2009 U.S. Open Cup Final-Seattle Sounders vs. D.C. United Game Notes
2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final
1. Overtime: If the match is tied at the end
SOUNDERS, UNITED EACH SEEK HISTORIC WIN: The Seattle Sounders head into RFK Stadium Wednesday night looking to be the second MLS expansion team to win the title, matching the Chicago Fire’s feat in 1998. D.C. United seeks its third title and second in a row. The first title came in 1996 during the team and league’s inaugural season. Kickoff in the nation’s capital is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Both teams have won three games in the tournament proper, however, each team had to also advance through MLS qualifying after not securing an automatic berth.
FOX SOCCER CHANNEL TO TELEVISE FINAL: The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final returns to Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español live at 7:30 p.m. ET. Fox Soccer Channel holds exclusive rights to broadcast the Open Cup final through 2010. Fans can also follow online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
- Wednesday’s match will conclude the 96th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
- This will be the second time that a team from Washington State faced off against a team from Washington, D.C., in the Cup final. In 1987, Seattle’s Mitre Eagles fell to the District’s Club España in a penalty shootout following a 0-0 draw.
- The home team is 9-2-0 in U.S. Open Cup finals since MLS began participating in the tournament. The 2003 Chicago Fire and 2007 New England Revolution are the only road teams to win a Final. Two finals, 1997 and 1999, were played at neutral sites.
- The U.S. Open Cup Final has gone into overtime four times since 1996.
- A total of 62 different teams have won the U.S. Open Cup, with the New England Revolution the most recent first-time winners in 2007.
- Including D.C. United in 1996, three MLS teams have won the “double” – winning the MLS and U.S. Open Cups in the same year. The Galaxy were the last team to achieve that distinction back in 2005 and the 1998 Chicago Fire also won both.
- The home team is 24-9-5 in the 2009 competition, with the visiting teams holding a 3-2 advantage in shootout victories.
- There were 18 shutouts during 2009, including just one 0-0 tie.
- The Wilmington Hammerheads won this year’s $10,000 dollar prize as the top Division III team by advancing to the quarterfinals.
- The $10,000 amateur prize winner was the Ocean City Barons, a PDL team that reached the third round before being dispatched by D.C. United.
- The final $10,000 prize went to the Division II Rochester Rhinos, whose tournament run was ended in the semifinals by D.C. United as well.
A CLOSER LOOK: SEATTLE SOUNDERS
Head Coach: Sigi Schmid
2009 U.S. Open Cup Record: (3-0-0)
2009 Open Cup Leading Scorer: Stephen King (2 goals)
All-Time Open Cup Final Record: First Appearance
2009 MLS Record: 8-6-10, 34 points (Third place, Western Conference)
2009 League Leading Scorer: Fredy Montero (10 goals)
Last Outing: 0-0 tie against Toronto FC on Aug. 29
2009 Open Cup Game-By-Game
Date Round Opponent Result Location
July 1 3 Portland Timbers (USL-1) 2-1 W PGE Park; Portland, Ore.
July 7 Q Kansas City Wizards (MLS) 1-0 W Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.
July 21 S Houston Dynamo (MLS) 2-1 W (OT) Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.
- Seattle is 1-0-0 on the road in the 2009 Open Cup, a 2-1 win vs. the Portland Timbers (USL-1) in the third round.
- Seattle’s MLS road record is 2-4-5 so far this year.
- The Sounders have played D.C. United only once so far in MLS this season, drawing 3-3 at Qwest Field in Seattle on June 17.
- Seattle midfielder Sebastien Le Toux was last year’s tournament high scorer; the Frenchman had five goals for the then USL First Division Seattle Sounders, four of those goals came in one game against Hollywood United.
- The Sounders are the second Seattle club to be in the U.S. Open Cup final, but would be the first to win it. In 1987 the Mitre Eagles fell to Club España, from Washington, D.C., after a 3-2 penalty shootout following a 0-0 draw.
- Despite the fact that this will be the Sounders’ first cup final, Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid and midfielder Brad Evans won the MLS Cup last season with the Columbus Crew.
- Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller is currently ranked third in MLS with a 0.90 GAA and eight shutouts.
A CLOSER LOOK: D.C. UNITED
Head Coach: Tom Soehn
2009 U.S. Open Cup Record: 3-0-0
2009 Open Cup Leading Scorers: Boyzzz Khumalo (2 goals)
All-Time Open Cup Final Record: 2-0-1 (D.C. United fell 5-4 on PKs to the Dallas Burn in 1997)
2009 MLS Record: 7-5-11, 32 points (Fourth place, Eastern Conference)
2009 League Leading Scorer: Luciano Emilio (8 goals)
Last Outing: 1-0 win at Chicago Fire on Aug. 29 (Bryan Namoff game-winning goal)
2009 Open Cup Game-By-Game
Date Round Opponent Result Location
June 30 3 Ocean City Barons (PDL) 2-0 W Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.
July 7 Q Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) 2-1 W Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.
July 21 S Rochester Rhinos (USL-1) 2-1 W Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.
