition—left Santa Fe in 1776, hoping to find a route to the coast of California; the expedition encountered the native residents. The Spanish made further explorations in the region, but were not interested in colonizing the area because of its desert nature. In 1821, the year Mexico achieved its independence from Spain, the region became known as part of its territory of Alta California.
European trappers and fur traders explored some areas of Utah in the early 19th century from Canada and the United States. The city of Provo, Utah was named for one, Étienne Provost, who visited the area in 1825; the city of Ogden, Utah was named after Peter Skene Ogden, a Canadian explorer who traded furs in the Weber Valley. In late 1824, Jim Bridger became the first known English-speaking person to sight the Great Salt Lake. Due to the high salinity of its waters, He thought. After the discovery of the lake, hundreds of American and Canadian traders and trappers established trading posts in the region. In the 1830s, thousands of migrants traveling from the Eastern United States to the American West began to make stops in the region of the Great Salt Lake known as Lake Youta. Following the death of Joseph Smith in 1844, Brigham Young, as president of the Quorum of the Twelve, became the effective leader of the LDS Church in Nauvoo, Illinois. To address the growing conflicts between his people and their neighbors, Young agreed with Illinois Governor Thomas Ford in October 1845 that the Mormons would leave by the following year.
Young and the first band of Mormon pioneers reached the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. Over the next 22 years, more than 70,000 pioneers settled in Utah. For the first few years, Brigham Young and the thousands of early settlers of Salt Lake City struggled to survive; the arid desert land was deemed by the Mormons as desirable as a place where they could practice their religion without harassment. The Mormon settlements provided pioneers for other settlements in the West. Salt Lake City became the hub of a "far-flung commonwealth" of Mormon settlements. With new church converts coming from the East and around the world, Church leaders assigned groups of church members as missionaries to establish other settlements throughout the West, they developed irrigation to support large pioneer populations along Utah's Wasatch front. Throughout the remainder of the 19th century, Mormon pioneers established hundreds of other settlements in Utah, Id
The Richmond Kickers are an American professional soccer club based in Richmond, Virginia. Founded in 1993, the Kickers are one of the oldest continuously run professional soccer clubs in the United States, tied with the Charleston Battery. After following USL Pro into the second division for 2017 and 2018, the Kickers will return to the third tier of American soccer in 2019 as a founding member of USL League One; the team's home field is City Stadium, where the club has played since 1995. The team's chairman is a Richmond native and former Kickers player; the team is coached by former player David Bulow, who replaced Leigh Cowlishaw in 2018. The Richmond Kickers were founded in 1993 and played their inaugural season in the United States Interregional Soccer League, which, at the time, represented the third division of the American soccer pyramid; the team played their home matches on the campus of the University of Richmond and targeted players from Virginia. After a poor season in 1994, the club self-relegated to the newly formed fourth-tier USISL Premier League, now known as the USL League Two.
During the 1995 season, the Kickers battled to a 15–3 winning season and went on to win the first USISL Premier League championship, defeating the now-defunct Cocoa Expos in the championship. That same season, Richmond won their only, Lamar Hunt U. S. Open Cup championship; the following year, Richmond chose to rejoin the third division, where they reached the USISL Select League championship, only to lose to the California Jaguars in the finals. For the next nine seasons, Richmond played in the second tier of the American soccer pyramid, earning the Commissioner's Cup twice, in 1998 and 2001, as well as earning two conference championships. However, the club was never able to secure a division two league championship, their closest coming in 2005, when the Kickers fell to the Seattle Sounders in the 2005 USL First Division Championship. After the 2005 season, the Kickers ownership self-relegated the team back into the third division, citing possible financial problems for the club if they remained in the second tier.
Since joining the third division, the Kickers have had tremendous success, making it to at least the playoff semifinals each season they have played in the third division. Additionally, the Kickers have won two third division premierships and two third division championships during their spell. In September 2005, the club retired Rob Ukrop's #6 jersey. Ukrop played for the inaugural 1993 Kickers and the 1995 U. S. Open Cup team, joined the New England Revolution at the launch of Major League Soccer before returning midway through the 1996 season to play out his career in his hometown. Richmond Kickers have not only experienced league success, but have been perennial contenders in the Lamar Hunt U. S. Open Cup tournament. In the 2007 U. S. Open Cup, the Kickers defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy of the first division, Major League Soccer, 1–0 in the third round of competition; the Kickers won their First Round match of the 2008 U. S. Open Cup, beating the Fredericksburg Gunners of the PDL with a final scoreline of 3–0.
