Good news for Northwest soccer fans. The Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers third-round match in the U.S. Open Cup next week will be televised from Portland’s PGE Park on FSN.
Here’s the release from the Timbers:
The Portland Timbers announced today that the team’s match against Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, July 1, at PGE Park will be broadcast live on FSN; kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
The third-round matchup between the Timbers and Sounders FC will be the first official meeting between the Northwest rivals since Seattle joined MLS in 2009. The spirited Portland-Seattle rivalry dates back to 1975 when both were a part of the North American Soccer League. As members of the USL First Division, Portland and Seattle battled through nearly 30 regular-season matches over eight seasons as well as multiple playoff and U.S. Open Cup contests.
The July 1 matchup against Seattle on FSN will replace the Timbers’ previously scheduled FSN broadcast on Sept. 13 against the Cleveland City Stars.
A live broadcast of the Timbers’ U.S. Open Cup fixture against Seattle will also air on 95.5 The Game.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which is recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 95 consecutive years dating back to 1914.