When it comes to Sounders FC’s third-round game in the U.S. Open Cup, don’t book anything yet. Things are still up in the air when it comes to an opponent, date and location.
A team spokesman said things should be finalized by Wednesday, but let’s break down what we know by each category:
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Seattle’s faces the winner of a second-round game Tuesday in which the Georgia Revolution (NPSL, fourth division) hosts the Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL, second division) at 4:30 p.m.
The Open Cup third round was originally scheduled for May 29, but that stands to change, as is not uncommon, often to the benefit of both teams.
If Atlanta wins, it has been confirmed that the game will move to May 30.
If Georgia wins, the Sounders are hopeful of also getting that game moved to May 30. Officially it’s still May 29, as of now.
“Obviously we’re playing Saturday (at Chivas USA) and we don’t have a game on the (following) weekend, so us being able to play Wednesday is great,” said coach Sigi Schmid. “Also, logistically from a standpoint of travel, it gives us a little bit better chance to recover.”
As things were drawn, the Sounders would host the Revolution, but travel to Atlanta to play at the Silverbacks according to how the second round played out.
Schmid indicated, however, that Seattle is looking to negotiate hosting rights from Atlanta (similar to what the Portland Timbers did).
Said Schmid: “I heard Portland got the game at their place now, so they bought the game — it’s like Ohio State getting all their football games at home in preseason — and maybe that’s something we’re looking at doing, as well.”