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U.S. OPEN CUP

September 2, 2009
SOUNDING OFF
Expansion team Seattle earns Open Cup


Washington, D.C. -- The Seattle Sounders FC became the first MLS expansion team in 11 years to capture the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup as they defeated D.C. United, 2-1.

Fredy Montero and Roger Levesque scored goals for the Sounders at RFK Stadium, while Clyde Simms found the back of the net in the 89th minute.

For Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, it was his second championship in less than a year. In 2008 he guided the Columbus Crew to the MLS Cup crown.

Colombian striker Fredy Montero lifted Seattle into a 1-0 lead in the 67th minute as he knocked in a rebound past goalkeeper Josh Wicks. However, Wicks' actions after the goal would have major ramifications as he stomped on Montero, who was on the ground, after the goal.

After referee Alex Prus talked with the fourth official, he awarded Wicks a red card in the 69th minute.

United was forced to play a man down for the rest of the match as coach Tom Soehn replaced midfielder Christian Gomez with backup goalkeeper Milos Kocic in the 71st minute.

Levesque, a second-half sub, made it 2-0 in the 87th minute as he converted a right-wing feed from Sebastian Le Toux from four yards.

But Simms cut the lead in the half.

   
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