Sporting KC captures U.S. Open Cup, ends Sounders’ title reign

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Sporting Kansas City did something Wednesday night that no team across any level of U.S. Soccer had been able to do in the last four years: Defeat the Seattle Sounders in the U.S. Open Cup.

Sporting Kansas City captured its second U.S. Open Cup in franchise history, outlasting the Sounders in penalties 3-2 after a 1-1 draw through regulation and extra time and ending the Sounders' hopes of becoming the first team to win four straight tournament titles. As a result, Sporting KC earns an berth into the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League in addition to pocketing $100,000 in prize money.

Seattle held a brief edge early in the shootout, with Michael Gspurning saving Roger Espinoza's attempt and Marc Burch giving the Sounders a 2-1 lead.

Gspurning was at the heart of the real turning point in the PK shootout, though, with the count at 2-2. He was whistled for coming off his line too early by referee Ricardo Salazar prior to saving Paulo Nagamura's attempt, and Nagamura went on to score the re-take. Eddie Johnson skied Seattle's final attempt on the ensuing kick to end the match and send the capacity crowd at Livestrong Sporting Park into a frenzy.

Osvaldo Alonso and Christian Tiffert also missed for Seattle, which converted its first two penalties before missing the final three. Sporting KC was marginally better, but had Graham Zusi attempt a Panenka only to chip it over the bar in addition to Espinoza's failed conversion. Espinoza, who just rejoined the team from his Olympic quest with Honduras and was playing with an injured shoulder, played all 120 minutes.

Sporting KC looked to be in position to capture the 99th Open Cup title in regulation, after Patrick Ianni was whistled for a handball in the box off a cross from Teal Bunbury in the 84th minute. Kei Kamara stepped to the spot and beat Gspurning to snap the scoreless deadlock.

Zach Scott answered for Seattle just two minutes later, though, heading home a well-placed free kick from Mauro Rosales to level the score and conjure memories of past Seattle-Kansas City matchups, during which Seattle scored in the final minutes to shatter SKC's hopes. This script had a different ending though, with Sporting KC emerging victorious and lifting the trophy for the first time since 2004.

Overall, the game was marked by physical play and a dearth of quality chances. Jimmy Nielsen came up big in the first half, denying Johnson of a goal-bound header that looked destined for the lower right corner in the 30th minute. Six minutes prior to that, Kamara hit the post with a dipping shot from distance, but neither side truly threatened until the final flurry at the end of regulation. 

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What did you think of the match? Was Salazar's call on Gspurning too harsh? Excited to see what Sporting KC can do in the CCL next year?

Share your thoughts below.

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87 Responses to Sporting KC captures U.S. Open Cup, ends Sounders’ title reign

  1. Old School says:

    “Was Salazar’s call on Gspurning too harsh?”

    It wasn’t in the realm of the Women’s Canada/USA call and while legal, was slightly harsh.

    That said, you can’t miss 3 PK’s in a row and expect to win.

  2. Chris says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…

    I will wake up and continue laughing tomorrow.

  3. WickedGiMP says:

    Have no idea what Salazar called on Gspurning, and I play keeper. Gspurning never moved forward before the ball was played so if Salazar wants to call Gspurning for being off his line then he shouldn’t have started the play to begin with.

    That being said Sounders shouldn’t have missed 3 pk’s in a row. As much as it pains me to say it as a Sounders fan, KC were clearly the better team tonight. Just wish we would have actually lost the game as opposed to giving it away during PK’s

  4. Joe says:

    I think your own images on twitter show how harsh it was. Off the line, yes, fair call no. Not calling the same thing at near the same distance a single penalty before is beyond unfair.

  5. Timbers Fan says:

    Hartman looked like he was having a blast during PKs

  6. sammysounder74 says:

    Gspurning was off the line, but if you’re going to call it on Gspurning, you need to call it on Neilsen too.

    To be fair, I didn’t see the match, just read the box score, but who gives a yellow in the 4th minute for dissent? In a Cup Final? Seriously?

    Salazar cut our legs out from under us at the beginning of this match.

  7. Hopper says:

    I predict that your team will never win the US Open Cup three straight times.

