Sounders FC, the three-time U.S. Open Cup champion, doesn’t enter the tournament this year until the third round. But the first round played out Tuesday.
Remember, the bidding process has changed through the quarterfinals. If Seattle’s third-round opponent meets the venue requirements and pays the required hosting fee, there will be a random drawing to determine which team hosts. Here’s a good primer on that process.
In the past, the Sounders have been able to simply outbid opponents to host early round games. Now that process doesn’t start until the semifinals.
Let’s get to some links:
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— The Sounders FC phenomenon was featured in the May 28 World Football Issue of ESPN The Magazine.
— A couple members from the Schmid family, Sigi included, were honored Tuesday in California by the Torrance City Council for their contributions to soccer in the area.
— Fans are invited to come to a Sounders Women’s kickoff celebration Tuesday, May 29, at Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub. According to a team release, “players, staff, partners, and local soccer personalities will be in attendance.” Here’s some information on an upcoming Sounders FC U-23 clinic.
— U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann called in 16 players (more will be announced later) for a camp leading into a June 8 World Cup qualifier against Antigua & Barbuda. Klinsmann discussed those moves here. Is the MLS influence on the decline?
— Sounders have been featured on the league website quite a bit recently. Here’s a chat about the team between a few writers you might know. Here’s a look at Seattle’s passing struggles in the final third with a follow up post specifically on Osvaldo Alonso. And the Castrol Index has Bryan Meredith and Fredy Montero ranked among last week’s best.
— Around the league, here’s another look at MLS and goal-line technology, here’s a story and video of the Galaxy going to the White House, and here’s a feature on someone the Sounders will meet Saturday: Whitecaps midfielder Jun Marques Davidson.