According to the current U.S. Open Cup bracket, the Sounders will play their quarterfinal match against San Jose in the Bay Area on June 26. That's just two days after their MLS match at Portland.
Coach Sigi Schmid said today he hopes the Earthquakes will be open to moving the Cup match back a day.
"It’s something that I’m sure we’re talking to them about," he said. "I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not happen. I’m not quite sure what the U.S. Soccer Open Cup rules are. … I just think in a general rule, no team should have to play two games in three days. But that’s just for anybody. And so if we were on the other end of the stick, I would hope our front office would say, ‘Hey, we’ll accommodate that’ as well. But for the athletes and the assets – which are the players – it puts a tremendous strain on them."
Schmid is hopeful only about a date change. He doesn't seem to hold out any hope that the Earthquakes will be willing to sell away their right to host the game -- which is scheduled for Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.