Pablo Rossi did not have a great game, but the Argentinian came through when S2 needed him most. With S2 needing a spark in extra time of their U.S. Open Cup third-round match against T2, Rossi found himself with an open look inside the penalty box. Rossi easily beat Justin Luthy to the far post to net his third goal and his second game-winner of the Open Cup and give S2 a 2-1 victory over T2 on Wednesday afternoon.
The win allowed the Sounders organization to remain unbeaten at Starfire in 23 Open Cup matches, dating back to 2005. S2 improved to 7-0-0 in all competitions at Starfire. Four of the last five Open Cup matches at Starfire have needed extra time, though.
In order to keep their perfect record, S2 again needed to come from behind. T2 were the first to score with Rinnico Clark heading home a corner kick in the 54th minute.
The field tilted back to S2 shortly after, with Andy Craven grabbing the equalizer in the 66th minute. Victor Mansaray held the ball well and Craven timed his run perfectly, receiving the pass and racing behind the T2 defense. Craven rounded the keeper and fired his shot into the back of the net.
S2 could not find the regulation winner, though. Their best look came just moments before the final whistle when Qudus Lawal found himself with the ball at his feet about 10 yards out. But his shot was directly at the keeper.
Following Rossi's goal, S2 had several good looks at goal after Lawal got behind the T2 defense, but neither came off.
S2 advances to play Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on June 17. The Sounders will host the Timbers on June 16 in the fourth round of the tournament.