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Sounders look to final Aug. 8 at Kansas City; Brad Evans says “Let’s make history”

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on July 11, 2012 at 10:45 pm with 1 Comment »
July 11, 2012 11:57 pm

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The Sounders’ 4-1 win over Chivas USA tonight sends them through to their fourth straight U.S. Open Cup final — Aug. 8 at Kansas City — where they will try to become the first club to win four straight championships in the 99-year history of the tournament.

Already tonight they were looking forward to that chance:

Sounders coach SIGI SCHMID
Overview) “It’s real now, so we can talk about trying to win four [US Open Cup Championships] in a row. Obviously, it’ll be difficult being away from home – playing at Kansas City. It would have been great to play at home because I think we would have more than we had last year. Who knows, maybe we would have sold out the whole place – 60,000-plus. But we’re going to Kansas City. The first one we won on the road and we’re going to try to win the fourth one on the road.”

On their Open Cup accomplishments) “We’ll take a step back and think about it and obviously look at it. Certainly it’s an electric atmosphere because the crowd is so close and to a certain extent it might be more intimidating than it is at CenturyLink [Field] just because the crowd is that much on top of you. But you look at what these guys have done in one-off games, you look at the history of any league around the world and you don’t see any teams winning four straight FA Cups. Teams might win four league championships in a row, but because there are so many things that could go wrong in a one off game it’s tough to win four in a row.”

On how much time they spend talking about history) “We’ll be very aware when we step on the field and [realize] we have a chance to do something nobody’s done and that should be a highly motivating factor for our club and for all the players on the team.”

Midfielder OSVALDO ALONSO
On the win)
“It’s a win. We win tonight and we advance to the finals. I’m very happy for myself and the team. We’re looking forward to the finals.”

Midfielder BRAD EVANS
On a fourth Cup:
“We want this one, we want it bad. We know we’re not going to host it, but we’ve got to do our best to go away now and win our fourth one. … Just the chance isn’t good enough for us, we want this one. So, let’s make history.”

Forward EDDIE JOHNSON
On playing for a record-fourth straight Open Cup)
“We don’t want to be the reason why this team doesn’t win four in a row, so when we’re out there anytime you get an opportunity you have to make it count…The expectations and the chance we have in this Cup, we need to concentrate on this game. We’re on a good streak right now — we’re unbeaten in five games, so we’re just trying to use that momentum we got right now. Just trying to go forward being consistent as we start the second part of the season.”

On playing in the final) “This is my second final of my career. I played in a Greek Cup final in Greece, but this is one of the biggest games of my career. I won a Gold Cup with the U.S. national team, but I haven’t really won anything and the final is going to mean a lot to me, going back and playing against my old team, it’s going to be a good atmosphere. The team has won it three years in a row, and I sure don’t want to be the reason the team doesn’t win a fourth one, so I’m going to go out there and play my butt off.”

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  1. EverydayFan says:

    If I were Adrian, I’d spend the time between now and the final asking very public, reasonable, and transparent questions asking to clarify how exactly the bids were “identical,” and to speak with someone, ANYONE, who actuall saw the “coin flip” firsthand.

    I mean, what kind of coin do they have ???

    US Soccer has a real black eye here until they can prove to me, the paying customer, that they aren’t run by guys like this (FIFA story that broke today):

    http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/11/sport/football/football-havelange-teixeira-fifa-bribes/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

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