LINEUPS: Cristian Roldan and Nouhou effectively replace Alex Roldan and Josh Atencio as first-team regulars in the lineup, with Jackson Ragen also moving onto the bench. Otherwise this is, again, a very reserve- and Tacoma Defiance-heavy roster.

The Seattle Sounders can take another step toward becoming the first MLS team to win five U.S. Open Cups with a win tonight against reigning USL Championship winners Phoenix Rising. For all their success in the tournament, however, this would mark the furthest the Sounders have advanced since making the quarterfinals in 2016. Phoenix Rising has never advanced beyond the Round of 16, nor have they beaten an MLS opponent.

The Sounders are expected to use another heavily rotated lineup, albeit with some MLS veterans sprinkled in. Nouhou is among the projected starters as he won’t be available for Saturday’s match against St. Louis City after getting red-carded against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

  • Tacoma Defiance players Snyder Brunell, Osaze De Rosario, Kalani Kossa-Rienzi, Antino Lopez and Georgi Minoungou are all available for selection after signing short-term agreements.
  • The Sounders are 24-1-3 in Open Cup games at Starfire Stadium dating to 2005.
  • A draw that determines the pairings for the quarterfinals and semifinals will be held at 7 PM and streamed on US Soccer’s YouTube page.



OUT: Josh Atencio (hamstring), Léo Chú (adductor), Nathan (quadricep) and Braudilio Rodrigues (hamstring)


OUT: Laurence Wyke (suspension)

How they got here

Sounders: Beat Louisville City in a penalty shootout
Phoenix: Beat North Carolina FC in extra time

How to Watch

Match date/kickoff time: Wednesday, 7:30 PM PT

Venue: Starfire Stadium, Tukwila

Streaming: YouTube (Joe Malfa & Ricky Lopez-Espin)

Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Danny Jackson & Pete Fewing)

Is this game available to stream for free? Yes


Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.

This is Seattle Sounders vs. Phoenix Rising; watch with us

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