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Potential Sounders-Timbers clash headlines U.S. Open Cup pairings

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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:


  • 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


Which potential matchups do you have your eye on?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Anytime someone describes a Chivas USA vs Galaxy match as a “Superclasico”, I can’t help but wonder… WHY?

  2. As a Sounder’s fan for longer than most have lived, I don’t agree with the Atlanta ownerships decision to sell the game.

    I don’t begrudge the Sounder’s for trying either.

    I am torn on whether it was the “right” thing to do with everything factored in.

  3. Arthur Blank pretty much has an ATL MLS deal in the bag with the new stadium plans, etc. There is room for more than one Southeast MLS team. It may take a couple years, but us former Silverbacks fans are looking forward to it.

  4. It sold out 5 hours after tix went on sale. Theyre rushing to open the new stand behind the parking lot side net to sell those tickets too. Its gonna be a mad house.

  5. Go $ilverbuck$!! Sleazy ingrate hucksters!! Seriously. Go. Go to Tijuana or somewhere and spend that greedbag of dirty cash on cheap hookers and bad cocaine. (I can recommend a few places.) And when you get back, and the hangover wears off, don’t expect your lackey fans to be waiting around for you screw heads. No, we’ll be licking our wounds, as the doomed often find themselves doing…licking our wounds and waiting around for that downtown MLS team. It may sound boring, but it beats hanging out with a pack of drooling ravenous hyenas like yourselves. Oh Jesus…the bats are here again. Gotta go!

  6. Disagree. Derbies are a great idea. No one cares about USOC except for a few soccer hipsters. Getting the local rivalry angle going will only increase interest.

  7. Possible but not likely:

    Florida derby: orlando vs tampa , usl vs nasl.

    That would be interesting – my understanding is that tampa has been avoiding this I 4 derby. Looks bad to lose to tier 3, i guess

  8. Well I did have my eye on the Silverbacks/Sounders game until Boris the slimeball sold it out from under us. Hey Boris, you are DUMB AS A TREE STUMP if you think this will pay off in the long run. Your ticket agents used Open Cup home games as a selling point to season ticket buyers. Here’s an idea, sell the team to an owner with half a brain.

    Part of me wonders if Seattle and ATL fans lobbied their front offices hard enough…could we get deal undone in the next 24 hours?

    Then another part of me doesn’t give a damn anymore.

  9. The geographical nature of pairings probably has as much to do with keeping travel costs down for smaller clubs as anything else.

  10. Isn’t that something how if all mls clubs win they will face a close/geographical rival, come on make the draw magical don’t lay the path out for all mls clubs!


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