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A three-week break from MLS play ends this week as Seattle Sounders FC returns to action against the expansion Montreal Impact. The Rave Green will play the inaugural match in the Impact’s new home, Stade Saputo, on Saturday evening. First kick is set for 4:30 p.m. PT.
The match will be televised live on KONG 6/16 with Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller on the call, and can also be heard on 97.3 KIRO FM. The game will also be broadcast in Spanish on KOMO2 and La Gran D 99.3 FM.
Despite the lull in league play, Sounders FC kept plenty busy with two U.S. Open Cup contests. Seattle kicked off its run for a record fourth consecutive title with a 5-1 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks in the third round followed by a 5-0 victory over Cal FC in the fourth round.
The reigning Open Cup champions will take to the road for the quarterfinals as Sounders FC visits the San Jose Earthquakes on June 26.
The return to MLS action brings a hefty travel schedule as Seattle will play six of its next eight on the road – seven of nine including Open Cup – with the three longest trips in league play this year (Montreal, New England and New York). Overall, Seattle will travel nearly 20,000 miles over the next six weeks, including 11,202 miles before the end of June.
The road trips are welcomed by a Sounders FC squad that has excelled away from home over its first three-plus seasons. Seattle is 22-14-16 all-time on the road, and currently holds the league’s longest road unbeaten streak at 10 games (7-0-3), just two shy of tying the MLS record.
Sounders FC will look to extend that streak come Saturday at the newly renovated Stade Saputo. It will be the second time that Sounders FC will play the inaugural match at an MLS stadium as Seattle opened Philadelphia’s PPL Park in 2010.
The expansion Impact (3-7-3, 12 points) are currently eighth in the East and have dropped back-to-back games after going unbeaten in four straight (2-0-2). The Montreal roster features several familiar faces, including former Sounders Miguel Montano, Lamar Neagle, Sanna Nyassi and Tyson Wahl.
Sounders FC will continue its stretch of seven games in 22 days when the tem returns home for a midweek game on Wednesday, June 20 against Sporting Kansas City. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. The Rave Green will then head to Portland for its second Cascadia Cup fixture of the season as they take on the rival Timbers on Sunday, June 24.
Upcoming Competition Schedule (times are Pacific & subject to change)
Saturday, June 16, 4:30 p.m. – Sounders FC at Montreal Impact, Stade Saputo, Montreal, QC
Wednesday, June 20, 7 p.m. – Sounders FC vs. Sporting Kansas City, Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field
Sunday, June 24, 2 p.m. – Sounders FC at Portland Timbers, JELD-WEN Field, Portland, OR
Tuesday, June 26, 7:30 p.m. – Sounders FC at San Jose Earthquakes (U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals), Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, Calif.
Saturday, June 30, 4:30 p.m. – Sounders FC at New England Revolution, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
Wednesday, July 4, 7 p.m. – Sounders FC at Real Salt Lake, Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT
Upcoming MLS Reserve League Schedule (times are Pacific & subject to change)
Monday, August 6, 7 p.m. – Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy, Starfire Stadium, Tukwila, Wash.
Sunday, August 12, 11 a.m. – Sounders FC at San Jose Earthquakes, Nutrilite Training Facility, San Jose, Calif.