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Seattle Sounders FC Wins Fourth U.S. Open Cup Title with 3-1 Victory against Philadelphia Union

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Sept. 16, 2014) – Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey scored the game-winning goal in the first 15-minute overtime as Seattle defeated fellow Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union 3-1 to win its fourth Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final over the past six years. A crowd of 15,256 was on hand at PPL Park.

Seattle previously won three straight from 2009-11 during the organization’s first three years competing in MLS. The Sounders match the Chicago Fire (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006) with the most U.S. Open Cup championships by an MLS squad; Seattle trails only Bethlehem Steel and Los Angeles Maccabi which won five titles apiece.

“We missed a few chances and we needed to get a few breaks, but the team had a lot of desire and determination,” Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid said. “This was the hardest final we’ve played in terms of figuring who to keep on the field and who to take off. I don’t know who’s going to play Saturday, but we’ll worry about that later. We’ve gone to five finals in six years and now we’ve won four, with two finals on the road.”

Clint Dempsey Obafemi Martins Marco Pappa

Dempsey scored the winner in the 101st minute on a give-and-go with Obafemi Martins to take a 2-1 lead, before Martins iced the game with an insurance goal in the 115th minute. Chad Barrett had Seattle’s opening score in regulation.

It was Seattle’s third game in this year’s tournament that was decided in overtime or a shootout, after beating Portland Timbers FC 3-1 in overtime in the quarterfinals on July 9 and going through overtime and then a 4-1 shootout to get past the San Jose Earthquakes in the fifth round on June 24.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
PHI – Maurice Edu (Cristian Maidana), 38th minute: Off of a Cristian Maidana left-footed free kick from the right side, Maurice Edu leapt between a pair of Sounders defenders to head the ball inside the left post past lunging Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei to give the hosts the early lead lead. PHI 1, SEA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

SEA – Chad Barrett (unassisted), 48th minute: The Union defense was unable to clear a Sounders corner kick after Seattle defender Chad Marshall headed it on frame and Philadelphia goalkeeper Zac MacMath made the save. But, Barrett was on hand to put away the rebound to tie the game. PHI 1, SEA 1 (SEE GOAL) 

SEA – Clint Dempsey (Obafemi Martins), 101st minute: Dempsey and Martins combined to work their way past several Union defenders, and Dempsey’s low, left-footed shot snuck inside the left post and out of reach of Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath to give the Sounders the lead in the first 15-minute overtime. PHI 1, SEA 2 (SEE GOAL) 

SEA – Obafemi Martins (Leo Gonzalez), 114th minute: Gonzalez played a long ball from the left side that Martins chest-trapped and turned at midfield. Martins then bowled ahead, fending off Union defender Ray Gaddis shoulder-to-shoulder, stutter-stepping and chipping over Zac MacMath for the insurance tally. PHI 1, SEA 3 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SEA – Stefan Frei, 30th minute: Philadelphia midfielder Andrew Wenger made a strong run down the left side and crossed the ball to Sebastien Le Toux in the box. The leading goal scorer of the U.S. Open Cup’s modern era nearly added goal No. 15 at point-blank range, but Frei made a big save with his body to keep the match scoreless. 

PHI – Sheanon Williams, 46th minute: The Sounders nearly scored in the opening minute of the second half when Clint Dempsey got in a good position in the middle of the box. He tried to redirect a cross from the right, but Union defender Sheanon Williams deflected Dempsey’s shot wide right of the frame.

PHI – Zac MacMath, 71st minute: Seattle’s attack worked the ball swiftly to the right side and Brad Evans shot right-footed inside the box, looking for the inside of the left post. MacMath stayed low with a lunging save to his right to keep the score level at 1-1. 

SEA – Zach Scott, 85th minute: Sebastien Le Toux had plenty of space to work with on the left side, but Scott got in the path of Le Toux’s shot in the nick of time to deflect for a Union corner kick. 

SEA – Stefan Frei, 88th minute: In the waning minutes of regulation, Raymon Gaddis initially shot right-footed with the intention of curling to the far right post, but Seattle’s defense deflected the attempt. The ball was kept alive in the box, though, and second-half sub Pedro Ribeiro had one more crack, only to have Frei scramble back for the save. 

SEA – Brad Evans and Stefan Frei, 110th minute: Playing with a sense of desperation, the Union attack picked up and Seattle’s defense was called a couple times. Union sub Fred immediately made an impact with a shot that was deflected by Evans for a corner kick.  Seconds later, Frei made a diving save on Carlos Valdes’ header at the near right post. 

