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August 30, 2011
Fire, Sounders advance

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – For the sixth time in their 14 seasons, the Chicago Fire are returning to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final after topping the Richmond Kickers 2-1 in front of 8,909 at Toyota Park Tuesday night.

The Fire took the lead in the 32nd minute, when Dominic Oduro was tackled in the box. Sebastian Grazzini drilled the penalty kick into the lower right corner for a 1-0 Fire lead. Grazzini almost doubled the score before the half, dribbling the ball toward goal and shooting it over the crossbar.

In the 61st minute, Oduro rushed toward goal. From just outside the 18, Oduro struck, bending the ball into the lower right corner for a 2-0 advantage.

Richmond finally had a good look at goal in the 68th minute. Michael Callahan found William Yomby, who sent the ball into the goal. The ball appeared to bounce off the post, but it went in, cutting the Fire’s lead to 2-1.

Chicago has been to six Open Cup finals, and won four times, in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006. Only two teams have won five Open Cups, Bethlehem Steel and Maccabi Los Angeles.
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TUKWILLA, Wash.---The Seattle Sounders will make their third straight appearance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup after defeating FC Dallas 1-0 at the Starfire Complex on Tuesday.

Fredy Montero scored the only goal for the Sounders, when he faked FCD defender Ugo Ihemelu with his left foot, then curled a right-footed shot inside the far post.

Dallas came close to equalizing in the 49th minute, but Marvin Chávez sent his shot off the post. Chavez then missed an open net later in the half.

The Sounders have won the last three U.S. Open Cups. Only one team has ever won three stright Open Cups in the 98-year history of the tournament, the New York Greek Americans (1967-1968-1969).

The final will be held October 4th in Seattle.
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