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Come and get ready for the Sounders' US Open Cup match in Philadelphia

Gene Sweeney Jr.

US Open Cup

If you need a refresher on anything Open Cup, SB Nation has you covered. Even if you're an open cup veteran, the preview has lots of cool facts like that the Charleston Battery were the last non-MLS team to play in the finals in 2008, or that the Sounders have a 110% likelihood of winning the game today. Maybe I misread that last one.

Nine US Open Cup finals have been played in Philadelphia (ten if you count the one played in Bethlehem, but comeon who counts Bethlehem). Take a look at the history behind those games here.

Even if it didn't influence the amount of US Open Cup finals played in Philadelphia, Bethlehem Steel has had a large impact on the history of the Open Cup and US Soccer. Even the Sounders have been influenced by Bethlehem Steel, drawing upon them for inspiration as a global brand.

If you want even more history, you can check out recaps of the Sounders' "Top 10 most memorable Open Cup matches" according to SoundersFC.com.

In case you still haven't figured out how to watch the Open Cup game, fear not, you can watch it in the comfort of your own home for less than 10 dollars. All you need to do is purchase a one month subscription to KlowdTV.com, which is officially licensed to show Gol TV games. Tune in today at 4:30 and you're all set.

If you aren't already excited enough for the Open Cup final today, maybe taking a look at some scouting reports will help. Or maybe you're a zombie and nothing will help. I mean if you're not excited at this point you are probably a zombie.

Are you still not excited enough, you zombie? Well maybe the Rave TV Preview of the game will do something for you:

MLS

Gyasi Zardes has scored 15 goals this season, which is good for third most in the league. It looks as if this may be actual growth from last year, rather than just getting used to the league and level of play. Check out this article which takes an in-depth look at Zardes and his stats.

The LA Galaxy are starting the Science of Soccer program, which helps engage students in STEM subjects by teaching about soccer. The program will be available for elementary through high schoolers.

It looks as if Marco Di Vaio will be leaving the Montreal Impact at the end of this season.

Two Canadian teams made signings yesterday: Toronto FC signed Chris Mannella, and Vancouver signed both Kianz Froese and Marco Bustos.

Ryan Nelson had a lot to say after his exit from Toronto FC. His exit could also provide something of a shakeup roster-wise.

Will Johnson had a second baby recently.

Sounder at Heart is in this year's King 5 best sports blog poll. If we're your favorite Seattle area sports blog feel free to vote here. If not, this is the right link for you.

World

Former French diplomat Jerome Champagne has announced his candidacy for the FIFA Presidency. Champagne still needs to have his eligibility cleared by FIFA's audit and compliance committee. Elections will be held on May 29th.

Julian Green's Hamburg have just replaced their coach, giving Green three coaches in three weeks. Regardless, Green is expected to get a whole lot of playing time.

FIFA 15 is out with its new player rankings, and Seattle's own Clint Dempsey is the highest ranked MLSer at 81. The only American ranked higher than Dempsey is Tim Howard at 82.

With Gus Johnson stepping down from his role as Fox Soccer's lead play-by-play announcer, we're seeing that American viewers don't care where the accent is from, just that the announcer knows their stuff.