Very interesting match tonight in the U.S. Open Cup fourth round.
Here's our preview story in The News Tribune. Here's a good piece from Sounder at Heart about attending games at Starfire. And below, a few basics:
CAL FC (USASA)AT SOUNDERS FC (MLS)7 p.m., Starfire Sports Stadium, Tukwila.BROADCAST: Fox Soccer. No radio. The game will be streamed at SoundersFC.com.NOTES: This is a fourth-round match of the U.S. Open Cup. … Seattle has won the last three Open Cup titles. No club has won four in a row. … This is the 99th edition of the tournament, making it the oldest annual team tournament in the United States. It is open to all amateur and professional clubs affiliated with U.S. Soccer. … Cal FC is an amateur club created and coached by former U.S. national team star Eric Wynalda to give players a second chance at professional careers. … Cal goalkeeper Derby Carrillo tried out for the Sounders and played for the Kitsap Pumas. … CFC entered the tournament in the first round and advanced by beating Kitsap, 3-1; Wilmington, 4-0; and Portland, 1-0. Seattle joined in the third round, and defeated Atlanta, 5-1.QUOTABLE: “Their team is comprised of a lot of players that still have ambitions to play professional soccer. … Their average age is probably 22 or 23 or so. I think Mike Randolph is their oldest guy at 26. Technically, they're a much better team than, say, Atlanta was. Individually, their players are very good technically, and individually they can cause you some problems, for sure." – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on Cal FC.NEXT: If the Sounders advance, their fifth-round match would be June 26 on the road against the San Jose-Minnesota winner. Seattle returns to MLS play June 16 at Montreal.