CHIVAS USA AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Starfire Sports Stadium, Tukwila.
Videocast at www.soundersfc.com. No TV or radio.
HEAD TO HEAD: Chivas leads, 2-0-2, and Seattle has never scored against the Goats. The clubs played to a scoreless draw Aug. 14 in Carson, Calif. Chivas returns for the final Sounders home game of this regular season on Oct. 15 at Qwest Field.
SIGI SCHMID SCOUTING REPORT: “It’s a different Chivas under (last season’s coach) Preki versus a Chivas under Martin Vasquez. … Against Preki’s team — just like Preki’s teams in Toronto — they end up getting a little piece of you, they foul you, they break up the rhythm of the game to make it difficult to play. We have got to do better against that type of team. Chivas under Martin doesn’t play like that.”
ABOUT OPEN CUP: This is the oldest soccer tournament in the United States. It is a single-elimination competition involving amateur and professional clubs across all levels of U.S. Soccer. Only MLS teams remain alive this season. Seattle is the defending champion. No team has won back-to-back Open Cups since the New York Pancyprian Freedoms did it in 1982 and ’83.
NOTES: This is a semifinal match. The other semifinal — pairing Columbus and D.C. United – kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at RFK Stadium in Washington, D. C. The losers are eliminated. If Seattle wins, it will play to defend its title at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at Qwest Field. … The Sounders will be without midfielder Sanna Nyassi, who was called in to the Gambian national team for its African Cup of Nations qualifier vs. Namibia on Saturday at Banjul, Gambia. … Seattle forward Nate Jaqua has three goals in this Open Cup, the most of any player remaining in the tournament. Chivas’ Justin Braun has two. … The game is sold out.
NEXT: Sounders return to MLS regular season play at New England at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.