It's gone final as a very well-played 2-2 draw. However, the result gives the Carolina Challenge Cup to DC United on the basis of goal differential. The Sounders end their presesason unbeaten at 6-0-3.
Still, coach Sigi Schmid was much more interested in this game as a dress rehearsal for the regular season opener next weekend ... and I have a hunch he'll be pleased with a lot that his club did tonight.
But it's time to go find out: I'll be back soon with quotes from the coach and some players. We'll also try to get an update on the status of DeAndre Yedlin, who went off after a tackle that drew a straight red card.63' Very sweet exchange of Evans rolling a ball into the box and Pappa finishing low. 2-2.
53' GOAL DC. Corner kick, Kitchen volleys in corker kick from Espindola. DC 2-1
Second half: ... has begun. Sounders need win to take the Cup. Any other result gives it to DC. No changes for Sounders.
Halftime: 1-1. Very impressive half for Sounders who controlled, except for that PK.
24: GOAL Seattle with Cooper somehow heading in over reaching DC keeper Dykstra. Even at 1-1.
8th minute: DC goes up 1-0 as Fabien Espindola nails PK low-left past Frei. PK followed hand ball by Marshall.
First kick: ... has been stuck. We're under way.
Lineups: The Sounders went with a starting lineup of goalkeeper Stefan Frei, defenders DeAndre Yedlin, Jalil Anibaba, Chad Marshall and Dylan Remick; midfielders Lamar Neagle, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans and Marco Pappa; and forwards Kenny Cooper and Obafemi Martins.
Sounders reserves are Ford, Scott, Rose, Kovar, Parsmain, Lowe, Okoli, Arroyo and Estrada.
Remember that coach Sigi Schmid had said this week that this lineup will "probably be a close approximation" of his actual first 11.
Meanwhile, Eddie Johnson is being held out by D.C. United with what is being called a minor hamstring issue.
Here's the DC first 11: Dykstra; Fernandez, Parke, Boswell, Franklin; DeLeon, Kitchen, Silva, Arnaud; Doyle, Espindola.
Pregame: It's a cloudy day at Blackbaud Stadium about an hour before the Sounders will meet D.C. United for the 2014 Carolina Challenge Cup.
The tournament math is very simple: Seattle wins the Cup with a win today. D.C. United takes the title with any other result.
We'll keep this blog post open all day with updates, and we'll have additional notes an comments on Twitter @donruiztnt.
The next expected news will be the lineup, which should be especially interesting as coach Sigi Schmid indicated it will largely indicate his current first 11, heading into game-week preparations for the season opener one week from today against Sporting Kansas City.