2003 Jul 21

From today's Sounders news release:

Sounders Set to Battle San Jose Earthquakes in U.S. Open Cup

Tickets on Sale Today Through the Sounders Box Office

The Seattle Sounders will square off against the San Jose Earthquakes in 4th round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup action. The game takes place August 5th, 7pm, at Husky Soccer Field, located on the University of Washington campus.

Tickets are on sale now by calling the Sounders Box Office at 206.622.3415. All seating will be general admission and ticket prices are $17.00. Seating is limited at the UW soccer field so fans are encouraged to call early and reserve seats.

"We are excited about the Earthquakes coming back to Seattle," said Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer. "If last year's game was any indication, fans won't want to miss the battle this year."

The Sounders lost 4-3 to the Earthquakes in a dramatic overtime game in the 3rd round of the 2002 Open Cup. A San Jose goal in the 109th minute led to the Sounders' exit from the oldest soccer tournament in North America. Brian Ching, a 2002 member of the Sounders, scored a goal in the 60th minute of the match. This year, Ching returns to Seattle as a member of the Earthquakes.

Two other Earthquakes have ties to the Seattle area. Ian Russell, a Seattle native, attended the University of Washington and played two seasons with the Sounders (1998-1999). Craig Waibel, on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy, started five games as a Sounder last year. Waibel, a Spokane native who also played callege ball at Washington, was a member of the Sounders from 1999-2000.

Earlier this year, the Sounders and Earthquakes played to a 0-0 draw in an exhibition match at Seahawks Stadium.

The Sounders advanced to face the Earthquakes by defeating the Minnesota Thunder 1-0 on July 16th.