Sounders Return to Starfire for US Open Cup

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US Open Cup Game to Take Place in Tukwila

March 9

The Seattle Sounders FC will host Real Salt Lake in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play-in match on Tuesday, April 28 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Kickoff is 7 pm. Pre-sale tickets will be offered to season ticket holders before being made available to the general public on March 30th at 10:00 a.m. All tickets are general admission and priced at $15. There will be limited seating capacity.

Winners to Play Galaxy or Colorado Rapids

If Sounders win, they will play the winner of the Colorado Rapids vs. Los Angeles Galaxy fixture for the opportunity to reach the Round of 16. The other play-in bracket features New York Red Bulls at San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas at D.C. United. Sounders FC play Colorado in a closed door friendly this Thursday.

The top six Major League Soccer teams from 2008 qualified for the Open Cup, while Sounders FC and the other seven MLS teams must qualify to reach the tournament.

In 2008, the USL Seattle Sounders made the semi-finals, shutting out two MLS teams, Chivas USA and Kansas City Wizards. Current Sounders FC goalkeeper Chris Eylander was the hero in both games and was named player of the tournament after 420 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal. Sounders FC forward Sebastien Le Toux and defender Taylor Graham also played in last year’s run.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation’s National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. It is the oldest annual team tournament in U.S. sports history and among the oldest soccer tournaments of its type in the world.

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