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U.S. OPEN CUP

August 12, 2008
BATTERY CHARGED
Charleston will face DC in Open Cup final


CHARLESTON, SC -- The Charleston Battery will travel to the nation's capital for its first-ever Lamar Hunt US Open Cup final after knocking off the Seattle Sounders in the tournament's semifinal at Blackbaud Stadium Tuesday.

An announced 3,798 fans saw the Battery advance after goalkeeper Dusty Hudock parried away the deciding kick in a penalty shootout. The game ended 1-1 after extra time, with the Battery edging fellow USL side Seattle 4-3 in the shootout.

The Sounders went ahead in the 20th minute on an own goal, when midfielder Josh Gardner sent a ball in from the left corner of the penalty box, which Battery defender John Wilson tried to defend by sticking out a foot. The shot deflected then past Hudock’s reach.

The Battery leveled it in the 33rd minute, when Charleston's Darren Spicer glanced a powerful header toward goal. Seattle 'keeper Chris Eylander could only parry the ball onto the feet of the onrunning Randi Patterson inside the six-yard box for an easy goal.

In the shootout, Stephen Armstrong and Osvaldo Alonso scored for the Battery, as did Taylor Graham for the Sounders. But when Hudock turned away Sebastien LeToux's effort, the advantage was with the Battery.

Eylander was up to the task and kept his side level with a save off Marco Reda. The Battery's Tim Velton and Nelson Akwari then sunk their efforts, and when Ciaran O'Brien found net with his penalty, it was down to Hudock to win the game with a save.

Seattle's Forrest Kevin sent his drive to the left. Hudock picked his spot correctly, sending Charleston to the US Open Cup final for the first time in its history. Charleston will play DC United at RFK stadium on September 3 on Fox Soccer Channel.

   
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