The Portland Timbers host the MLS Seattle Sounders once again in a 3rd round Lamar Hunt US Open Cup matchup, this Wednesday, June 30th 2010 at 7:30pm.
By way of preview, I should tell you about this year’s Sounders team, but I can’t waste my time on MLS soccer [until next year]. I watched one Seattle match last year though, so I do know this about the team – they’re good at blatant time-wasting, and can demonstrate a lack of class (they “forgot” to bring their away jerseys, so the sickly neon green blighted PGE Park last July). As we’ve seen over the years, the skill level is generally on par with the better USL sides, but MLS sides are a little faster, a little fitter, and a little bigger. This year’s USL Timbers match up pretty well in the size department, Nimo notwithstanding, and their fitness level (and timely substitutions) has kept them pretty fresh up until the end of most matches (outside of last minute defensive breakdowns).
The 2009 edition of this match took place almost a year ago to the day. And although the result for the Timbers was not as awesome as the tifo, a sellout crowd of 16,382 experienced a memorable evening.