It’s a matchup worthy of a final, but at least we’ll see it.
Sounders FC will host rival Portland in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals on July 9. Kickoff at Starfire Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.
“That,” coach Sigi Schmid said, “will be fun.”
Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. on SoundersFC.com. Tickets are general admission and priced at $25 for covered grandstand and $20 for uncovered bleachers and standing room only, according to a news release.
Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann played a bit coy when told of the matchup.
“Did they win today? Oh, that will be nice,” he said, tongue firmly in cheek.
These teams have met before in the Open Cup, twice actually — and Seattle advanced both times after traveling down to Portland. The Timbers were still in the United Soccer Leagues back then.
The first meeting was in 2009, a 2-1 win by the Sounders in a third round game (you might remember Roger Levesque and Nate Jaqua doing a goal celebration after Levesque scored 48 seconds in).
The second meeting was in 2010, also in the third round, but this one went to a penalty-kick shootout after a 1-1 tie. Zach Scott converted the clinching attempt as Seattle won the tiebreaker, 4-3.