Wednesday, August 31, 2011

All-MLS Final Set October 4 For 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final

Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire will face the two-time defending champion Seattle Sounders for the championship of the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament October 4 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle after both teams won semifinal matches Tuesday.

The Fire, who advanced to their MLS-record sixth LHUSOC final and their first since 2006 and have won the tournament four times, defeated the only non-MLS team in the semifinals, the Richmond Kickers of USL PRO, 2-1 at Toyota Park on a 32nd minute penalty kick and a Dominic Oduro goal off a Patrick Nyarko assist in the 61st minute.

The Sounders, looking to become the first team in nearly 90 years to win the tournament three straight times, got a 40th minute goal by Fredy Montero and assisted by Alvaro Fernandez to beat FC Dallas 1-0 at CenturyLink Field.

All three MLS teams return to league action September 10, while the Kickers' season in USL PRO ended last Saturday when they lost 3-1 to the Orlando City Soccer Club, who won the league's postseason American Division championship and will host the Harrisburg City Islanders, champions of the National Division, for the league's first title Saturday at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Chicago will travel to the San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle hosts Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas will be at the New Engand Revolution.

The winner of the LHUSOC championship game will receive a check for $100,000; the runner-up gets $50,000.

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