The Sounders arrived in sizzling hot Kansas City on Monday, in advance of their Wednesday U.S. Open Cup final against Sporting KC. After the match they will head straight to the Bay Area, where they will meet the MLS-leading San Jose Earthquakes in an important league game on Satuday.
Here is a pregame from the club:
A chance to make history awaits Sounders FC on Wednesday night as the club attempts to become the first team in the 99-year history of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to win four consecutive championships. Seattle faces Sporting Kansas City in the final at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. PT.
The Rave Green will stay on the road to visit the league-leading San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
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Wednesday's match will be nationally televised on GOL-TV, and can be heard on 97.3 KIRO FM with Mark Rogondino and Kasey Keller on the call. Saturday's match will be televised on KONG 6/16 with Rob Palmer and Kasey Keller calling the action, and can also be heard on 97.3 KIRO FM.
The busy stretch of five games in 15 days has started well for Sounders FC (10-5-7, 37 points) as the team has won three in a row, extending its unbeaten run to nine games (6-0-3), including six games (3-0-3) in league play. The six-game undefeated run is the second-longest active streak in MLS.
Sounders FC made a statement in a dominant 4-0 victory over the LA Galaxy on Sunday evening in front of a record crowd and national television audience. MLS Player of the Week Eddie Johnson scored his fourth game-winner of the season in the sixth minute, followed by three second-half strikes from Fredy Montero and first-timers Alex Caskey and Andy Rose. Mauro Rosales recorded two assists, bringing his season total to nine (tied-third in MLS).
Seattle's newest Designated Player Christian Tiffert made his debut against the Galaxy, logging an impressive 25 minutes and nearly tallied his first goal.
The win marked the second of the season against Los Angeles, securing the season series for Sounders FC with one game remaining.
Three days prior, Seattle started CONCACAF Champions League group play with a 3-1 home win over Trinidad's Caledonia AIA. Sounders FC will travel to Trinidad & Tobago on August 30 for the return leg of the four-round group stage.
Sounders FC now sets its sights on perhaps the biggest match in franchise history. With three Open Cup titles in its first three MLS seasons, Seattle looks to become the first club to accomplish the feat of four consecutive titles while Sporting hopes to win the second Open Cup title in club history after bringing home the trophy in 2004.
It will be the second time that Seattle will travel for the Open Cup final. Sounders FC previously defeated D.C. United, Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire in the championship game.
The five-game stretch will conclude on Saturday as Seattle takes its league-best four-game road unbeaten run to San Jose (13-5-5, 44 points) in a battle for West supremacy. The Earthquakes earned dramatic draw last weekend with a stoppage-time equalizer against Chicago. San Jose leads the league with 16 goals in the final quarter-hour.
Sounders FC will then return tothe Emerald City for a rare one-game week as Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps FC visit CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. PT on Saturday afternoon.