Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sounders Win 2014 U.S. Open Cup

For the fourth time in six years, the Seattle Sounders are the U.S. Open Cup Champions. This one certainly didn't come easy though. Maurice Edu headed in a free kick in the first half to give Philadelphia an early 1-0 lead, and while Seattle had plenty of opportunities it took a failed clearance to set up their first goal, a header from Chad Barrett. Then Seattle's depth was put on display as Obafemi Martins, in the Top 10 in MLS for both goals and assists this season, Marco Pappa, the winner of the Top Scorer and Best Player Awards at the 2014 Copa Centroamericana and Gonzalo Pineda,  a starter on Mexico's 2006 World Cup squad, all came off the bench for them in the second half. With the score still tied at 1, the match headed into extra time and Martins set up Clint Dempsey's game winner and added an insurance goal of his own to leave no doubt in the match's outcome. With the win, Seattle becomes the first club to clinch a berth in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champion's League.


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