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Sounders at Sporting Kansas City US Open Cup Final - Gamethread

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In Cup Finals numbers don't matter. It's a one-off game. It doesn't matter that the Seattle Sounders own the US Open Cup tournament. It doesn't matter that Sporting Kansas City hasn't given up a goal since the Third Round. It doesn't matter that Seattle has 26 more wins in all competitions since 2009. It doesn't matter that Sporting gives up less than a goal a game this year.

It is the Cup Final. How they play today is all that matters. How Seattle reacts to the high pressure matters. How KC marks Seattle's layered forwards matters. How Graham Zusi and Osvaldo Alonso work their magic matters. Which sub changes the game matters. Who declares themselves ready to be captured forever in history matters.

This is a Cup Final. The 99 Year Old US Open Cup Final. All that matters today is who wins.

The broadcast is on GolTV and 97.3 FM at 6:00 PM Pacific

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Tactical Keys

  • Feed The GAM
  • Limit Zusi's Space For Service
  • Push Flank Play High
  • Patience Out Of Back

Player Matchups

  • Osvaldo Alonso v Graham Zusi
  • Eddie Johnson v the world
  • Fredy Montero v Jimmy Nielsen

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