Additional Notes:

  • With Seattle Sounders FC winning the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the team is rewarded with a spot in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League and a prize of $250,000. The Philadelphia Union earns $60,000 for being the tournament runner-up.
  • This is the 15th consecutive year an MLS team has won the U.S. Open Cup. The only organization to interrupt MLS teams’ dominance of the tournament is the Rochester Raging Rhinos who defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-0 in the 1999 final.
  • Clint Dempsey’s goal was his only tally of the event as the final represented his lone appearance in this year’s tournament. This marked Dempsey’s first club trophy in his professional career.
  • Obafemi Martins scored his second goal of the 2014 U.S. Open Cup.
  • Chad Barrett’s goal for Seattle was his second in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup. He scored the winning goal in the sixth minute of the Sounders’ 6-0 rout of the Chicago Fire in the semifinal round on Aug. 13.
  • Although he did not feature in the final, Seattle’s Kenny Cooper won the Golden Boot as the top scorer in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup with six goals in this year’s competition.
  • Maurice Edu’s goal for the Union was his second in this year’s tournament. Edu’s other tally came in the fourth round, when he tallyied a clutch equalizer in the 89th minute to force overtime as the Union eventually escaped with a 3-1 win against USL PRO side Harrisburg City Islanders on June 17.
  • Seattle’s starting lineup featured Stefan Frei in goal, with a back line of DeAndre Yedlin, Chad Marshall, Zach Scott and Leonardo Gonzalez. The midfield of the Sounders’ 4-4-2 formation included captain Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Andy Rose and Lamar Neagle. Chad Barrett and Clint Dempsey were paired up front.
  • Philadelphia’s starters included Zac MacMath in goal and a defensive unit featuring Raymon Gaddis, Carlos Valdes, Ethan White and Sheanon Williams. Maurice Edu captained the team and was joined in the midfield by Vincent Nogueira, Andrew Wenger, Sebastien Le Toux and Cristian Maidana. Conor Casey was the lone striker.

- Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final Match Report-

Match: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Philadelphia Union
Date: Sept. 16, 2014
Competition: Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 15,256
Weather: 73 degrees, cloudy

Scoring Summary:           1              2  OT1  OT2  F
PHI         1              0              0              0    1                      
SEA        0              1              1              1    3

PHI – Maurice Edu (Cristian Maidana)     38th minute
SEA – Chad Barrett          48
SEA – Clint Dempsey (Obafemi Martins)                101
SEA – Obafemi Martins (Leonardo Gonzalez)      114

Lineups:
PHI: 18-Zac MacMath; 25- Sheanon Williams (8-Fred, 110), 2-Carlos Valdes, 15-Ethan White, 28-Raymond Gaddis; 11-Sebastien Le Toux; 21-Maurice Edu (capt.), 5-Vincent Nogueira, 10-Cristian Maidana; 9-Andrew Wenger (44-Danny Cruz, 81), 6-Conor Casey (30-Pedro Ribeiro, 78)
Substitutions Not Used: 7-Brian Carroll, 13-Michael Lahoud, 14-Amobi Okugo, 92-Rais Mbolhi
Head Coach: Jim Curtin

SEA: 24-Stefan Frei; 12–Leo Gonzalez, 20-Zach Scott, 14-Chad Marshall, 17-DeAndre Yedlin; 27-Lamar Neagle, (10-Marco Pappa, 74), 5-Andy Rose, 6-Osvaldo Alonso, 3-Brad Evans (capt.) (8-Gonzalo Pineda, 94); 19-Chad Barrett, (9-Obafemi Martins, 60) 2-Clint Dempsey
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Marcus Hahnemann, 4-Jalil Anibaba; 33-Kenny Cooper, 42-Michael Azira
Head Coach: Sigi Schmid

Stats Summary: PHI / SEA
Shots:  19 / 19
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 7 / 3
Corner Kicks: 12 / 7
Fouls: 12 / 7
Offside: 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
SEA – Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 25th minute
PHI – Conor Casey (caution)        57

Officials:
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Manikowski
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker
Fourth Official: Jose Carlos Rivero

Rochester Revisited

The U.S. Women’s National Team will make its sixth appearance in Rochester, New York, when it hosts Mexico on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Watch ESPN, delayed broadcast on Univision Deportes Network).

The USA has won all five previous matches in Rochester, most recently an 8-0 victory against Costa Rica on Sept. 1, 2012. The U.S. WNT will play for the fourth time at Sahlen’s Stadium, with two of the games played at the venue when it was named Rhinos Stadium.

The other two matches the USA played in Rochester were at Frontier Field in 1998 (4-0 win against Russia) and 2004 (4-3 win against Iceland), before the soccer-specific stadium was built.

Abby Wambach

The trip marks the return of Abby Wambach to her hometown where she is a local hero. The USA has some history in Rochester as it was the site of both Wambach’s and Mia Hamm’s 100th career goals.