The Kickers won their second-round game over the Western Mass Pioneers 2–1 before being eliminated from the Cup in the third round by MLS side, defending USOC champion, New England Revolution, 3–0. In the 2011 US Open Cup the Kickers made a Cinderella run, defeating MLS clubs Columbus Crew and Sporting Kansas City to reach the semi-finals, before falling to the Chicago Fire; the Kickers sponsored two developmental teams of their own: Richmond Kickers Future and Richmond Kickers Destiny. Future played in the men's USL Premier Development League from 2002–2008, while the Destiny played in the women's USL W-League from 2004–2009; the Kickers entered a multi-year deal to become the USL Pro affiliate of D. C. United in 2013, continued that affiliation through 2018. Loudoun United FC was launched as a owned-and-operated affiliate of D. C. United for the 2019 USL Championship season ending the Kickers' affiliation tenure; the Kickers' primary colors are red and white, having been so since the beginning of the 2001 season.
Their kits are manufactured by Adidas, as they have been since at least 2009. In March 2012, the Kickers revealed a new logo to celebrate 20 years since their inception. Along with the new crest, the club announced they would be using a third uniform with the colors from their first season in 1993, green and blue, they have a black kit they have used during the 2013 season. First Market Stadium, University of Richmond, Virginia City Stadium, Virginia The Kickers' official supporters group is the River City Red Army who occupy section O of City Stadium; the James River Cup was an annual competition held between the Richmond Kickers and the Virginia Beach Mariners which the team with the most points at the conclusion of all scheduled matches between the two teams would win. The Cup was held every year since 1996 with the exception of 1997 and 2001 when Virginia Beach did not field a team. In 2007, the Virginia Beach team was disbanded. For the 2008 season, the James River Cup was contested between the Kickers' organization and the Hampton Roads Piranhas organization.
The cup went to the organization that had the most points in games between their PDL and W-League teams. The series ended with the Piranhas winning the Cup on goal difference. 2008: Hampton Roads Piranhas 2007: Not held 2006: Virginia Beach Mariners 2005: Richmond Kickers 2004: Richmond Kickers 2003: Richmond Kickers 2002: Richmond Kickers 2001: Not held 2000: Richmond Kickers 1999: Richmond Kickers 1998: Richmond Kickers 1997: Not held 1996: Hampton Roads Mariners Beginning with the 2017 season, Richmond's CBS a
Chris Wingert is an American professional soccer player for New York Cosmos B in the National Premier Soccer League. He spent fourteen seasons of his professional career in Major League Soccer with the Columbus Crew, Colorado Rapids, Real Salt Lake and New York City FC, he was a starting defender with Real Salt Lake's MLS Cup Championship team in 2009. Wingert attended St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School and played college soccer for St. John's University, where he was the 2003 Hermann Trophy winner as that year's best collegiate player. During his college years Wingert played with the Brooklyn Knights in the USL Premier Development League; the Columbus Crew drafted Wingert in the second round in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. Despite his collegiate success, MLS teams were skeptical about his ability to adapt to the faster and more physical professional game. Wingert managed to earn a spot on a good Crew team and was a versatile member of the squad for two years. While in Columbus, he played as a defensive midfielder.
