For the past several years, Seattle Sounders FC dipped into its USL side to supplement their roster during the U.S. Open Cup. With the 4th Round coming to Cheney Stadium on June 12, we’re taking a look at five players that Coach Brian Schmetzer might pick.
Up next is Justin Dhillon.
Cup competitions are about opportunity. In 2015, PSA Elite was the last amateur team standing in the tournament. That side featured Justin Dhillon and Sounders FC’s Henry Wingo.
Dhillon scored in the PSA Elite run.
“We weren’t professionals at the time, and it was exciting to compete against them and try to see how we compared to that level.”
PSA Elite beat two amateur teams and a USL squad. Then they met a stacked LA Galaxy squad.
“The last game I remember was against LA Galaxy, playing against Robbie Keane and those guys. We took an early 1-nil lead. We lost 6-1 or something. It was an interesting run. It was a lot of fun for all the amateurs.”
Now Dhillon is a third-year pro with a five-match scoring streak. His five goals with Defiance lead the squad.
He would love another chance at U.S. Open Cup glory, now in front of his team’s home crowd.
“You hope to be given a shot in front of the Sounders fans, and the Tacoma fans that we know, while wearing a Sounders jersey. It would be a great opportunity. We don’t know who is going to be on that list yet, but hopefully some of us are given a chance in that setting.”
Justin expects Cheney Stadium to be packed. With the Portland Timbers coming to Cheney Stadium, again Dhillon’s case for Coach Schmetzer is assertive, confident.
“I’ve been scoring. If you need a goal, let me know.”
Sounders FC will take on the Portland Timbers at Cheney Stadium in the 4th Round of the 2019 U.S. Open Cup. For ticket information click here.