Quote sheet: Berhalter on U.S. Open Cup announcement

Crew to face winner of Dayton Dutch Lions vs. Indy Eleven in Fourth Round

Gregg Berhalter

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On playing the Crew’s Fourth Round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match in Akron:

"First of all, it’s a great opportunity for us to expand our brand into other areas of Ohio. We’re Columbus’ team, and Ohio’s team, and we’re proud of that. It gives us a chance to play in another market and reach another fanbase."

On Akron’s FirstEnergy Stadium:

"That’s one of the premier college soccer venues in the country. For us, it’s a great place to have a game. They have a great atmosphere there; I’ve been to games before there. The atmosphere makes the game exciting. We’re going to be looking forward to playing there against a good opponent, and it will make the game an interesting game."
 
On the Crew’s possible opponents:
 
"I think we have a good relationship with both of those teams, and that’s what’s important. It will be good to play them in a formal competition, whether Dayton, our affiliate partner, or Indy Eleven, who we played in preseason and have good contact there. Either one will be a good showcase."