12 July, 2012

Seattle, KC in Open Cup Final

The Seattle Sounders will travel to Kansas City's Livestrong Sporting Park on August 8, 2012, to take on Sporting KC in their attempt to become the first ever team to win four consecutive US Open Cup titles. Seattle defeated Chivas USA in the semifinal by a 4-1 score with four different goal scorers: Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Sammy Ochoa, and Eddie Johnson. The Sounders are the third team to reach four consecutive finals in the 99 year history of the US Open Cup. Bethlehem Steel appeared in five consecutive finals from 1915-1919, winning four out of the five finals, only losing the middle 1917 final. In addition, the club known as Stix, Baer, and Fuller won three consecutive US Open Cup titles from 1933 to 1935, with a significant number of the United States 1930 and 1934 World Cup squads. The club went by their sponsor name, Central Breweries, in 1935, and appeared in a fourth consecutive final in 1936 as "Shamrocks SC" but lost to the New York Americans.

Sporting KC will host the final after defeating Philadelphia Union 2-0 on the road in yesterday's other semifinal. Jacob Peterson scored for Kansas City in the 65th minute, on a header from a Graham Zusi free kick, and the game was 1-0 until Graham Zusi scored on an empty net from 55 yards away in second half stoppage time, when Union keeper Zac MacMath had pushed forward in a desperate attempt to equalize.

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