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Sporting Kansas City Wins Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in PK Shootout Over Three-Time Defending Champion Seattle Sounders FC

Sporting Kansas City Wins Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in PK Shootout Over Three-Time Defending Champion Seattle Sounders FC

For the first time in 15 years, the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup would be decided in a penalty kick shootout. Through 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of overtime, it was Sporting Kansas City that prevailed with a 3-2 shootout victory against three-time defending U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday in front of a crowd of 18,873 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.

Congratulations to Sporting Kansas City for winning 2012 US Open Cup PHOTO @ChrisReiko

Congratulations to Sporting Kansas City for winning 2012 US Open Cup PHOTO @ChrisReiko

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Aug. 8, 2012) – For the first time in 15 years, the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup would be decided in a penalty kick shootout. Through 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of overtime, it was Sporting Kansas City that prevailed with a 3-2 shootout victory against three-time defending U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday in front of a crowd of 18,873 at LIVESTRONGSporting Park.

Paulo Nagamura’s penalty kick proved to be the game-winner for a 3-2 lead. Seattle forward Eddie Johnson had a chance to equalize and Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen had an assortment of chatter and movement to try to disrupt Johnson before the attempt. Johnson skied his shot over the crossbar and Kansas City earned its first title since the 2004 U.S. Open Cup-winning Kansas City Wizards.

Kei Kamara and Matt Besler had Sporting’s other two PK goals. Kamara also had the game’s first goal in regulation in the 84th minute and Seattle’s Zach Scott tallied an equalizer in the 86th minute.

The shootout was the first since the Dallas Burn won the 1997 U.S. Open Cup over D.C. United in penalties at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis. The Burn and D.C. United played to a scoreless draw through regulation, and Dallas topped D.C. 5-3 in the shootout.

Wednesday’s match saw the end of a phenomenal U.S. Open Cup run by the Seattle Sounders, which had won the three previous tournaments and had dominated most of this year’s field heading into the final. Seattle was in search of its unprecedented fourth straight crown.

 

A full match story will be posted shortly…

– Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Match Report –

Match:
Sporting Kansas City vs. Seattle Sounders FC

Date:
Aug. 8, 2012

Competition:
2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup FinalUS Open Cup logo

Venue:
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park

Kickoff:
8 p.m. CT

Attendance:
18,873

Weather: 77 degrees, clear


Scoring Summary: 1  2 OT1 OT2  F


SKC                         0  1    0     0    1

SEA                         0  1    0     0    1

SKC – Kei Kamara (penalty)          84th minute

SEA – Zach Scott (Mauro Rosales) 86


Penalty Summary:


SKC: Kamara (goal), Espinoza (saved), Besler (goal), Zusi (miss), Nagamura (goal)

SEA: Evans (goal), Burch (goal), Alonso (miss), Tiffert (saved), Johnson (miss)

Sporting Kansas City wins 3-2 on PKs


Lineups:


SKC:
1-Jimmy Nielsen (capt.); 7-Chance Myers, 13-Lawrence Olum, 5-Matt Besler, 16-Seth Sinovic (2-Michael Harrington, 100); 6-Paulo Nagamura, 55-Julio Cesar,
15-Roger Espinoza, 8-Graham Zusi; 9-Teal Bunbury (17-C.J. Sapong, 89), 23-Kei Kamara


Subs not used: 18-Eric Kronberg, 22-Soony Saad, 25-Neven Markovic, 37-Jacob Peterson, 88-Michael Thomas


Head coach: Peter Vermes

SEA:
1-Michael Gspurning; 20-Zach Scott, 34-Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, 4-Patrick Ianni, 12-Leonardo Gonzalez; 10-Mauro Rosales (capt.), 6-Osvaldo Alonso, 25-Andy
Rose (13-Christian Tiffert, 69), 27-Alex Caskey (3-Brad Evans, 69); 17-Fredy Montero (8-Marc Burch, 106), 7-Eddie Johnson


Subs not used: 11-Steve Zakuani, 13-Christian Tiffert, 26-Sammy Ochoa, 31-Jeff Parke, 33-Andrew Weber


Head coach: Sigi Schmid


Statistical Summary: SKC / SEA


Shots: 14 / 7

Shots on Goal: 6 / 2

Saves: 1 / 5

Corner Kicks: 3 / 3

Fouls: 18 / 15

Offside: 0 / 2


Misconduct Summary:


SEA – Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 4th minute

SKC – Mauro Rosales (caution)   57

SEA – Patrick Ianni (caution)      73

SEA – Zach Scott (caution)         93

SEA – Patrick Ianni (caution)      118

SEA – Patrick Ianni (sent off)      118


Officials:


Referee: Ricardo Salazar

Assistant Referee 1: Corey Rockwell

Assistant Referee 2: Peter Manikowski

Fourth Official: Michael Kennedy

Budweiser Man of the Match:
Jimmy Nielsen

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