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SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (17-7-3 IN MLS)AT PHILADELPHIA UNION (9-9-10 IN MLS)4:30 p.m., PPL Park, Chester, PennsylvaniaTV: GOLtv, and streaming through Klowdtv.com subscription. RADIO: None. Free audio streaming at SoundersFC.com.HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 3-2-2 overall. The Union leads 1-0-2 at home. The Sounders came from behind to win the MLS regular-season home match May 3. NOTES: This is the final of the 101st U.S. Open Cup, a single-elimination tournament open to all professional and amateur clubs affiliated with U.S. Soccer. It is recognized as the nation’s club championship. … The winner is awarded $250,000, has its name engraved on the Dewar Challenge Trophy, and qualifies for 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League. … The Sounders won the Cup in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and made the final in 2012. This is the Union’s first appearance in the final. … If the game is tied at the end of regulation, the teams will play 30 extra minutes. If the tie remains, the result will be determined by penalty kicks. … Seattle has the best record in Major League Soccer, while Philadelphia is tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference. … The Sounders last played Friday, a 3-2 home win over Real Salt Lake. The Union played Saturday, a 2-2 home draw against New York. Coach Jim Curtin used several of his regulars as reserves in that game, including goals-leader Sebastien Le Toux. … That game was delayed by rain and a wet pitch at PPL Park. The forecast for Tuesday calls for partly cloudy skies and a high around 75. … Seattle advanced by defeating amateur PSA Elite, 5-0 and MLS clubs San Jose on PKs, Portland, 3-1, and Chicago, 6-0. The Union advanced with wins over USL Pro Harrisburg, 3-1; NASL New York Cosmos, 2-1; and MLS New England, 2-0; and FC Dallas on PKs. … Le Toux, who was part of Seattle’s 2009 championship team, is the modern era Open Cup goals leader with 14. Seattle forward Kenny Cooper is second with 13, and he leads the 2014 tournament with five goals. …The referee is Armando Villarreal.QUOTABLE: “We can counterattack with the best of them; they have a counterattack as well, and they can keep the ball with any team in MLS. It’s going to be a little bit of cat-and-mouse early on for sure, to feel each other out. But once it settles down, it is a game where you have two teams that are in very good form, and then the soccer part takes over at that stage.” – Union coach Jim CurtinNEXT: The Sounders return to league play at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the New York Red Bulls.
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The 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 16, with Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union hosting Seattle Sounders FC. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. MT on GolTV and live on goltv.tv.
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The match will also be broadcast locally in Philadelphia by the Comcast Network, the cable home of the Philadelphia Union. Seattle Sounders FC is providing a live radio broadcast on soundersfc.com. Fans can follow the championship of the 101st edition of the U.S. Open Cup on Twitter @ussoccer.
Seattle won the event three consecutive times from 2009-11 and was the runner-up to Sporting Kansas City in 2012. This is the Union's first appearance in the U.S. Open Cup Final.
Two of the tournament's top goal scorers will go head-to-head in this year's title match. Philadelphia's Sebastien Le Toux is the all-time goal scoring leader in the modern era with 14 tallies. Seattle's Kenny Cooper is tied for second with 13 goals, and he is 2014's leading tournament scorer with five goals.
