LA Galaxy (MLS) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. PT at StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium in Carson, Calif.
LA Galaxy Best Finish: Champions (2001, 2005)
Seattle Sounders FC Best Finish: Champions (2009-2011, 2014)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- This marks the fifth meeting between the two clubs in the competition and third since Seattle moved up to MLS.
- PREVIOUS MEETINGS: LA Galaxy 2, Seattle Sounders 1 (2000 Second Round); LA Galaxy 5, Seattle Sounders 1 (2003 Quarterfinals); Seattle Sounders FC 2, LA Galaxy 0 (2010 Quarterfinals); Seattle Sounders FC 3, LA Galaxy 1 (2011 Quarterfinals)
- Interestingly, current Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid has been on the winning side of all four previous meetings between the clubs. Schmid was the head coach of the LA Galaxy from 1999-2004 and helped the club win its first Open Cup title in 2001.
- Since becoming head coach of Sounders FC in 2009, Schmid has led the club to four U.S. Open Cup championships (2009-2011, 2014) and the 2013 Final.
- The LA Galaxy arrived in the Quarterfinals for the second-straight year thanks to a 4-1 extra time victory against La Maquina (Fourth Round) before a 1-0 win at Portland Timbers (Round of 16).
- Seattle Sounders FC made it back to the Quarterfinals via a 2-0 win against Kitsap Pumas (Fourth Round) and 4-1 shootout victory following a 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake (Round of 16).
- Sebastian Lletget leads the LA Galaxy with two goals in the competition. Sounders FC have one goal apiece from Cristian Roldan, Joevin Jones and Nelson Valdez.
- Sounders attacker Clint Dempsey is suspended from all U.S. Open Cup matches in 2016 and 2017.
- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena won the 1996 U.S. Open Cup as the head coach of D.C. United. Associate head coach Dave Sarachan led the Chicago Fire to Open Cup titles in 2003 and 2006. Assistant coach Pat Noonan and goalkeeping coach Matt Reis have also won the Open Cup multiple times as players. Noonan and Reis won the 2007 championship with the New England Revolution, while Noonan also won twice as a member of Sounders FC in 2010 and 2011 and Reis was part of the Galaxy’s first championship in 2001.
- Along with Schmid’s five U.S. Open Cup titles, Sounders FC assistant coach Ante Razov won three championships as a member of the Chicago Fire in 1998, 2000 and 2003.
- An LA Galaxy win would mark the club’s first Semifinal appearance since 2006.
- The LA Galaxy are currently on a 16-match home unbeaten streak in the U.S. Open Cup, having last dropped a 2-1 extra time decision to the Chicago Fire in the 2000 Semifinals. The club is 18-2-0 all-time in home U.S. Open Cup matches.
- The winner will take on the winner of the Houston Dynamo/FC Dallas winner in the Semifinals. The host will be determined during Thursday’s Draw, live on U.S. Soccer’s YouTube at 11 a.m. ET.