- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 22, 2009
- 4 Comments
- 2009 US Open Cup
Last night we got to see exactly who would step up and move on to the 2009 edition of the US Open Cup. The Seattle Sounders needed an 89th minute goal to survive and an overtime strike from Stephen King to reach the first final in their MLS club’s history as the Sounders rallied in a 2-1 overtime victory against the Houston Dynamo.
Who do they get than none other than the defending US Open Cup champions DC United who downed the remaining USL-1 side Rochester Rhinos 2-1.
Seattle and D.C. United will meet in the U.S. Open Cup final on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at RFK Stadium. The game will also be shown on FSC that night.
Good to see at least a couple MLS sides take this serious. Seattle obviously knows as much as DC does that a win in early September means they will be moving to the CONCACAF Champions League next year. For Seattle that would be an amazing thing considering their expansion club status in MLS right now.
DC gets another hosting of a Cup final. I’m sure some fans would like to see someone else host this game but that is just how the USSF laid it out.
Both clubs are expected to be right in the thick of things in their respective conferences too as we head towards the final months of the regular season. Adding this important match in there will only make it more interesting for these two. Seattle should have an easier way of things if DC advances to the group stage of the CCL this year.
So what do you make of this year’s final matchup for the US Open Cup? Would you rather see Seattle host it instead of DC? Wish an underdog side from the USL was still in it?