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Sporting Kansas City, Seattle Sounders FC Advance to 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final


Title Match to be Played on Aug. 8 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

Title Match to be Played on Aug. 8 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

CHICAGO (July 11, 2012) – The 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final is set as Sporting Kansas City and three-time defending U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC won their semifinal matches on Wednesday.

Sporting defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-0, while the Sounders topped Chivas USA 4-1. The title match takes place on Aug. 8 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. (kickoff time to be announced at a later date).

Sporting Kansas City’s Jacob Peterson and Graham Zusi each scored in the second half to blank Philadelphia at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Peterson’s header goal came off of a Zusi free kick. Zusi put an exclamation point in the scoring column with his goal in the 93rd minute. The Kansas City win also avenged a drastic 4-0 loss to the Union just two weeks earlier in Major League Soccer play at PPL Park.

Kansas City will have a personnel setback heading into the championship as French defender Aurelien Collin will be suspended due to his third yellow card violation of the tournament. Collin previously was booked in the third round against Orlando City SC and in the fourth round against Colorado Rapids.

Sporting reaches the U.S. Open Cup Final for just the second time. In their previous appearance, the club (then known as the Kansas City Wizards) topped the defending champion Chicago Fire 1-0 on Sept. 22, 2004, at Arrowhead Stadium, with Igor Simutenkov tallying a 95th-minute golden goal.

Seattle has been a mainstay in the tournament’s championship in recent years, and the Sounders continued their impressive run with a victory against Chivas USA on Wednesday at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. The Sounders’ Eddie Johnson timed his run perfectly to get behind the Chivas defense and collect an Osvaldo Alonso through ball for a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute. Alonso pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 48th minute, capitalizing on his PK after Fredy Montero drew a foul in the box.

Chivas cut into Seattle’s lead with Cesar Romero’s 74th-minute rebound goal, but the Sounders finished things off with a Brad Evans goal in the 83rd minute and a Sammy Ochoa tally in the 88th minute.

Seattle becomes the third organization to advance to the U.S. Open Cup Final for four straight years. The last team to do so was St. Louis-based Stix, Baer and Fuller, which reached six straight Finals from 1932-1937. The team was known as the St. Louis Central Breweries in 1935 and the St. Louis Shamrocks in 1937 and 1936 and 1937.

Before the St. Louis string of title game appearances, Bethlehem Steel advanced to the finals of the tournament five straight years from 1915-1919, winning the title four times in that span and settling for a runner-up finish in 1917.

The U.S. Open Cup has never seen a team win four consecutive tournaments, and Seattle has an opportunity to do so when it faces Kansas City. Among MLS franchises, the Fire holds the record with four championships, winning in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006.

Seattle’s three previous U.S. Open Cup crowns included a 2-1 victory against D.C. United in 2009, a 2-1 win against the Columbus Crew and a 2-0 victory against the Fire in 2011.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which is recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National 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 98 consecutive years dating back to 1914. The winner will have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor long-time soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
SEMIFINAL RESULTS – Wednesday, July 11
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 2, Philadelphia Union (MLS) 0: PPL Park; Chester, Pa.
Chivas USA (MLS) at Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) 4, Chivas USA (MLS) 1: Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

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FINAL – Wednesday, Aug. 8
Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) at Sporting Kansas City: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.; time TBD

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QUARTERFINAL RESULTS – Tuesday, June 26
Philadelphia Union (MLS) 5, Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 2: PPL Park, Chester, Pa.
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 3, Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) 0: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan.
Chivas USA (MLS) 2, Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) 1: Titan Stadium, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton, Calif.
Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) 1, San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 0: Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, Calif.

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FOURTH-ROUND RESULTS – Tuesday, June 5
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 3, New York Red Bulls (MLS) 1 (OT): Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.
Philadelphia Union (MLS) 2, D.C. United (MLS) 1 (OT): Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.

Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) 2, Michigan Bucks (PDL) 1 (OT): Oakland University Soccer Field; Rochester, Mich.
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 2, Colorado Rapids (MLS) 0: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) 2, San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) 1 (OT): Heroes Stadium; San Antonio, Texas
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 1, Minnesota Stars FC (NASL) 0: Cagan Stadium, Stanford University; Stanford, Calif.
Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) 5, Cal FC (USASA) 0: Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.
Chivas USA (MLS) 2, Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 1: WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

