U.S. Open Cup Final on Wednesday

The final of the 2009 U.S. Open Cup will be held on Wednesday, September 2.  The game will feature two teams from Major League Soccer (MLS) with the Seattle Sounders FC facing host D.C. United.  The game, which will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel, is scheduled for 6:30 PM (CT).

Seattle earned their trip to the final by defeating the Portland Timbers (USL1), Kansas City Wizards (MLS), and Houston Dynamo (MLS).

The defending U.S. Open Cup champion D.C. United had a slightly easier path to the final.  United opened with a victory over the amateur team Ocean City Barons (PDL).  Ocean City had upset Crystal Palace Baltimore and Real Maryland Monarchs, both of USL2, to advance to the third round.

The quarterfinals had D.C. facing the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL2), who had equaled the biggest upset of the tournament by defeating the New England Revolution (MLS) 2-1.  The Wilmington Hammerheads (USL2) had also upseset an MLS team, the Chicago Fire 1-0 in the third round.

It will be the first opportunity for the Sounders FC to win any competition trophy.  D.C. United has won the U.S. Open Cup twice (2008, 1996).

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