  8. Dimidri says:

    Gol TV…

    a) Who pays for a sideline announcer (who looked like he was going to offer you candy to get into the unmarked van) to go to a game BUT NOT THE ANNOUNCERS? Great insight he had btw.

    b) The quality…I’m no HD snob (read-don’t have it), but god, that picture was grainy.

    c) Who is the black guy who seemingly runs Gol Tv by himself? I swear, he is in Colombia, the second Mexican division, the heartland, Spain, AND in the Hallo Bundesliga studio all at once, never showing his face.

    d) Not one of those guys who doesn’t recognize Galavision has a contract with the league to air games that otherwise wouldn’t be aired at all nationally and thus hates all things Spanish, but really, what company thinks its a good idea to broadcast Spanish commercials for a game in English? Sure, there might be some people who are fluent enough, but that sure seems like a wide net to cast, even on a soccer channel…

    e) from now on, I will only go to Gol TV for my economic insight-‘inflation, it keeps on going up, huh?” “Yup, hehe, it sure does!”

    f) Serious question-how does Gol TV stay in business, especially now that it lost La Liga? I doubt Columbia and the second Mexican division are really keeping it going.

    Better than Traffic I guess…

  9. asimismo says:

    I’m a Sounders fan, so admittedly biased about the game… Asking viewers who didn’t have a stake in the game–did that seem like a fairly reffed match?

  10. somedude says:

    Sounders player to Salazar, “I hope you can sleep tonight and put on your SKC jersey because that’s who you played for tonight”

  11. Ryan says:

    technically the sounders didn’t miss three in a row, because kc’s keeper was also well off his line on tiffert’s shot and we should have had a retake…but salazar decided not to call that one for some reason. here’s the comparison:

    link to p.twimg.com

    total joke. but congrats kc. they played a better match overall. and the fans are effing fantastic. bitter sounders fan, but not unreasonable.

  12. Chris says:

    Perfectly ok with that. I’ll take my back to back supporters shields and current MLS Cup title and laugh and laugh and laugh…

  13. RBNY blow says:

    Salazar — bought by – Gulati

  14. Nimajneb says:

    …keeping in mind that one of those “misses,” by the standard of the reffing, should have been re-taken.

  15. divers suck says:

    As a Sounders fan I congratulate KC for winning the Cup. I thought we had just as many chances (if not more) to not make it decided by a coin flip of PKs and certainly didn’t think KC had any more chances or were “clearly the better team tonight”. This match could have easily gone either way. Just wasn’t in the cards or coin flip for Seattle…Again, congratulations KC on taking the Cup!!

  16. Mouf says:

    He was well off his line the previous 3 made, including Kamaras in reg time. You can’t consistently do it, it’s a risk

  17. Josh says:

    The 4th minute yellow card was the easy part. Alonzo made a cheap foul, then had some choice words in refusing to acknowledge the warning. Set the mood for him being a whiner all night

  18. Neutral says:

    Didn’t seem that poorly reffed to me as a neutral, I’d say normal MLS quality. Both saves Gspurning started a good 4-6 inches OFF his line, you could see the grass between him and the goal line. IMO, the twitpicks show nothing, as the ball was already kicked and goalkeepers are allowed to move, didn’t recall seeing Neilson that far off though, or maybe they didn’t show it. As for the yellow’s…Let’s be honest, what is Alonzo doing in the 4th minute reacting that way in the first place…I know Salazar does think he’s hard, but Alonzo has to realize that and adjust his game accordingly…We all know the game is for the players, the refs are just there to keep the flow, but such is the reffing situation in MLS right now and players are well aware of that

  19. divers suck says:

    So why would he call it at all, including the identical infractions (not called) on Nielson? You make zero sense…

  20. Josh says:

    I understand Ives’ point, but those pictures who two completely different stories.

    Nielsen has one foot a few inches off the line. Likely just pushing forward as the ball is kicked.

    Gspurning has both feet about a foot off the line. He couldn’t have started much closer to the line.

    Sure, not called often, but the pictures aren’t your saving grace here.

  21. DJ says:

    Folks, Neutral here has a reasonable comment.

    I figured there would be blinding streams of hate/regret from Sounds fans (and SKC fans are weirdly quiet considering their win), but… eh, you know, I’ve seen probably at least 6 other MLS matches this season with far worse officiating.

    3 PK misses are what lost the match for SSFC. Eddie Johnson’s miss was perhaps the most astoundingly bad. Not sure anyone expected that poor a shot

  22. Nimajneb says:

    please stop promulgating this idea, all whom subscribe to it. The position of Nielsen’s back foot has absolutely nothing to do with the characterization of infringement. Nielsen’s front foot is as far if not farther than Gspurning at the same time, and the rule is written that BOTH feet (and the whole body) must remain at the line.