On January 20, 2006, the Crew traded Wingert to Colorado Rapids for a fourth-round pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft. On July 13, 2007, Real Salt Lake acquired Wingert from Colorado for a first-round pick in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft and a second-round pick in the 2009 supplemental draft. After eight years with Salt Lake, Wingert was selected in the tenth round of the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft by expansion club New York City FC; the club selected fellow Salt Lake teammate Ned Grabavoy. Wingert was waived by New York City on January 30, 2016. Three days on February 2, he was claimed off of waivers by Real Salt Lake, starting his second stint with the club, he announced his retirement as a professional soccer player on February 19, 2018. Wingert made his first international appearance for the United States against Sweden on January 24, 2009. Wingert is the son of Norm Wingert who played for the Philadelphia Atoms in the North American Soccer League. Major League Soccer MLS Cup: 2009 Major League Soccer Eastern Conference Championship: 2009 Major League Soccer Western Conference Championship: 2013 Chris Wingert at Major League Soccer Article on Wingert's collegiate career at the Wayback Machine
New England Revolution
The New England Revolution is an American professional soccer club based in the Greater Boston area that competes in Major League Soccer, in the Eastern Conference of the league. It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS; the club is owned by Robert Kraft, who owns the New England Patriots along with his son, Jonathan Kraft. The name "Revolution" refers to the New England region's significant involvement in the American Revolution that took place from 1775–1783. New England plays their home matches at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, located 21 miles southwest of downtown Boston, Massachusetts; the club played their home games at the adjacent and now-demolished Foxboro Stadium, from 1996 until 2001. The Revs hold the distinction of being the only original MLS team to have every league game in its history televised; the Revolution won their first major trophy in the 2007 U. S. Open Cup; the following year, they won the 2008 North American SuperLiga. The Revolution have participated in five MLS Cup finals in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014.
They placed second in the 2005 regular season. However, they have never won MLS Supporters' Shield; the inaugural Revolution team featured several U. S. Men's National Team regulars returning from abroad to be part of the new league. Despite the presence of Alexi Lalas, Mike Burns, Joe-Max Moore, the team was one of only two that failed to make the playoffs of the 10 team league; the following season, the squad failed to advance past the first round. For the next five years, this playoff result would be the Revs' best, as a revolving door of players and head coaches failed to make much of an impact on the fledgling league. Attendance in these early years was high despite the team's poor on-field performances. More than 15,000 people per match came to watch the Revolution play in the old Foxboro Stadium; the Revs did manage to make the final of the 2001 U. S. Open Cup, but they lost to the Los Angeles Galaxy on a golden goal by Danny Califf, it was a harbinger of finals to come for the Revolution. Liverpool great Steve Nicol was appointed as head coach on a full-time basis during the 2002 season.
He had held the position of interim head coach during the 1999 and 2002 seasons. After taking over, Nicol guided the Revolution to a playoff berth for a league-record eight straight seasons, failing for the first time in 2010; the first six of those berths resulted in an appearance in the conference final or better, including three consecutive MLS Cup finals from 2005–2007. From the 2008 season until 2013, the Revs failed to go further than the first round of the playoffs. Still, Nicol was respected as one of the best coaches in the league. In his first season in charge, Nicol guided the Revs to a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference; the team advanced through the playoffs to the MLS Cup final, where they lost to the Galaxy again, this time 1–0 on a golden goal by Carlos Ruiz. After losing in the conference finals in 2003 and 2004, the Revs repeated their 2002 feat finishing tops in the east and losing the cup final to LA 1–0 in extra time again in 2005. New England had a real chance to win their first MLS championship, in MLS Cup 2006, against the Houston Dynamo.
After Taylor Twellman scored in the 113th minute, the Revs allowed an equalizing header from the Dynamo's Brian Ching less than a minute that sent the game to penalty kicks, where the Revs lost 4–3. In the 2007 season, the Revs made it to two cup finals; the 2007 MLS Cup was a rematch from the previous year, though the result was the same as Houston defeated New England 2–1. The Revolution hold the record for most losses in MLS Cup games. Though they lost the 2007 MLS Cup, they defeated FC Dallas to win their first-ever trophy: the 2007 U. S. Open Cup, their 2002 MLS Cup appearance granted them a spot in the 2003 CONCACAF Champions Cup, but they lost their first match-up 5:3 on aggregate after playing two games on the road to LD Alajuelense. The Revolution again faced LD Alajuelense of Costa Rica in the home and away 2006 CONCACAF Champions' Cup; the "home" game was played February 22, 2006, in Bermuda despite some fans feeling that playing at Gillette Stadium in the adverse conditions of winter in New England could have been advantageous.
