Sounders beat Dynamo in Open Cup semis, 2-1
SEATTLE (AP)—Stephen King scored early in the 5 minute of overtime after Seattle teammate Nate Jaqua had tied the game in the 89th minute, boosting the Seattle Sounders into the U.S. Open Cup final with a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Tuesday night.
The Sounders, a Major League Soccer expansion team, will meet defending Open Cup champion D.C. United on Sept. 2 in Washington. United beat Rochester of the second-tier USL First Division 2-1 in Tuesday’s other semifinal.
Steve Zakuani set up King’s game-winner, taking the ball into the penalty area. He passed to the top of the box, where King drove it into the right corner, past goalkeeper Tally Hall.
King was happy to see any shot by the Sounders go in as they outshot Houston 12-0 for the second half, 10-5 during the 30-minute overtime, and 26-7 for the game.
“Especially the last 20 minutes when we were really putting it on them and getting chance after chance and it wasn’t going in, it was getting a little bit frustrating,” King said. “We showed the last 20 minutes that we were still going and they were running out of gas.”
Ade Akinbiyi scored in the 32nd minute to give Houston a 1-0 lead. That stood until Jaqua’s shot from 12 yards out, in the left side of the box, glanced off a Dynamo defender and into the net in the 89th.
“We were beat up a little bit there at the end,” Dyanmo coach Dominic Kinnear said of the physical game (40 total fouls). “I’m disappointed for the guys because they left it all out there.”