US Open Cup Preview: Seattle Sounders vs Chicago Fire

US Open Cup

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The final semifinal match for the 2014 Lamer Hunt US Open Cup takes place on August 13th at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, WA as the Seattle Sounders play host to the Chicago Fire. The winner of this match will travel and face the winner of FC Dallas and Philadelphia Union for the US Open Cup final.

Seattle’s first match in the 2014 US Open Cup came against PSA Elite. PSA Elite never had a chance in this one as they lost 5-0 to Seattle. Their second match saw them face off against the San Jose Earthquakes. It was a hard fought match the need penalties to decided a winner, which was won by Seattle. The quarterfinal match saw Seattle face off against their Cascadia Cup rivals, the Portland Timbers. It looked as if Seattle had the match won, but a late goal in second half stoppage time sent the match into extra time. After Diego Chara was shown a red card in the second extra time period, Seattle rolled to a 3-1 win.

Chicago first match was against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds which they won, 2-1. The match was called at 48:33 due to weather. Chicago then welcomed in the Columbus Crew and saw the match to extra time. They would eventually win 4-2 after two fifteen minute periods. Chicago then hit the road to face NASL side, Atlanta Silverbacks. The Silverbacks were missing a few players due to red cards received in their previous match. Chicago won this easily 3-1 to advance to the semi-final against Seattle.

These two teams met in MLS play at the beginning of June just prior to the 2014 World Cup break. Seattle snuck away with a 3-2 win on the road in Chicago. Seattle was led by an Obafemi Martins brace while Chicago was lead by Harrison Shipp‘s brace. Both teams finished the match with 10 aside as John Kennedy Hurtado and Martins both received red cards.

I will be curious to see what lineup Head Coach Sigi Schmid will send out against Chicago. Martins will not be available for their weekend match so I figure he will play the entire match on Wednesday. I could see both Seattle and Chicago coming out with their best eleven. Chicago is also the only team that Seattle has not lost to since they arrived in MLS in 2009.

Chris Blakely is the Lead Writer/Editor for StoppageTimeSoccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely, like him on Facebook or add him to your Google circles.

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