The San Jose Earthquakes needed a late goal from Danny Hoesen to get by a 10-man Seattle Sounders side in the Round of 16 of the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. San Jose took the lead early and went up a man in the first half, but still needed an 84th minute winner to reach the Quarterfinals for the first time since 2012.
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The Sounders advance 4-1 in the penalty kick shootout after a 1-1 draw in regulation.
Cristian Roldan and Joevin Jones scored second-half goals to send the Sounders past the Kitsap Pumas at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwil, Wash.
The US Open Cup has been making mainstream media headlines this week, but unfortunately for fans of the competition, it wasn’t the exciting extra time games or the dramatic finishes. The Open Cup video clip that fans saw on ESPN’s Sportscenter was Clint Dempsey of the Seattle Sounders making the bizarre decision to rip up the referee’s notebook and unsurprisingly was shown a red card.
It took extra time, a penalty shootout and a couple of local heroes to send the Seattle Sounders to the Quarterfinals of the US Open Cup for the fifth time in the last six years.
Georgi Hristov tapped in a rebound in the 75th minute and Diego Restrepo saved a late Sounders penalty, carrying the North American Soccer League’s Rowdies to a 1-0 third-round upset over the Major League Soccer side.
In an open vote that saw six different players names selected on ballots for the TheCup.us Player of the Tournament, it was five-time finalist Osvaldo Alonso of the Seattle Sounders that received the honor while Cal FC’s Danny Barrera was an overwhelming choice as TheCup.us Lower Division Player of the Tournament as well as runner-up behind Alonso.
After three amazing years of the Seattle Sounders as US Open Cup champions, there are new kings of the tournament. In that theme, TheCup.us embarks on a new era for the post-tournament awards, unveiling for the first time finalists for TheCup.us Player of the Tournament as well as the newly-created Lower Division Player of the Tournament honor.
Exactly one week before the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup championship match between host Sporting Kansas City and the history-seeking three-time champion Seattle Sounders, GolTV cable network has announced that it has reached a three-year deal with the United States Soccer Federation to broadcast the tournament final.
The fifth edition of the CONCACAF Champions League begins Tuesday evening with two matches featuring the defending two-time champions Monterrey in one contest and Real Salt Lake of MLS in the other. The 2011 US Open Cup champion representative Seattle Sounders open their third consecutive CCL campaign Thursday.