SEATTLE SOUNDERS (5-9-1; 16 points) VS. REAL SALT LAKE (8-5-3; 27 points)
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah.
Online stream: SoundersFC.com.
Head to head: Seattle lost 2-1 at Salt Lake March 12 in MLS play, the only meeting between the clubs this season so far.
Notes: The Open Cup is the third-longest annual open soccer tournament in the world and fields participants from the three American professional leagues and winners from a pool of amateur teams. It is the oldest soccer tournament in the United States. Seattle won the U.S. Open Cup four times, most recently in 2014. Clint Dempsey has returned from national team duties, but is suspended for Tuesday’s game. Dempsey incurred a six-game ban after ripping up a referee’s handbook in an fourth-round Open Cup loss to Portland last summer. … Salt Lake is 8-5-3 in MLS play, sits in third place in the Western Conference and is undefeated at home this season. RSL defeated the USL’s Wilmington Hammerheads in the U.S. Open Cup fourth round, but it took penalty kicks to do so. RSL Goalkeeper Nick Rimando has recorded the fifth most saves in the MLS this season (50). RSL’s Joao Plata has six assists this season, the third most assists in the MLS, and Yura Movsisyan has a team-high six goals.
Next: The winner Tuesday advances to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals against the winner of Wednesday’s matchup between the L.A. Galaxy and the Portland Timbers. The loser is eliminated. All quarterfinal games are set for July 20.