Hamm’s 100th tally came at Frontier Field against Russia in 1998, and Wambach’s was the lone tally during a 1-0 win against Canada on July 19, 2009.

Wambach and midfielder Carli Lloyd both play their club soccer at Sahlen’s Stadium for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Western New York Flash.

Carli Lloyd and Heather Mitts

Stuart Sharp Names U.S. Paralympic Roster for 2014 America Cup in Canada

CHICAGO (Sept. 16, 2014) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team is traveling to Canada for the 2014 America Cup, which runs Sept. 19-26 at the University of Toronto Pan Am Fields. U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp named a 14-player roster for this event as the team flies into Toronto today.

“It’s exciting after six months of focused preparation to be finally taking the USPNT into a major championship,” Sharp said. “It’s going to be a tough group to get out of with the world’s on-form side Brazil, and the unpredictable but talented Mexico side in there with us, but we are confident we can get the results that matter and move on to the next stage of the competition.”

The USA will open against Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 20, and then face Brazil on Monday, Sept. 22, in Group B play. Group A includes host side Canada, Argentina and Venezuela.

Following the group stage, the group winners will face the opposite group runner-up in the semifinals on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The event concludes with three placement games on Friday, Sept. 26 – a fifth-place game, consolation final (third-place game) and the final.

All 14 players were part of Sharp’s domestic training camp in mid-August in Chula Vista, California. Earlier this year, the PNT took second place at the ninth International Trophy of 7-A-Side Football in Barcelona, Spain.

“There have been a lot of changes to the squad, both in players and philosophy, in the past few months,” Sharp said. “However, the settling process, although short, has been successful and we are now ready to challenge ourselves against the best the Americas Region has to offer. It is an absolute privilege to be leading the squad as its head coach into this competition and I am confident that the players who will be wearing the U.S. jersey will give everything possible to do their nation proud.”

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alex Hendricks (Columbus, Ohio), Keith Johnson (Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (4): Chris Ahrens (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Bryce Boarman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Shea Cassidy (Buena Park, Calif.), Kevin Hensley (Memphis, Tenn.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio), David Garza (Chula Vista, Calif.), Daniel Hoffman (Reisterstown, Md.), Seth Jahn (Tampa, Fla.), Gavin Sibayan (Colorado Spring, Colo.), Marthell Vazquez (Long Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (2): Michael Moore (Plano, Texas), Rene Renteria (San Fernando, Calif.)

Players who have Cerebral Palsy, suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury yet are ambulatory may be eligible to play for the U.S. Paralympic National Team. Interested players should contact U.S. PNT head coach Stuart Sharp (ssharp@ussoccer.org) or team manager Pam Perkins (pperkins@ussoccer.org).

U.S. Paralympic National Team

Philadelphia Union Hosts Seattle Sounders FC on Sept. 16 to Decide U.S. Open Cup Crown

CHICAGO (Sept. 15, 2014) – The 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 16, with Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union hosting Seattle Sounders FC (TICKETS). The game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on GolTV and live on goltv.tv.

The match will also be broadcast locally in Philadelphia by the Comcast Network, the cable home of the Philadelphia Union. Seattle Sounders FC is providing a live radio broadcast on soundersfc.com. Fans can follow the championship of the 101st edition of the U.S. Open Cup on Twitter @ussoccer.

Seattle won the event three consecutive times from 2009-11 and was the runner-up to Sporting Kansas City in 2012. This is the Union’s first appearance in the U.S. Open Cup Final.

Two of the tournament’s top goal scorers will go head-to-head in this year’s title match. Philadelphia’s Sebastien Le Toux is the all-time goal scoring leader in the modern era with 14 tallies. Seattle’s Kenny Cooper is tied for second with 13 goals, and he is 2014’s leading tournament scorer with five goals.

ON USSOCCER.COM

TEAM ROSTERS BY POSITION:
Each team will have 18 players available for Tuesday’s game:
Philadelphia Union
GOALKEEPERS: 1-Andre Blake, 18-Zac MacMath, 92-Rais Mbolhi
DEFENDERS: 2-Carlos Valdes, 4-Austin Berry, 14-Amobi Okugo, 15-Ethan White, 16-Richie Marquez, 25-Sheanon Williams, 28-Raymon Gaddis, 33-Fabio Alves
MIDFIELDERS: 5-Vincent Nogueira, 7-Brian Carroll, 8-Fred Da Silva, 10-Cristian Maidana, 13-Michael Lahoud, 21-Maurice Edu, 22-Leo Fernandes, 27-Zach Pfeffer, 30-Pedro Ribeiro, 44-Danny Cruz
FORWARDS: 6-Conor Casey, 9-Andrew Wenger, 11-Sebastien Le Toux, 12-Aaron Wheeler, 17-Brian Brown, 29-Antoine Hoppenot

