Sounders Insider

Cup third round starts with six Tuesday games

Wednesday's Seattle-Portland game is just one of eight U.S. Open Cup third-round games -- six of which will be played tonight.

Here's a good look at this round of games.

However, the Wednesday games both look exceptional, because both pair rivals from different leagues: Houston (MLS) vs. Austin (USL-1), and of course Sounders-Timbers.

Here's a closer look at that one:



7 p.m. Wednesday, PGE Park, Portland.


Notes: This is a third-round match of the U.S. Open Cup, the nation's oldest soccer tournament, which is open to clubs from all levels of the sport. … Portland advanced with wins over the Kitsap Pumas (3-0) and the Sonoma County (Calif.) Sol (3-0). Seattle advanced with wins over Real Salt Lake (4-1) and Colorado (1-0). … The Sounders will be without midfielder Brad Evans (USA) and defender Tyrone Marshall (Jamaica) due to national team duty. Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (groin) is out, and midfielder Steve Zakuani (ankle) is doubtful. Forward Jarrod Smith remains on the MLS injured reserve list, but he is eligible for cup play. … Portland is 7-1-5 in USL play, and led by goalkeeper Steve Cronin (0.6 gaa), forward Mandjou Keita (4 g) and midfielder Brian Farber (3 a). … As of Tuesday, fewer than 2,000 tickets remained available. … If the game is tied at the end of regulation, it will go to a 30-minute overtime and then, if necessary, penalty kicks.

Next: If the Sounders advance to the Open Cup semifinal on July 7, they will either host Kansas City at Starfire Sports Stadium or visit the Minnesota Thunder. If eliminated, their next game will be a regular-season MLS match against Houston on July 11 at Qwest Field.