Three-time champion Sounders FC heads into U.S. Open Cup play tonight at Starfire against amateur club PSA Elite. The match is sold out. Here's our preview story from today's paper, and below are the basics:
PSA ELITE (USASA)AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (MLS)7 p.m., Starfire Sports Stadium, Tukwila.BROADCAST: No radio or TV. Match will be streamed at SoundersFC.com.HEAD TO HEAD: First meeting. NOTES: This is the fourth round of the 101st U.S. Open Cup, the club championship of club soccer in the United States. The Sounders won the tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and made the final in 2012. Last season they were eliminated in their opening match, 1-0 at Tampa Bay… Premier Soccer Academy Elite is an amateur club based in Irvine, California, and playing in the United States Adult Soccer Association. The roster is composed of college players who hope to play professionally or former pros who hope to return. The average age is 23.5 years. The club advanced by beating LA Misioneros (PDL) in the first round, San Diego Flash (NPSL) in the second, and LA Galaxy II (USL Pro) in the third. … This is Seattle’s first match in this tournament, as MLS teams join the competition in its fourth round. … The Sounders are expected to field a lineup heavy on reserves, including goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann. … The match is sold out.QUOTABLE: “We’re happy to play at Starfire, and it’s a great atmosphere for our crowd. The pitch itself is not the best. It’s pretty flat, it’s pretty matted down. It plays pretty fast. It’s not ideal. It’s actually an equalizer to a certain extent. It helps the team that maybe has a little less experience or a little less quality at times get into the game because the pitch evens it out a little bit.” – Sounders coach Sigi SchmidNEXT: The loser is eliminated. The winner advances to the fifth round. If the Sounders advance, they would meet the San Jose Earthquakes at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Starfire.