Separated into regional groups of four, there was a danger that there would be another tiring Cascadia matchup between Seattle and Portland in the first round of US Open Cup action with MLS clubs. Fortunately that draw did not occur. Seattle Sounders FC will travel to Sacramento Republic FC on June 6 to start their 2018 Open Cup campaign.
All four teams in the Northwest bracket volunteered to host and their facilities met the standards of US Soccer. Orlando City and New York City did not volunteer to host in their bracket. Neither did amateur side NTX Rayados.
Sacramento Republic are third overall in the USL and third in the West with 21 points. Their leading scorer is Cameron Iwasa with 5 goals. Christian Eissele and former UW Husky commit and Liverpool player Villyan Bijev each have two goals. Iwasa and Bijev both have 3 assists. Former Sounder Adam Moffat plies his trade with Republic, playing 823 minutes so far this season.
The Sounders will likely play several S2 players in this early round match as they have MLS matches at Real Salt Lake on June 2 (6:30 PM, JOEtv) and hosting D.C. United on June 9 (7:00 PM, JOEtv).
Seattle won the Open Cup in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014. They lost the final at Sporting KC in 2012. The Fire and Sporting both also have 4 Open Cup titles. Bethlehem Steel and Maccabi Los Angeles are the historical leaders with 5 titles each.