Expansion MLS franchise Seattle Sounders FC got their first championship on Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory over defending champions D.C. United in the U.S. Open Cup final at RFK Stadium.
Fredy Montero and substitute Roger Levesque scored second half goals for the guests while Clyde Simms got a late goal for D.C. United in the 89th to ensure a tense finish to the match.
D.C. United goalie Josh Wicks was readily expelled from the match after stomping on Seattle forward Freddy Montero’s ribcage in a moment of madness after the Sounders’ opening goal in the 67th minute.
SEA — Fredy Montero (Freddie Ljungberg) 67th minute
SEA — Roger Levesque (Sebastien Le Toux) 86
DCU — Clyde Simms (Rodney Wallace) 89
SEA: 18-Kasey Keller (capt.); 7-James Riley, 4-Patrick Ianni, 5-Tyson Wahl, 19-Leonardo Gonzales; 10-Freddie Ljungberg, 6-Osvaldo Alonso, 8-Peter Vagenas, 11-Steve Zakuani (24-Roger Levesque, 74); 17-Fredy Montero (3-Brad Evans, 78), 9-Sebastien Le Toux
Subs not used: 28-Terry Boss, 12-Nathan Sturgis, 20-Zach Scott, 21-Nate Jaqua, 27-Lamar Neagle
Head Coach: Sigi Schmidt
DCU: 31-Josh Wicks; 26-Brian Namoff, 5-Dejan Jakovic, 4-Marc Burch; 7-Fred (25-Santino Quaranta, 46), 19-Clyde Simms, 14-Ben Olsen (22-Rodney Wallace, 82), 13-Chris Pontius; 10-Christian Gomez (1-Milos Kocic, 71), 99-Jaime Moreno (capt.), 11-Luciano Emilio
Subs Not Used: 3-Avery John, 8-Andrew Jacobson, 12-Danny Szetela, 18-Devon McTavish
Head Coach: Tom Soehn