The Sounders face the San Jose Earthquakes tonight in a pre-season match that is also a preview of the 2009 Heritage Cup. Kick off is at 7:00 PM from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. We are expecting SoundersFC.com to blog match updates here.
Fans in San Jose have been reaching out and working with fans in Seattle to create a cup that memorializes the history of the two clubs which dates back to 1974 in the North American Soccer League. The Heritage Cup begins in 2009 with Seattle and San Jose and awaits the possibility of other NASL cities joining Major League Soccer with their NASL club names intact. Read more about the Heritage Cup here. (Robert Stevenson designed the Heritage Cup logo and his wife Sarah is currently working on the 2009 poster).
Sounders FC are having a good week of training, especially results-wise, where the club are 3-0 and have outscored their opponents 11-2. It is quite another matter tonight as Seattle will face fellow MLS competition and will likely be going against many of the Earthquakes projected starters for at least the first half.
It has also been a busy week off the pitch for the Sounders, who have acquired defender Tyrone Marshall, traded winger Khano Smith and cut three former Sounders along with a few others as they sift through the camp player pool.
The Sounders and Quakes have met in friendlies over recent years and have also tangled several times in United States Open Cup knockout matches. Last year the United Soccer Leagues Sounders traveled to San Jose for an in-season friendly and upset the Earthquakes 2-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium.