Whichever history making side advances from Tuesday's match at Starfire (on FSC) they will then go on a road trip. Both the Seattle Sounders and Cal FC would face the winner of the Minnesota Stars at San Jose Earthquakes game. That quarterfinal match would be on June 26th. There is an oddity in the announcement as the Earthquakes would not be hosting at Buck Shaw, but instead at Kezar Stadium. The Earthquakes' third and fourth round games were played at Stanford's soccer stadium.
Semifinals potential pairings are still not announced (this is also the stage that returns to the blind bid), nor a potential bracket shown. One can assume potential matchups, but the attempts at regionality to reduce travel expenses seems likely to continue for one more round. It is notable that the Minnesota Stars sold their hosting rights to Real Salt Lake. They then beat RSL soundly. They may be willing to sell again, but that will only aid Seattle, not ensure a victory.
Seattle will be at the Portland Timbers on Sunday June 24th and then at New England Revolution on Saturday the 30th. It would seem like another strong opportunity to flex that spending muscle either by buying rights (if they beat Cal FC) or by using a charter leg or two. In fact the game after the Revs is also on the road in a midweek trip to Salt Lake on July 4th. Hello frequent flyer miles for away fans and players.
Five of the eight remaining MLS teams are currently scheduled to host the quarterfinals if they win. #Se4ttle is the goal.