TEAM ROSTERS BY POSITION:Each team will have 18 players available for Tuesday's game:Philadelphia UnionGOALKEEPERS: 1-Andre Blake, 18-Zac MacMath, 92-Rais MbolhiDEFENDERS: 2-Carlos Valdes, 4-Austin Berry, 14-Amobi Okugo, 15-Ethan White, 16-Richie Marquez, 25-Sheanon Williams, 28-Raymon Gaddis, 33-Fabio AlvesMIDFIELDERS: 5-Vincent Nogueira, 7-Brian Carroll, 8-Fred Da Silva, 10-Cristian Maidana, 13-Michael Lahoud, 21-Maurice Edu, 22-Leo Fernandes, 27-Zach Pfeffer, 30-Pedro Ribeiro, 44-Danny CruzFORWARDS: 6-Conor Casey, 9-Andrew Wenger, 11-Sebastien Le Toux, 12-Aaron Wheeler, 17-Brian Brown, 29-Antoine Hoppenot
Seattle Sounders FCGOALKEEPERS: 1-Marcus Hahnemann, 24-Stefan Frei, 29-Josh FordDEFENDERS: 4-Jalil Anibaba, 12-Leonardo Gonzalez, 14-Chad Marshall, 15-Dylan Remick, 17-DeAndre Yedlin, 18-Djimi Traore, 20-Zach Scott, 31-Damion LoweMIDFIELDERS: 3-Brad Evans, 5-Andy Rose, 6-Osvaldo Alonso, 8-Gonzalo Pineda, 10-Marco Pappa, 11-Aaron Kovar, 25-Aaron Long, 27-Lamar Neagle, 42-Micheal AziraFORWARDS: 2-Clint Dempsey, 7-Tristan Bowen, 9-Obafemi Martins, 13-Sean Okoli, 19-Chad Barrett, 23-Cam Weaver, 33-Kenny Cooper, 77-Kevin Parsemain
PHILADELPHIA ROSTER NOTES•Union forward Sebastien Le Toux has scored three goals in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. He is tied with 10 other players for fifth in this year's tournament, and his free kick tally in the quarterfinals gave him 14th all-time to surpass the previous record of 13 he shared with David Bulow, Johnny Menyongar and Jaime Moreno.•Le Toux was a member of Seattle Sounders FC's 2009 U.S. Open Cup-winning team, assisting Roger Levesque's 86th-minute goal that gave Seattle a 2-0 lead. The goal proved to be the game-winner as D.C. United's Clyde Simms scored in the waning moments during Seattle's 2-1 victory.•Rookie Pedro Ribeiro and Le Toux each scored a goal this past weekend to rally the Union to a 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls in MLS play on Saturday at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.
SEATTLE ROSTER NOTES •With his brace during Seattle's 6-0 semifinal victory against the Chicago Fire on Aug. 13, Kenny Cooper moved into a tie for second place on the all-time goal scoring list in the modern era with David Bulow, Johnny Menyongar and Jaime Moreno. Cooper only trails the Philadelphia Union's Sebastien Le Toux (14 goals).•Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans and Zach Scott were rostered members of the Sounders' 2009 championship team. Alonso played the full 90 minutes and Evans was a second-half sub as Seattle defeated D.C. United 2-1 on Sept. 2, 2009, at RFK Stadium. The Sounders became the second MLS expansion side to win the Open Cup title (the other expansion team being the 1998 Chicago Fire).•In 2010, Alonso once again logged 90 minutes and Scott was an unused sub as the Sounders earned their second straight U.S. Open Cup, overcoming a first-half deficit en route to a 2-1 victory on Oct. 5, in front of 31,311 at Qwest Field in Seattle. (Sounders vs. Columbus Crew Highlights - Oct. 5, 2010)•Alonso scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time in the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final to cap off Seattle's 2-0 win on Oct. 4, 2011, against the Chicago Fire for the Sounders' third-straight title. A total of 35,615 fans were in attendance at CenturyLink Field. Outside back Leonardo Gonzalez and midfielders Evans and Lamar Neagle started and played the full 90 in that game as Seattle's defense allowed only six shots, four on goal.U.S. OPEN CUP GOAL SCORERS • Philadelphia Union: Sebastien Le Toux (3), Andrew Wenger (2), Conor Casey (1), Maurice Edu (1), Amobi Okugo (1) • Seattle Sounders FC: Kenny Cooper (5), Andy Rose (2), Osvaldo Alonso (1), Chad Barrett (1), Brad Evans (1), Aaron Kovar (1), Obafemi Martins (1), Sean Okoli (1), Marco Pappa (1), Zach Scott (1)
