More than that though, teams are recognizing that the US Open Cup is an opportunity to add to their trophy cases. The semi-final matches this year provided fantastic drama and talking points.
took on the USL-Pro Richmond team while league powerhouses Seattle and FC Dallas squared off in a wildly physical match. Chicago
In the first of two matches that accounted for the semi-finals, the Chicago Fire took on the USL Pro Richmond Kickers at
. The Fire laid to rest an impressively resilient Toyota Park team to advance to the US Open Cup Final. Sebastian Grazzini put the Fire ahead in the 32nd minute from the penalty spot. Richmond was particularly flat in the opening minutes of the game. Chicago
The Seattle Sounders booked a third consecutive appearance in the final after their 1-0 win over a powerful
team. Each team had a number of chances and forced both Kevin Hartman and Kasey Keller to be sharp on the night. Freddy Montero provided the games only goal in the 40th minute. Montero finished a well placed left footed blast into Hartman’s net after finding the pass from Alvaro Fernandez. Dallas
Fouls were aplenty and emotions ran hot the entire match. In a game that saw six yellow cards and could likely have seen more, there was no shortage of crunching tackles. Multiple times skirmishes nearly broke out between the two teams and shoving was in abundance. In particular was the angst between Ricardo Villar and Alvaro Fernandez.
Marvin Chavez had
’ best chance to equalize in the dying moments of the match, however his blast from eighteen yards out was woefully inaccurate and well wide of the net. In the end the Sounders held on and will take on the Chicago Fire in the October 4th final. Dallas
Remember this article when the Sounders started their Open Cup journey?