The U.S. Open Cup has been contested since 1914, and in all that time there has been only one club to win three consecutive tournaments.
Sounders FC will try to make it two at 7 p.m. Oct. 4, when they meet the Chicago Fire at CenturyLink Field. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The Sounders played their way to a third straight final with a 1-0 win over FC Dallas before a crowd of 4,593 Tuesday at Starfire Sports Stadium.
“I thought in the first half we were the better team with more chances,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “In the second half for sure they were more aggressive, played forward a little bit quicker, played with a little bit of desperation and we didn’t always handle it well and really didn’t counter as well as we needed to to take advantage of that. But in the end, we’re happy with the 1-0 win, and we’re happy to get to our third final.”
The Fire advanced earlier in the evening with a 2-1 home win over the Richmond Kickers of USL-Pro.
If the Sounders win that one, they will join Greek American SC of New York, which won three straight cups from 1967-69. No other team has done it in a tournament that dates to 1914.
Seattle punched its ticket to the final on the strength of a Fredy Montero goal in the 40th minute. Montero faked outside, turned in instead, and fired with his left foot from about 20 yards.
Despite both teams’ heavy August schedule, the Sounders and Hoops contested a fast-paced, free-flowing and sometimes chippy game.
The first half was solidly in Seattle’s favor as Brad Evans, Mauro Rosales and Fredy Montero all had good early chances – Montero’s coming on a bicycle kick that sizzled just wide.
Dallas pressured Seattle regularly in the second half, and had one great final chance as goalkeeper Kasey Keller got trapped away from the goalmouth, but
Marvin Chavez skied a shot over the crossbar. It was the second near-miss for Chavez, who had banged one off the near upright in the 50th minute.
The Sounders will now take a five-day break from training. They will resume training Monday, preparing for their return to MLS regular season play Sept. 10 against Real Salt Lake at CenturyLink Field.
I’ll add some quotes in other posts above. Here are stats:
SEA — Fredy Montero (Alvaro Fernandez) 40
FC Dallas– Kevin Hartman, Jair Benitez (Jack Stewart 89), Jeremy Hall, Ugo Ihemelu, Andrew Jacobson, Daniel Hernandez, Daniel Cruz (George John 46), Marvin Chavez, Brek Shea, Ricardo Villar (Jackson 64), Maicon Santos.
Substitutes Not Used: Victor Ulloa, Bobby Warshaw, Andrew Wiedeman, Chris Seitz.
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Marvin Chavez 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Maicon Santos 1); FOULS: 14 (5 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 4 (Daniel Hernandez 2, Ricardo Villar 2); SAVES: 3 (Kevin Hartman 3)
Seattle Sounders — Kasey Keller, Zach Scott, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez, Mauro Rosales, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez (Lamar Neagle 84), Fredy Montero (James Riley 89), Pat Noonan (Mike Fucito 66).
Substitutes Not Used: Erik Friberg, Nate Jaqua, Tyson Wahl, Josh Ford.
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (3 tied with 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Brad Evans 2); FOULS: 16 (Leo Gonzalez 4); OFFSIDES: 2 (Fredy Montero 1, Pat Noonan 1); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Mauro Rosales 4); SAVES: 1 (Kasey Keller 1)
DAL — Daniel Cruz (caution; Reckless Foul) 12
DAL — Daniel Hernandez (caution; Dissent) 22
SEA — Leo Gonzalez (caution; Tactical Foul) 35
SEA — Brad Evans (caution; Reckless Tackle) 58
DAL — Ricardo Villar (caution; Reckless Tackle) 63
DAL — Maicon Santos (caution; Dissent) 63
DAL — Daniel Hernandez (ejection; Abusive Language) 94+
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee’s Assistants:-Mike Rottersman; Paul Scott
4th Official: Jeff Hosking
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-68-degrees
All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial.
50th minute: Dallas’ best chance as Chavez works past Scott in the box and practically snaps the near upright with a rocket of a shot.
Second half: Has begun.
Attendance: 4,593. A sellout.
Halftime: Sounders up, 1-0, and they probably dominated more than that score indicates. About as nice a 45 minutes as they’ve played this season, as far as I’m concerned.
Seattle took 11 shots, Dallas 5; Seattle put four on goal, Dallas 1; Seattle nine fouls, Dallas six; Seattle two corners, Dallas one.
40th minute: GOAL Seattle. Montero fakes one way, goes the other, scoring with a solid left-footed strike. Seattle, 1-0.
First 20 minutes: This remains a very attack-oriented game. Seattle is getting the better chances. And it’s still chippy.
That other semi: It’s gone final, with Chicago winning 2-1. So, Seattle-Dallas winner will play Fire for 2011 U.S. Open Cup.
First 10 minutes: Both teams treating midfield as just the place they have to run through on their way to the attacking third. Very spirited and pretty chippy start in Tukwila.
Kickoff: The game has begun at sold-out Starfire Sports Stadium. Hoops in red, Sounders in electricity.
In Chicago: Fire goes up, 2-0, in 61st minute. Assuming they win, they will either visit Seattle or host the Hoops.
Lineups: Sounders apparently starting GK Keller, D Scott, D Parke, D Hurtado, D Gonzalez, M Rosales, M Alonso, M Evans, M Fernandez, F Montero, F Noonan. Reserves: Ford, Friberg, Fucito, Jaqua, Neagle, Riley, Wahl.
For Dallas: GK Hartman; D Benitez, Hall, Ihemelu, Jacobson; M Hernandez, Cruz, Chavez, Shea, Villar; F Santos. Reserves: Seitz, Jackson, John, Stewart, Ulloa, Warshaw, Wiedeman.
Other game: The Sounders-Hoops winner, of course, meets the winner of the Chicago-Richmond game. That one has kicked off, and you can follow along here.
Pregame: This feels like a big game. A third straight U.S. Open Cup final is a pretty big deal … and encouragingly, Dallas and the Sounders treat it as such.
A dreary morning has given way to a cloudy-but-OK weather for football, and a sellout crowd will be on hand. For those who can’t get here, the game will be broadcast over SoundersFC.com, and we will have blog and Twitter reports all evening.