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Sounders will fourth U.S. Open Cup, 3-1

us-open-cup1Seattle Sounders FC won its fourth U.S. Open Cup with a 3-1 extra-time win at Philadelphia.

The four cups ties Seattle with the Chicago Fire for the most by an MLS team. However, the Sounders have clustered their four wins in six seasons of existence.

This was the Sounders' path to the 2014 Cup: beating amateur PSA Elite, 5-0; San Jose on PKs, Portland, 3-1 in extra time; Chicago, 6-0; and finally Philly 3-1 in extra time.

Seattle fell behind 1-0, and then stormed to the victory with goals from Chad Barrett, Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins.

Sounders also awarded $250,000, have name engraved on the Dewar Challenge Trophy, and qualifies for 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League.

114' GOAL Sounders. Ozzie starts it with a steal, Oba finishes with nice run and goal. Seattle, 3-1.

105: Sounders 2, Union 1. Fifteen minutes to go.

101' Martins to Dempsey combination puts Sounders up, 2-1.

94' Sounders make final sub with lots of time to go. Pineda for Evans, who had apparently suffered some knock to his leg.

90' Regulation ends even, 1-1. Sounders and Union headed for 30 minutes of extra time.

73' Marco Pappa in for Lamar Neagle.

60' Oba Martins in for Barrett. Sounders controlling action since halftime. Still 1-1.

47' GOAL Sounders. Barrett rebounds a header in from close. Sounders pull even, 1-1.

38' GOAL Union. Maurice Edu header on set piece. Beats Frei to near post from just a few yards. Assist to Maidana. Philly, 1-0. One shot on goal for Sounders, three for the Union.

First 3o minutes: Scoreless. Good chances both ways in a pretty even match.

First kick: ... has been struck. We're under way. Sounders in rave/rave; Union in black/white.

Lineups: For Seattle: Frei; Yedlin, Marshall, Scott, Gonzalez; Evans, Alonso, Rose, Neagle; Barrett, Dempsey. Reserves: Hahnemann, ANibaba, Azira, Cooper, Martins, Pappa, Pineda. The interesting one there is the Barrett-Dempsey pairing up top, with Martins in reserve.

For the Union: MacMath; Gassis, Valdes, White, Williams; Edu, Nogueira, Wenger, Le Toux; Maidana, Casey. Reserves: Mbolhi, Fred, Ribeiro, Okugo, Cruz, Carroll, Lahoud.

Pregame: The Sounders will play for their fourth U.S. Open Cup championship tonight, and along with it a return to CONCACAF Champions League, and the first of who knows how much hardware that the 2014 season may or may not produce.

The match begins at around 4:35 Pacfic Time. Unfortunately, I'm not in Pennsylvania, but I'll be watching the game and we'll keep the blog going before, during and after the match, and we'll have updates and comments on Twitter @donruiztnt.The Sounders will have free, live audio on their SoundersFC.com website. The game in on GOLtv, and is being streamed on Klowdtv.com (for a one-month subscription price of less than $9.) There also are viewing parties around the area.

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