Seattle Sounders FC
GOALKEEPERS: 1-Marcus Hahnemann, 24-Stefan Frei, 29-Josh Ford
DEFENDERS: 4-Jalil Anibaba, 12-Leonardo Gonzalez, 14-Chad Marshall, 15-Dylan Remick, 17-DeAndre Yedlin, 18-Djimi Traore, 20-Zach Scott, 31-Damion Lowe
MIDFIELDERS: 3-Brad Evans, 5-Andy Rose, 6-Osvaldo Alonso, 8-Gonzalo Pineda, 10-Marco Pappa, 11-Aaron Kovar, 25-Aaron Long, 27-Lamar Neagle, 42-Micheal Azira
FORWARDS: 2-Clint Dempsey, 7-Tristan Bowen, 9-Obafemi Martins, 13-Sean Okoli, 19-Chad Barrett, 23-Cam Weaver, 33-Kenny Cooper, 77-Kevin Parsemain

PHILADELPHIA ROSTER NOTES

  • Union forward Sebastien Le Toux has scored three goals in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. He is tied with 10 other players for fifth in this year’s tournament, and his free kick tally in the quarterfinals gave him 14th all-time to surpass the previous record of 13 he shared with David Bulow, Johnny Menyongar and Jaime Moreno.
  • Le Toux was a member of Seattle Sounders FC’s 2009 U.S. Open Cup-winning team, assisting Roger Levesque’s 86th-minute goal that gave Seattle a 2-0 lead. The goal proved to be the game-winner as D.C. United’s Clyde Simms scored in the waning moments during Seattle’s 2-1 victory.
  • Rookie Pedro Ribeiro and Le Toux each scored a goal this past weekend to rally the Union to a 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls in MLS play on Saturday at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.

SEATTLE ROSTER NOTES

  • With his brace during Seattle’s 6-0 semifinal victory against the Chicago Fire on Aug. 13, Kenny Cooper moved into a tie for second place on the all-time goal scoring list in the modern era with David Bulow, Johnny Menyongar and Jaime Moreno. Cooper only trails the Philadelphia Union’s Sebastien Le Toux (14 goals).
  • Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans and Zach Scott were rostered members of the Sounders’ 2009 championship team. Alonso played the full 90 minutes and Evans was a second-half sub as Seattle defeated D.C. United 2-1 on Sept. 2, 2009, at RFK Stadium. The Sounders became the second MLS expansion side to win the Open Cup title (the other expansion team being the 1998 Chicago Fire).
  • In 2010, Alonso once again logged 90 minutes and Scott was an unused sub as the Sounders earned their second straight U.S. Open Cup, overcoming a first-half deficit en route to a 2-1 victory on Oct. 5, in front of 31,311 at Qwest Field in Seattle. (Sounders vs. Columbus Crew Highlights – Oct. 5, 2010)
  • Alonso scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time in the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final to cap off Seattle’s 2-0 win on Oct. 4, 2011, against the Chicago Fire for the Sounders’ third-straight title. A total of 35,615 fans were in attendance at CenturyLink Field. Outside back Leonardo Gonzalez and midfielders Evans and Lamar Neagle started and played the full 90 in that game as Seattle’s defense allowed only six shots, four on goal.

U.S. OPEN CUP GOAL SCORERS

  • Philadelphia Union: Sebastien Le Toux (3), Andrew Wenger (2), Conor Casey (1), Maurice Edu (1), Amobi Okugo (1)
  • Seattle Sounders FC: Kenny Cooper (5), Andy Rose (2), Osvaldo Alonso (1), Chad Barrett (1), Brad Evans (1), Aaron Kovar (1), Obafemi Martins (1), Sean Okoli (1), Marco Pappa (1), Zach Scott (1)

HOW THEY GOT TO THE FINAL
Philadelphia Union

  • Fourth Round (June 17): Philadelphia Union 3, Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 1 (OT): The Union had an ominous start to this year’s tournament, trailing 1-0 late in the first half to the USL PRO side. Maurice Edu scored a clutch equalizer in the 89th minute, and Andrew Wenger carried the Union with two goals in overtime for the two-goal victory at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. (recap)
  • Fifth Round (June 24): Philadelphia Union 2, New York Cosmos (NASL) 1 (OT): Sebastien Le Toux scored two goals, including the winner in the 115rth minute, to escape an upset bid against the New York Cosmos. The Cosmos led early in the second half from Alessandro Noselli, but Le Toux responded immediately to force overtime. ( recap)
  • Quarterfinal (July 8): Philadelphia Union 2, New England Revolution (MLS) 0: Sebastien Le Toux broke the all-time goal scoring record in tournament history with his 14rth tally (and third in this year’s tournament) and Conor Casey scored the early game-winner at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. ( recap)
  • Semifinal (Aug. 12): Philadelphia Union 1, FC Dallas (MLS) 1 (Philadelphia wins 4-3 in shootout): Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath came up with two saves during a penalty kick shootout to lead Philadelphia to the victory at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Amobi Okugo scored his first goal in Open Cup play early in the first half, only to see FC Dallas respond with Fabian Castillo’s equalizer the closing minutes of regulation. After overtime, the match went to PKs, where MacMath turned away shots by Blas Perez and Victor Ulloa. The Union’s Sheanon Williams, Vincent Nogueira, Cristian Maidana and Maurice Edu each converted their attempts for the win. ( recap)

