US Open Cup Champs
The Seattle Sounders scored their 3rd straight Lamar Hunt US Open Cup title with a 2-0 win over the Fire in front of a frantic 35,615 fans at CenturyLink Field.
Seattle G Kasey Keller, who kept a clean sheet in the match stopping 4 shots, stated after the match, “Winning is winning.
It never gets old.
Three in a row is a tremendous accomplishment and to be able to have two of them here at home, unbelievable.”
The first half of the match was a fast-paced affair where the Sounders and Fire combined for 15 shots and the play was very physical with the teams combining for 17 fouls.
The 2nd half began and the pace was also very fast and the Sounders may have gotten a lift as the scoreless half progressed, as the fans just kept getting louder.
Another shot beat Johnson, but yet again the ball hit the post and the score remained 0-0. That is until the 77th minute when a Seattle corner was headed into Johnson, who made the save, but the ball came to Montero and he would not be denied again and found the back of the net to give the Sounders a 1-0 lead.
It looked as if the 1-0 lead would stick, but Seattle’s Osvaldo Alonso displayed some fancy footwork in beating 3 defenders and then finding the open net to give the Sounders a 2-0 lead right before the final whistle.
The Sounders were in control of the match and their defense was superb.
However, the crowd may have been the reason the Sounders came out on top. Seattle’s Brad Evans stated, “They know what good soccer is. When they start cheering you know you’re doing something right and you just try to keep the ball rolling.” Lamar Neagle added, “We feed off that.
That’s why we play so well at home. Our fans are amazing, everybody knows that. So it’s nothing new.”
The US Open Cup has been played since 1914 and is the oldest cup competition in the United States.
The last time a team had won 3 straight US Open Cups is way back in 967-1969 by New York’s Greek American and on Tuesday night Seattle only became the 4th team ever to three-peat for the title.