By COLE KELLOGG
The Seattle Sounders were always certain to have a rough go of retaining their U.S. Open Cup title, but a fourth round draw against the Portland Timbers will make it all the more difficult.
On Thursday evening, U.S. Soccer released the possible matchups that will largely be determined by the outcome of the third round of games, which will take place on May 27.
15 MLS teams were placed into geographic regions that correspond specifically to a third round matchup. With two more MLS teams than third round matches, though, the Sounders were picked to play the Portland Timbers on June 16.
Another scintillating matchup could be a standoff between Peter Wilt’s old club in the Chicago Fire and his new one in Indy Eleven.
The remaining exciting match possibilities include a possible derby between the New York Cosmos and New York City FC, Minnesota United against Sporting Kansas City, the San Antonio Scorpions versus the Houston Dynamo, and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers against Orlando City SC.
The possibilities are as follows:
On June 16…
NYCFC (MLS) at New York Cosmos (NASL), 7 pm
or Jersey Express (PDL) at NYCFC (MLS) 7 pm
Rochester Rhinos (USL)/Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) at Philadelphia Union (MLS), 7:30 pm
Atlanta Silberbacks (NASL)/Chattanooga FC (NPSL) at New York Red Bulls (MLS), 7:30 pm
Minnesota United FC (NASL)/Saint Louis FC (USL) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS), 7:30 pm
Louisville FC (USL)/Indy Eleven (NASL) at Chicago Fire (MLS), 7:30 pm
Oklahoma City Energy (USL)/Tulsa Roughnecks (USL) at FC Dallas (MLS), 8pm
Austin Aztex (USL)/San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) at Houston Dynamo (MLS), 8pm
Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)/Real Monarchs SLC (USL) at Colorado Rapids (MLS), 7pm
Chula Vista FC (USASA)/Sacramento Republic FC (USL) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS), 7:30 pm
Portland Timbers (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (MLS), 7:30 pm
On June 17…
Orlando City (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL), 7:30 pm
or Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at Orlando City (MLS), 7:30 pm
Charlotte Independence (USL)/Carolina Railhawks (NASL) at New England Revolution (MLS), 7:30 pm
Columbus Crew SC (MLS) at Richmond Kickers (USL), 7pm
or Columbus Crew SC (MLS) at Jacksonville Armada (NASL), 7:30pm
D.C. United (MLS) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL), 7pm
or D.C. United at Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL), 7:30 pm
Portland Timbers 2(USL)/Seattle Sounders 2 (USL) at Real Salt Lake (MLS), 8pm
PSA Elite (USASA)/Ventura County Fusion (PDL) at LA Galaxy (MLS), 7:30 pm
What do you think of the U.S. Open Cup fourth round draw? Which matchups stand out to you?
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