Seattle Sounders FC

  • Fourth Round (June 18): Seattle Sounders FC 5, PSA Elite (USASA) 0: Sounders homegrown player Aaron Kovar drew the penalty that led to Brad Evans’ opening goal in the 22nd minute and assisted a Zach Scott goal as Seattle rolled past PSA Elite, out-shooting the USASA side 21-1. Kenny Cooper recorded a brace and Sean Okoli capped off the scoring in the 84th minute. (recap)
  • Fifth Round (June 24): Seattle Sounders FC 1, San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 1 (Seattle wins 4-1 in shootout): After San Jose’s Steven Lenhart gave his side a lead in the 24rth minute, Kenny Cooper equalized just two minutes later. Both sides stayed even through regulation and overtime, and it was all Seattle with Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa, Brad Evans and Lamar Neagle each converted their penalty kicks. San Jose’s Alan Gordon missed his attempt and Seattle goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann saved JJ Koval’s attempt. ( recap)
  • Quarterfinal (July 9): Seattle Sounders FC 3, Portland Timbers FC (MLS) 1 (OT): Kenny Cooper scored the game-winning goal in the 111th minute and Marco Pappa added an insurance goal five minutes later at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington. Osvaldo Alonso broke a scoreless deadlock in the 69th minute, but Portland forced overtime when Darlington Nagbe equalized late in second-half stoppage time. (recap)
  • Semifinal (Aug. 13): Seattle Sounders FC 6, Chicago Fire (MLS) 0: Andy Rose and Kenny Cooper each tallied two goals as Seattle coasted past the Fire, a four-time champion of the U.S. Open Cup, at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington. Chad Barrett scored a sixth-minute goal against his former Chicago team for the early lead and the game-winning tally. Second-half sub Obafemi Martins also added a goal in the 79th minute before Cooper put the match well out of reach with back-to-back scores in the final 10 minutes. (recap)

PENNSYLVANIA OPEN CUP ROOTS: Only the states of New York (26) and California (15) have fielded more U.S. Open Cup champions than Pennsylvania in the tournament’s 101-year history. The Philadelphia Union is one victory away from changing the top-two picture. Pennsylvania has been the home of 14 previous Open Cup title winners, led by the storied Bethlehem Steel teams that racked up five titles in 1915, 1916, 1918, 1919 and 1926. Other Pennsylvania-based champions included four-time winner Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals (1960, 1961, 1963 and 1966), two-time champion Pittsburgh Harmarville (1952 and 1956), Gallatin (1942), Philadelphia German-American SC (1936) and Pittsburgh Morgan (1949).

ABOUT THE U.S. OPEN CUP: The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating back to 1914. This year’s winner will earn $250,000, a berth in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions’ League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will take home $60,000. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

U.S. Open Cup Championship Results (1914-present)

Year

Match

1914

Brooklyn Field Club 2, Brooklyn Celtic 1 (May 16, Coates Field; Pawtucket, R.I.)

1915

Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 3, Brooklyn Celtic 1 (May 1; Taylor Field; Bethlehem, Pa.)

1916

Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 1, Fall River Rovers 0 (May 16; Coates Field; Pawtucket, R.I.)

1917

Fall River Rovers of Mass. 1, Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 0 (May 5, Coates Field; Pawtucket, R.I.)

1918

Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 3, Fall River Rovers 0 – replay (May 19; Harrison, N.J.)

1919

Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 2, Paterson FC (April 19; Athletic Field; Fall River, Mass.)

1920

St. Louis Ben Miller FC 2, Fore River Rovers 1 (May 8; Handlan's Park; St. Louis, Mo.)

1921

Brooklyn Robbins Dry Dock 4, Scullin Steel 2 (April 19; Fall River Athletic Field; Fall River, Mass.)

1922

St. Louis Scullin Steel 3, Todd Shipyards 2 (March 19; High School Field; St. Louis, Mo.)

1923

Paterson FC of N.J. title v. Scullin Steel, which could not field team for replay (injuries; baseball)

1924

Fall River Marksmen of Mass. 4, Vesper Buick 2 (March 30; High School Field; St. Louis, Mo.)

