The last time Sounders FC faced the Chicago Fire in the US Open Cup it was the 2011 Final. Seattle won that 2-0 when Osvaldo Alonso finished off the match. Tonight's winner moves on to face the Philadelphia Union on September 16th in Chester.
Chicago will be without former MVP Mike Magee. They've also recently shifted Jeff Larentowicz into a defensive role. This will be an interesting match-up between two teams that were fairly evenly matched when they met in MLS play earlier this year. That 3-2 win should be nearly meaningless.
The Fire are worse than they were than, though transitioning to different systems and players. Seattle is currently struggling, but still looks like a likely trophy winner. Meeting at Starfire also shifts the match. Big bodies and hard tacklers have an advantage on that pitch. Brad Evans says that the field means that a team is fortunate to string three or four passes together rather than the long chains that can happen at a place like CenturyLink Field.
Wednesday's 7:30 PM match will be streamed by SoundersFC.com with Ross Fletcher on the call.
This is your gamethread.