TheCup.US, in coordination with North American Soccer Reporters, awards a Player of the Round, and later a Player of Tournament for the US Open Cup. Though this is not an official award of the league or federation, the selectees are the quite similar to the selectors of the Player/Team of Week for MLS and for the League Awards. For the Third Round Seattle Sounders Forward Mike Fucito edged out Matthew Delicate of the Richmond Kickers who upset the Columbus Crew.
Fucito's brace also earned him this performance by the Emerald City Supporters. He's certainly had what the Sounders need while wearing Electricity Yellow.
The Sounders have done quite well in these Open Cup awards over the past two+ tourneys;
Fucito’s honor marks the sixth time in the past three tournaments in which a Sounder has been recognized as TheCup.us Player of the Round. Only three other players have managed to knock Seattle from the spotlight in their nine rounds of play thus far. Jaqua was honored in the Quarterfinals and Semifinals with two-goal performances with Sanna Nyassi taking the honor with two strikes in the Final. In 2009 it was Sebastien Le Toux in the Semifinals and Fredy Montero in the Championship.