The Sounders will open defense of U.S. Open Cup a week from tonight vs. Kitsap Pumas at Starfire Sports Stadium. The Pumas of the Premier Development League advanced with a 3-1 win over the PDL Colorado Foxes tonight in Bremerton.
Here's some preview information and background from Sounders FC:
Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, June 22 at 10 a.m. PT and are available at the CenturyLink Field box office, by calling 1-877-MLS-GOAL, visiting www.SoundersFC.com or through Ticketmaster. Tickets are general admission and priced at $16 for cover grandstand and $12 for uncovered bleachers.
Kitsap, a member of the USL Premier Development League, advanced to the second round by beating the Chivas El Paso Patriots, 6-5 on penalties following a 0-0 draw, 4-1, last week. Colorado, also a PDL team, defeated California's DV8 Defenders, 5-0.
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Sounders FC and the other seven MLS teams enter Open Cup play at the third round stage. Not since New York Greek American (1967-69) has a team won three consecutive titles.
In 2010 Seattle became the first club in 27 years to successfully retain the Open Cup. Sounders FC defeated the Columbus Crew, 2-1, in the 2010 final before a record crowd of 31,311 on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation's National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. It is the oldest annual team tournament in U.S. sports history and among the oldest soccer tournaments of its type in the world.