2011 U.S. Open Cup Final
The 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final was played on October 4, 2011, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Sounders FC won by defeating the Chicago Fire 2–0 with goals scored by Fredy Montero and Osvaldo Alonso. The match was the first time the Fire and Seattle had met twice in 2011, with Seattle winning one game and the other ending in a draw. The game was played in front of 4,124 spectators, the hosts taking a two-goal lead in the first half.
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The 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final was played on October 4, 2011, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Sounders FC won by defeating the Chicago Fire 2–0 with goals scored by Fredy Montero and Osvaldo Alonso. This was the 98th edition of the U. S. Open cup, the oldest ongoing competition in American soccer. As the winner of the tournament, Seattle earned a berth in the 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League and received a USD 100,000 cash prize. Chicago received a $50,000 prize as the runner-up. The attendance was 36,615, breaking the record for the final set the previous year when Seattle also won and hosted. Seattle became the first team since 1968 to win three consecutive U. s. Open Cup championships and the fourth team ever to do so in the 98-year history of the competition. The Chicago Fire had reached the 2011 final five times in their 14 year history, the most of any MLS franchise, winning four out of five of the tournaments–most recently in 2006. The Fire had to play a series of qualification matches against fellow MLS teams that finished outside of the top six to qualify for the Open Cup tournament. In the third round, Chicago faced San Jose Earthquakes, leading 5–4 in the fifth round of penalties, prompting a penalty shootout. Chicago won the penalty shootout and moved on to the next round of qualification with a final score of 2–1. The final was televised live on Fox Soccer and was the second consecutive year the tournament final was played at Century Link Field.
The match was the first time the Fire and Seattle had met twice in 2011, with Seattle winning one game and the other ending in a draw. The game was played in front of 4,124 spectators, the hosts taking a two-goal lead in the first half with Ellis McLoughlin and Justin Morrow scoring in the 14th and 43rd minutes, respectively. Chicago halved the deficit in the 61st minute from Orr Barouch and a goal from Yamith Cuesta. The score remained tied until the end of regulation, leading to extra time during which Chicago’s Gonzalo Segalo Segares was ejected for dissent, giving the Fire a second qualifier berth and a second berth into the 2011 U. S. Open Cup tournament. The tournament is open to amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation. The top six MLS teams from the previous season’s league standings qualified automatically for the tournament. The remaining two spots were determined by preliminary qualification matches. The eight MLS entries began play in the second round of the 2011 tournament in Santa Clara, California, on May 24, 2011. In 2010, Seattle. Sounders FC finished among the top 6 in the MLS overall league standings to qualify. Chicago. Fire then turned their attention to their second and final qualification match hosted by the San Jose. Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
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