1925

Shawsheen FC of Andover, Mass. 3, Canadian Club 0 (April 19; Mark's Stadium; Tiverton, R.I.)

1926

Bethlehem Steel of Pa. 7, Ben Miller SC (April 11; Ebbets Field; Brooklyn, N.Y.)

1927

Fall River Marksmen of Mass. 7, Holley Carburetor (May 1; Univ. of Detroit Stadium; Detroit)

1928

New York Nationals 4, Bricklayers 1 – aggregate score (April 9 in New York; April 15 in Chicago)

1929

New York Hakoah SC 5, Madison Kennels 0 – aggregate (March 31 in St. Louis; April 7 in Brooklyn)

1930

Fall River Marksmen of Mass. 9, Bruell Insurance 3 – agg. (3/30 in New York; 4/6 in Cleveland)

1931

Fall River Marksmen of Mass. 9, Bricklayer FC 3 – agg. (4/5 in New York; 4/12 and 4/19 in Chicago)

1932

New Bedford Whalers of Mass. 8, Stix, Baer & Fuller 5 – agg. (3/26 and 4/2; Sportsman's Park; St.L)

1933

St.L Stix, Baer & Fuller 3, N.Y. Americans 1 – aggregate (April 16 in St. Louis; April 23 in Bronx, N.Y.)

1934

St.L Stix, Baer & Fuller 11, Pawtucket Rangers 5 – agg. (4/1 in St.L; 4/8 in Pawtucket; 4/16 in St.L)

1935

St.L Central Breweries 7, Pawtucket Rangers 5 – agg. (4/28 in St.L; 5/6 in Paw.; 5/12 in Newark)

1936

Phila. German-American SC 5, Shamrocks SC 2 – aggregate (April 26 in St. Louis; May 3 in Phila.)

1937

New York Americans 4, Shamrocks SC 3 – aggregate (April 11 in St. Louis; April 18 in Bronx, N.Y.)

1938

Chicago Sparta ABA 6, St. Mary's Celtic 2 – aggregate (April 17 in Chicago; April 24 in Bronx, N.Y.)

1939

Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic 5, Manhattan Beer 2 – agg. (April 30 in Chicago; May 7 in Bronx, N.Y.)

1940

Baltimore SC and Chicago Sparta named co-champs (2-2 in aggregate; 3rd game not agreed upon)

1941

Pawtucket Rangers of R.I. 8, Chrysler FC 5 – agg. (May 4 in Pawtucket, R.I.; May 11 in Detroit)

1942

Gallatin SC 6, Pawtucket Rangers 3 – aggregate (May 17 in Dora, Pa.; May 31 in Pawtucket, R.I.)

1943

Brooklyn Hispano 5, Morgan Strasser 4 – aggregate (May 24 and 30; Starlight Park; Bronx, N.Y.)

1944

Brooklyn Hispano 4, Morgan Strasser 0 (May 14; The Polo Grounds, New York, N.Y.)

1945

N.Y. Brookhattan 6, Cleveland Americans 2 – agg. (June 10 in Bronx, N.Y.; Jun 16 in Cleveland)

1946

Chicago Vikings 3, Fall River Ponta Delgada 2 – agg. (July 7 in Tiverton, R.I.; July 14 in Chicago, Ill.)

1947

Fall River Ponta Delgada SC 9, Sparta 3 – agg. (Aug. 31 in Fall River, Mass.; Sept. 7 in Chicago, Ill.)

1948

St. Louis Simpkins-Ford 3, Brookhattan-Galicia 2 (Oct. 17; Sportsman's Park; St. Louis, Mo.)

1949

Pittsburgh Morgan SC 4, Philadelphia Nationals 3 – aggregate (May 15 in Phila.; May 29 in Pitt.)

1950

St. Louis Simpkins-Ford 3, Ponta Delgada 1 – agg. (April 22 in St. Louis; May 7 in Tiverton, R.I.)

1951

N.Y. German Hungarian SC 8, Heidelberg SC 6 – agg. (June 10 in Pitt.; June 17 in Queens, N.Y.)

1952

Pittsburgh Harmarville SC 7, Phila. Nationals 5 – aggregate (June 1 in Harmarville; June 8 in Phila.)

1953

Chicago Falcons 3, Pittsburgh Harmarville – agg. (April 19 in Harmarville, Pa.; April 26 in Chicago)

1954

New York Americans 3, St. Louis Kutis SC 1 – aggregate (April 18 in St. Louis; May 16 in N.Y.)

1955

SC Eintracht of N.Y. 2, Danish American SC 0 (April 24; Rancho La Cienega Stadium; Los Angeles)

1956

Pittsburgh Harmarville SC 3, Schwaben SC of Ill. 2 – aggregate (July 21 in Chicago; July 28 in Pa.)

