Here's our preview story, and below a few basics on the Tuesday match:
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (4-5-4 in MLS)AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (10-3-2 in MLS)7:30 p.m., Starfire Sports Stadium, TukwilaBROADCAST: No TV or English-language radio. Live streaming at SoundersFC.com. The game can be heard in Spanish on 1490-AM.HEAD TO HEAD: San Jose leads the all-time MLS series, 7-6-1, but Seattle won 1-0 in the first meeting this season. Seattle also won the only previous Open Cup pairing, 1-0, in the 2012 quarterfinal in San Francisco.NOTES: This is a fifth-round game in the 101st U.S. Open Cup, the national club championship involving all levels of U.S. Soccer. … Seattle advanced with a 5-0 win over amateur side PSA Elite (USASA), while the Quakes edged the Sacramento Republic (USL Pro), 2-1. … Both sides are expected to go with something close to their normal starting lineups. However, reserve goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann will start all Open Cup matches for Seattle. Sounders co-goals leader Obafemi Martins is back from an extended World Cup break, but he is not expected to play. … Seattle’s Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin and San Jose goals leader Chris Wondolowski are at the World Cup with the United States national team. … Seattle is 13-0-0 in Open Cup matches at Starfire, including 9-0-0 against MLS teams. … The Sounders match is sold out.QUOTABLE: “Whenever we play at Starfire, just the size of the field makes for a bang-bang game. The ball always seems to be in front of your goal or their goal. Based upon the way the schedule is for MLS right now, I imagine they come with pretty much of a first team lineup, and we’ll throw some of our guys back in as well.” – Seattle coach Sigi SchmidNEXT: The Sounders return to MLS play at 4 p.m. Saturday at D.C. United. If they advance, their next Open Cup match will be at Starfire at 7:30 p.m. July 9 against the winner of the Tuesday (June 24) Sporting Kansas City-Portland Timbers match.