The Sounders won their fifth round Open Cup match-up tonight in an extremely memorable fashion. A sold-out, sunny Starfire Stadium set the stage for a battle against the San Jose Earthquakes.
The score line opened up in the 24th minute, as Steven Lenhart ripped a volley from outside the box for a San Jose goal.
Seattle didn’t stay quiet for long though, and followed up with another goal just two minutes later in the 26th minute, as Kenny Cooper finished the equalizer set up by Lamar Neagle.
The next 64 minutes were back and forth between the two teams, but while both teams had great chances, Seattle outshot the Earthquakes 31-15.
The teams remained tied throughout all of extra time as well, so it was penalty kicks that were going to be the deciding factor.
The Sounders finished all four of their penalty kicks, while San Jose made only two, with one being saved by Marcus Hahnemman and the other hitting the post.
It was Lamar Neagle’s kick that sent the Sounders through to the next round of the US Open Cup, hosting Cascadia Cup rival Portland Timbers here at Starfire on July 9th.
Check out pictures from the match in the gallery below!