October 4, 2011
By Kathryn L. Knapp
Sounders win third straight U.S. Open Cup
Soccer News Net Contributing Editor
SEATTLE, Wash. – A raucous crowd of 35,615 at Century Link Field witnessed history Tuesday night as the Seattle Sounders won their third straight Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, 2-0 over the Chicago Fire.
Both teams had solid opportunities, but it wasn’t until late in the game that they started to pay off for the Sounders.
A flurry of Sounders' attempts in the 77th minute fell short of fans expectations, with boos echoing through Century Link Field. But seconds later, Fredy Montero struck gold. Friberg crossed the ball to Jeff Parke in the box. Parke headed it down. The ball bounced off Johnson and was loose in the box. Montero got a foot on the rebound and knocked it in for a 1-0 Seattle lead.
Osvaldo Alonso sealed the victory for the Sounders, breaking through the Fire's back line, beating goalkeeper Sean Johnson and tallying a goal in the 96+ minute.
The Fire, playing in its first final since 2006, is now 4-2 in U.S. Open Cup Finals. Seattle is 3-0.