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Sounders draw biggest rival in U.S. Open Cup

Seattle-Portland is the only all-MLS matchup of the fourth round.

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Figuring out how to deal with the geographically imbalanced soccer landscape has always been a challenge for the U.S. Open Cup, and specifically teams located in the westen and southern parts of the country. Often times, teams from those far-flung regions have been paired together. While the Seattle Sounders have avoided making a long trip, they still ended up with a significantly-less-than-ideal matchup: They are paired with the Portland Timbers in the fourth round.

The Sounders will host the Timbers on June 16th at 7:30 pm PT.

Yes, that's the MLS Portland Timbers. It's the only all-MLS matchup of the fourth round. This will mark the fourth time since 2009 and the second consecutive year that the Sounders have played the Timbers. Just like last year, the game will be played at Starfire Stadium. Unlike last year, the meeting will be on June 16 or two rounds earlier than the quarterfinal match the Sounders won 3-1 in extra time.

Somewhat complicating the draw was the fact that both the Sounders and Timbers have USL affiliates who they can't play until the final. Coincidentally, S2 and T2 play a third-round game on Wednesday for a chance to visit Real Salt Lake on June 17.

The full draw can be found here.

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