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Sounders to train in Portland this afternoon

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on June 29, 2010 at 9:10 am with No Comments »
June 29, 2010 7:58 am

The Sounders are busing down to Portland today and will practice this afternoon at PGE Park for tomorrow night’s Open Cup match.

Remember last season, when the Sounders said they “forgot” their blue jerseys at home and therefore wore their greens, which forced the home team to wear blacks? Well, we’ll see what happens this time, but the Sounders “say” they’ll wear their electricity yellow kits for the first time since the Boca friendly. I don’t think any of the Timbers’ kits would conflict with that.

Meanwhile, here’s our story from today’s TNT, which is sort of a state-of-the-team overview from Philadelphia. And below are some other notes from the Sounders for now. And then I’ll be back with more after their training session.

With fond memories of its last visit to both cities, Seattle Sounders FC travels to Portland and Los Angeles this week in search of victories to kick-start the 2010 season. On Wednesday night, Sounders FC opens defense of its Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship at PGE Park, home of the Portland Timbers. The third round match against the U.S. Soccer Division 2 side begins at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be televised on FSN. Major League Soccer play resumes on Sunday against runaway league leader L.A. Galaxy. The Independence Day game at the Home Depot Center marks the halfway point of the season and starts at 7:30 p.m. PT.

Seattle is in the midst of three consecutive road matches over an 8-day period. Sounders FC began the stretch with a 3-1 loss at Philadelphia Union on June 27.

The Rave Green, with one win in the last five outings, used both the Rose City and L.A. as launching pads in 2009. Seattle’s run of four consecutive Open Cup victories commenced with a 2-1 result before a big crowd in Portland, and its turnaround from a three-game winless skid in MLS play to a playoff berth began with a 2-0 win on the Galaxy’s home ground.

If Sounders FC prevails at Portland, it would host either the Galaxy on July 7 or AC St. Louis on July 6 in an Open Cup quarterfinal to be played at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. St. Louis visits L.A. on Tuesday night in another third round match.

Seattle (4-7-3, 15 points), three games under .500 for the first time, is seventh in the Western Conference and still searching for its first victory over a West side. The Galaxy tops the entire table, off to a blazing start (10-1-3, 33 points) and nine points clear of Real Salt Lake in the West. However, L.A. has drawn and lost its last two games without scoring a goal.

The series with the Galaxy is tied at 1-1-1. L.A. defeated Seattle, 4-0, at home on May 8 behind the three assists and one goal from Landon Donovan.

Sunday’s game will be televised on KONG 6/16 and heard on News Talk 97.3 KIRO FM with Arlo White calling the play. In Spanish the match can be seen on THIS-TV with Jaime Mendez and Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar and it will also be heard on 1210 AM Homero with Rene Aleman, Noe Menendez and Victor Hernandez.

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