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Kansas City takes Cup on penalty kicks

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Aug. 8, 2012 at 4:14 pm with 10 Comments »
August 8, 2012 9:33 pm
Rainbow over Sounders supporters after the worst of the weather.

Kansas City wins the 99th U.S. Open Cup on penalty kicks.

Seattle had led on PKs, 2-1, but the final three kickers — Alonso, Tiffert and Johnson — all missed.

It is KC’s second Open Cup title — the first was in 2004.

It ends Seattle’s run of three straight titles.

Back with more soon.

Second 15: Also scoreless. We’re going to penalty kicks.

First extra 15: … have passed scorelessly. Another 15 ahead. If still even, this Cup is going to penalty kicks.

Extra time: … has begun. Two 15-minute halves. No golden goal.

84th and 86th minutes: Kei Kamara puts SKC ahead on penalty kick after handball in box by Zach Scott; and Seattle answers with header by Zack Scott. Even 1-1.

80th minute: Scoreless. Tension building. There’s a game-winning hero down there somewhere.

Attendance: 18,863, which they’re calling standing room only.

72nd minute: Yellow to Ianni.

68th minute. Evans and Tiffert in for Caskey and Rose. Still scoreless. Sounders get a lot more veteran for the home stretch of a cup final.

Through 60: Still scoreless. Rosales and Alonso now playing with yellow cards.

Second half: … has just begun.

Halftime: Scoreless, but certainly not actionless.

Shots (on goal): SKC 5 (1), SEA 5 (1) … Fouls: SKC 7-8 SEA … Possession: SKC 44-56 SEA.

Eddie Johnson and Kei Kamara especially dangerous for their respective teams.

Through 40: Still scoreless. Another another great Eddie Johnson chance, and momentum turning a bit to Seattle.

36th minute: Brilliant run by Eddie Johnson, losing Olum and into space in the box. But shot wide.

30 minutes in: Scoreless. Kamara shot hit the crossbar, and Eddie Johnson header on frame was nicely saved.

20 minute: Scoreless. Physical. Better chances to SKC.

First 10 minutes: More play on SKC’s attacking side. One Gspurning save.

Fourth minute: Yellow to Osvaldo Alonso … for dissent after knocking down Kei Kamara.

First kick: The 99th U.S. Open Cup final has begun. Sounders in shale/shale, SKC in light blue/blue.

Michael Gspurning gives raised-hands clap to Sounders supporters, who are on his side of pitch in first half.

Teams return: The worst of the weather seems to have passed, and the clubs have been allowed back onto the pitch to resume pregame warmups.

We are told to expect first kick at 6:41 Pacific time.

Lineups: For Sounders G Gspurning; D Gonzalez, Ianni, Hurtado, Scott; M Caskey, Rose, Alonso, Rosales; F Johnson, Montero. Reserves: Weber, Parke, Nurch, Tiffert, Evans, Zakuani, Ochoa.

For SKC: GK Nielsen; D Sinovic, Besler, Olum, Myers; D Espinoza, Cesar, Nagamura; F Kamara, Bunbury, Zusi. Reserves: Kronberg, Markovic, Harrington, Thomas, Sapong, Saad, Peterson.

45 minutes to first kick: Rain, hail, lightning and thunder are rolling through the area. Pregame preparations have been stopped. Fans have been asked to “walk, don’t run” from the seating areas.

Two hours to first kick: Plenty of tailgaters already in the parking lot around Livestrong Sporting Park, site of tonight’s U.S. Open Cup final between Sounders FC and Sporting KC. It is hot and (99 as I type this), and cool is not in the forecast. However, clouds also are rolling in, and the forecast indicates about a 50-50 chance of thundershowers.

The basics: 6 p.m. (Pacific) first kick. Telecast only on cable channel GolTV. (There is an updated viewing party list below the jump.) Radio on usual outlets. This blog will remain open all evening with pregame, in-game and postgame reports. And we’ll also have an evening full of Twitter posts @donruiztnt.

The Sounders FC will also host several viewing parties throughout the Seattle-area for tonight’s U.S. Open Cup final. Sounders FC supporters will be able to watch live coverage of the match. Kickoff is set for 6 pm Pacific Time on GOL TV.

The viewing parties are open to the general public at no charge. Fans are encouraged to check with specific locations ahead of time for any age restrictions. Following is a list of a few of the viewing party locations.

Berliner – Renton
Doyle’s Public House – Tacoma
Dray- Ballard
Fado – Seattle
Mick Kelly’s Riverbend – Kent
Kell’s – Seattle
O’Blarney’s – Olympia/Centralia
Papas Sports Lounge – Moses Lake
Sweet Lou’s Pub – Seattle
Taphouse – Bellevue

For more information visit

Rain, hail and "lightning strikes in the area" 45 minutes before scheduled first kick.
Clouds roll over Livestrong Sporting Park two hours before first kick.
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  1. EverydayFan says:

    Thunderstorms? In the Mid-West? In Summer?
    I guess the value if a game possble game delay was one of those factors that led US Soccer to value SKC’s bid as exactly equal to Seattle’s … No TV, small crowd, but a truly ELECTRIC atmosphere!

  2. EverydayFan says:

    Typos in the last poat, courtesy of my iPhone, but you get my drift

  3. EverydayFan says:
  4. EverydayFan says:

    PS – Viewing party at George and Dragon is pop pop popping

  5. EverydayFan says:

    I’d go Tiffert for Rose @ 60

  6. jimkingjr says:

    Even Salazar can’t take this one from the Sounders!

    Listening on radio, getting warmed up for Gold tomorrow at lunch…

  7. EverydayFan says:

    15 minutes left – Fame?

  8. EverydayFan says:

    Would have been great to 5-peat but anyone who knows anything at all about sports knows it’s tough to overcome a tef-given pK + a do over in OT.

    Chin up, Sounders, on to San Jose.

    Np sports radio staion in the US would have given you any respect for 4 straight USOC Cups anyway, TO is way more KJR

  9. EverydayFan says:

    4 peat , obviously

  10. elmocatt says:

    Oh well, the 4-peat dream was not to be.
    On the positive side, Gspurning in goal was big on the pks. But the field players (especially Tiffert, EJ and Ozzie let him down – all three had terrible pks.).

    Also on the positive side, the Sounders Cup unbeaten streak was going to end at some point – they were never going to keep winning until the end of time. Would much rather have the unbeaten streak end on Pks in the finals, then say to an amateur side in the early rounds (like PDX).

    Finally, would note that the sounders have won one piece of silverware each year in the league. Since this year they won’t be winning the Open Cup, guess they will take the MLS title this year instead!
    Sounds like a fair trade to me.

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