We’re heading into a pretty amazing buzz of soccer over the next couple of days.
Before the sun sets tomorrow, here are some of the prime game-watching options:
4:50 p.m. today: USA friendly vs. Brazil, ESPN2.
6 p.m. today: Sounders U-23 vs. Vancouver, Cheney Stadium.
7 p.m. today: Sounders FC vs. Atlanta Silverbacks, U.S. Open Cup, Starfire Sports Stadium.
7 p.m. Thursday: Sounders Women vs. Colorado Rush, Starfire Sports Stadium.
Here’s more detail on the Sounders-Silverbacks’ Open Cup match tonight:
ATLANTA SILVERBACKS (0-5-4 IN NASL)
AT SOUNDERS FC (7-3-3 IN MLS)
7 p.m., Starfire Sports Stadium, Tukwila.
BROADCAST: No TV or radio. Webcast at SoundersFC.com.
NOTES: This is a third-round match of the U.S. Open Cup. … Seattle has won the last three Open Cup titles. No club has won four in a row. … This is the 99th edition of the tournament, making it the oldest annual team tournament in the United States. It is open to all amateur and professional clubs affiliated with U.S. Soccer. … Raphael Cox of Tacoma and Ciaran O’Brien of Federal Way play for the Silverbacks. … Atlanta plays in the North American Soccer League, one level below MLS. The Silverbacks advanced by beating the Georgia Revolution, 1-0, on a goal by Cox. Seattle and all other U.S.-based MLS clubs automatically join the tournament in the third round. … If the game is tied at the end of regulation, there will be 30 minutes of extra time. If the score remains even, the winner will be determined by penalty kicks. … The referee is Josh Wilkens.
QUOTABLE: “Raphael Cox is obviously a local kid who’s been in the league before with Salt Lake. O’Brien has been in the league, as well, with Colorado. … They’ve got a very experienced player up front in Reinaldo Navia, who’s played a number of times for Chile and is an older player, but is a guy who I think has six or seven goals. … They’ve got quality and a desire to move forward and pull an upset.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on the Silverbacks.
NEXT: If the Sounders advance, they will move to the fourth round on Tuesday against the winner of the match tonight between Cal FC and the Portland Timbers. If the Timbers win, the game would be played in Portland. If Cal FC wins, they would visit Starfire. Seattle’s next MLS match is June 16 at Montreal.