HOW THEY GOT TO THE FINALPhiladelphia Union • Fourth Round (June 17): Philadelphia Union 3, Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 1 (OT): The Union had an ominous start to this year's tournament, trailing 1-0 late in the first half to the USL PRO side. Maurice Edu scored a clutch equalizer in the 89th minute, and Andrew Wenger carried the Union with two goals in overtime for the two-goal victory at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. (recap) • Fifth Round (June 24): Philadelphia Union 2, New York Cosmos (NASL) 1 (OT): Sebastien Le Toux scored two goals, including the winner in the 115rth minute, to escape an upset bid against the New York Cosmos. The Cosmos led early in the second half from Alessandro Noselli, but Le Toux responded immediately to force overtime. (recap) • Quarterfinal (July 8): Philadelphia Union 2, New England Revolution (MLS) 0: Sebastien Le Toux broke the all-time goal scoring record in tournament history with his 14rth tally (and third in this year's tournament) and Conor Casey scored the early game-winner at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. (recap) • Semifinal (Aug. 12): Philadelphia Union 1, FC Dallas (MLS) 1 (Philadelphia wins 4-3 in shootout): Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath came up with two saves during a penalty kick shootout to lead Philadelphia to the victory at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Amobi Okugo scored his first goal in Open Cup play early in the first half, only to see FC Dallas respond with Fabian Castillo's equalizer the closing minutes of regulation. After overtime, the match went to PKs, where MacMath turned away shots by Blas Perez and Victor Ulloa. The Union's Sheanon Williams, Vincent Nogueira, Cristian Maidana and Maurice Edu each converted their attempts for the win. (recap)
Seattle Sounders FC • Fourth Round (June 18): Seattle Sounders FC 5, PSA Elite (USASA) 0: Sounders homegrown player Aaron Kovar drew the penalty that led to Brad Evans' opening goal in the 22nd minute and assisted a Zach Scott goal as Seattle rolled past PSA Elite, out-shooting the USASA side 21-1. Kenny Cooper recorded a brace and Sean Okoli capped off the scoring in the 84th minute. (recap) • Fifth Round (June 24): Seattle Sounders FC 1, San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 1 (Seattle wins 4-1 in shootout): After San Jose's Steven Lenhart gave his side a lead in the 24rth minute, Kenny Cooper equalized just two minutes later. Both sides stayed even through regulation and overtime, and it was all Seattle with Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa, Brad Evans and Lamar Neagle each converted their penalty kicks. San Jose's Alan Gordon missed his attempt and Seattle goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann saved JJ Koval's attempt. (recap) • Quarterfinal (July 9): Seattle Sounders FC 3, Portland Timbers FC (MLS) 1 (OT): Kenny Cooper scored the game-winning goal in the 111th minute and Marco Pappa added an insurance goal five minutes later at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington. Osvaldo Alonso broke a scoreless deadlock in the 69th minute, but Portland forced overtime when Darlington Nagbe equalized late in second-half stoppage time. (recap) • Semifinal (Aug. 13): Seattle Sounders FC 6, Chicago Fire (MLS) 0: Andy Rose and Kenny Cooper each tallied two goals as Seattle coasted past the Fire, a four-time champion of the U.S. Open Cup, at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington. Chad Barrett scored a sixth-minute goal against his former Chicago team for the early lead and the game-winning tally. Second-half sub Obafemi Martins also added a goal in the 79th minute before Cooper put the match well out of reach with back-to-back scores in the final 10 minutes. (recap)
PENNSYLVANIA OPEN CUP ROOTS: Only the states of New York (26) and California (15) have fielded more U.S. Open Cup champions than Pennsylvania in the tournament's 101-year history. The Philadelphia Union is one victory away from changing the top-two picture. Pennsylvania has been the home of 14 previous Open Cup title winners, led by the storied Bethlehem Steel teams that racked up five titles in 1915, 1916, 1918, 1919 and 1926. Other Pennsylvania-based champions included four-time winner Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals (1960, 1961, 1963 and 1966), two-time champion Pittsburgh Harmarville (1952 and 1956), Gallatin (1942), Philadelphia German-American SC (1936) and Pittsburgh Morgan (1949).
ABOUT THE U.S. OPEN CUP: The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer's National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating back to 1914. This year's winner will earn $250,000, a berth in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions' League and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will take home $60,000. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.