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June 23, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Sounders FC-Portland Timbers tickets on sale now (release)

Sounders FC Re-Visits Portland to Begin Open Cup Defense

Third-Round Game to be played June 30 at PGE Park

RENTON, WASH. – Seattle Sounders FC will begin defense of its Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship by facing the Portland Timbers in a third round match on June 30 at PGE Park. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and the match will be televised by FSN.

Tickets for the game go on sale to the public beginning on Wednesday, June 23, at 10 a.m. at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

The Sounders FC-Portland winner advances to the quarterfinal round to meet the Chivas USA-Austin Aztex winner AC St. Louis or the L.A. Galaxy (updated June 24) on either July 6 or 7.

A crowd of 16,382 filled PGE Park last year, when Sounders FC defeated the Timbers, 2-1. Seattle proceeded to win the cup with victories over Kansas City, Houston and D.C. United.

Portland, a member of U.S. Soccer Division 2, advanced to the third round by beating the Kitsap Pumas of the PDL, 4-1, in Bremerton on Tuesday night. Sounders FC and the other seven MLS teams enter Open Cup play at the third round stage.

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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