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Sounders-Chicago cross paths at Starfire

The Sounders finished late-afternoon training at Starfire in a light rain, that was turning to a harder rain just as the Chicago Fire arrived for their session.

The clubs, of course, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at CenturyLink Field for the U.S. Open Cup.

"Today’s training was just to get the trip out of our system and then tomorrow is the day to focus and prepare for Chicago," coach Sigi Schmid said. "So the team’s excited, we’re excited, because we have a great opportunity."

More from Sigi on their 2-0-1, three-country, two-competition, 9,000-mile trip:

Obviously it’s long. When you talk about it as we went into sort of the last game we talked about it: Hey we know it’s long. Don’t let boredom set in. Don’t let boredom set in at this stage. But the club was great in terms of being able to help us out with charter flights. The accommodations were good. I think us staying in Providence was helpful as well because the hotel’s around more things, so there were more things to do, and the airport was easier to get in and out of than getting in and out of Boston. So from that standpoint -- logistically – I think Grant Clark and the club did a great job.