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U.S. OPEN CUP

August 13, 2014
LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP
Sounders advance to fifth title match


SEATTLE SOUNDERS 6, CHICAGO FIRE 0
TUKWILA, Wash.--- Andy Rose and Kenny Cooper each tallied two goals as the Seattle Sounders FC soundly defeated the Chicago Fire 6-0 at the Starfire Sports Complex in the semifinal of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Cooper is the leading goal scorer in this year's U.S. Open Cup with six tallies.

With the win, Seattle faces the Philadelphia Union in the U.S. Open Cup Final at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The match will be broadcast live on GolTV.

Philadelphia is making its first appearance in a U.S. Open Cup Final after defeating FC Dallas 4-3 in a penalty kick shootout on Tuesday. Seattle is in search of its fourth crown, heading to its fifth U.S. Open Cup Final. Sounders FC won the event in three consecutive years (2009-11) and were runners-up in 2012.

Seattle wasted little time taking the lead on its home turf as Cooper crossed the ball in from the right side past Fire defender Lovel Palmer and found Chad Barrett at close range in the box. The former Fire forward fired top-shelf past goalkeeper Sean Johnson to gain the 1-0 advantage in the sixth minute.

Rose pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 33rd minute off of a Marco Pappa corner kick from the left side. With space to leap for the header, Rose drove the ball down into the turf and inside the right post past Johnson for a 2-0 cushion.

Rose put the match out of reach in the 58th minute, this time with a header on the left side of the box off of a Pappa cross from the right to take a 3-0 lead.

Seattle poured it on down the stretch. Second-half sub Obafemi Martins was set up by Cooper with a goal in the 79th minute. Cooper tallied his fifth goal of Open Cup play, by heading one home in the 82nd minute. And two minutes later, Cooper struck again.
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