1957

St. Louis Kutis SC 6, New York Hakoah 1 – aggregate (March 31 in St. Louis; April 14 in Bronx, N.Y.)

1958

Los Angeles Kickers 2, Baltimore Pompei SC 1 (July 21; Baltimore, Md.)

1959

San Pedro McIlvaine Canvasbacks of Calif. 4, Fall River 3 (June 8; Rancho La Cienega Stadium; L.A.)

1960

Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 5, Los Angeles Kickers 3 (May 29; Edison Field; Philadelphia, Pa.)

1961

Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 7, United Scots 4 – aggregate (June 11 in L.A.; June 25 in Phila.)

1962

New York Hungaria 3, San Francisco Scots 2 (June 17; Eintracht Oval; New York, N.Y.)

1963

Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 1, Armenian SC 0 (June 2; Philadelphia, Pa.)

1964

Los Angeles Kickers 4, Ukrainian Nationals 2 – aggregate (June 1 in Phila.; June 21 in L.A.)

1965

New York Ukrainians 5, Hansa of Ill. 2 – aggregate score (June 27 in N.Y.; July 7 in Chicago)

1966

Phila. Ukrainian Nationals 4, Orange County SC 0 – aggregate (May 22 in L.A.; June 5 in Phila.)

1967

New York Greek-American 4, Orange County SC 2 (July 23; Eintracht Oval; New York, N.Y.)

1968

New York Greek-American 2, Olympic SC of Ill. 1 – aggregate (July 21 in Chicago; July 28 in N.Y.)

1969

New York Greek-American 1, Montebello Armenians 0 (June 29; Los Angeles, Calif.)

1970

SC Elizabeth of N.J. 2, Los Angeles Croatia 1 (May 3; New York)

1971

New York Hota SC 6, San Pedro Yugoslavs 4 (May 16; Rancho Cienega Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.)

1972

SC Elizabeth of N.J. 1, San Pedro Yugoslavs 0 (May 21; Union, N.J.)

1973

Los Angeles Maccabee SC 5, Cle. Inter-Italian 3 (June 10; Rancho Cienega Stadium; Los Angeles)

1974

New York Greek-American 2, Chicago Croatian SC 0 (June 2; New York)

1975

Los Angeles Maccabee SC 1, N.Y. Inter-Giuliana 0 (June 15; El Camino College; Torrance, Calif.)

1976

San Francisco AC 1, N.Y. Inter-Giuliana 0 (May 23)

1977

Los Angeles Maccabee SC 5, United German Hungarians 1 (June 19)

1978

Los Angeles Maccabee SC 2, Vasco Da Gama 0 (July 30)

1979

Brooklyn Dodgers SC 2, Chicago Croatian SC 1 (June 17)

1980

New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 3, Maccabee AC 2 (June 15)

1981

Los Angeles Maccabee SC 5, Brooklyn Dodgers SC 1 (June 28)

1982

New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 4, Maccabee AC 3 (June 6)

1983

New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 4, St. Louis Kutis SC 3 (July 3)

1984

New York A.O. Krete 4, San Pedro Yugoslavs 2 (June 24; St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.)

1985

San Francisco Greek-American AC 2, St. Louis Kutis 1 (June 30)

1986

St. Louis Kutis SC 1, San Pedro Yugoslavs 0 (July 13; Long Beach, Calif.)

1987

Club España of Wash. D.C. 3-2 in penalties; 0-0 in reg. (June 21; St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.)

1988

St. Louis Busch SC 2, Greek-American AC 1 (June 25; St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.)

1989

St. Petersburg Kickers of Fla. 2, N.Y. Greek AA 1 (July 8; St. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.)

1990

Chicago A.A.C. Eagles 2, Brooklyn Italians 1 (July 28; Kuntz Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.)

1991

Brooklyn Italians SC 1, Richardson Rockets 0 (Aug. 10; Brooklyn College; Brooklyn, N.Y.)

1992

San Jose Oaks of Calif. 2, Bridgeport Vasco da Gama 1 (July 11; Kuntz Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.)

1993

San Fran. C.D. Mexico 5, United German-Hungarians 0 (July 17; Kuntz Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.)

1994

San Francisco Greek-American AC 3, Bavarian Leinenkugel 0 (July 30; UGH Field; Oakford, Pa.)

1995

Richmond Kickers 4-2 in penalties v. El Paso Patriots; 1-1 in reg. (Aug. 27; El Paso, Texas)

1996

D.C. United 3, Rochester Raging Rhinos 0 (Oct. 30; RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.)

1997

Dallas Burn 5-3 in penalties v. D.C. United; 0-0 in reg. (Oct. 29; Carroll Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.)

1998

Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew 1 (Oct. 30; Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.)

