The Sounders have their first two-game week in a while, facing San Jose in the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday and then returning to MLS play Saturday at D.C. United. Here's a look ahead from the club:
Seattle Sounders FC kicks off the summer schedule this week with two games across two competitions, separated by over 2,700 miles. The busy week begins on Tuesday night as Sounders FC continues its U.S. Open Cup campaign with a fifth round match against the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash.
A limited number of tickets for Tuesday's game are available at www.SoundersFC.com/tickets. The match will be broadcast via live video stream on www.SoundersFC.com with Ross Fletcher on the call. Spanish radio is available on ESPN Deportes 1490 AM with Rene Aleman and Noe Menendez.
The week concludes with a cross-country trip to the nation's capital as the league-leading Sounders FC face second-place D.C. United. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. PT at RFK Stadium.
Saturday's match will be televised locally on JOEtv (KZJO, channel 22/cable 10) and regionally on ROOT Sports with Fletcher and Taylor Graham on the call, and can be heard on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. Spanish radio is available on ESPN Deportes 1490 AM.
With a resounding 5-nil win over USASA opponent PSA Elite in the fourth round last Wednesday, Sounders FC continues its run at a record fourth Open Cup championship on Tuesday. Three-time winners from 2009-11 and runners-up in 2012, Seattle looks to tie the Chicago Fire's MLS record of four championships.
The fifth round meeting with San Jose will be a rematch of the 2012 quarterfinal, when Sounders FC ousted the Quakes, 1-0, at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. The two sides met previously this year in MLS action as Seattle downed San Jose, 1-0, at CenturyLink Field on May 17.
The winner of Tuesday's match will advance to the quarterfinal round to face the winner of Portland-Kansas City. Should Sounders FC advance, it would host the match on July 9 at 7:30 p.m. PT at Starfire Stadium.
Seattle then returns to regular season play following a three-week break for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Sitting atop the Supporters' Shield standings and boasting the league's most potent attack, Sounders FC will look to extend its four-game (3-0-1) unbeaten streak against D.C. United. With a 4-2-2 advantage in the all-time series, Seattle enters Saturday's match with a three-game (2-0-1) unbeaten streak against United, who last took all three points in May 2011.
D.C. United (7-4-4, 25 points) sits second in the race for the Supporters' Shield, seven points behind Sounders FC. United has gone unbeaten in its past three (2-0-1) outings, and holds a league-best 5-1-3 record at home this season, with the lone loss coming in the season opener on March 8.
With a seven-point lead over its competition, Sounders FC is guaranteed to retain the top spot in MLS through the weekend. Seattle has held first place for a club record eight straight weeks, first securing the placement on April 26.
Sounders FC will be without U.S. National Team players Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin as well as forward Obafemi Martins, who will serve a one-game suspension after receiving a red card at Chicago on June 7.
Following Saturday's match, Sounders FC will play back-to-back Cascadia Cup matches, beginning July 5 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Seattle will then host the Portland Timbers in the first home rivalry match of the season on July 13 as CenturyLink Field will be opened to full capacity. The full stadium will remain open for the July 19 friendly against Tottenham Hotspur.
Tickets for Sounders FC home matches, including the Tottenham Hotspur friendly, are available now at www.SoundersFC.com and 1-877-MLS-GOAL. The 5-Match ticket package is also available now with expanded seating to include the upper bowl at CenturyLink Field.