Sounders rout Chivas in USOC semis 4-1

TUKWILA (AP) — Osvaldo Alonso set up Eddie Johnson’s goal in the 31st minute, then converted a penalty kick just two minutes into the second half and the Seattle Sounders beat Chivas USA, 4-1, Wednesday night in a U.S. Open Cup semifinal game at the Starfire Complex.

Brad Evans (83rd minute) and Sammy Ochoa (88th) also scored for the Sounders, who will go for an unprecedented fourth straight Open Cup title when they visit Sporting Kansas City on Aug. 8.

“We’ll be very aware when we step on the field in Kansas City that we have a chance to something that nobody has done,” Schmid said. “You look at what these guys have done in one-off games, and you look at the history of any league around the world, and you don’t see any team winning four straight FA Cups or Copa Del Reys.”

Sporting earned its spot in the final on Wednesday with a 2-0 road victory against the Philadelphia Union.

Second-half sub Cesar Romero scored on a rebound of his own shot early in the 74th minute for Chivas USA. The Goats were seeking their first spot in the final, but lost to the Sounders in the semis for the second time in three years.

“Teams might win four league championships in a row, but because there are so many things that can go wrong in a one-off game, it’s tough to win four (cups) in a row,” said Schmid, who won the 2001 Open Cup with the Los Angeles Galaxy in addition to his three with Seattle.

Seattle, which has scored 15 times in four Open Cup games this season, has not lost a Cup game since joining Major League Soccer in 2009, putting together a 17-0-1 record. That includes title game victories at D.C. United in 2009, and at home against Columbus in 2010 and Chicago in 2011.

“Just the chance isn’t good enough for us,” said Evans, who has been with the Sounders since their first season, but didn’t play in the first two Cup finals. “So we have to go into it and want this.”

Sporting KC 2, Union 0

CHESTER, Pa. — Jacob Peterson and Graham Zusi each scored second-half goals to lead Sporting KC to a win over Philadelphia on Wednesday and home-field advantage for the U.S. Open Cup final on Aug. 8.

The victory by Sporting KC, tied for first in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference with D.C. United, avenged their worst defeat this season, when they lost 4-0 to Philadelphia on June 23.

Two minutes after Peterson’s goal, Philadelphia had a chance to tie the game, but the Union’s Antoine Hoppenot was denied on a sliding save by Sporting KC goalie Jimmy Nielsen. In the 89th minute, the Union’s Freddy Adu had another chance to equal the score but his shot from 12 yards out sailed high.

Peterson’s goal came off a header and was set up on a free kick from Zusi. Union goalie Zac MacMath got his left hand on the shot, which deflected into the upper right corner of the net. Zusi scored in the 93rd minute.