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OK, what's the deal on Open Cup three-peats?

A win tonight over Chicago would give Sounders FC its third straight U.S. Open Cup.

Maybe you've heard this would make the Sounders only the second team in the 98-year history of the cup to win three straight tournaments. Maybe you've heard the fourth. And to be honest, maybe you've heard both from me.

Here's what's for sure: The Sounders are trying to become the first MLS team to win three straight Open Cups. And they're trying to become the first club of any kind to do it since the New York Greek-Americans did it in 1967-68-69.

After that, things get a little trickier, with team moves and mergers and name changes and even tournament name changes. But here's the short version from Sounders FC:

U.S. Soccer recognizes three clubs as three-peaters. The Fall River (Mass.) Marksmen won back-to-back titles in 1930-31, then moved to nearby New Bedford (Mass.) and became the Whalers before winning again in 1932. A new sponsor was the only change during the three-peat run of St. Louis Stix, Baer & Fuller and St. Louis Central Breweries from 1933-35.

The Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer's National 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 97 consecutive years dating back to 1914. It is the oldest annual tournament in U.S. team sports history and among the oldest soccer tournaments of its type in the world. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor longtime soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

And here's a longer -- but still quite interesting version -- from TheCup.us.

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