- D.C. United is 3-0-0 at home in the 2009 U.S. Open Cup
- United is 26-7-3 all-time in the U.S. Open Cup. The team is 1-2 in penalty kick shootouts, and 3-1 in overtime.
- D.C. has not faced an MLS team on their way to the final, defeating PDL, USL-2 and USL-1 squads, respectively.
- Jaime Moreno has scored 12 career goals in the U.S. Open Cup, the most of any player appearing in the final. He has recorded at least one goal in 1996 (3), 1997, 1999, 2000 (4), 2001, 2006 and 2009.
- Head coach Tom Soehn won the U.S. Open Cup in back-to-back years as a player, winning with the Dallas Burn in 1997 and also a year later with the Chicago Fire. In the 1997 final, Dallas beat D.C. United with the current D.C. head coach playing against current D.C. forward Jaime Moreno.
- D.C. United’s previous U.S. Open Cup titles came against USL-1 franchises, topping the Rochester Rhinos by a 3-0 score in their inaugural season and defeating the Charleston Battery 2-1 last year.
- United will be playing their fourth consecutive home game in the Open Cup, but only the first at RFK Stadium. The team’s first three games of the 2009 tournament were played at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
- While D.C. United has won the U.S. Open Cup two times, they are the second team from the District of Columbia to win the tournament. In 1987, Club España of Washington, D.C., won the tournament.
- The 1996 and 2008 finals, won by D.C. United, were played in RFK Stadium. The 1997 final, which D.C. lost to the Dallas Burn, was played at a neutral site in Indianapolis, Ind.
Representatives from Seattle and D.C. have accounted for 11 of the 114 total goals scored in the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
SOUNDERS, UNITED PLAYERS OPEN CUP SCORING IN 2009: Representatives from Seattle and D.C. have accounted for 11 of the 114 total goals scored in the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Name Goals Assists Points
Stephen King 2 0 4
Roger Levesque 1 1 3
Sebastian Le Toux 1 1 3
Nate Jaqua 1 0 2
Name Goals Assists Points
Boyzzz Khumalo 2 0 4
Andrew Jacobson 1 0 2
Christian Gomez 1 0 2
Jaime Moreno 1 0 2
Ange N’Silu 1 0 2
Devon McTavish 0 1 1
Fred 0 1 1
HISTORY OF THE DEWAR CUP: While the trophy no longer travels to the U.S. Open Cup Final, the name of the winning team is added to the bottom of the Dewar Trophy following an Open Cup title. The oldest trophy in United States team sports history was donated to the American Amateur Football Association in 1912 by Sir Thomas R. Dewar, a British distiller, sportsman and philanthropist during a AAFA (now United States Amateur Soccer Association) visit to London prior to the 1912 Olympics. The trophy was originally purchased for $500 and given in the hope of promoting soccer in the United States and in the name of Anglo-American friendship. The cup was first awarded to the Yonkers Football Club (N.Y.) in 1912 after they defeated the Hollywood Inn Football Club (N.Y.) at the Lennox Oval in New York City. The trophy was officially adopted as the U.S. Open Cup trophy prior to the Brooklyn Field Club's inaugural championship in 1914 in Pawtucket, R.I. The trophy was retired in 1979, but was refurbished by the USASA in 1997 and was presented to the 1997 and 1998 Open Cup winners, before returning to the National Soccer Hall of Fame where it resides permanently in Oneonta, N.Y.
ABOUT THE LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP: Dating back to 1914, the U.S. Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in United States soccer and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States, the annual U.S. Open Cup is a 96-year-old single-elimination tournament. In a nutshell, the U.S. Open Cup is very similar to domestic cup competitions popular throughout Europe, South America and the rest of the world. Cup competitions, which usually run concurrent with a country's league season, are open in the early stages to any club that can qualify, giving local amateur teams a chance to compete against the best teams a country has to offer. In 1999, the U.S. Open Cup was renamed the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to honor the long-time soccer supporter and pioneer.
2009 U.S. OPEN CUP REWIND: When the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup began on June 9, there were 40 teams with the goal of making it to the Open Cup final. Below are a list of the teams that qualified for the U.S. Open Cup, including eight MLS teams and eight USL First Division teams.
2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Participants:
MLS (8): Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City Wizards, New England Revolution, Seattle Sounders
USL First Division (8): Austin Aztex, Carolina RailHawks, Charleston Battery, Cleveland City Stars, Miami FC, Minnesota Thunder, Portland Timbers, Rochester Rhinos
USL Second Division (8): Charlotte Eagles, Crystal Palace Baltimore, Harrisburg City Islanders, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Real Maryland Monarchs, Richmond Kickers, Western Mass Pioneers, Wilmington Hammerheads
USL Premier Development League (8): Chicago Fire, Kitsap Pumas, Mississippi Brilla, El Paso Patriots, Ocean City Barons, Orange County Blue Star, Reading Rage, St. Louis Lions
USASA (8): Aegean Hawks F.C., Arizona Sahuaros, Atlanta F.C., Bavarian S.C., Emigrantes das Ilhas, Lynch’s F.C., Sonoma County Sol, 402