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Sounders v Chivas USA US Open Cup Semis - Gamethread

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Knockout tournaments can kind of suck. One poor performance and the club you support is gone. There's a certain pressure on them that can overwhelm. They are like playoffs, but longer and with a smaller payoff at the end. The Seattle Sounders don't struggle in knockouts. They are 16-0-1 in the Open Cup, 1-1-0 in Champions League Knockouts and even 1-4-1 in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Tonight they look to continue their amazing US Open Cup run on the path to #SE4TTLE by facing Chivas USA.

The Goats are one of the rare MLS teams which Sigi Schmid has struggled against in MLS play with a 3-5-6 record. That does not include the time the Sounders beat them in Open Cup play. Nor the two times a Brian Schmetzer coached, Adrian Hanauer assembled, Scott/Levesque team beat Chivas as a lower league side.

As covered on Nos Audietis and in three questions, the SoCal side has little to play for but tonight's game. In the past three weeks they've played half the games that Seattle has and so their lineup should be strong. The inspiration for the Sounders to put a strong lineup is simply a quest to do something no other club in American soccer has done - four straight US Open Cup titles.

Wednesday night at Starfire is simple - win or go home.

The webcast is at the Sounders site and also on 97.3 FM with Mark Rogondino and Taylor Graham starting at 6:45 PM Pacific.

Pre Match Build-up: Three Questions | Team Notes (pdf) | Tickets for Home Games

Officials

Referee: Chris Penso
Referee's Assistants: Frank Anderson, Mike Kampmeinert
Fourth official: Baldomero Toledo

Tactical Keys

  • Use the Fortress
  • Set-Play Specialty
  • Feed Fredy
  • One Moment Of Brilliance

Player Matchups

  • Fredy Montero v Dan Kennedy
  • Bryan Meredith v Juan Pablo Angel
  • Alvaro Fernandez v James Riley

How We're Watching
Beverage
: Water
Scarf: 39 Years of Heritage
Kit: Blue Polo (no logo)
Where I'm Watching: Press Box

As is common for Open Cup games I'll be in the press box and will tag my observations with the minute and score in the subject line.

Nos Audietis In Somniis | Nos Audietis In Altum