Sporting KC Wins Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Championship
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Sporting Kansas City won the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night, beating Seattle Sounders FC 3-2 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw at Livestrong Sporting Park.
Seattle received warnings for their chippy play all night, receiving six total cautions for misconduct, including the ejection of defender Patrick Ianni in extra time.
The game was scoreless until late in the 2nd half, when forward Kei Kamara scored on a penalty kick to give Sporting a 1-0 lead in the 84th minute.
Sporting appeared to have the game locked up, but two minutes later, Seattle Sounders FC defender Zach Scott stunned the crowd with a header that tied the game at 1-1. Shortly thereafter, the game went to extra time.
Neither team could score over a pair of 15 minute extra time periods. The game went to penalty kicks, and Seattle’s final attempt came up short. Sporting KC won 3-2 on penalty kicks.
Seattle Sounders FC had won three straight Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Championships entering Wednesday’s 99th annual U.S. Open Cup.
This is the second U.S. Open Cup Championship for Sporting KC, the last one was in 2004 over the Chicago Fire.