Sporting Kansas City won the US Open Cup Final on penalties. A team that couldn't manage to score in the run of play took the 99th US Open Cup through a marginal penalty call early in the match and a re-kick awarded during the penalty kick sequence. The first PK, the only goal scored by Kansas City, was off a call that can only be called odd. At the same point the Sounders goal was also off a dead ball, when Zach Scott proved that this year is his goal scoring year. Because who doesn't peak as a goal scorer post 30 after never scoring?
The PKs were also only odd. When you give the referee the opportunity to make a call you GIVE THE REF THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THE CALL. And that's what happened. Was it fair? This isn't the night for fair. Was it just? This isn't the time for just.
This is the time for pain.
It hurts. Seattle lost the midfield battle. They lost the battle in the defensive third and they lost the battle in the attacking third. Still, they managed to stay alive on the road. Scott gave us all hope. He kept the dream of #SE4TTLE alive. There were a few moments, but none as glorious as his. Eddie Johnson just missed the net. His key shot was barely wide.
A focus could be placed on Ricardo Salazar. A focus could be placed on missed penalties. The fact was, despite being dominated in the run of play, Seattle did not lose. In this odd thing called the US Open Cup, they stayed unbeaten for more than 20 games. They had a chance.
It was a loss. It was painful. It is still raw. And it hurts. The hundreds at The Berliner, or 95 Slide, or Fuel, or George and Dragon, or or or or or or or. We all felt pain. Like the Sounders, we felt we fell short. Second in the Open Cup isn't enough.
There are two trophies left to win. That's all that's left. Bad calls don't matter. There's an outside shot at the Supporters' Shield and a decent shot at the
Open MLS Cup. That's all that matters now. Sporting Kansas City won the 2012 US Open Cup on penalties. This year offers two more trophies. It's time to capture those. They are new and shiny.