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Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes 2018 U.S. Open Cup: How to watch, match thread

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MLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose Earthquakes Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Timbers return to Providence Park to host the San Jose Earthquakes in round four of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. It’s the fourth pairing of the clubs in all eras of both clubs.

By virtue of the single elimination format, only one team will advance to the next round meaning that, should the teams be deadlocked at the end of regulation, there will be a period of extra time before the teams go to penalty shots.

Portland is one of a handful of teams who will be facing off against a fellow MLS squad. Despite this, with both Portland and San Jose having played matches this weekend and opponents lined up this coming weekend (Portland hosting Sporting Kansas City; San Jose at Los Angeles FC), it’s generally expected that a mild to severe squad shakeup is in store for both teams despite neither coach necessarily being ready to say as such.

For a struggling team like San Jose who remain winless against all non-Minnesota teams, an Open Cup run can be used as a way to galvanize the fan base with an automatic berth in the CONCACAF Champions League being awarded to the winner.

Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese has been mum about his starting lineup but it is widely expected that midfielder Diego Chara will suit up as he will be serving a one-game suspension Saturday on account of yellow card accumulation.

Filling out the rest of the line-up, the usual rule of thumb is teams go young especially with the ban on MLS affiliate teams (read: T2), not being able to participate as seperate teams. Hence, why T2 players Andre Lewis, Marvin Loría, Darixon Vuelto and Renzo Zambrano were all signed to short-term agreements earlier this afternoon.

Match Information

Watch it on: Streaming on ussoccer.com

When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific)

Where: Providence Park, Portland, Ore.

Portland Timbers: 6-3-3 in MLS play, most recently drew 1-1 with the LA Galaxy

San Jose Earthquakes: 2-8-3 in MLS play, most recently lost 1-2 to the Chicago Fire