My story in the Tuesday paper concentrates on how the U.S. Open Cup looks from an MLS point of view after all these years of seeing it mostly from a USL point of view.
Meanwhile a quick preview of some of the basics:
REAL SALT LAKE
VS. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
7 p.m. Tuesday, Starfire Sports Stadium, Tukwila.
What: U.S. Open Cup play-in game.
TV: None. Radio: None.
Head-to-head: The Sounders beat RSL, 2-0, in the second game of the MLS regular season. The Sounders will visit Salt Lake on Aug. 8.
Notes: The top six teams in last season's MLS standings automatically qualify for the U.S. Open Cup; while the Sounders, RSL and six other teams must try to play their way in. The winner of this game will play the Colorado Rapids, with that winner advancing to the round of 16. … This tournament uses some different rules from normal MLS games. Most notably, there must be a result. If tied at the end of regulation, the game will go into overtime. If that doesn't settle it, the result will be decided on penalty kicks. Also, both teams are allowed four substitutions, rather than three. … The game is sold out.
Next: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, at Chicago Fire, Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.; KONG 6/16.