1999

Rochester Raging Rhinos 2, Colorado Rapids 0 (Sept. 13; Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio)

2000

Chicago Fire 2, Miami Fusion 1 (Oct. 21; Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.)

2001

LA Galaxy 2, New England Revolution 1 (Oct. 27; Titan Stadium; Fullerton, Calif.)

2002

Columbus Crew 1, LA Galaxy 0 (Oct. 24; Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio)

2003

Chicago Fire 1, N.Y./N.J. MetroStars 0 (Oct. 15; Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.)

2004

Kansas City Wizards 1, Chicago Fire 0 (Sept. 22; Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Mo.)

2005

LA Galaxy 1, FC Dallas 0 (Sept. 28; The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.)

2006

Chicago Fire 3, LA Galaxy 1 (Sept. 27; Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.)

2007

New England Revolution 3, FC Dallas 2 (Oct. 3; Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas)

2008

D.C. United 2, Charleston Battery 1 (Sept. 3; RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.)

2009

Seattle Sounders FC 2, D.C. United 1 (Sept. 2; RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.)

2010

Seattle Sounders FC 2, Columbus Crew 1 (Oct. 5; Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.)

2011

Seattle Sounders FC 2, Chicago Fire 0 (Oct. 4; CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Wash.)

2012

Sporting Kansas City 3-2 in penalties vs. Seattle Sounders FC; 1-1 in reg. (Aug. 9; Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.)

2013

D.C. United 1, Real Salt Lake 0 (Oct. 1; Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah)

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Sounders in Familiar Territory with U.S. Open Cup Title on the Line

Kenny Cooper has a personal incentive to extend Seattle Sounders FC’s dominance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

“Lamar Hunt’s name is on [the trophy],” Cooper said. “Lamar’s name is special to my family. My dad played for the Dallas Tornado, which he owned then, and when I first came to league, he was the owner of FC Dallas, where I started.

“I would love to win with this.”

He will get his opportunity Tuesday in Chester, Pennsylvania, at PPL Park when Seattle plays the Philadelphia Union in the Cup final (7:30 p.m. ET, GolTV), the fifth time in six years it has reached the championship match and chance at a fourth title.

Beside the family pride, a win also would put Cooper on par with his father, Ken Cooper Sr., in bragging rights at holiday family dinners. The British-born elder Cooper, who began his goalkeeping career with the Blackburn Rovers, won the 1971 North American Soccer League title with the Tornado.

“He has an NASL ring,” the younger Cooper said. “He’s one up on me at the moment. I’d love to win an MLS Cup ring one day, be part of a team that wins all three things. We’re fighting for all three trophies: the Supporters’ Shield, MLS and the Open Cup. I’d love to wear a ring like my father.”

Kenny Cooper

Cooper has played in the Open Cup final before, in 2007, when he came on late in the second half but could not rally FC Dallas from a one-goal deficit and the New England Revolution claimed the title with a 3-2 victory.

This season, Cooper  seems to be determined to claim a title. While he has three goals in 20 MLS games, Cooper has scored a tournament-leading six in four games in the Open Cup.

It is a determination that fits well with Seattle’s approach to the U.S. Open Cup, and the team’s seemingly ownership of it.

“We take a lot of pride in the competition,” said Sounders technical director Chris Henderson. “Even when we played as USL challengers, we went pretty deep into the tournament. That has continued on.

“If you have one night off, you’re out. It’s a knockout. I think we’re 21-3, including PKs. There’s a lot pride in the club in this. To be able to go as far we have, it’s one of hardest competitions to win.”

As a player with six different MLS clubs, Henderson only remembers reaching the semifinals, and most of the teams he played on treated the Open Cup as an afterthought.

“It’s certainly not like that here,” Henderson said.

Seattle won the Open Cup over the first three years the club played in Major League Soccer: 2009, 2010 and 2011. It reached the final in 2012 but lost to Sporting Kansas City.

Last year, Seattle lost its opening game in the tournament to the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies, a 1-0 defeat that eliminated the team in the third round. It was a harbinger of a disappointing season that saw the team go winless in its last seven and get eliminated from the MLS Playoffs at the conference semifinal stage.

It was an experience Seattle did not want to repeat. It may seem commonplace for Seattle to win the Cup, but not to the Sounders.

“It never gets routine,” said manager Sigi Schmid, who in addition to the three Open Cups he’s won with Seattle also won one with Columbus, as well as two MLS Cups, a CONCACAF Champions Cup and three College Cups. “To win a fourth Open Cup in six years of existence, I think, is a pretty good statement.

“It’s one of two trophies you can win, maybe although you could count the Supporters’ Shield as a third. I’ve said that if you’re going to enter something, you try to win it. If you’re not trying to win, don’t enter.”

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