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U.S. OPEN CUP

September 1, 2010
U.S. OPEN CUP SEMI FINALS
Crew, Sounders advance


COLUMBUS CREW 2, D.C. UNITED 1
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Columbus Crew staged a dramatic comeback to advance to the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final with a 2-1 victory over D.C. United Wednesday at steamy RFK Stadium.

D.C. took an early lead on a Pablo Hernandez penalty kick in the 13th minute, and that remained the game's only goal until the dying moments, when Marc Burch couldn't keep Andy Iro's 89th minute shot out of the net, deflecting it past United keeper Bill Hamid and sending the match to overtime. There, Guillermo Barros Schelotto rifled a penalty home for the game-winner on a sweltering night in the nation's capital.

In the 59th minute, Hernandez tangled with Danny O'Rourke at midfield and kicked out at the Crew midfielder as from a prone position and was shown a red card, forcing D.C. to play a man down for the rest of the way.

The Crew earned the penalty in the 98th minute when Steven Lenhart's was tripped by DC defender Carey Talley.


SEATTLE SOUNDERS 3, CHIVAS USA 1
TUKWILA, Wash.---The Sounders advanced to their second consecutive Open Cup final after defeating Chivas USA 3-1 at Starfire Sports Complex. The Sounders will face the Columbus Crew, who emerged with a 2-1 victory against D.C. United at RFK Stadium.

Sounders forward Nate Jaqua scored the opening goal in the 10th minute for the home side, converting with a first time finish after Steve Zkuani's good flank work and centering pass.

After the halftime break Zakuani was the architect behind the Sounders' second goal, crossing for in-form forward Fredy Montero to double Seattle's lead after 59 minutes.

Chivas answered back and cut the deficit in half in the 66th minute, with Jesus Padilla latching onto a loose ball in the box to put his side on the board.
Jacqua added his second of the night, heading home at the near post from a great cross by substitute Roger Levesque.

   
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