CHESTER, Pa. – Jim Curtin has played in a few finals and has watched even more.
But the Philadelphia Union interim manager has never seen anything quite like the performance Vincent Nogueira put in Tuesday in Philly’s 3-1 extra time loss to the Seattle Sounders in the US Open Cup title game.
CHESTER, Pa. – How do you move on from watching another team win a trophy on your own field?
For the Philadelphia Union, who lost a 3-1 extra-time heartbreaker to the Seattle Sounders in Tuesday’s US Open Cup title game at PPL Park, they have no choice. After all, they’re right on the bubble of making the playoffs with just six games left in the regular season.
The above video is of DeAndre Yedlin chasing down, catching, passing and clearing the ball away from Philadelphia Union midfielder Cristian Maidana after starting a footrace with a 10- or 12-yard disadvantage.
CHESTER, Pa. – Moments after the final whistle blew at PPL Park and the Seattle Sounders claimed their fourth US Open Cup title in franchise history, Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid made a beeline for his star player, Clint Dempsey.
"I told him after the game, 'Give me a big hug,'” Schmid said, smiling. “'This is your first trophy, and we’re gonna get a few more.'"
Philadelphia Union rue wasted chances in US Open Cup final loss to Seattle: "We had them on the ropes"
CHESTER, Pa. – At the very end of regulation in Tuesday’s US Open Cup championship game, Vincent Nogueira stole the ball to start a counterattack and laid it off for Cristian Maidana, who played a perfect chip back to him in the penalty box.
CHESTER, Pa. – The Seattle Sounders can add some more silverware to their already-packed trophy case. The Philadelphia Union will need to wait a little longer to add the first to theirs.
The Seattle Sounders are on track for the greatest season by any club in MLS history.
They'll walk into PPL Park for Tuesday night's 2014 US Open Cup final against the Philadelphia Union (7:30 pm ET, GolTV) as the current Supporters' Shield leaders and one of the early favorites for MLS Cup.
The US Open Cup is more than a century old, spanning several eras in soccer's long, convoluted history in the United States – and its record books reflect it.