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Timbers to face the Sounders in Tacoma for the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup

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The Portland Timbers will travel north to Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington, to face the Seattle Sounders in the fourth round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The match is set for Wednesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m., as the fourth round begins.

This will be the fifth straight year that the Timbers will open the fourth round of the tournament against an MLS side. In their last four fourth-round matches, the Timbers have produced a 3-1 record dating back to the 2015 campaign. This fourth-round match marks the eighth meeting between the Timbers and Seattle in U.S. Open Cup play (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017), dating back to their first tournament match as second-division sides in 2005.

The fourth round is when all MLS sides enter the tournament. They will join the 11 winners from the competition’s third round, which was contested earlier this week (May 28 and May 29).

The U.S. Open Cup is in its 106th year, and it is the only high-profile competition in American team sports where amateur sides have the opportunity to face professionals in meaningful competition. The tournament is conducted on a single-game, knockout basis, and it is open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion annually since 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor United States soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.