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Two more games demand Sounders' attention

The Sounders began training today for another two-game week. First is a 7 p.m. Wednesday Open Cup quarterfinal match against LA at Starfire; then a 1 p.m. Saturday MLS match against Colorado.

Coach Sigi Schmid was asked today if the dual-competition week could be dangerous in light of the emotion from the derby win at Portland yesterday.

"It can be," he said. "Obviously the starter today, it was a lighter practice for them. The other guys seemed not totally focused. So you’ve got to give them a day. The game was only Sunday. If the game was Saturday then I’d expect a little more. So, tomorrow we’ll try to get their focus on the task at hand for Wednesday. The team will be ready to play Wednesday."

Here's a look ahead provided by the club:

Surging as never before, Seattle Sounders FC fix their sights on reaching the semifinal round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and winning a third straight MLS home match within a span of four days. First the Rave Green host the L.A. Galaxy in an Open Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. PT at Starfire Sports Stadium. On Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. PT the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids arrive on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. That match will be televised nationally by Fox Soccer

That's only the beginning of an action-packed eight days that culminates July 20 when European giants and 19-time England champion Manchester United play Sounders FC in a highly-anticipated friendly.

More than a hundred-thousand fans will converge on the home grounds during the three dates, raising their scarves to celebrate their heroes. Seattle (9-4-8, 35 points) has climbed to second in the overall league table during a club record MLS eight-match unbeaten streak, winning five and drawing three over the past seven weeks. Punctuating the run was triumph in Portland on Sunday, a 3-2 comeback win sealed by yet another late goal.

Seeking to become only the second three-peat winner of the Open Cup in 98 years, Sounders FC is pitted against a Galaxy side that tops MLS in points, dropping only two matches along the way. L.A. won its third-round match against the Los Angeles Blues, 2-1. Meanwhile Seattle dispatched another PDL team, Kitsap Pumas, by an identical score

In the last seven meetings with the Galaxy, Seattle's only victory came by a 2-nil verdict a year ago in the quarters. If the Rave Green should advance to the semifinals, they would play the winner of Tuesday night's FC Dallas-Real Salt Lake match in Frisco, Tex. Sounders FC would host FC Dallas, however if RSL wins the next round would be played in Utah.

Seattle's first of four road wins this season came at Colorado, 1-0, on April 22. That win was marred by Steve Zakuani sustaining a fractured RIGHT leg in the opening minutes. The Rapids (6-5-9, 27 points) had gone four matches without a win until defeating Vancouver, 2-1, at home last week. However, they own a respectable road record of 3-3-4.

The Rave Green own a 3-1-1 advantage in the league series with Colorado. Following Saturday's match, the next league game will be July 30 at Houston.

Arlo White will be on the call for both Wednesday's Open Cup live streaming on SoundersFC.com and Saturday's broadcast on 97.3 KIRO FM.

For tickets to all Sounders FC home matches go to www.SoundersFC.com or call 800-745-3000.

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