The Seattle Sounders can reach their fifth U.S. Open Cup final against the club it defeated in the 2011 edition when it hosts the Chicago Fire in the semifinals at Starfire Sports Complex on Wednesday night.
Last time out: Sounders 3, Fire 2 in Chicago on June 7 — Obafemi Martins scored two goals despite picking up a red card before halftime as Seattle hung on for the one-goal victory.
Battle to watch: Lineup choices v. fixture congestion
Part of Seattle’s success in this competition since joining MLS has been its willingness to take it seriously — a commitment that varies from club to club.
“When we enter something, we’re going to enter into it to do well,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said.
But a weekend trip to Real Salt Lake, the second-place team in the Western Conference, demands some tough choices, especially with the threat of extra time looming Wednesday night.
How many changes will be made to the Sounders lineup that defeated Houston 2-0 on Sunday?
Player to watch: Fire midfielder Harry Shipp
With Mike McGee’s eight goals in all competitions missing from the Chicago lineup via a red-card suspension, the Fire will need all the help it can get going forward.
Shipp announced himself to the Sounders back line with two goals in that narrow June defeat. The rookie out of Notre Dame will be leaned upon heavily again on Wednesday.
How to watch: The match will be streamed live on SoundersFC.com, with kickoff schedule for 7:30.