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THIRD-ROUND RESULTS – Tuesday, May 29, and Wednesday, May 30
San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) 1, Houston Dynamo (MLS) 0: Heroes Stadium; San Antonio, Texas; May 29
Michigan Bucks (PDL) 3, Chicago Fire (MLS) 2 (OT): Ultimate Soccer Arena; Pontiac, Mich.; May 29
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 3, Orlando City Soccer Club (USL PRO) 2: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.; May 29
D.C. United (MLS) 2, Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) 1 (OT): Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.; May 29
Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) 2, Columbus Crew (MLS) 1: Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio; May 29
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) 2, FC Dallas (MLS) 0: FC Dallas Stadium; Frisco, Texas; May 29
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 2, Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 1: Cagan Stadium, Stanford University; Stanford, Calif.; May 29
Philadelphia Union (MLS) 3, Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) 0: PPL Park; Chester, Pa.; May 29
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 4, New England Revolution (MLS) 3 (PKs): Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.; May 29
New York Red Bulls (MLS) 3, Charleston Battery (USL PRO) 0: Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C., May 29
Chivas USA (MLS) 1, Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 0: Ventura College; Ventura, Calif.; May 29
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 2, LA Galaxy (MLS) 1: WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.; May 29
Colorado Rapids (MLS) 3, Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 1: Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla.; May 29
Minnesota Stars FC (NASL) 3, Real Salt Lake (MLS) 1: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah; May 29
Seattle Sounders (MLS) 5, Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) 1: Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.; May 30
Cal FC (USASA) 1, Portland Timbers (MLS) 0 (OT): JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.; May 30

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SECOND-ROUND RESULTS – Tuesday, May 22
Michigan Bucks (PDL) 1, Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) 0: Chartiers Valley Stadium; Bridgeville, Pa.
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 2, Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) 0: Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.
Cal FC (USASA) 4, Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) 0: Legion Sports Complex; Wilmington, N.C.
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 6, PSA Elite (USASA) 0: WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 7, Fresno Fuego (PDL) 2: Lockhart Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Orlando City Soccer Club (USL PRO) 7, K.C. Athletics (USASA) 0: Seminole Soccer Complex; Sanford, Fla.
Charleston Battery (USL PRO) 2, Reading United AC (PDL) 1: Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.
Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) 3, Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) 0: Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 3, Jacksonville United (NPSL) 0: Patton Park; Jacksonville, Fla.
Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) 4, Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (USASA) 0: Maryland SoccerPlex Stadium; Boyds, Md.
Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) 1, at Georgia Revolution (NPSL) 0: RYSA Soccerplex; Conyers, Ga.
San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) 2, Laredo Heat (PDL) 0: Blossom Athletic Center; San Antonio, Texas
Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) 2, Chicago Fire PDL (PDL) 1: Toyota Park Practice Field; Bridgeview, Ill.
Minnesota Stars FC (NASL) 2, Des Moines Menace (PDL) 0: Valley Stadium; Des Moines, Iowa
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) 1, El Paso Patriots (PDL) 0: Patriots Stadium; El Paso, Texas.
Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 3, Los Angeles Blues (USL PRO) 1 (OT): Hal Shurbeck Field, Fullerton College; Fullerton, Calif.

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FIRST-ROUND RESULTS – Tuesday, May 15
Jacksonville United (NPSL) 2, Orlando City U-23s (PDL) 1: Seminole Soccer Complex; Sanford, Fla.
Reading United AC (PDL) 2, N.Y. Greek Americans (USASA) 1 : Ray Buss Field, Fleetwood High School; Fleetwood, Pa.
Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) 2, FC Sonic (NPSL) 0: Whitehall High School Stadium; Whitehall, Pa.
Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (USASA) 3, Carolina Dynamo (PDL) 1: Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.
Michigan Bucks (PDL) 6, Jersey Shore Boca (USASA) 0: Ultimate Soccer; Pontiac, Mich.
Georgia Revolution (NPSL) 1, Mississippi Brilla FC (PDL) 0 (OT): RYSA Soccerplex; Conyers, Ga.
Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) 3, GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) 2: Memorial Field, Deering High School; Portland, Maine
Chicago Fire PDL (PDL) 1, Croatian Eagles (USASA) 0: Toyota Park Practice Field; Bridgeview, Ill.
Des Moines Menace (PDL) 3, Milwaukee Bavarians (NPSL) 1 (OT): Bavarian Soccer Park; Glendale, Wis.
Laredo Heat (PDL) 4, ASC New Stars (USASA) 2 (OT): Texas A&M International University; Laredo, Texas
K.C. Athletics (USASA) 3, Real Colorado Foxes (PDL) 1: Colorado School of Mines Soccer Stadium; Golden, Colo.
El Paso Patriots (PDL) 3, NTX Rayados (USASA) 1: Patriots Stadium; El Paso, Texas
Fresno Fuego (PDL) 2, Stanislaus United Turlock Express (US Club Soccer) 0: Academica Fields; Turlock, Calif.
PSA Elite (USASA) 3, Portland Timbers U-23s (PDL) 1: JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.
Cal FC (USASA) 3, Kitsap Pumas (PDL) 1: Bremerton Memorial Stadium; Bremerton, Wash.
Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 6, Fullerton Rangers (NPSL) 2 (OT): Santa Ana Bowl; Santa Ana, Calif.

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2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule (Per Round)
May 15: First Round
May 22: Second Round
May 29-30: Third Round
June 5: Fourth Round
June 26: Quarterfinals
July 11: Semifinals
Aug. 8: Final

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