    It’s perfectly reasonable to state that KC were worthy of the win, and I take nothing away from their ability to accomplish that.

    To suggest that the PKs (or the officiating in general) represented equitable implementation of the rules of the game is false. To Suggest that Gspurning’s infringement was greater than Nielsen’s is, photographically, false.

  23. Nimajneb says:

    no more so thank Nielsen… therefore….

  24. Nimajneb says:

    from tre1983 on twitter

    link to imgur.com

    the keepers, at the time of the kick, are in essentially identical positions

  25. Nimajneb says:

    *trex1983

  26. JesseMT says:

    I did. He’s not a heady player. I wanted Scott or Rosales to take the kick.

    Other thoughts:

    Congrats KC. You have great fans and a great club. I feel no shame in losing to you. Worthy champions.

    Salazar better not ref a Seattle match again for a while.

  27. intrntnl says:

    haha +1

  28. Tony says:

    As a neutral, I would say the game was poorly officiated. But insofar as is possible, it was equally poorly officiated for both teams. I would have preferred a much tighter referee, who would have allowed the skilled players to show their talents without knowledge they would likely be hacked down with impunity. In general it was not an attractive match for neutrals.

    Thus, IMO, there could have been more yellows. As for Alonso’s, he wouldn’t have gotten a yellow in the 4th minute except that he protested the referee’s decision and even grabbed the referee’s hand when the foul was given. Hence the yellow.

    As for the PK’s, the off-the-line call was harsh, but not inconceivably so. Perhaps the ref warned both keepers he would be paying close attention to their feet; if so, Gspurning appeared to me to be more often further off his line at the time of the kick than was Nielsen. But as so many keepers do, both were infringing this rule. An unusual call, surely, but not quite wildly unfair.

  29. Falsify says:

    Sporting fan here. I was at the game and I have to say we are all quiet because we are still in shock. I’ve never seen so many nervous people in one game. Especially a PK shootout that involved 5 balls not going in the goal.

    When Eddie Johnson missed, everyone in the stadium broke down in a frenzy.

    Sounders fans that were there represented well and from what I could tell everybody was respectful! Their fans were great and I want to come to a game up in Seattle at some point. The quality of the MLS teams and the US Open Cup has come a long way and tonight’s game was a testament to this. Unfortunately, it sounds like there were some major problems as far as GOLTV and getting this final on a credible network.

  30. Kyle says:

    Regarding the penalty retake, if you watch the replay, you can clearly see Salazar and the sideline ref immediately decide that Gspurning was off the line. This wasn’t just Salazar making a call on his own, they both acknowledged right away that the keeper was off the line. As for GolTV, I’ve been watching the replay since I got home from the game, and while it isn’t great, it isn’t any worse than Fox Soccer broadcasts. Those are just as bad. Having said that, the GolTV contract needs to be scrapped right away and put back up for someone else with a wider distribution to air. The whole thing TV deal seemed like taking the first offer on the table without trying to get it on elsewhere.

  31. Lem says:

    And apparently, you can’t buy home field advantage for most of the tournament and expect to win anymore. I am soooo glad they didn’t get the final in Seattle AND that they lost. Enough with the buying of home games. That practice needs to be banned ASAP.

  32. Scott says:

    Agreed. He make a hard tackle, didn’t get the ball, came up angry at the ref, yelled at him and then jerked away as the ref was trying to calm him down. The ref gets this look of, OK-if that’s how you want it…Here’s your card. The tackle was arguably a yellow. The dissent made it worse. You ignore that in the 4th minute, the rest of teh game will fall apart rapidly. Even with the early caution, it was a chippy game. BTW, I was a neutral observer hoping for a good game. I enjoyed everything except going to PK’s. Hate the PK.

  33. Lem says:

    If they decide to buy home field advantage 90% of the time, any good team could win 3 in a row. The Sounders remind me of a spoiled rich kid who can’t stand to lose a pick up game at his own birthday party.

    Well guess what, the Open Cup tournament belongs to the entire country, not to the Sounders, and a bunch of noisy punks have crashed your little party! Lol.

  34. Travis says:

    Salazar just likes to hear about himself in the news, he is the only MLS ref I routinely hear mentioned which is not a good thing. He always make way to many calls that get him to involved in the game when there is no need. Also if you are going to call a goalie for coming off the line early a penalty shootout would never get done because they do it every single time.

