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Category: U.S. Open Cup


Both coaches talk about Open Cup final

us-open-cup13-2Here is some of what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid and Union coach Jim Curtin had to say today about the U.S. Open Cup final at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday from Pennsylvania.

We’re happy to be playing a team that’s playing well right now. It’s going to be a tough game, a competitive game, a fun one to watch and a good game. Hopefully all the fans will come out and watch the game and will have a good time of it.

On the reward of CONCACAF Champions League: Champions League is a competition that we’ve been in in the past. We enjoy that competition, we look forward to it. Getting knocked out in the semis the last time around gave us a taste of how close we can get to the final game. Being able to eliminate a team from Mexico was something that was really special at the time. That’s far in the future. What’s at hand is a tough game tomorrow night, and we have to be prepared. We have to be fully concentrated, because Philly’s a good team.
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Sounders list Open Cup viewing parties

us-open-cup1Here’s a note from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC will host a live viewing party at The Market Arms Pub for the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final against the Philadelphia Union on September 16. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. PT at PPL Park in Chester, Penn.

The match will be televised live on GolTV and there will be a live audio stream on with Ross Fletcher calling the action.

Admission to the event is free and open to fans ages 21 and over, and will feature a limited amount of complimentary food and a Sounders FC raffle, including autographed items and team apparel.

Several other venues will host viewing parties for the Open Cup Final. The Emerald City Supporters will be at Temple Billiards, Fuel Sports Eats and Beats, and The Atlantic Crossing Pub. Gorilla FC will be at 95 Slide, and the Eastside Supporters will be at Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company. Rookies Bar & Grill in Colombia City will host a family friendly viewing party.

A complete list of viewing parties is available below. Read more »


Sounders enjoy 6-0 win, look ahead to Cup final

The Sounders’ postgame comments were divided between enjoyment of their 6-0 win over Chicago tonight, and anticipating their U.S. Open Cup final at Phiadelphia next month (4:30 PT, Sept. 16, PPL Park in Chester, Penn.; GolTV) … And DeAndre Yedlin.

Here’s some of what they had to say:

(Opening Statement…)
“Sometimes when it rains it pours, as they say. We obviously did well tonight finishing tonight, getting the early goal. It got us off to a really good start—the early by Barrett there and a good ball by Kenny Cooper. I thought bringing some

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Fire “shocked and stunned” with 6-0 loss

Here’s some of what Chicago coach Frank Yallop had to say after the Fire’s 6-0 loss at Seattle in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal:

(Opening statement…) “I think just shocked and stunned with the result but I just think Seattle was better in every sort of department, so that ends up a rout, which in the semifinal of anything is shocking. It’s not good.”

(On when the game might have gotten away…) “Well obviously at 2-0 you have a half chance of getting back in the game but once the third goal goes in we’ve got to just see the

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Sounders crushing Fire, 6-0, in semifinal

us-open-cup13-2Seattle Sounders FC is heading to its fifth U.S. Open Cup final in the past six seasons.

The Sounders punched their latest ticket with a 6-0 mauling of the Chicago Fire on Wednesday before a sellout crowd of 4,361 at Starfire Sports Stadium.

In this case, it’s a ticket to Philadelphia, where the Sounders will face the Union on Sept. 16 for the 101st U.S. Open Cup championship. Seattle won in 2009, 2010 and 2011 before settling for runner-up in 2012.

Seattle advanced this time behind a pair of goals from both Andy Rose and Kenny Cooper, the opener from Chad Barrett and a late add-on by Obafemi Martins when things started getting out of hand.
With All-Star forwards Clint Dempsey not in uniform and Martins among the reserves, Cooper and

Barrett started up top. And they quickly pushed Seattle to an early lead as Cooper took a well-timed run down the right side, cut back on his defender, and then sent a pass across the goalmouth, where Barrett knocked it into the top of the net.

The Fire had several good chances in the middle minutes of the first half, but couldn’t get anything past Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

The Sounders doubled their lead in the 33rd minute, as Andy Rose headed in a corner kick taken by Marco Pappa.

That combination – Pappa cross to Rose head, to back of net — repeated again in the 58th minute, but this time it increased Seattle’s lead to 3-0.

Martins came on in the 74th minute and scored five minutes later from close range.

Cooper produced the final two back-to-back goals in the closing minutes.

All the while, Frei kept the clean sheet. And helping him along was right back DeAndre Yedlin, who earlier in the day had been part of a transfer agreement that will send him to Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League next year.

Yedlin played the full 90 minutes against Chicago.

The Sounders return to their Major League Soccer regular season at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Real Salt Lake.

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Game day comes: Sounders-Fire in Open Cup semi

us-open-cup1Here’s The News Tribune’s preview story, and below a few basics:

CHICAGO FIRE (4-5-13 in MLS)
7:30 p.m., Starfire Sports Stadium.
No TV or English-language radio. Game will be streamed on
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads the all-time series 7-0-3. The teams met in the 2011 Open Cup final, with Seattle winning, 2-0 on goals by Fredy Montero and Osvaldo Alonso. Seattle also won the MLS regular-season meeting in June, 3-2, in Chicago.
NOTES: This is a semifinal match of the 101st U.S. Open Cup. … If the game is tied at the end of regulation, there will be 30 minutes of extra time. If the tie remains, the result will be determined by penalty kicks. The loser is eliminated. … Seattle won the Open Cup in 2009, ’10 and ’11, and advanced to the final in 2012. Chicago won four championships from 1998-2006, and returned to the semifinal last season. … The Fire advanced with wins over Pittsburgh, Columbus and Atlanta. Seattle advanced past PSA Elite, San Jose and Portland. … Chicago will play without 2013 MLS MVP Mike Magee, who received a red card in that win over Atlanta. Magee leads the Fire this MLS season with seven goals. Harry Shipp and Quincy Amarikwa have six goals each, and Shipp is the team leader with five assists. … Seattle All-Star right back DeAndre Yedlin is expected to start after sitting out the weekend win over Houston following international travel for an expected transfer to Tottenham Hotspur. … Sounders Marco Pappa and Jalil Anibaba used to play in Chicago, and the Fire’s Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Sanna Nyassi are former Sounders. … The Sounders have advanced in all 15 Open Cup matches they have played at Starfire. … The match is sold out.
QUOTABLE: “It’s a semifinal, so the players should all be motivated and eager. We are each coming into the game with basically the same amount of rest. They’ve had to travel, being really the only difference.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid Read more »


Yedlin trains, expected to start Open Cup tomorrow; “We think everything will be finished and done”

Sounders FC homegrown All-Star right back DeAndre Yedlin was back at Sounders training today. Coach Sigi Schmid was asked his status.

“He was out here, he trained with us today,” Schmid said. “We think everything will be finished and done, so our expectation is that he will start for us tomorrow.”

Schmid deferred to the Sounders’ front office for expanding on what will be finished and when it will be done. However, the expectation is that he means the club is pretty much down to the dotting of i’s and crossing of t’s on Yedlin’s expected transfer to Tottenham Hotspur

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