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Seattle Sounders FC Thrives in OT, Advances Past Portland in U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals

Chicago Fire and FC Dallas also Advance as All-MLS Semifinal Stage Kicks off Aug. 12 and 13

CHICAGO (July 9, 2014) – In a match filled with heavy dramatics and swings, Seattle Sounders FC forward Kenny Cooper scored a game-winning goal in the 111th minute to lead Seattle past the Portland Timbers 3-1 in overtime of the quarterfinals of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington.

Cooper’s go-ahead goal against his former Timbers team started with a left-footed cross from Gonzalo Pineda. Cooper, with his back to the goal, got in front of Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, and Cooper redirected his header into the left side of the frame for a 2-1 lead.

Seattle’s Marco Pappa, predominantly left-footed, sealed Portland’s fate with an insurance right-footed goal in the 116th minute from about 21 yards out for the 3-1 final score line.

The Sounders’ two final tallies also came after Diego Chara was shown a red card for a two-footed tackle against Pappa in the first 15-minute overtime.

With the victory, the Sounders will stay at home for the semifinal stage when they host the Chicago Fire at 7:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Starfire Sports Complex.

The quarterfinal game was part of’s “Game of the Round” coverage of the 101st edition of the U.S. Open Cup, and the semifinal featured match will be announced at a later date.

2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup “Game of the Round” Coverage:

Seattle seemingly had the match in its pocket during regulation. Osvaldo Alonso broke a scoreless deadlock in the 69th minute with a martial arts-like, right-footed goal inside the near left post for a 1-0 lead that lasted until second-half stoppage time. In the buildup toward Alonso’s goal, Brad Evans provided a nice back-heel pass from the right side of the box to Lamar Neagle. Neagle crossed toward the left edge of the six-yard box, and Alonso leapt with both feet, lunging with his right and slotting to the left side of the frame past Ricketts for the 1-0 lead.

In the waning seconds of stoppage time, Timbers second-half sub Darlington Nagbe found a clutch equalizer to force overtime, playing a give-and-go with Steve Zakuani on the right side and then firing his shot inside the far left post past a diving Stefan Frei.

Playing up a man for the final 22 minutes of overtime, Seattle was in control the rest of the way with Cooper’s and Pappa’s tallies and improved to 4-1-0 against Portland in the U.S. Open Cup. Wednesday’s match marked the first time the two sides faced each other as MLS clubs.

Quarterfinal Roundup:

Chicago Fire (MLS) 3, Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) 1: Jeff Larentowicz converted a penalty kick with 10 minutes remaining in regulation to break a 1-1 deadlock and Alex added an insurance goal as Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire advanced past the North American Soccer League’s Atlanta Silverbacks on Wednesday at Atlanta Silverbacks Park in Chamblee, Georgia. Quincy Amarikwa had Chicago’s first goal and Deon McCaulay tallied Atlanta’s lone goal early in the second half. The Fire, a four-time winner of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, advances to its second-straight semifinal.

FC Dallas (MLS) 5, Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 2: Blas Perez scored three goals to lead FC Dallas to a victory against the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. With the victory, FC Dallas will now host fellow MLS side Philadelphia Union in the semifinals at 8 p.m. CT on Aug. 12 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Philadelphia earned a 2-0 quarterfinal win against the New England Revolution on Tuesday. After the RailHawks’ Zack Schilawski gave his side a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute, Perez scored back-to-back goals for a 2-1 lead. Carolina’s Enzo Martinez equalized in the 37th minute with a penalty kick, but it was all FC Dallas from that point. Fabian Castillo scored in his third straight U.S. Open Cup match in the 44th minute to give Dallas a 3-2 lead heading into halftime. It stayed that way until the final minute of regulation as Mauro Diaz and Perez scored back-to-back.

2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule

Quarterfinal Round Results





July 8

New England Revolution (MLS) at Philadelphia Union (MLS)


PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

July 9

Chicago Fire (MLS) at Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)


Atlanta Silverbacks Park; Chamblee, Ga.

July 9

FC Dallas (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)


WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

July 9

Portland Timbers (MLS) at Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)

1-3 (OT)

Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

Semifinal Round Possible Pairings





Aug. 12

Philadelphia Union (MLS) at FC Dallas (MLS)

8 p.m. CT

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Aug. 13

Chicago Fire (MLS) at Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)

7:30 p.m. PT

Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

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 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, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will earn a $15,000 cash prize. D.C. United is the defending U.S. Open Cup champion, having won its third tournament title (following triumphs in 1996 and 2008) after a tense 1-0 road victory over Real Salt Lake on Oct. 1, 2013. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.