It just never gets old when this Pacific Northwest side continues to make their march on another US Open Cup run. They may have had to play an extra round to get to that final destination, but no matter who was in their sights they found a way to get to Kansas City.
Once again it was the Seattle Sounders who took the challenge that was given to them and they found a way to knock it down. At their home away from home in the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington their opponent was Chivas-USA who had a good run themselves.
It was a 31st minute goal that got the ball rolling when Eddie Johnson who stayed onsides received a great ball from Osvaldo Alonso and made a great run. Once Dan Kennedy made his decision to leave his line, Johnson smashed it inside the near post for the lead.
Once the start of the second half began it was the start of the end. James Riley defended Fredy Montero inside the Chivas-USA area and when he shoved a little too hard, Montero fell down to get the Sounders a penalty. Alonso converted the spot kick in the 48th minute for the two goal lead.
More from Seattle on the night as Brad Evans got his tally in the 83rd minute when he got a great ball from Montero. Kennedy off his line tried to play the angle, but once again the Sounders were on target. Sammy Ochoa who came off the bench converted the fourth goal in the 88th to finish the scoring.
Give credit to Chivas-USA who played a strong match, but couldn’t find a way to get level with the Sounders. Cesar Romero got to pull one back in the 74th as he attacked the net, his original shot was stopped by Bryan Meredith but Romero was able to put in the rebound.
Also give credit to Dan Kennedy who kept his side in the game. No matter how many chances the Sounders had, he kept the ball out of the net and played his angles well. Even on those chances that did get past him, Kennedy was able to be at the right place at the right time.
But after it’s all said and done we have ourselves a dream final in the 99th edition of the US Open Cup. From afar I believe that Sporting Kansas City and the Seattle Sounders are the right participants to contest the right to become the National Champion of US Soccer.
But while this Midwest side is hosting its second final and won it the first time in 2004 as hosts back in Arrowhead stadium on the Missouri side, history is being threatened once again from the Pacific Northwest. While the Chicago Fire is a four time US Open Cup champion, they never did it in four straight seasons.
That will be the big question on Wednesday, August 8th to the side in the State of Washington; can they make history winning four consecutive US Open Cup titles in the modern era of the tournament? We will find out on that day.