2014 U.S. Open Cup

WATCH: 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final highlights

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After going down 1-0 to the Philadelphia Union in the 38th minute, Seattle tied the match early in the second before scoring twice in extra time to seal the win. The Sounders’ victory marks their fourth U.S. Open Cup title in the past six seasons.

Clint Dempsey tallied the game winner in the 101st minute, with Obafemi Martins capping off the night with a fine individual goal in the 114th. Check out the full match highlights below, courtesy of U.S. Soccer.

 

Open Cup final preview: Is a championship coming to Philly tonight?

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This one’s for all the marbles.

The Seattle Sounders will hope to win their fourth Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final since 2009, in turn denying the Philadelphia Union their first ever crown when the two sides tangle at PPL Park tonight (730pm ET, Gol TV).

Both teams are in fine form, with Philadelphia boasting a 3W-1T record in its last four matches and Seattle winners of fourth-straight since a Aug. 20 tie against San Jose.

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The Sounders took a tough path to the final, having to beat MLS sides San Jose, Portland and Chicago after blasting USASA entrant PSA Elite in the fourth round.

The Union’s road meant just two MLS opponents, Dallas and New England, after beating the New York Cosmos of the NASL and the Harrisburg City Islanders of USL PRO.

Philadelphia and Seattle met on May 3 in Washington, with the Sounders triumphing with a 2-1 score line. The last time the two sides met in Chester, it was a 2-2 draw.

The all-time series stands is relatively even, beginning with first regular season match in Union history and spanning two Philly wins, three Seattle victories and two ties.

US Open Cup semifinals preview: Dallas, Philly battle to host final

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In the next 48 hours we’ll know the opponents for the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final, with Philadelphia visiting FC Dallas on Tuesday and Chicago heading to Seattle on Wednesday.

The century-old competition has a bevy of former winners, from the familiar (DC United, L.A. Galaxy) to the lesser know (Brooklyn Italians, Bethlehem Steel) to the downright unfamiliar (St. Louis Simpkins-Ford, New Bedford Whalers).

Though the competition is now dominated by Major League Soccer teams, with the 1999 Rochester Rhinos the last non-MLS team to win the tournament, it’s still a boatload of fun. And Tuesday kicks off with a good match-up.

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The Union are the only remaining team to not have lifted the Cup, as Chicago has won four times, Seattle thrice and Dallas clinching its title in 1997. But the may have the juice to do the trick this year if they can get out of Texas alive, with an opportunity to become the first tourney champion from Pennsylvania since 1966.

The winner of Tuesday’s 9:30pm ET tilt gets to host the final in early Fall (The 2013 final was played on Oct. 1, with DC United besting Real Salt Lake 1-0).

Philly played host to Montreal this weekend in MLS play, a 2-1 win for the Union, while Dallas was home for a 3-1 win over Colorado.

Seattle and Chicago will tangle on Wednesday at 10:30pm ET, with the status of DeAndre Yedlin in question as his pending European move is still getting sorted out. The Sounders beat Houston at home on the weekend, while Chicago beat visiting New York 1-0.

Paths to the semis

FC Dallas – beat San Antonio Scorpions 2-0, Houston Dynamo 3-2 (et), Carolina Railhaws 5-2
Philadelphia – beat Harrisburg City 3-1, New York Cosmos 2-1, New England Revolution 2-0

Seattle – beat PSA Elite 5-0, San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 (PKs 4-1), Portland Timbers 3-1 (et)
Chicago – beat Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2-1, Columbus Crew 4-2, Atlanta Silverbacks 3-1

WATCH: Osvaldo Alonso’s stunning twisting-volley, as Seattle beat Portland

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If you stayed up late on Wednesday night to watch the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers battle it out in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal, you made a good decision.

Seattle triumphed 3-1, eventually, as yet another pulsating Cascadia clash played out.

Played in the tight, atmospheric surroundings of Seattle’s Starfire Stadium, fans crammed in to witness Osvaldo Alonso break the deadlock with a moment of brilliance.

In the 68th minute Lamar Neagle chipped a delightful ball to the back post and the ‘Honey Badger’ turned himself into a whirling dervish to somehow volley the ball home in mid-air with the back of his foot. The ball cannoned off the post and past Donovan Ricketts, as the entire crowd looked on in awe.

Watch the video above to see Alonso’s superb strike, plus the rest of the highlights are well worth a watch too. Portland equalized deep into stoppage time through Darlington Nagbe, then in extra time the Timbers were reduced to 10-men in a feisty encounter as Diego Chara was shown a straight red.

Seattle made the most of their one-man advantage, as Kenny Cooper and Marco Pappa scored late on to make it 3-1 and set up an Open Cup semifinal with the Chicago Fire on August 13 at CentruyLink Field. It is the seventh time in eight years that Seattle have made the final four of the knockout competition.

2014 US Open Cup rolls on with MLS teams snaring wins

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There’s another cup tournament going on during the World Cup, and Major League Soccer teams seized their first two opportunities of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Cordell Cato’s 73rd minute goal boosted San Jose to a 2-1 win over USL Pro’s Sacramento Republic FC, while Alex Lopez’s goal sent the 10-man Houston Dynamo past the 10-man Laredo Heat of the PDL in a 1-0 win.

Other fourth round matches to be played:

June 14
Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Real Salt Lake
Carolina Railhawks vs. Chivas USA
New York Cosmos vs. New York Red Bulls

June 17
Philadelphia Union vs. Harrisburg City Islanders
Rochester Rhinos vs. DC United
Columbus Crew vs. Indy Eleven
Colorado Rapids vs. Orlando City
FC Dallas vs. San Antonio Scorpions
Portland Timbers vs. Orlando City U-23

June 18
Sporting KC vs. Minnesota United
Seattle Sounders vs. PSA Elite
Arizona United vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
Chicago Fire vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Richmond Kickers vs. New England Revolution