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[US Open Cup] Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders: How to watch, Previews, Match Chat [7:30]

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The US Open Cup is here again, here’s how to watch tonight’s Cascadia clash

Sebastian Blanco chips Frei for winning goal (2/2) Kris Lattimore

A week and a half after their last match (and home opener), the Portland Timbers are back in action, this time kicking off their US Open Cup run against a familiar foe: the Seattle Sounders.

With tonight’s match coming in the middle of an extended league break for the Timbers, rest and rotation will likely be a non-factor in Gio Savarese’s lineup choice tonight. As Stumptown Footy’s Will Conwell wrote for Sounder at Heart’s three questions, “As one should expect from an organization run by Gavin Wilkinson, the Timbers always try to extract maximum value from the Cup giving as many minutes to reserves and young players as they think they can while still putting up a competitive side for the opposition that they are expecting. Sometimes that means just running out the first choice XI and sometimes that means basically fielding a starting lineup that would look more at home at a T2 match.”

Previews

Storylines: “The Sounders aren’t on a good run of form, having lost their last three matches. According to Sounder At Heart, anyone that isn’t away on international duty will be available for this match up. So they could field a pretty strong 11, and then maybe go slightly younger to fill out the bench.”

Match Information

Watch it on: ESPN+ with no blackouts! (please note that link is an affiliate link that supports Stumptown Footy if you subscribe through it)

Where: Cheney Stadium, Tacoma

When: Wednesday, June 12st, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. PT

Portland Timbers: 0-0-0

Seattle Sounders: 0-0-0