The Portland Timbers visit the Sonoma County Sol tonight in the second round of U.S. Open Cup action. It is widely assumed that the winner will advance to play Seattle Sounders FC in the third round.
And here's a game preview from the Timbers:
The Portland Timbers continue their run in the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday with a second-round match against the Sonoma County Sol of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association in Santa Rosa, Calif., at 7 p.m.
The winner of the second-round match between the Timbers and Sol, taking place at Santa Rosa High School, will advance to face Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders FC in the third round of the tournament. Live updates from Tuesday's match will be available through the Timbers' Twitter account at www.twitter.com/TimbersFC.
In the first round, the Timbers defeated the Kitsap Pumas of the Premier Development League 3-0 on June 9, in Bremerton, Wash. Midfielder Brian Farber, forward Jason McLaughlin and defender David Hayes each scored in the second half and goalkeeper Steve Cronin recorded two saves in the shutout to help Portland advance to the second round.
Since 2001, the Timbers are 4-5-0 in U.S. Open Cup matches and have advanced as far as the fourth round, facing MLS's San Jose Earthquakes in both 2004 and 2005.
Led by head coach Benjamin Ziemer, the Sonoma County Sol knocked out the Orange County Blue Star of the PDL in the first round to advance in the U.S. Open Cup. The Sol feature 12 former NCAA Division I players, including three All-Americans, on its roster along with former USL First Division players Shawn Percell (Seattle Sounders) and Lee Sandwina (Charleston Battery). Sonoma County competes in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), which is sanctioned by the USASA.
The Timbers return home and to USL First Division action Friday as they play host to the Minnesota Thunder at PGE Park at 8 p.m., live on Fox Soccer Channel.