Seven of the 14 MLS teams that played on Tuesday advanced. And then the proportion repeated Wednesday, when Sounders FC beat Atlanta 5-1, but the Timbers fell to amateur club Cal FC in Portland.
Those latter results set up a fourth-round match in which Cal FC will visit Starfire at 7 p.m. Tuesday to meet the Sounders. Ticket information is expected later today.
The result from Portland wasn’t in last night when we talked to the Sounders after their win. However, several Sounders commented on what a rough Tuesday it had been for their league.
Coach Sigi Schmid: You never know what happens in these games. I watched a lot of the games last night. I watched part of Columbus’ game, I saw Dallas’ game in parts, I saw Chicago’s game, so I saw a lot of teams and these teams are going to come and battle. If [Alex] Caskey doesn’t respond with the third goal after they make it 2-1, maybe the game changes a little bit.”
Sammy Ochoa: “We just try to worry about ourselves, play the way we know how to play and just work from there.”
Jeff Parke: “I know man, geez. I got up this morning and saw that seven teams went down. You keep thinking to yourself that you know it’s going to be a tough game, but it’s important that we take this tournament seriously. We want to come out here and win and get back in the (Champions League) or win another trophy because this is our tournament and we’re the ones to try and get the trophy again.”
Alex Caskey: “I came from a lower division team last year, and these teams are motivated. The level of competition is pretty good, so you have to bring out your best play to beat them.”