Open Cup in MLS has always been about the big night due to some of the most enthralling games were contested in the finals. The 2018 Lamar Hunt final will see Philadelphia Union up against Houston Dynamo, and before that let us witness some of the best finals ever to be played.
LA Galaxy vs. New England Revolution
LA Galaxy became used to narrowest defeats in 2001, and when they welcomed New England Revolution to win the US Open Cup. Wolde Harris drew the first blood for the visitors and the end seemed inevitable for LA Galaxy. New England keeper Jose Fernandez stood between LA Galaxy and their equalizer, but a dodgy cross from Ezra Hendrickson eluded every one to nestle into the top corner. The game was heading for a sudden death before Danny Califf’s header proved to be decisive.
Seattle Sounders vs. DC United
Seattle Sounders were on a roll in 2009 where they won 3 tourney titles on the trot before an ultimate faceoff with DC United. Coming on the back of excellent football, Sounders peppered DC goalie Josh Wicks, but his goal remained unharmed. Again, an erroneous save fell kindly for Montero who gave Seattle the lead. Wicks lost his mind and earned a red for an atrocious two-footed challenge.
Kasey Keller kept DC in the game before Levesque doubled the advantage, and although Clyde Simms halved the deficit it was too late, and Sounders won their 4th cup.
Sporting Kansas City vs. Seattle Sounders
By the start of 2012 US Open Cup, Seattle Sounders had earned the title of being one of the best teams in recent years. However, SKC wasn’t going to give in easily. The 2012 Open Cup final was an epic. The stage was set following a stormy night, but the game started on a bland note. Kei Kamara was the best player of the match as he saw one of his efforts rocketed off the bar, and his second nestled into the top corner from a freekick. Zach Scott reduced the deficit within 2 minutes. The normal time saw two sides getting ready for spot kicks.
Marc Burch got Sounders ahead after Espinoza missed from the spot. Then followed a flurry of misses and saves. Gspurning saved Nagamura’s effort, but the referee thought he came off the line a tad early. Nagamura made amends and the following kick from Eddie Johnson was a disaster. SKC went on to beat Sounders and the moment was an emphatic one.
Chicago Fire vs. Columbus City SC
Chicago Fire defeated DC United and ended their reign in 1998, and then in the bid to enhance their legacy faced Columbus City FC for the Open Cup final. Chicago Fire got off to a bad start on a rainy night when LubosKubik was off within the first 14 minutes due to injury. Jerzy Podbrozny quashed all the tension when he scored from the spot.
Stern John came with his own spot kick to draw level and then followed end to end stuff. Eventually Klopas got the Windy City crowd off their feet after coming on as a substitute and scoring in the 99th minute.
Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia Union
Philadelphia had one of the worst years in 2014 when they lost to Seattle Sounders in the extra time, but got the chance to make amends in the 2015 edition. Philly got off to a dream start thanks to Le Toux who had an excellent run at MLS. They could have buried the game, but profligacy cost them an equalizer through Krisztian Nemeth stunner.
A round of spot kicks which saw SKC and Philly trade saves and goals and misses, Jordi Quintilla scored from the eight round and broke Philly Union’s heart for the second time in two years.