The expectation when a first division side takes on an amateur team is victory. Throw a layer of Starfire (where Seattle Sounders FC was 12-0-0 entering the match) onto things and a win seemed likely. Those simple predictions proved inadequate as Seattle crushed PSA Elite 5-nil.
Scoring came from a variety of methods. Aaron Kovar in his first competitive start drew a penalty that Brad Evans finished. That opened the game up. Less than 20 minutes later Kovar served the ball that Zach Scott headed into the net to push the lead to two. Kenny Cooper scored a header just as the first half ended.
With feet or head the power of Starfire was strong.
Forced to play wide on the narrow pitch due to PSA's defensive 5-4-1 Seattle took advantage of the crossing ability of Kovar and the right-side speed of Okoli and Estrada. With huge bodies like Weaver and Cooper up top and the always potent Scott in the back the ability to score a set-piece goal or two was part of the plan. It worked.
Everything about the Open Cup worked. No early failures against an over-matched team.
They won, handily.
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From press release
Sounders FC to Host San Jose in U.S. Open Cup Fifth Round on June 24
Tickets on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
SEATTLE, Wash. - Seattle Sounders FC will continue its run at a fourth Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship on June 24 with a fifth round match against the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash.
Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 20, at 10 a.m. PT and are available at SoundersFC.com/tickets. Tickets are general admission and priced at $20 for covered grandstand and $16 for uncovered bleachers.