The four-time champion Sounders open their defense of the U.S. Open Cup tonight at Starfire. Here is our preview story, and below, the basics:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC VS. PORTLAND TIMBERS7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Starfire Sports Stadium, Tukwila.STREAMING: SoundersFC.comNOTES: This is a fourth-round match of the 102nd U.S. Open Cup, the national club championship involving all levels of U.S. Soccer. The Sounders are four-time champions and the defending champions. … This round marks the entry of the 17 United States-based MLS teams. This is the only fourth-round match that pairs MLS teams. … The Sounders and Timbers have met three times in the U.S. Open Cup, with the Sounders advancing each time. Last season, Seattle advanced at home in extra time. The teams also met twice in Portland before the Timbers joined Major League Soccer. … In league play, the Sounders top MLS with a 9-4-2 record. Portland is fourth in the Western Conference at 6-5-4. The teams met April 26, with the Sounders winning 1-0 at CenturyLink Field. Additional regular-season matches are June 28 at Portland and Aug. 30 in Seattle. … Seattle midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (hamstring) is out. Gonzalo Pineda (ankle) is questionable. … The Sounders reported Monday that “an extremely limited number of standing-room tickets” remained. … The Sounders 2 USL team also plays Tuesday, visiting Real Salt Lake of MLS. The winner of that match will advance to the fifth round against the Los Angeles Galaxy-PSA Elite winner.QUOTE: “Any of them that end in a title are all great. … The first U.S. Open Cup we won here was important. Getting three in a row at that one point was fantastic. Last year was good because we sort of felt a little hard done the year before, so to come back and win it was certainly a really satisfying feeling.” – Schmid on his club’s four U.S. Open Cup championships.
NEXT: The winner will face the winner of the match between the Houston Dynamo and Austin Aztex. The Sounders return to MLS play at 1 p.m. Saturday, meeting the San Jose Earthquakes at CenturyLink Field.