They didn't make it easy on themselves, but Sounders 2 lived to fight another day in the U.S. Open Cup. After giving up a stoppage-time equalizer to squander what was once a 2-0 lead, S2 came roaring back with extra time goals from Pablo Rossi and Andy Craven to claim a 4-2 win over the Kitsap Pumas on Wednesday.
S2 advances to the third round of the Open Cup where they'll face T2 next Wednesday.
Fielding a starting lineup that featured just two loanees from the MLS club and four Academy players, S2 still managed to grab an early lead. Victor Mansaray struck first, finishing off a headed pass from Qudus Lawal who took a cross from in Nathaniel Tongovula the 26th minute. Just before halftime, Pablo Rossi made it 2-0 off a through ball from Academy product Tongovula.
The second half was a very different story, though. Kitsap got S2 on their back foot and cut their deficit in half on a long volley from Mike Ramos. The Pumas continued to push and finally found the equalizer just a few minutes before the final whistle on another Ramos goal, this one from about 22 yards out.
But any momentum they had stopped in overtime. Rossi reclaimed the lead for S2 with a well taken free kick from about 22 yards out in the 93rd minute. A 101st minute red card effectively sealed Kitsap's fate. Craven added the final blow with a goal into an empty net after beating the goalkeeper to a ball near midfield just before the final whistle.
The win allowed S2 to improve to 6-0-0 at Starfire and combined with their MLS counterparts, a Seattle team has not lost a competitive match at the Tukwila facility in 22 straight.