The Sounders kick off their U.S. Open Cup third-round game at 7 p.m. against the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL. Portland hosts Cal FC at 7:30 p.m.
Both Cascadia clubs will hope to avoid the fate of seven MLS teams that lost to lower-division opponents on Tuesday. How bad was it? Here’s some coverage from U.S. Soccer, MLSsoccer.com, an AP roundup via SI.com, and theCup.us (results/schedule and updated bracket):
— New England lost in penalty kicks to the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro) after blowing a 3-0 lead on the road in extra time.
— Los Angeles lost, 2-1, to the Carolina RailHawks after a failed attempt to buy the hosting rights from the NASL team.
— Chicago, a finalist last year, lost on the road in extra time, 3-2, to the Michigan Bucks of the PDL.
— Columbus lost at home, 2-1, to the Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro).
— FC Dallas lost at home, 2-0, to the Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro).
— Houston lost on the road, 1-0, to the San Antonio Scorpions (NASL).
— Real Salt Lake, the consensus best team in MLS, and in front of more than 17,000 fans, lost at home, 3-1, to the Minnesota Stars of the NASL.
— D.C. United earned a 2-1 road win against the Richmond Kickers (USL Pro).
— Colorado beat the Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL), 3-1, on the road.
— New York breezed past the Charleston Battery (USL Pro) with a 3-0 road win.
— Philadelphia had no problem in a 3-0 home win against the Rochester Rhinos (USL Pro) .
— Sporting Kansas City won at home, 3-2, against Orlando City SC (USL Pro).
— Chivas USA went up to play the Ventura County Fusion (PDL) and won, 1-0, on the road.
— San Jose hosted the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) and won, 2-1.