2017 US Open Cup Fourth Round Previews: Tuesday, June 13
D.C. United vs Christos FC
Tuesday, June 13 - 7:30 PM ET
Maryland SoccerPlex - Boyds, Md.
They’re sponsored by a local liquor store. They rarely train, and they never get paid to play. They all have day jobs. And on Tuesday night, Christos FC will have a shot at taking out D.C. United.
The Baltimore-based amateur club recorded a famous win against the USL Richmond Kickers in the Open Cup second round, then dispatched PDL side Chicago FC United in Illinois in the third-round to advance to Tuesday’s match at Marlyand SoccerPlex. They’ll be heavy, heavy underdogs against D.C., but amateur teams (remember Cal FC?) have been known to occasionally make deep Open Cup runs. We’ll see if Christos can join them in tournament annals this week.
Colorado Rapids vs OKC Energy
Tuesday, June 13 - 9:00 PM ET
Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City, Colo.
It’s been a rough regular season for Colorado, but the Rapids have turned things around a bit recently, winning two matches in a row and their last three home contests. They’ll look to keep those streaks going on Tuesday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park against USL club Oklahoma City Energy FC, who have only tallied 14 points in 11 USL contests so far this season. With no game this past weekend and a few days to prep before welcoming Portland to Colorado on Saturday, Pablo Mastroeni could use a few regulars on Tuesday night.
Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers
Tuesday, June 13 - 10:30 PM ET
Starfire Sports Complex - Tukwila, Wash.
The Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders will meet for the second time this year on Tuesday night, though their Open Cup encounter will be missing a few of the major players were accustomed to seeing when the two rivals square off. Timbers head coach Caleb Porter told reporters ahead of Saturday’s 2-0 win against FC Dallas that he’d roll out a reserve squad at Starfire, with US Under-20 forward and No. 4 SuperDraft pick Jeremy Ebobisse likely to get minutes in the match. Seattle didn’t play over the weekend so they’ll likely have a few more first-team options, but forward Jordan Morris will most likely be unavailable after being with US national team over the international break and Clint Dempsey (suspension), Joevin Jones (international duty) and Roman Torres (international duty) are all out for the match.