Despite our local custom of summer soccer and the occasional snow flurries drifting around the greater Seattle area, today is chock full of games that will be of interest to local fans.
At some unholy hour this morning (which explains the lack of a game thread), the Sounders kicked off a friendly versus the hated Houston Dynamo: the team that knocked Seattle out of its first ever MLS playoff run — a victory that both of Houston's fans were very excited about.
The game thread is here, but the summary is that the Sounders went down 2-0 through the first half, exhibiting a now familiar tendency to have a lot of offense and not put the ball in the net (including a Montero shot that rebounded off the bottom of the crossbar but bounced out), but in the second half O'Brian White drew a penalty (which Montero converted) and then Tetteh scored on a give-and-go with converted formidfender Roger Levesque (who was playing right mid at the time) to tie the game, which is how it finished. The Sounders are now 2-2-2 in the preseason and their next match is on Thursday against UCF, alma mater of Michelle Akers and Terence Trent D'Arby.
At noon, the United States U-17 team will be playing their first match in the knockout stages of the CONCACAF U-17 Tournament after cruising through a pretty punchless group last week. Their opponent today is El Salvador, and whoever wins makes the quarterfinals, which means they qualify for the U-17 World Cup later this year in Mexico, so this is arguably the most important match of the tournament. Winning the whole thing gets some pleasant silverware, but the goal is to make the World Cup. The game is on ESPN3 and Deportes and will be covered on Twitter by @ussoccer_ynt.
Later tonight — at 5pm — the Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake will kick off the first leg of their Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal matchup. RSL has to be favored after the Crew blew up their team in the offseason (and are suffering from injuries, including both their starting and backup keepers). Jeremiah has a detailed preview of the match on SBN. Regardless of who wins, there will be an MLS team in the CCL semifinals and we get to match up with the not-Mexican teams, which could create a path to the finals, though it's hard to see Columbus there in their current state. Teevee coverage will be via Fox Soccer Channel.