The Revs failed to advance, as they lost 0 -- 1 in Costa Rica. The 2007 U. S. Open Cup victory qualified the club for the preliminary round of the newly expanded CONCACAF Champions League. Additionally, their top-four finish qualified them for SuperLiga 2008. Therefore, the Revolution competed in four different competitions during the 2008 season; the Revolution had an excellent run at the beginning of the 2008 season. By mid-July, they were leading the overall MLS table and had finished as the number one overall seed in SuperLiga; the team won the tournament, defeating the Houston Dynamo on penalties to earn a small amount of revenge on for their successive MLS Cup defeats. That trophy, was the high point for the 2008 Revs. Fixture congestion led to a rash of injuries and general fatigue, the team crashed out the Champions League with an embarrassing 4–0 home defeat to regional minnows Joe Public FC of Trinidad and Tobago; the team struggled in domestic play, limping to a third-place finish in the East and losing to the Chicago Fire in the first round of the playoffs.
The Revs managed a semifinal appearance in the 2008 U. S. Open Cup, but lost to D. C. United. In 2009, the Revs continued the mediocrity that had plagued the second half of their 2008 season, losing to Chicago again in the first round of th
Boyds, Maryland is an unincorporated community in rural Montgomery County, located about 20 miles north of Washington, D. C, its ZIP Code is 20841. According to the United States 2010 Census, the ZIP Code Tabulation Area for Boyds covers an area of about 26 square miles and has a population of 10,460. Black Hill Regional Park, Little Seneca Lake, Seneca Creek State Park are located in Boyds; the community was named for Colonel James Alexander Boyd, a Scottish immigrant, a construction engineer for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Boyd built a temporary village to house construction workers as the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad built the Metropolitan Branch line after the American Civil War; the railroad line began service in 1873. After the railroad station opened, a mill and other businesses were established in the area; the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad opened a brick railroad station in 1887. The railroad station was demolished to make way for installation of a second track in 1927. A wooden station was built as a replacement, but it was taken down.
Commuter Rail service is still provided at Boyds by the MARC system. James Boyd established dairy farms in the area and lived in the town until his death in 1896. Boyds Negro School, located at 19510 White Ground Road, was the only public school erected for African Americans who lived in the area from 1896 to 1936. Boyds Negro School is a Maryland Historic Site. Boyds Negro School is a small, one-room school house, containing a small number of desks, a blackboard, an authentic potbelly stove, as well as a framed picture of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Subjects taught in the school included spelling, reading and weaving. Boyds Negro School was renovated by the Boyds Historical Society in 1989; the Boyds Historical Society filled the building with furnishings so the school would look as it did in the early 1900s. In 2006, termites caused major damage to the wooden floor boards, the school building was renovated. Boyds Negro School reopened on June 2008, one of Montgomery County's annual heritage days.
Boyds Negro School is open to the public on the last Sunday of every month, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, April through October or upon request. The first Boyds Country Store was opened in 1873, the same year that the railroad was connected to the town, it was run by James E. Williams; the store served as a market of goods for both citizens and passers-bye in Boyds, as well as a meeting place for the townspeople in the afternoon. Colonel Boyd built a second store across the road in 1895, it housed the general store and post office on its first floor and a town hall on the second floor along with a dance hall. As time went by, the town hall became smaller and smaller as the building was used for additional purposes until it was torn down for salvageable lumber in the early 1940s. In the evenings, families would gather on the front porch of the general store. After the first country store became vacant in 1946, it was bought in an auction by Brice P. Selby, he was known to allow his customers to buy on credit, resulting in not much cash profit for him and his store.
However, Selby was generous soul. A third store, known as the Boyds Country Market, exists on Barnesville Road across from the site of the old town hall. Boyds Country Market was built by Will Williams in 1933; the first two Boyds Country Stores, as well as the town hall, old Hoyle's Mill, a hardware store were all destroyed in the development of the surrounding area. A small post office was located at the back of the country store from the early 1930s until 1974, when it was relocated to a new building on Barnesville Road, where it still sits today. Boyds has until been a predominantly rural area; the first phase of modern development occurred in the 1980s, following the creation of the man-made Little Seneca Lake. However, since the 2000 Census, there has been enormous population growth in the zip code in the areas near Germantown and Clarksburg. Large home developments with thousands of residents each, such as The Vistas near the intersection of Route 118 and Richter Farm Road, have replaced farmland and forest.
