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US Open Cup third round draw: S2 could play T2 at home

The stage is set for a potential Cascadia showdown at Starfire if both teams advance past the second round.

Mike Russell / Sounder at Heart

The matchups and hosting scenarios for the third round of the US Open Cup were drawn today, and it couldn't have worked out better for Sounders fans. If Sounders FC 2 and their Portland counterparts win their respective opening matches of Cup competition, S2 will get the chance to eliminate their rivals at home in a mini-Cascadia showdown at Starfire.

It's a tantalizing prospect, but of course we can't count on it yet. After Kitsap Pumas dismantled their first-round competition, FC Tacoma 253, they'll take on S2 at Starfire on May 20. S2 need to survive that round and Timbers 2 have to travel to Pontiac, Mich. and defeat Columbus Crew PDL affiliate Michigan Bucks in order to arrange the third round meeting.

If Kitsap beats S2, they'll have a shot at knocking T2 (or the Bucks) out in the third round, but they would have to do it on the road. As with any single-elimination tournament, anything could happen. After an exciting first round of matches with the most PK shootouts in the modern era, we'll have to hope the stars align for a mini-Cascadia battle in Tukwila.

The only potential downside: All third-round matches will be played May 27, which means S2 could be hosting T2 on the same evening that Sounders FC hosts the Colorado Rapids at CenturyLink Field.

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