Sporting KC 2012 US Open Cup Champions
On a stormy night at LiveStrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, a full house of 18,863 saw their home team, Sporting KC, play spoilers to the Seattle Sounders’ attempt to become the first team ever to win four straight Open Cup titles. The match was decided 3-2 in shootout after 1-1 draw in regulation and extra time.
Rain, lightning and hail caused a 40 minute delay to the start of the 99th US Open Cup Final. When the two teams did finally get underway, it was Sporting KC who took the lead with a penalty kick taken by Kei Kamara in the 84th minute. The penalty was given after Teal Bunbury crossed a ball through the box that hit Seattle defender Zach Scott in the arm.
Scott redeemed himself just two minutes later when he headed in a Mauro Rosales free kick. The two tired MLS sides would continue to exchange chances looking a bit more like tired prize fighters trying to exchange blows. At the end of 120 minutes it all came down to a penalty kick shootout to decide the match.
The shootout was full of drama with missed shots and saves. In the end it was Sporting who claimed the trophy, the first time they have done so since 2004.