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Sounders would visit Portland on July 1

As an addition to the blog post below, it now seems certain that if Portland defeats the Sonoma County Sol tonight, that the Timbers will host the Sounders on July 1.

Here's a release put out today by the Timbers:

U.S. Soccer announced today that the date for a possible third-round U.S. Open Cup pairing between the Portland Timbers and Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders FC has been changed to Wednesday, July 1.

The Timbers face the Sonoma County Sol of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association tonight in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup in Santa Rosa, Calif., at 7 p.m. The result of tonight's match will determine if Portland advances to host Seattle at PGE Park in the third round of the tournament.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which is recognized as U.S. Soccer's National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 95 consecutive years dating back to 1914.

If the Sol wins, the third-round game would be played in Seattle, perhaps on the originally mentioned date of June 30. (The extra day is most valuable to the Sounders if they must travel, and is less of an issue if they host.) Regardless of date, a Sol-Sounders match would be played at Starfire. (The Sounders feel that they could expand the seating at Starfire a bit, if the demand, um, demanded it. They don't anticipate moving to Qwest until probably the semifinals or finals, assuming they get that far.)

Speaking of ticket demand, the Sounders expect to sell all of the extra tickets that will available through added capacity at Qwest starting with Colorado's visit on June 28. And once those tickets are gone, no more sections are going to be opened. Bottom line: If you want to see these guys in person this season, your ticket window of opportunity is about to close.