  35. JoeW says:

    The King is dead, long live the king (at least for a year). Seattle has had an amazing run. Yeah, bought home-field advantage. But the real lesson from the amazing Sounders run is that they took the US Open Cup seriously, they cared about it. More MLS sides should.

    As for KC, they’d done an amazing job creating a new reality in that franchise. One of the most “American” of sides (with their commitment to domestic talent). Great stadium. Good coach. They’ve got a master plan. I really can’t complain about KC having a cup to boast about b/c they’re one of the good stories in MLS.

    As for the complaints about the referring…
    1. Bill Hamid once had that same call made against him TWICE in one game (and it wasn’t a shoot out). It happens.
    2. And it’s always a bit fuzzy b/c honestly, no-one nails the GK to the line and so much of it is when the GK moves and it’s the AR that is watching the GK (and the CCR is focusing on the PK taker). And at that point in the match, the refs are tired (no excuse, just a reality…someone older than the players has run just as long and hard with no sub and is probably a bit slower with recognition and decision-making). So part of the lesson is that when you let it go to a shoot out, you really are gambling on a bunch of levels.
    3. From what I saw, it seems like Salazar made fair calls. But I don’t have a dog in this fight.

  36. Jake says:

    It’s because he started in front of the line and he did actually move forward a little bit before the shot. Not the worst I’ve seen called, but he didn’t even start on the line. I think, Ideally Salazar should have stopped the shot before it was taken and put him back on his line where he (and all goalies) know they are supposed to start. Just like in the Canada game, its a rule that keepers tend to just push and push until finally the ref has to call it.

  37. Jake says:

    It was a well well deserved yellow. Don’t blame Salazar for it. He should have gotten a yellow just for the tackle himself, but it looked like Salazar might not have given it until the dissent.

  38. Jake says:

    I didn’t watch it super-closely, but I thought it was fairly reffed. The 2nd yellow to Ianni was easy to give for example as was the yellow to Alonso (I think) in the 4th minute. Both teams were playing VERY hard with harsh tackles. I don’t envy having to ref a game like that at all. The call on Gspurrning isn’t always made, but it wasn’t out of line either. Personally, I wish that was always called more closely. I say, move the PK spot back a yard and call it more closely on the keepers. I’m sure that will never happen of course, but it would make for better PKs. Also, PKs to decide a title just suck in every way!

  39. Jake says:

    You may be right, but it would be better to see pictures of when the shot was taken. The pictures sure look damning though right after it was taken.

  40. KC_Chad says:

    This.

    +1

  41. Santana says:

    SKC had Seattle pinned in its own end for almost the entire overtime period.

    Granted they benefited from Salazar’s calls–especially since an unintentional handball just outside the area by an SKC player earlier in the game was waved off–but to say that this game was “even” doesn’t accurately reflect what went on. SKC clearly had the better of play.

  42. JJ says:

    5-0 proves it was poorly reffed. Quite one-sided. Shouldn’t have missed 3 pk’s though. Heart breaker.

  43. MarkyMark says:

    Gspurning had moved way off the line on previous kicks and the ref was silent. I think that this was, while still a good call, a little payback for all the movement.

  44. MarkyMark says:

    Advantage definitely KC. But Seattle’s play wasn’t all that great either so probably the right result.

  45. Chupacabra says:

    +10000000000000000

  46. Charles says:

    Wow, GOL TV should use that in their marketing, not any worse than Fox Soccer.

    Maybe “not any worse than cr@p” if they can’t use the Fox name.

  47. lassidawg says:

    Apparently you have a short memory.
    They have won on the road and won on the road at SJ in this run.

    I don’t think the calls are comparable to the USA women’s game. Neilson was gaining the same advantage and no call was made. In the women’s game the USA was never ahead to have Solo be called for time wasting.

    Congrats to KC.

  48. lassidawg says:

    Love the jealousy
    don’t hate because the Sounders try to win trophies, which is more than 75% of the teams in the league.
    Taking advantage of the system that is there.

  49. Charles says:

    Blaming the ref seems a little bit dumb. If the ref is going to mess-up calls and he is, no matter who he is, the chances of the misses going 50-50 is zero.

    Seattle lost it, doing something they have been TERRIBLE at for 4 years now. PKs.

    I think that KC won it doing a great job of shutting down what other teams want to do and that is the reason for their success all year. It is beautiful while making the other teams look ugly at the same time.

    Congrats KC and fans, it is a lot of fun. Enjoy it, next year my deep Sounders will make it 4 out of the last 5.

