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2014 US Open Cup Preview: Seattle Sounders FC vs San Jose Earthquakes

courtesy soundersfc.com

courtesy soundersfc.com

On Tuesday night, June 24th, the Seattle Sounders FC will take on fellow Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila, Washington for the start of the 5th round in the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 pm EDT and a live stream can be seen on SoundersFC.com.

Seattle is coming off a 5-0 rout of USASA side PSA Elite last Wednesday night at Starfire. San Jose is coming off a 2-1 win over Sacramento Republic FC in San Francisco on Wednesday, June 11th. Seattle is looking to continue their dominance in US Open Cup play that saw them win three straight US Open Cups from 2009-2011 and advance to four straight finals from 2009-2012. The farthest San Jose has ever made in the tournament was back in 2004 when they advanced to the semi-finals.

This is the second Open Cup match for Seattle during the World Cup break. San Jose, on the other hand, opened the tournament just days after the final MLS match leading up to the break and haven’t played in thirteen days since knocking the Sacramento Republic out in the fourth round on June 11th. This can be good for Seattle as they were able to knock off any rust that there might have been when they played against PSA Elite. San Jose on the other hand might be a little rusty has they have not played in almost two weeks.

“It’s good that we’re back into the rhythm of training. I think your first game back after a layoff is a little bit rusty,” Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid said. “I expect them to come out with pretty much a first team lineup. They’ve had some time off so guys that have had little knocks and pains should be healthy. The league hasn’t gone as well as they would have liked so far, so the Open Cup becomes a source of pride. If a team isn’t doing as well, they can put a bit more stock into that.”

Here is what Sounders captain Brad Evans had to say:

“For us it’s about continuing this trend. We exited last year in the first round, but we’re back at home. Our fans deserve it. We deserve it. It’s a must-win.”

Both teams will be missing players in this match as San Jose will be missing Chris Wondolowski and Victor Bernardez who are playing in the 2014 World Cup. Seattle will be missing Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin.

“It’s a strong MLS team. Even though they’re missing a guy like Wondo, they still have a lot of power up front,” Seattle forward Kenny Cooper said. “They’re a really experienced team from back to front, so it’s going to be a good test for us.”

“Aerial presence and physical play. This field plays directly into that,” midfielder Brad Evans said. “I think for us you’ll see a lot of big bodies out there tomorrow night and looking to neutralize but also capitalize on set pieces. Those are all things that will play into it.”

This should be a good physical matchup and I am excited to watch this match. Here is a little nugget you. If Seattle wins it will advance to the quarterfinals to host the winner of Tuesday’s match between Sporting Kansas City and the Portland Timbers on July 9th, just four days before they face each other in Seattle for an MLS match.

Chris Blakely writes for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely

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