A ten minute spurt to begin the second half was all DC United needed to defeat the Richmond Kickers of USL-2 2-0 in the Third Round of the US Open Cup. Jamie Moreno got the ball past Richmond keeper Ronnie Pascal at 47′, and Santino Quaranta followed suit at 56′.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame recently announced that, after 30 years, they were closing after Labor Day. Jack Huckel, the Director of Museum and Archives, took time to speak with TheCup.us about what’s next for the Oneonta, NY-based soccer mecca.
There were many reasons for the Sounders’ run to their first trophy, but leading the way was the play of goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who has been named TheCup.us Player of the Tournament. Keller was in goal for all four of the Sounders’ narrow victories, each of them decided by a single goal.
With the Seattle Sounders winning the 2009 US Open Cup, there is a wealth of online video coverage being put out by the Sounders’ official website, SoundersFC.com. Below you can find video highlights of the Open Cup Final, a compilation of highlights of the club’s entire run through the tournament, and some looks behind the scenes as […]
The Seattle Sounders earned a trophy in their first year in MLS, winning the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup by defeating DC United 2-1 at RFK Stadium, denying United a repeat. Seattle makes history as the first MLS expansion team to lift the Open Cup trophy since the Chicago Fire won the tournament in 1998.
Defending US Open Cup champion DC United, who had to qualify just to get into the 2009 tournament, is one win away from defending their title after a 2-1 Semifinal victory over the Rochester Rhinos. Boyzzz Khumalo’s 82nd minute goal spoiled the Rhinos’ attempt to return to the Open Cup Final for the first time since their historic title run in 1999 and earned DC a chance to win their second straight championship on their home field.
DC United will host the Seattle Sounders at RFK Stadium on September 2. For United it is their fourth Final appearance and will host the championship game for the third time. In the two previous title games at RFK, they have won both of them (1996, 2008).
The Ocean City Barons are the lone amateur club remaining in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup after a 1-0 overtime win over Real Maryland of the USL Second Division. The difference in the match was a JT Noone penalty kick in the 108th minute after a Monarchs player was called for a handball off an Ocean City corner kick.
The upstart Sonoma County Sol of the NPSL gave Portland a game for 87 minutes, but eventually wound up on the wrong side of the 3-0 score line, sending the USL-1 Timbers to a eagerly anticipated match against the Seattle Sounders F.C. in the Third Round.
Portland opened the scoring in the 7th minute, when George Josten beat Sol goalkeeper Juan Sosa for the early 1-0 lead. The game Sol held the Timbers to the lone goal until the Mandjou Keita scored twice in the final three minutes, both off assists from Brian Farber.
The Ocean City Barons became the first PDL team to beat a USL professional squad in the 2009 tournament, winning a 3-0 decision over Crystal Palace Baltimore of the USL Second Division. Baltimore was attempting to avenge a 1-0 upset in the First Round of the 2007 tournament at the hands of the Barons. That game two years ago was also played at “The Beach House” in Ocean City and for the Barons, it was their third upset of a pro team in franchise history.
The Cleveland City Stars found a bright spot in what has otherwise been a dark season, knocking off the PDL’s St. Louis Lions 3-0, and advancing to the second round of the U.S. Open Cup.
Cleveland opened the scoring after 27 minutes, when Ryan Stewart headed home a Roland Aguilera corner kick.