U.S. Open Cup Third Round: A Look Ahead

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Wednesday night, a rivalry that will soon grace MLS is renewed, as the Portland Timbers are set to host the Seattle Sounders in the Third Round of the U.S. Open Cup.

PGE Park is set to host another Open Cup match between the two sides, with the fierce rivalry set to take center stage once again. The Sounders begin their defense of last year's Open Cup title.

Seven other matches are scheduled for this week, as eight MLS sides enter the tournament proper after a couple rounds of play-in matches have filled out the field. Each game pits an MLS team against a side from the lower levels of American soccer, with teams representing either USL-2 or USSF Division 2 League.

Here's the schedule of this week's of matches:

JUNE 29

New York Red Bulls at Harrisburg City Islanders, 7:00 p.m., Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa. 

Rochester Rhinos at Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m., Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio

Charleston Battery at Chicago Fire, 8:30 p.m., Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

Miami FC at Houston Dynamo, 8:30 p.m., Robertson Stadium; Houston, Texas

A.C. St. Louis at Los Angeles Galaxy, 10:30 p.m., Home Depot Center; Los Angelos, Calif.

Austin Aztex at Chivas USA, 10:30 p.m., California State-Fullerton; Fullerton, Calif.

JUNE 30

Richmond Kickers at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m., George Mason Stadium; Fairfax, Va.

Seattle Sounders at Portland Timbers, 10:30 p.m., PGE Park; Portland, Ore.

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What do you think of this week's matches? See any potential upsets? Heading out to a game?

Share your thoughts below.

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27 Responses to U.S. Open Cup Third Round: A Look Ahead

  1. Will Smith says:

    Any of these games on tv?!

  2. Chris says:

    The Seattle/Portland game should be good.

    Hopefully, the Baby Bulls can bring it home.

  3. Oranje Mike says:

    The USOC is a great and fun tournament. It was a blast going to the games in ’06 at Toyota Park. The Fire won so it was all the better. I wish more people came out for these matches but the supporters section was there, in full and ragin’. Wish I could be there again.

  4. Brent McD. says:

    Good to see Dynamo finally get a home game in the U.S. Open Cup. Unfortunately they will surely trot out a predominantly reserve squad, having just played a match on Saturday.

  5. lassidawg says:

    The Sounder/Timber game is at 7:30PST on Fox Sports NW.

  6. Clayton says:

    LOVE this tourney. Since FCD is out, I guess I’ll have to pull for the Aztex. Sea v Por looks like the game to watch for the week tho. Mia and Hou also looks pretty intriguing. Hell, looks like good games all around. Kinda rooting for some upsets to mix it up a bit.

    The winner of this tourney automatically qualifies for CONCACAF Champions League, right?

    Anywhere to watch Aztex vs. Chivas USA?

  7. Coffee says:

    The dynamo’s reserve team is nothing to laugh at…from what I’ve seen…they are very strong attack wise and midfield wise…defense…not so sure about.

  8. Colin says:

    The winner gets a play-in home and away series for the CCL group stages. The only MLS automatic bids are for the MLS cup winners and for the Supporters Shield.

  9. Duck says:

    If Houston’s reserve back line was decent at all, they would replace the starting defense easily. Houston is bleeding goals this year :(

  10. BetaMale says:

    It’d be nice if these games were streamed online like on mlssoccer.com or the teams websites. Can’t get the LA game here in San Diego

  11. Rageman says:

    Timbers v. Sounders is going to be intense. Sucks I have to w*rk but with no World Cup matches tomorrow, I might actually have time to sit down and watch this one when I get home.

  12. TJPierce says:

    You may be able to find some streams like the one from http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-fire-confidential/2010/06/fire-v-charleston—us-open-cup.html

    Can’t make it to the US Open Cup match tonight?

    Charlestonbattery.com is providing a live audio stream of the match.

  13. Second City says:

    Good thing they’re a deep squad then.

  14. kriz says:

    kickers over united

  15. Beandog says:

    *chuckles*

  16. Ron says:

    I think the aztex will beat chivas usa.. every other game, an mls team will win.

  17. Jim says:

    I hope you’re right. Go Aztex!

  18. peterjh says:

    As a Sounders’ supporter, with the way things are going lately, I’ll be fairly happy if SSFC get out of Portland without having emebarassed the FO into refunding travelling expenses to those making the trip to the game.

  19. Ron says:

    I hope st louis doesnt get beat to bad against la!!

  20. Chicago Mike says:

    Down go the Bulls

  21. Jonathan says:

    Dynamo 1 – Miami 0 – – – – – Lovell Palmer with Houston’s goal, Mulrooney missed PK. Waiting for Chivas/Aztex match for winner.

  22. mike says:

    Harrisburg City Islanders DEFEAT New York Red Bulls 1-0 in overtime. Great job Harrisburg. I was at the game and enjoyed the entertainment. Good luck with the rest of the tourny

  23. Will-yo says:

    Galaxy 2 AC St Louis 0
    Galaxy started a makeshift back line. The game was taken too them in the first half but as the second half started the Galaxy put a stop to the madness. Slow paced game all in all.

  24. Will-yo says:

    Anyone know the Sounders – Timbers result?

  25. ELAC says:

    Chivas USA 1
    Aztex 0

    Good night, now.

  26. Will-yo says:

    oppps that game is on Wed…

  27. bayonetbrant says:

    Crew 2 – 1 Rhinos

    Lenhart saves the day with a late goal.