The Seattle Sounders' road to a fourth consecutive U.S. Open Cup title may very well end up going through their archrivals.
Should the Sounders and Portland Timbers each win next week's third-round Open Cup matches, the two will square off at Jeld-Wen Field in a must-see fourth-round clash. That is just one of the possibilities to emerge from the potential fourth-round pairings and host sites that U.S. Soccer released on Wednesday.
A Texas derby between FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo and a SuperClasico rematch between Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy could also be in the cards for the fourth round, provided that the MLS teams all advance past their lower-tier competition.
Here are all of the fourth-round pairings for the U.S. Open Cup:
U.S. OPEN CUP FOURTH-ROUND PAIRINGS
- Seattle Sounders/Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Portland Timbers/Cal FC
- New England Revolution/Harrisburg City Islanders vs. New York Red Bulls/Charleston Battery
- Chivas USA/Ventura County Fusion vs. Los Angeles Galaxy/Carolina RailHawks
- Real Salt Lake/Minnesota Stars vs. San Jose Earthquakes/Fort Lauderdale Strikers
- Colorado Rapids/Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Sporting Kansas City/Orlando City SC
- Houston Dynamo/San Antonio Scorpions vs. FC Dallas/Charlotte Eagles
- Columbus Crew/Dayton Dutch Lions vs. Chicago Fire/Michigan Bucks
- D.C. United/Richmond Kickers vs. Philadelphia Union/Rochester Rhinos
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