  50. chupacabra says:

    You should also post screen caps of Alonso and Johnson’s shots – problem is the ball won’t be in the photo.

  51. John says:

    Let me start that I am a SKC fan and was lucky enough to be there. I’m also a referee so let me respond that way

    Can’t say on the kftm retake as I was on the other side of the field. But every keeper comes off his line. Your call is based on how far and how soon.

    Alonso’s card was deserved. He made a yellow worthy tackle. Salazar wasn’t going to card him for the tackle, but then Alonzo threw his hands in the ref’s face and stormed off as Salazar was talking to him. Reaction combined with tackle=obvious yellow.

  52. chupacabra says:

    LOL at the butthurt Seattle fans blaming the ref for actually making a call correctly and then calling it “poor officiating.” You can post all the Zapruder freeze frame evidence you want showing Nielsen “did it too,” but the fact is the that the human mind doesn’t have a slow mo frame-by-frame DVR in it. The average human response time is 200-300 milliseconds, so a better way to determine if the call was right is to go about a half second before the kick was taken, not the exact moment it was taken. Nielsen and Gspurning may both have already encroached when the shot was taken, but I’ll bet that Gspurning was off the line earlier, which is why the refs noticed it and called it.

    Maybe you should follow the lead of other MLS team fans and blame your own players – i.e., Gspurning for encroaching and Alonso and Johnson for missing BADLY – before you all pile on the officials.

  53. Chief Hung Like A Bear says:

    How about a big hand for the USSF and GolTV for that excellent, first-class TV production.

    Nothing says this event is a priority and important like a quality television production of that caliber.

  54. John says:

    If that’s Tiefert, you might have an argument. Pictures still need to see where the keepers are during the run-up. Seattle looks seet, SKC still coming up.

    If not Tiefert, irrelevant. Only make the call if it is saved

  55. Brett says:

    CITY!! Well done Sporting! Up next, winning the Supporters Shield so we can get homefield advantage in the MLS Cup final. (Best of luck Sounders, please beat San Jose this weekend so they remain in striking distance)

  56. SteveE says:

    Wont comment on the game, but I will comment on GolTV. They make FSC look like gods. They couldn’t pronouce Gspurning, Montero, and the SOUNDERS at one point? Seriously? They didn’t even know how much time was left at one point in the ET. They picked up some gems to announce that game.

  57. Brett says:

    Well said, Seattle should have some pride and take the loss like men

  58. Patrick says:

    Kansas City, flipping players off since 1996.

  59. Andy in Atlanta says:

    For as bad as it was… Zusi’s was worse… trying to be cheeky and looking like a fool.. Eddie just wanted to hammer it since Nielson was dancing around like a fool in front of him…

    Also very classy by Nagumura yelling to Eddie “Hey Eddie, you are going to F ing miss it”…. right after he was just bailed out by the ref…

  60. Tom says:

    Absolutely not. Gspurning was at least a yard off his line when the kick was taken. It was obvious and the correct call. Any ref would have made that call.

  61. Josh says:

    My point exactly. You can’t judge the call based on a picture after the kick is taken. I was simply pointing out that this guy’s premise is pointless. The pictures don’t make it an obvious “anti-Sounders” call.

    Also, Nimajneb, using a thesaurus doesn’t make your comment any better. It’s a message board

  62. Kris says:

    Yeah I remember Carlos Costly was getting flipped off by everyone after his playoff goal at Livestrong.

  63. Josh says:

    I don’t get it…..

  64. Pez says:

    It happens in every stadium… but I heard a rumor that Seattle invented that too.

  65. Bryan says:

    It’s not their fault they take advantage of a terrible rule. It’s a bid process, one that was much murkier in previous years. I suppose they should have just skipped the bid then because the USOC belongs to everyone?

    You remind me of the jealous poor kid who goes to the rich kids birthday party and tells him how crappy his presents are. Hate the rich kids parents for spoiling him. Hate Sunil for profit-mongering what could be a much more special tournament.

  66. Bryan says:

    Salazar is terrible. I congratulate SKC on a good win, it was a hell of a fun game to watch. What eats at me the day after is the feeling like things could have been different if the ref didn’t stick his nose in. What if’s that are out of the teams control are hard to cope with.

  67. Tito says:

    Excited to see skc play in concacaf champions league. That should be interesting.

  68. Nimajneb says:

    it’s tiffert. Both keepers slightly coming off the line is obvious both in the stills and in real time (heck, elsewhere on the internet I pointed it out on Nielsen’s save even before Gspurning’s).

