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U.S. Open Cup draw: Sounders would need to travel for final

Ed Zurga

In what was a surprisingly anti-climatic display, the Seattle Sounders were on the losing side of the coin-flip that determined the site of the U.S. Open Cup final. Although the rules of the coin-flip weren't made very clear, there was just a single coin-flip with the FC Dallas-Philadelphia Union winner facing off against the Sounders-Chicago Fire winner.

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati was the designated coin-flipper and didn't seem entirely sure the proper way to do it. He ended up flipping it and allowing it to the fall the ground before revealing it came up tails. There was some brief discussion of whether or not it should be 2 of 3, but quickly determined that would not be the case. It was the first time that the final has been determined by coin flip as opposed to blind bid and the first time that the coin flip was done in public.

That means that if the Sounders beat the Fire on Aug. 13 they'll need to go on the road in an attempt to win their fourth U.S. Open Cup title, which would tie the Fire for the most in the MLS era. If the Fire were to go onto win, they would tie Bethlehem Steel and Maccabi Los Angeles for the most Open Cup titles of all time. The Union will be attempting to win their first ever trophy, while FC Dallas can win its second Open Cup title.

The final will be held on Sept. 16, 17 or Oct. 1.

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