The Seattle Sounders FC are now one win away from becoming the first team to win four consecutive US Open Cup titles, thanks to their 4-1 victory against Chivas USA on July 11. They'll face Sporting Kansas on Aug. 8, for the 2012 US Open Cup title.
"It's real now, so we can talk about trying to win four in a row," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters after the match. "Obviously, it'll be difficult being away from home, playing at Kansas City. It would've been great to play at home, because I think we would've had more than we had last year. I think to set the record of four in a row, who knows, maybe we would've sold out the whole place at 60,000. But we're going to Kansas City. It means the first one we won on the road, and we're going to try and win the fourth one on the road."
After struggling in their last few outings, the Sounders' offense came to life against Chivas USA. They did start off a bit slow, but Eddie Johnson opened up the scoreboard in the 31st minute, firing one past Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.
Osvaldo Alonso doubled the Sounders' lead a few minutes into the second half, thanks to rough tackle by Chivas defender Rauwshan McKenzie on Fredy Montero inside the box. Alonso converted on the ensuing penalty kick, but the match was far from done.
Chivas scored their only goal of the game in the 74th minute, but Brad Evans fired right back nine minutes later, capitalizing on a nice pass by Mauro Rosales. Sammy Ochoa gave Seattle some extra insurance in the 88th minute, guaranteeing the Sounders' spot in the 2012 US Open Cup finals.
"It's a win. We win tonight and we advance to the finals," Alonso told reporters. "I'm very happy for myself and the team. We're looking forward to the finals."
Seattle's next game will be against the New York Red Bulls on July 15.
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