More there has been some discussion as to the exact southern boundary of Boyds. Survey maps show; the residents of Boyds are 9 % Hispanic, 13.8 % black, 35.3 % Asian, 3.3 % mixed or other. Map of Boyds Black Hill Regional Park – Montgomery County Department of Parks Boyds Civic Association Boyds Historical Society
SeatGeek Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium at 71st Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, about twelve miles southwest of downtown Chicago. It is the home stadium of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club of Major League Soccer, the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League, the Chicago Bliss of the Legends Football League; the stadium has hosted the Chicago Machine of Major League Lacrosse. Named Toyota Park when it opened on June 11, 2006, the facility has a capacity of 20,000 and was developed at a cost of around $100 million; the naming rights agreement with SeatGeek went into effect following the Fire's 2018 season. Incorporating traditional stadium features from American and European facilities, SeatGeek Stadium includes predominantly covered seating, a brick facade and stone entry archway, first rows placed fewer than three yards from the field, it includes forty two executive suites, six larger party suites, the Illinois Soccer Hall of Fame, the Fire club offices, as well as a large stadium club/banquet room measuring over 9,000 square feet.
A practice facility with two fields for the Fire club and its youth programs lies next to the stadium. The stadium's design allows expansion of 50% more seating at negligible expense, its 120-by-75-yard natural grass field's $1.7 million turf management system comprises full heating and aeration capabilities. A permanent stage allows the stadium to host concerts and change configurations. A typical conversion from soccer to stage takes no more than eighteen hours; the field accommodates 8,000 additional chairback seats for other stage events. SeatGeek Stadium is operated by Spectra. In 2006, Toyota entered into a ten-year naming rights agreement and renamed the new stadium Toyota Park. In 2016, it was reported. Despite this, the stadium continued to be known as Toyota Park through the 2018 season. Afterwards, new sponsor SeatGeek assumed stadium naming rights starting with the 2019 Fire season; the naming rights agreement, signed in 2018 is the first such agreement that SeatGeek has entered into.
It has been reported that, as part of the deal, SeatGeek will serve as the venue's primary ticketing service, starting in 2019. SeatGeek has promised that they will work to, "bring more live programming, including premier concerts, music festivals and international sporting events" to the stadium. On November 27, 2010, SeatGeek Stadium was the venue for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification match between USA and Italy. SeatGeek Stadium was the venue for the 2006 MLS All-Star Game in which the MLS side defeated Chelsea F. C. 1–0. The stadium hosted the 2006 Lamar Hunt U. S. Open Cup's final in which Chicago Fire defeated Los Angeles Galaxy 3–1. SeatGeek Stadium hosts annual friendly matches between Chicago Fire and the popular European and Mexican clubs, which in the past included A. C. Milan, Everton, C. D. Guadalajara, Club America, Santos Laguna and others. SeatGeek Stadium hosted four matches during the group stage of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship. SeatGeek Stadium hosted its first international rugby match in United States VS Munster.
In June 2008 the stadium hosted three matches of the Churchill Cup, including United States VS Canada, England Saxons VS Scotland A, Ireland Wolfhounds VS Argentina Jaguares. On June 6, 2009 the stadium hosted a 2009 mid-year rugby test series match between United States and Wales in a warmup match for the USA in its campaign to qualify for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. SeatGeek Stadium serves as the home site for Roosevelt University men's and women's soccer matches. Since 2006, SeatGeek Stadium has been the host venue for Chicago radio station B96's annual summer concert, The B96 Pepsi Summer Bash; the Crossroads Guitar Festival was held on July 28, 2007 and again on June 26, 2010. A three-day, all-electronic music festival, Future Sound Dance Music Festival, was hosted at SeatGeek Stadium May 24–26, 2013; the Chicago Open Air festival, a 3-day rock festival put on by Danny Wimmer Presents, was held there from July 15–17, 2016. Pace operates the #387 SeatGeek Stadium Express nonstop from the Midway Orange Line Station for Chicago Fire matches and special events.
Chicago Fire provides bus transportation from nine different bar locations in the city to and from the games. In 2015, a Circle K convenience store and Shell gas station opened at the east end of the stadium's parking lot, accessible from Harlem Avenue. Additionally, a $2.475 million transit center operated by Pace is under construction at the east end of the stadium's parking lot. In July 2016 two large scale murals where designed and painted by artist Tony Passero on the east and west walls of the stadium's stage suites; the murals measure are named Offense and Defense. List of sports venues with the name Toyota SeatGeek Stadium official website SeatGeek Stadium at StadiumDB.com