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Gameday comes: Sounders at Rowdies

us-open-cup1A couple of teams with ancient histories by United States soccer standards -- Seattle Sounders and Tampa Bay Rowdies -- meet tonight in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.

Here's our preview from the Wednesday paper.

And below, some basics:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (4-4-3 IN MSL)AT TAMPA BAY ROWDIES (3-2-2 IN NASL)4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, Fla.BROADCAST: No TV or radio. Video will be streamed at www.SoundersFC.com.COMPETITION: This is a third-round match of the 100th U.S. Open Cup, which began in 1914 and is open to teams from all levels of U.S. Soccer. … This is the Sounders’ first game in the 2013 tournament, as MLS clubs enter in the third round. Seattle won the 2009, 2010 and 2011 tournaments and was runner-up to Kansas City last year. The Rowdies deepest run was to the third round last year, where they lost to MLS Colorado. This season, Tampa Bay advanced by beating VSI Tampa Bay of USL Pro, 2-1, on May 21. … If the game is tied at the end of regulation, there will be 30 minutes of added time. If the score remains even, the game will be settled by penalty kicks. … The loser is eliminated. The winner goes on to meet the winner of MLS Portland vs. USL Pro Wilmington, also played Wednesday. If Seattle advances, the fourth-round match would be played 7 p.m. June 12 at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila.NOTES: Rowdies midfielder Raphael Cox is a Tacoma native. Defender Daniel Scott is the brother of Seattle defender Zach Scott. Forward Georgi Hristov and midfielder Luke Mulholland lead Tampa Bay with four goals and three assists each. … Sounders Djimi Traore, Mauro Rosales and Leo Gonzalez returned to Seattle from Los Angeles; while Dylan Remick, Eriq Zavaleta, Sammy Ochoa and Andy Rose traveled directly from Seattle to Florida. Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans have left to join the U.S. national team. Osvaldo Alonso and Patrick Ianni are ineligible after receiving red cards in the 2012 Open Cup final. … Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said the pitch at Al Lang Stadium is small – 105x70 – and bumpy enough to demand extra concentration from players. … In NASL play, the Rowdies are 0-2-2 at home and 3-0 on the road. QUOTABLE: “We are aware of Seattle’s recent form, but on the pitch it is 11 versus 11. I have been fortunate myself to be part of upsets in the FA Cup, and there is no reason why we can’t do that on Wednesday.” – Tampa Bay coach Ricky Hill.NEXT: The Sounders return to MLS play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chivas USA.

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