Seattle will attempt to be the first team in 27 years to defend the US Open Cup title - they defeated D.C. United 2-1 in Washington to win the 2009 Open Cup final. The match will take place at Qwest Field in Seattle, where the host expects wide support - more than 30 thousand fans. The Sounders defeated Portland, Los Angeles and Chivas USA to qualify for the final. In the MLS they have a score - 12-9-6, 42 points and fourth place in Western Conference. An 8-1-2 run in the past 11 MLS games have encourage players before tonight's game. Players who wont play are DF Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Peter Vagenas, MF Brad Evans, FW Mike Fucito and FW Pat Noonan. But it wont much notice ause the first team consists of experienced goalkeeper Kasey Keller, a solid defensive players, international midfield and a very dangerous attack with players such as Montero and Nkufo. We should not forget and that Nate Jaqua is at the top with five goals in the competition and has scored in each of Seattle’s Open Cup games.
Collumbus Crew are a balanced side that has shown an ability to be strong in MLS, this competition, and the CONCACAF Champions League. The Crew defeated Rochester Rhinos, Charleston Battery and DC United to qualify for the final match. In the MLS they have a score - 13-7-7, 46 points, second place in Eastern Conference. They come without important MF Danny O'Rourke, a few doubtful starters: DF Chad Marshall, MF Robbie Rogers and FW Emilio Renteria. Stars of the team are forwards Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Steven Lenhart, and a reliable goalkeeper Will Hesmer.
It is interesting that Crew won this Cup in 2008. when Sigi Schmid was their coach (now in the Sounders). Then Robert Warzycha was his assistent (now first coach of the Crew). Seattle, as a guest, defeated Crew two weeks ago 4-0, but both games at home against Columbus were completed with the same score - 1:1.
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