The Sporting Kansas City defense, led by Besler, only allowing two shots on goal in 120 minutes of play as the championship was decided by penalty kicks.
2012 US Open Cup Final: Sporting KC wins second title in PKs, ends Seattle Sounders’ historic run (video)
In a frantic finish at the end of regulation and a dramatic, and controversial, penalty kick shootout, Sporting Kansas City won their second US Open Cup title and deny the Seattle Sounders an unprecedented fourth straight championship.
The United States Soccer Federation announced the potential host sites for the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final. Philadelphia Union will face Sporting Kansas City in the Semifinals on Tuesday, followed by Seattle Sounders hosting Chivas USA.
Nearly a month after winning an historic third consecutive Lamar Hunt US Open Cup trophy, the career of former US goalkeeper Kasey Keller came to a heartbreaking end as the Seattle Sounders were unable to make up a three-goal deficit in the second round of the MLS Cup playoffs Wednesday evening. Over the past three US Open Cup tournaments Keller was the co-leader in matches played among goalkeepers with Ronnie Pascale (Richmond Kickers), seeing action in nine games.
When it comes to Seattle Sounders striker Fredy Montero, Player of the Tournament may be an understatement. The 24-year-old Colombian received the honor from TheCup.us following his performance in the 2011 US Open Cup tournament in which he helped lead Seattle to a third consecutive championship, scoring game-winners in the last three games.