So, it turns out that Northwest soccer fans won't have to wait until Portland's 2011 entry into MLS for a renewal of the historic Sounders-Timbers rivalry.
The current MLS and USL sides will meet in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup at 7 p.m. July 1 at PGE Park in Portland.
For any of you planning to attend, here's ticket information from the Timbers. (And therefore, keep in mind that when this news release refers to "ticket package holders" it means Timbers ticket package holders):
With a 3-0 win over the Sonoma County Sol Tuesday, the Portland Timbers advance to the third round of the 2009 U.S. Open Cup and will play host to Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday, July 1 at PGE Park at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the Timbers' third-round match against Sounders FC start at $12 and will go on sale to the public Thursday at 10 a.m. through the PGE Park box office, area Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. An exclusive pre-sale for ticket-package holders begins Wednesday.
The third-round matchup between the Timbers and Sounders FC will be the first official meeting between the Northwest rivals since Seattle joined MLS in 2009. The deep and spirited Portland-Seattle rivalry dates back to 1975 as members of the North American Soccer League. As opponents in the USL First Division, the Timbers were 11-16-5 against Seattle and squared off multiple times in postseason and U.S. Open Cup battles.
Forward Mandjou Keita logged two goals and an assist to lead the Timbers past the Sol, who compete in the U.S. Adult Soccer Association, in the second round of the tournament at Santa Rosa High School in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Forward George Josten put the Timbers ahead in the seventh minute. Keita then sealed the 3-0 victory late in the match with a pair of goal in the final 10 minutes of play. Goalkeeper Steve Cronin kept Sonoma County off the board for his second straight shutout in U.S. Open Cup play.
With the win, Portland advances to the third round of the U.S. Open Cup for the first time since 2005. In the third round of the 2005 U.S. Open Cup, the Timbers played host to the Sounders, then of the USL First Division, at PGE Park.The Timbers return to USL First Division action Friday when they face the Minnesota Thunder at PGE Park at 8 p.m. live on Fox Soccer Channel.