It's gone final with Seattle 2-1 winners. Both goals came from Sanna Nyassi after Columbus took the early 1-0 lead.
The Sounders take their second major trophy, and become the first MLS club to defend its U.S. Open Cup title.
And it earned coach Sigi Schmid a champagne bath from his players while just starting to address the media.
Ironically enough, his first words to the media were about how good he felt to have remained dry.
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That didn't last long.
But afterward he seemed pretty happy drenched, as well.
It was that kind of night with a lot of happy Sounders, as you can tell from the quotes in the post above.
CLB -- Kevin Burns (Steven Lenhart) 24SEA -- Sanna Nyassi (unassisted) 38SEA -- Sanna Nyassi (Steve Zakuani) 66
Columbus Crew -- Andy Gruenebaum, Frankie Hejduk, Chad Marshall, Andy Iro, Shaun Francis, Eddie Gaven (Robbie Rogers 81), Brian Carroll, Emmanuel Ekpo, Kevin Burns (Emilio Renteria 78), Steven Lenhart (Andres Mendoza 78), Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
Substitutes Not Used: Eric Brunner, Adam Moffat, Gino Padula, William Hesmer.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Eddie Gaven 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Kevin Burns 1); FOULS: 10 (4 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 2 (Guillermo Barros Schelotto 2); SAVES: 3 (Andy Gruenebaum 3)
Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jeff Parke, Tyson Wahl, Sanna Nyassi (Alvaro Fernandez 79), Osvaldo Alonso, Nathan Sturgis, Steve Zakuani (Roger Levesque 89), Fredy Montero (Nate Jaqua 89), Blaise Nkufo.
Substitutes Not Used: Tyrone Marshall, Zach Scott, Mike Seamon, Terry Boss.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Fredy Montero 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Fredy Montero 3); FOULS: 11 (Fredy Montero 3, James Riley 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 6 (Nathan Sturgis 6); SAVES: 0
SEA -- James Riley (caution; Reckless Tackle) 23
CLB -- Shaun Francis (caution; Reckless Tackle) 28
CLB -- Brian Carroll (caution; Reckless Tackle) 41
SEA -- Osvaldo Alonso (caution; Reckless Foul) 74
SEA -- Sanna Nyassi (caution; Reckless Tackle) 75
CLB -- Guillermo Barros Schelotto (caution; Tactical Foul) 87
Referee: Michael Kennedy
Referee's Assistants: -Thomas Supple; Paul Scott
4th Official: Ricardo Salazar
Time of Game: 1:51
Stoppage time: Nate Jaqua -- tied for the tournament goal-scoring lead -- subbed in.
90th minute: Levesque in for Zakuani.
Three minutes of stoppage time announced.
86th minute: Close call for Sounders as Robbie Rogers bangs a shot off the crossbar.
79th minute: Fernandez in for Nyassi. (Columbus has made its three subs.)
Attendance: 31, 311 ... a U.S. Open Cup record.
74th minute: Yellow to Alonso for trip at midfield.
67th minute: Sounders go ahead 2-1 on Nyassi's second goal of the night. Started with a cross into the area by Fredy Montero. Zakuani headed it onto the crossbar, but Nyassi beat everyone to the rebound and swept it in.
Second half: ... has begun. No lineup changes.
Halftime: The whistle has blown. All even 1-1 with 45 minutes played, and 45 to go ... in regulation, at least.
Both teams took four shots, Seattle put three on goal to just one by Columbus. Fredy Montero took three of Seattle's four shots.
Steve Zakuani doesn't really show up on the sheet, but he was my man of the first 45 minutes. Jeff Parke has been real solid in back, too, as has become his custom.
41st minute: Yellow to Carroll for tripping Zakuani on a run in the middle third.
37th minute: Sounders pull even, 1-1, on a nice one-touch by Nyassi from just outside the penalty area, assisted by Sturgis.
28th minute: Yellow card to Columbus' Shaun Francis.
24th minute: Columbus gets another clean chance and doesn't botch this one. Probably a five-pass sequence finished by Kevin Burns from well inside the area.Columbus, 1-0.
20th minute: Best Columbus chance. Nice sequence of passes ended on the foot of Eddie Gaven, who chipped over the bar from about 8 yards with no one in front of him but Keller.
18th minute: And again. This time a Zakuani cross that Nyassi just couldn't quite get to in front of the goal.
16th minute: Another Sounders chance. Sturgis wins ball nicely, touches on to Zakuani who carries to the top of the box, then lays off to Montero. Montero strikes well on goal. Keeper stops, but can't control. However, no Sounders swarming to rebound.
Sixth minute: Another nice Sounders chance. Zakuani down the right size, crosses to Nkufo, but his shot went weakly to Gruenebaum.
Second minute: First good chance to Sounders, as Montero puts a header on goal from a few yards, but keeper Andy Gruenebaum got down to smother it.
Kickoff: The game has begun. Crew in black/black; Sounders in electricity yellow/yellow.
Lineups: The starting lineups are out. The most interesting decisions are Blaise Nkufo starting for the Sounders, while Nate Jaqua -- the star and leading scorer in this tournament -- sits.
And Columbus is starting Andy Gruenebaum, rather than William Hesmer. Hesmer has started all MLS competitions for the Crew, but Gruenebaum has been the guy for all Open Cup and Champions League competitions.
For Seattle: G Keller; D Riley, Ianni, Parke, Wahl; M Nyassi, Alonso, Sturgis, Zakuani; F Montero, Nkufo. Reserves: Boss, Fernandez, Jaqua, Levesque, Marshall, Scott, Seamon.
For Columbus: G Gruenebaum; D Jejduk, Marshall, Iro, Francis; M Gaven, Carroll, Ekpo, Burns; F Lenhart, Schelotto. Reserves: Hesmer, Brunner, Mendoza, Moffat, Padula, Renteria, Rogers.
Home pitch advantage: Home teams are 28-7-3 in Open Cup this season. And in finals during the MLS era (since 1996) home teams are 9-3.
Pregame: It's a beautiful day at Qwest Field, where the 2010 U.S. Open Cup championship will be settled between the Columbus Crew and the defending-champion Sounders.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. The game will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel. And despite the certainty of an Open Cup record crowd, tickets remain available. (As you can see from the shot above, none of the upper deck is open. ... And while the tarps aren't in the south end zone, the Hawks Nest is covered as usual.)
We'll keep this blog post open all evening for pregame, in-game and postgame reports, plus your always-appreciated.