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Sounders visit Salt Lake in next round of Open Cup

Seattle Sounders and Kitsap Pumas take the pitch for their U.S. Open Cup fourth-round match Wednesday at Starfire Sports Stadium.
Seattle Sounders and Kitsap Pumas take the pitch for their U.S. Open Cup fourth-round match Wednesday at Starfire Sports Stadium. Staff writer

The Seattle Sounders will visit Real Salt Lake in the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup on June 28.

The Sounders advanced Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Kitsap Pumas. The fifth-round pairings were determined Thursday by lot among four geographical divisions.

The Sounders-RSL winner will go on to visit the winner of the fifth-round match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Portland Timbers.

The draw to determine hosts for the semifinals and final will be held Tuesday. Coach Sigi Schmid thinks the draw is the best way to go, even though it worked against his team this time.

“I know U.S. Soccer has worked hard to make it more transparent than it has been in the past,” he said. “I didn’t think when I was a college coach that buying games was a good way to go, and I don’t feel that way as a pro coach. I think a draw is the fairest thing.”

Meanwhile, the Sounders concluded local training today and will fly out tomorrow for the Sunday MLS match at the New York Red Bulls.

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