Sounders FC advances in U.S. Open Cup with win in penalty kicks
Seattle takes 4-1 victory over San Jose in penalty kicks after the teams were tied 1-1. The Sounders will host rival Portland in the quarterfinals July 9.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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TUKWILA — The Starfire magic continues.
Sounders FC and the San Jose Earthquakes needed a penalty-kick shootout to settle Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup fifth-round game, and Seattle converted all four of its attempts and got a big save from goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann to prevail in the tiebreaker, 4-1, following a 1-1 tie.
“We’ve been doing penalties for the last three or fours weeks, and our guys are good,” said Hahnemann, a 42-year-old Seattle native. “It takes everything I’ve got to try and figure out what they’re doing.”
The Sounders, deserved winners after hitting the post three times and claiming a 31-15 advantage in shots, will host rival Portland in the quarterfinals July 9 at 7:30 p.m.
“That,” coach Sigi Schmid said, “will be fun.”
Seattle, in front of a sold-out crowd at Starfire Stadium, improved to 2-1 in PK shootouts in the Open Cup, beating the Timbers in the third round in 2010 and losing to Kansas City in the 2012 final.
The Sounders have advanced in all 14 of their Open Cup games here.
The Earthquakes took the lead in the 24th minute when forward Steven Lenhart, a reputed nuisance, silenced the many boos sent his way with a rocket of a volley from outside the penalty box that sizzled past Hahnemann, who said he was wrong-footed.
It was the first time since 2009 that Seattle trailed at Starfire.
The hosts quickly responded with a 26th-minute equalizer, though, a precise right-footed shot inside the penalty box by Kenny Cooper, who was set up by Federal Way native Lamar Neagle.
Cooper has three goals in two games this Open Cup, including two in a 5-0 rout of amateur team PSA Elite in the fourth round.
The Sounders might have been unlucky to be tied at the break, having hit the post twice.
The first chance came in the 13th minute, when Neagle’s header on a Marco Pappa cross looked to be going in before a diving save by goalkeeper David Bingham deflected it off the frame. Then a cross by Seattle captain Brad Evans in the 43rd minute was nearly directed in by San Jose’s Clarence Goodson for an own goal, but the post kept it out.
Pappa had another near miss for the Sounders, curling in a dangerous left-footed free kick in the 30th minute. Bingham was able to make a diving save, but landed directly on the goal line to do so.
Seattle controlled most of the action in a scoreless second half with a telling 13-3 advantage in shots. Many of those looks came late from substitute Chad Barrett, who tested Bingham in the 79th minute and slammed a shot hard off the post in the 82nd.
“When Barrett came on, I thought he was really unlucky not to get the game winner,” Schmid said.
Neagle also had a look in the 105th minute in overtime when he sneaked behind the Quakes’ defense, but Bingham came up with another vital save. Hahnemann made a big save on Khari Stephenson’s free kick in the 110th minute.
San Jose, which lost here to Seattle in the 2012 Open Cup quarterfinals, has never advanced to the tournament finals.
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