The Seattle Sounders smashed six past Chicago to seal a franchise-record win and reach the U.S. Open Cup final for the fifth time in six seasons.
Chad Barrett opened the scoring, then forgotten man Andy Rose bagged a brace as the Sounders cruised past their semifinal opponents who were woeful in defense. Obafemi Martins got in the act as he jumped off the bench and added a goal, before a late double from Kenny Cooper sealed the romp at the Starfire complex in Tukwila, Wash.
Seattle will now travel to face the Philadelphia Union for the U.S. Open Cup trophy, as the final will be played at PPL Park on September 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The winner will also receive a spot in the 2015 CONCACAF Champions League. The Sounders will be gunning for their fourth Open Cup trophy in club history, while the Union have the chance to win their first piece of silverware as a club.
From start to finish on Wednesday the Sounders were the better team and the Fire’s defense, which included Jeff Larentowicz partnering Bakary Soumare in the center, was all over the place. Frank Yallop’s side didn’t adjust to the cramped, atmospheric surroundings of the Starfire complex and after Barrett’s early goal they never recovered.
For full highlights of Seattle’s domination of a poor Fire side, check out the video below.