Previously, the third-round match had been scheduled for May 29, against the winner of the Georgia Revolution-Atlanta Silverbacks match Tuesday. If the second-division Silverbacks won, the Sounders would have traveled to Atlanta, and if the fourth-division Revs would have won, they would have visited Starfire.
However, the Silverbacks have agreed to play the game on Wednesday instead, and the Sounders are hoping to get the same commitment from the Revolution.
And after the Portland Timbers announcement that they have in-effect purchased the rights to host their Open Cup match, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid implied his club would like to work out something similar with the Silverbacks.
"Obviously we’re playing Saturday (at Chivas USA), we don’t have a game on the (following) weekend, so us being able to play Wednesday is great," Schmid said. "Also, logistically from a standpoint of travel, it gives us a little better chance to recover. I heard Portland got the game at their place now, so they bought the game. It’s like the University of Michigan or Ohio State getting all their football games at home in preseason. And maybe that’s something we’re looking at doing as well."