UPDATE: U.S. Soccer announced Thursday’s that Sounders FC’s potential home game against PSA Elite has been moved to June 18. That means Seattle will play June 18 regardless of the third-round result, either on the road at Los Angeles Galaxy II or at home against PSA Elite.
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U.S. Soccer has released dates and times for the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, when MLS teams enter the annual knockout-style tournament.
Here are the scenarios for Sounders FC:
— At home
June 11 June 18 vs. PSA Elite (an amateur team in the United States Adult Soccer Association). Kickoff at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila would be 7 p.m.
— On the road June 18 at the Los Angeles Galaxy II (a USL PRO team run by the MLS franchise). Kickoff at the StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium in Carson, Calif., would be 7:30 p.m.
PSA Elite and the Galaxy II play in the third round on May 28 at the same StubHub Center field listed above. Coach Sigi Schmid was jokingly asked if the Sounders could loan any players to PSA Elite in hopes of setting up a better matchup in the fourth round.
“No,” Schmid said before bringing up an interesting point. “I don’t know how many players the Galaxy is going to have play for Galaxy II because it cup ties them, as well. So who knows?”
Schmid was referencing the rule that players can play for only one team throughout the tournament. The Galaxy players have been able to go back and forth from the MLS and USL PRO teams during the regular season.
You might remember last month Schmid was unhappy with the schedule of the tournament, particularly MLS teams entering during a supposed World Cup break. When the topic come up Tuesday, Schmid lamented: “I just get in trouble when I say anything about it, so I’ll say I’m looking forward to the Lamar Hunt Open Cup.”