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Hammerheads to host MLS' Chicago Fire

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A week from tonight, a Major League Soccer team will be coming to the Port City to compete in the 3rd round of the U.S. Open Cup tournament. Normally when the Wilmington Hammerheads play soccer they play teams on their same level, the second division of United Soccer League, one of the minor leagues of pro soccer. However, on Tuesday, June 30th, the Hammerheads get to host a MLS team. The Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer will be coming to Legion Stadium for a third round US Open Cup match up. "Chicago Fire is a very good organization. They've actually won the Open Cup four times," said Hammerheads Head Coach David Irving. “When they come here Tuesday night we'll be ready to go. We just want to prove to everyone that we're as good as them and if our players do well then maybe they can move on. It's a big opportunity for everyone,” added Colin Falvey of the Hammerheads. To put this match up in perspective, the Chicago Fire coming to Wilmington for soccer would be like the Chicago Bulls of the NBA coming to Wilmington. The Hammerheads have played Major League Soccer teams in the past, but they only have one victory against an elite level team. That was six years ago against FC Dallas. "I was here when we beat Dallas in 2003 in the Open Cup, but unfortunately we lost to DC United in the next game. We took it to Dallas 4-1 back then, so I don't see why we can't do it again this year. The guys will be ready and flying," said Tim Karalexis. For tickets, you can visit the Hammerheads web site.

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