    Let’s make something clear, which I did upthread. Take nothing away from KC,,, they’re creditable open cup champions and played well enough for the win. The scarcity of quality chances to score on both sides of the ball meant that the game would likely be decided in just such a fluky manner on either side.

    That doesn’t change the fact that Salazar’s officiating was abysmal. Physicality was essentially identical between the teams and yet the yellows ran 5-0. Incidental handballs were called or not called on the ref’s whim, and two identical pk saves received the same arbitration. It is possible at once to congratulate an opposing team on their play and their championship and at the same time suggest that the officials need to to better (or be better officials) for the sake of all players and fans.

    Cuz when Salazar does it to you, you won’t be laughing or (chupacabra) resorting to schoolyard taunts.

  69. Nimajneb says:

    “using a thesaurus”

    What are you, 12? Respond to substance or don’t bother responding at all.

  70. THomas says:

    Is that guy the only ref in MLS? Not saying he doesn’t do a good job, but he’s literally the only ref I ever see.

  71. Tom says:

    Then you weren’t watching very closely. Gspurning moved forward off his line as Nagamura started his run-up. If you’re a goalkeeper, and I’m a goalkeeper too, you know you can’t move forward until the ball is kicked. As I said in a previous post, it was obvious and any ref should make that call.

  72. Tom says:

    Nope, you don’t stop the shot. The shooter gets his chance in this situation. If it goes in it’s good. If the keeper saves it it’s a retake. Not sure what happens if the shooter completely misses the goal.

  73. Tom says:

    No. He completely took out Kamara. Was way late on the tackle.

  74. KarlthewonderYak says:

    EJ’s extra point was good. Should have gone to the next round tied 3-3.

  75. cairo says:

    Two comments:
    1. The hate for the Sounders is really misplaced. In most leagues, this kind of vitriol is saved for the big city teams with the biggest payroll (Yankees, Red Sox, Lakers, Cowboys, etc…). MLS fans hate the Sounders because they are managed really well and have enthusiastic home support? Really odd…
    2. As much as I love soccer, I hate the state of officiating in this game (not MLS, but all soccer/football leagues). It’s incredibly inconsistent, games are often decided by the referee, players regularly are allowed to use gamesmanship, and the authority of the referees is constantly challenged on and off the field. It’s more than a little ridiculous and it would be great if MLS became a leader in this regard, rather than a follower. More refs, more technology, maybe instant replay or challenge flags. Something, because it really cheapens the game (before people start bashing MLS, it’s the same in the Premier League)

  76. Matt says:

    Just in case anyone from USSF or GolTV reads this, I think Chief Hung Like A Bear forgot the /sarcasm tags.

  77. bryan says:

    terrible taken PKs on both sides. both keepers were off their lines more than they were on them. so, to me, it all balances out and KC wins. get over it seattle.

    having said that, it does say something about the refs. very inconsistent.

  78. Alister says:

    new to MLS..how do these trophy’s rank?

    League – Supporters Shield Trophy
    MLS CUP
    US OPEN CUP

    ????

  79. Falsify says:

    1. MLS Cup
    2. Supporters Shield (homefield advantage in playoffs)
    3. US Open Cup

  80. The Imperative Voice says:

    Usually they won’t even let you take the kick if the keeper is starting from an improper position. They will hold the kick and back the keeper up. It’s one thing if you take the proverbial quick jump forward slightly before the kick and violate the rule after people are set but they have the ARs on the line in part to get the GK lined up beforehand.

    In any case it’s the keeper’s problem.

  81. BoBo says:

    We need some tissues for all the crying Seattle fans on here. It’s like a nursery with all the crying. Suck it up and move on.

  82. The Imperative Voice says:

    I don’t think a team that misses several kicks in a row can blame anyone but themselves, re-kick or not.

    I’m not sure I’d rely on EJ to do anything, he is the epitome of the Oduro-type complimentary athletic player who can be an effective cog in a decent team but individually has a crap skill level and execution.

  83. Kejsare says:

    If enthusiastic means that you disregard 120 prior minutes of not winning the game and three poorly taken PKs, sure.

  84. bcoug says:

    +1 on each point

  85. Gus says:

    Dumbidri

  86. Luke says:

    Now can this team get a jersey sponsor? Lowly FC Dallas has one

  87. SeedorfGoalz says:

    Here’s a tissue. Keep whining. You need a diaper change too?