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ROOT Sports Will Televise US Open Cup Semifinal

The USOC Semifinal clash at Rio Tinto Stadium between the Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake will be televised locally on ROOT Sports.

George Frey

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The Portland Timbers official announced today that, as expected, the Semifinal US Open Cup match between the Timbers and Real Salt Lake will be televised locally in Portland on ROOT Sports.

This is fantastic news for Timbers fans who endured the fiasco that was the online stream of the quarterfinal match against FC Dallas back on June 26.

As fans will recall, the stream was unavailable at the start of the match due to technical difficulties originating in the FC Dallas organization. Timbers fans furiously pounded their F5 keys (or ⌘R for Mac users) until precisely 6:19 PM, when those issues were resolved.

The stream itself featured nauseatingly tight camera work more suited to a low-resolution jumbo-tron than an online broadcast, which made following flow of the game nearly impossible.

Well, not this time.

According to the press release, Timbers play-by-play man Christian Miles will team up with Brian Dunseth, a former RSL player and current RSL TV analyst, for the coverage.

Read the Timbers' full press release below.

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers today announced that the club’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal match against Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Rio Tinto Stadium will be televised live on ROOT SPORTS; kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. (Pacific).

The shared telecast will feature the broadcast team of Christian Miles (play-by-play) and Brian Dunseth (analyst).

The Timbers defeated FC Dallas 3-2 on the road in the quarterfinal on June 26 to advance to the semifinal of the U.S. Open Cup for the first time in club history. Portland also captured victories against the Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) and Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) in the third and fourth rounds, respectively. The Timbers have outscored opponents 10-3 in their three matches in U.S. Open Cup play.

Portland is one of four MLS clubs, along with Real Salt Lake, Chicago Fire and D.C. United, in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup

The 2013 U.S. Open Cup – the 100th edition of the competition – began on May 14 with 68 total teams, marking the largest field in the modern era (1995-present). The tournament includes clubs, both professional and amateur, from across the U.S. soccer landscape; all Division I, II and III clubs affiliated with U.S. Soccer participate in the tournament proper.

The U.S. Open Cup, a single-elimination tournament, has crowned a champion for 99 consecutive years beginning in 1914. The winning team has its name is engraved on the base of the Dewar Challenge Trophy and qualifies for the CONCACAF Champions League.