The Sounders’ opening opponent in this season’s U.S. Open Cup will be decided tonight when the Portland Timbers of U.S. Soccer’s second division visit the Kitsap Pumas of the Premier Development League at Bremerton Memorial Stadium.
The winner is expected to host the defending Open Cup-champion Sounders next week.
Then the Sounders will begin play in the CONCACAF Champions League next month.
“Staying healthy is important,” Schmid said of his club’s busy summer schedule. “Managing training properly, making sure that you have recovery intermixed with the actual training times and then just a matter of doing a little bit of squad rotation. You have got to mix guys.”