The full release from the Sounders appears below.
One thing to keep in mind, is that I'm picking up every indictation that the Sounders are going to treat this tournament seriously. As those who followed the USL Sounders know, not every MLS team really wanted to win these games. But it sounds like the Sounders see this as a cup they could actually win in their first season. And they like the idea.
The Seattle Sounders FC will host Real Salt Lake in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play-in match on Tuesday, April 28 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Pre-sale tickets will be offered to season ticket holders before being made available to the general public on March 30th at 10:00 a.m. All tickets are general admission and priced at $15. There will be limited seating capacity.
The top six Major League Soccer teams from 2008 qualified for the Open Cup, while Sounders FC and the other seven MLS teams must qualify to reach the tournament.
If Seattle defeats Salt Lake, it will play the winner of the Colorado Rapids vs. Los Angeles Galaxy for the opportunity to reach the Round of 16. The other play-in bracket features New York Red Bulls at San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas at D.C. United.
In 2008, the United Soccer League Seattle Sounders en route to the semifinals shut out two MLS teams, Chivas USA and Kansas City Wizards. Current Sounders FC goalkeeper Chris Eylander was named player of the tournament after 420 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal. Sounders FC forward Sebastien Le Toux and defender Taylor Graham also played in last year's run.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation's National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. It is the oldest annual team tournament in U.S. sports history and among the oldest soccer tournaments of its type in the world.
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