Wednesday, June 27, 2012

US Open Cup Semifinals Set with 4 MLS Teams

No embarrassments, no major gaffes.  The US Open Cup went pretty much according to form.

The biggest story from the quarterfinals Tuesday night was the Seattle Sounders going on the road to win in San Francisco, beating the San Jose Earthquakes, the MLS leader in the standings, 1-0. 

The teams played at old Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park.  Kezar Stadium is a former host to NFL playoffs from the 1970's as home stadium to the San Francisco 49ers. 

The win was significant because Seattle is still alive to win the Cup for a fourth time in a row. 

By placing more significance on the US Open Cup, the Sounders have helped raise the profile of the Cup nationally.  They have made it more prestigious to win than what it was before. 

Seattle now gets a game at home versus Chivas USA.  Chivas did not look great in its game against Charlotte Tuesday, but they were steady enough and got a game winner in the game's final minute to move on, winning 2-1.

Seattle will be a heavy favorite for the semifinal game on July 10th.

In Kansas City at LiveStrong Stadium, one of the three USL Pro teams got their underdog hopes crushed. Sporting KC and the Dayton Dutch Lions played the game out to its predictable end, with Sporting KC winning 3-0. 

They now travel to Philadelphia for a semifinal on July 11th.  The Philadelphia Union started quickly on Harrisburg City, going up 3-0 at half only to see the lead down to 3-2 early in the second half.  They held on and scored twice more late to win 5-2. 

Even with the match in Philly, KC will be the favorite.

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