The Sounders had a 2-1 lead after two rounds of tonight’s PK shootout, as Brad Evans and Marc Burch converted their kicks.
However, Kansas City took the shootout, the game, and the U.S. Open Cup as Seattle’s Osvaldo Alonso, Christian Tiffert and Eddie Johnson missed their last three shots: Alonso and Johnson off frame, and Tiffert’s stopped by SKC keeper Jimmy Nielsen.
“We missed our last three PKs,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “That’s something that doesn’t help. But if (referee Ricardo Salazar) doesn’t take (Gspurning’s save) back, maybe we’re still taking PKs right now.”
Schmid was asked how newly signed DP Tiffert won his confidence so quickly.
“He’s an experienced player, so he felt confident that he could hit one.”
Burch was asked how much pressure is felt standing on that dot and facing a keeper with a trophy hanging in the balance.
“It’s tough,” he said. “Some of the guys out there were tyring to get their fourth (Open Cup). You feel the pressure of it. Me, I went out there and I thought, ‘You’ve done this 100 times.’ But the field was rough. It was tough to get your footing on a field like that. Unfortunately we missed some.”