I hate how the word “epic” is so overused these days. But last night’s match at Century Link Field between my Seattle Sounders and the Chicago Fire truly was epic. The stage was set for something special–Seattle looked to become the first team in 40 years to win the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup three years in a row. And Chicago had their sights on being the third team in the 98 year history of the cup to win it 5 times.
The atmosphere was amazing as always. Last year’s record setting attendance of 31,311 was broken with a crowd of 35,615. The place absolutely erupted in the 77th minute when Fredy Montero knocked in the first goal of the evening. Then in the final seconds of stoppage time, Ozzie Alonso clinched it with a skillful second goal. All that was left was the final whistle and the raising of their third US Open Cup trophy in as many years.
I took some photos during the March to the Match and the award ceremony after the victory. I was too busy cheering and watching the action to take any shots during the match. Here are a few of my favorites.