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.”
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.
- 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
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
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
SEA – Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 25th minute
PHI – Conor Casey (caution) 57
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Manikowski
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker
Fourth Official: Jose Carlos Rivero