SEATTLE - OCTOBER 04: Fans participate in the "March to the Match" while holding the Sounders' 2009 US Open Cup trophy prior to the match between the Seattle Sounders FC and the Chicago Fire in the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final at CenturyLink Field on October 4, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
One of the fun things about the Seattle Sounders and this winning the US Open Cup for three straight years is that it is almost certain that a Sounder will also be the 4th straight Player of the Tournament. The award is handed out by TheCup.US through voting by the North American Soccer Reporters (a kind of guild or association of some the soccer writers in the US and Canada). The previous Sounders winnners are Chris Eylander,
Sebastien Le Toux Kasey Keller and Nate Jaqua. In the 2011 Open Cup Mike Fucito was the Player of the Round for Round Three. It would seem a certainty that a Sounder will get the Player of Round for the Final.
But who should be the Player of the Tournament? Fredy Montero had 3 goals, each the game winner in successive rounds. Osvaldo Alonso had the dagger in the final, played in every match and is the defensive stalwart for the team. Kasey Keller, American Legend, shut out FC Dallas and the Chicago Fire with 5 saves.
If you had a vote who would it be for?
If you could vote, who would you choose?
Fredy Montero (208 votes)
Osvaldo Alonso (263 votes)
Kasey Keller (125 votes)
Other (specify in comments) (4 votes)
600 total votes