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Nyassi is nice: Seattle Sounders defeat Columbus Crew, 2-1, to repeat as U.S. Open Cup champions

What's the only thing better than the wonderful setting at Qwest Field for a Seattle Sounders match? The setting at Qwest for a match with a trophy at stake. The intensity and urgency were turned up another notch in MLS's most electric environment for the U.S. Open Cup final Tuesday, and the Sounders rewarded their passionate supporters with a 2-1 comeback victory over the Columbus Crew.

Seattle became the first MLS club to win consecutive titles since the league's launch in 1996 and the first from any level to accomplish it since the amateur New York Pancyprian-Freedoms in 1982-83. The Seattle turnout of 31,311 was the largest in the tournament's 96-year history. (The previous three finals totaled 36,000.)

Sanna Nyassi, a 21-year-old Gambian, scored in the 38th and 66th minutes to offset Kevin Burns's strike midway through the first half. Seattle clinched a berth in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League.

A couple of side notes:

Did my ears deceive me or did FSC announcer Mark Rogondino repeatedly refer to veteran referee Michael Kennedy as "Michael Bennett"?

MLS should take the lead among sports organizations and put an end to the tiresome championship soundtrack featuring Kool & The Gang's "Celebration." While they are at it, Queen's "We Are the Champions" should also be banned. Grumble, grumble. New happy music, please.

By Steve Goff  | October 6, 2010; 12:46 AM ET
Categories:  MLS, U.S. Open Cup  | Tags:  U.S. Open Cup  
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Given the choice of Seattle music; Hendrix, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Dave Matthews Band (shared with VA), Foo Fighters, Heart, Modest Mouse, Quincy Jones, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Sir Mix a Lot (to name a few) the Sounders fans and organization really have no excuse as far as not using local music choices for their games/celebrations.

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 6, 2010 1:10 AM | Report abuse

How about Breaking Benjamin's "I Will Not Bow?"

And from what I heard, Rogondino got Kennedy's name right. I didn't hear any mention of a "Bennett."

Posted by: Juan-John1 | October 6, 2010 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Sir Mix a Lot's "Baby Got Back" for the new universal championship song of all American sports!

Posted by: grubbsbl | October 6, 2010 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Appreciate the nod Goff. Again I have to point out that I wish DC United was up for a rematch... not just because of last season, but because you guys were the standard for so long. Our standard.

Keep the faith boys!

Posted by: DerekY | October 6, 2010 4:32 AM | Report abuse

Amen, Preach it Brother Goff!

As part of my announcing/game production duties I've yet to play those songs, and adopted Daft Punk's "One More Time" instead.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 6, 2010 5:13 AM | Report abuse

Go back the other way I wanna eat at Dicks...
Congrats Sounders. Now go win a trophy someone other than you guys care about... ;)

Posted by: DadRyan | October 6, 2010 5:37 AM | Report abuse

I'd take just about any trophy these days. I was just skippy that the DCU youth team won that event recently. Anything to wash out the bitter taste of these last few years....

Posted by: troy6 | October 6, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

Great point from Darren Rovell on twitter, and something that could definitely increase American attention to soccer.

" Lots of red tape, but if the Red Sox deal to buy Liverpool goes through, it's clear the Yankees are going to have to buy a team"

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 6, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, DerekY. As I said to Drew Carey when I saw him as the US Embassy pep rally before the US v Algeria game, we have to be grateful to you in Seattle for the exceptional standard you have set for fan support. It is good to see that rewarded.

Posted by: DCUSince96 | October 6, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Almost Breaking News -- heard on public radio!!! Marketplace show:

Red Sox owner John Henry buys the Reds! Liverpool, not Cincy.

Posted by: fischy | October 6, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

wewintrophies

Posted by: Reignking | October 6, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

We need an oligarch, right? Will should look up the Russian guy from the Direct TV commercials. ("Opulence. I has it.") If Will can convince him it's a great deal, he will jump in it, right? He will have his mini-giraffe, we will have our mini-Abramovich, and the Restoration can begin.

Our slogan for 2011: "It Takes Money."

Posted by: OWNTF | October 6, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Feel free to skip the following, but I had to get this rant off my chest:

An Open Letter to DC United

Sirs:

We were excited when we received our season tickets in the nifty cardboard box, emblazoned “It Takes More”. We naively believed that meant more from the club. We have come to understand that it was a warning; that it takes more from the fans.

More money(I): the season ticket cost is outrageous. For what we spend we could go to 33 Nationals games in comparable seats. Worse, our DCU season tickets cost MORE than our Manchester United Season tickets. Perhaps you’ve heard of them? THEY win trophies.

More money(II): $10 for a Bud Light? Really? Speaking of which, it takes

More walking: to find a concession stand that’s open. And if you do, it takes

More Kleenex and WetWipes: before I’d even think of going to the ladies room. And that’s in the club seats.

More recycling: throwing away unused tickets. With Man Utd we are able to sell most of our unused tickets back to the club for resale to a waiting list. We cannot even give away our DCU tickets.

More frustration: this is a professional sports team run like a yard sale. Who makes the personnel decisions? Who are these high-priced flops? (I leave it to you, Dear Reader, to determine if that applies to designated players or the Front Office.)

More patience: yes, yes, yes. Adrian Fenty and all that. But that was four years ago and since then nothing but empty or broken promises.

More loyalty: I am not a fair-weather fan. I grew up in Philly, a city that went more than two decades without a championship in any sport. I know hope and failure. This is worse.

No more to say: I’m sure we’ll go to a couple of games next season, but we will not be renewing our season tickets.

Sincerely,
M11, Row 1, on the aisle (retired)

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | October 6, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Hear hear!

Posted by: OWNTF | October 6, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Rogondino correctly called him Michael Kennedy for much of the game, then switched to "Bennett" (turning an Irish name into an English one!) near the end.

Posted by: ChristopherMc | October 6, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

More empty seats: If the front office doesn't get their Sh*t together this winter.

Posted by: timmy6 | October 6, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Michael Bennett. He's the One!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyZeGOsR9IA

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | October 6, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Congrats Seattle:

"UhhhRrrollin' with my posse we're gettin' kinda' bored--
there's not another posse with more points scored--"

Posted by: csd1 | October 6, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

We need an oligarch, right? Will should look up the Russian guy from the Direct TV commercials. ("Opulence. I has it.") If Will can convince him it's a great deal, he will jump in it, right? He will have his mini-giraffe, we will have our mini-Abramovich, and the Restoration can begin.

Our slogan for 2011: "It Takes Money."

Posted by: OWNTF | October 6, 2010 8:51 AM

+1

Posted by: VTUnited | October 6, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Props to BlackandRedRedDevil. Well said!

As for OWNTF's suggestion, this may need updating, but here's a shopping list...

http://soccerlens.com/20-billionaires-you-want-buying-your-football-club/11723/

Posted by: janspoor | October 6, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Well done BlackandRed. Of all the things that irk me, the $10 beers just take it over the top. It's obscene. In a rickety mostly empty RFK, charging real-stadium prices. (I go with the Modello can for value and pretty good taste.)

Better yet is having to fish out my tic to prove I belong in sec 237....especially on thise days when I'm the only person sitting in the section!! It's happened twice this year at least.

Posted by: DCB23 | October 6, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

definitely need to change up the music selections, but please, no Black Eyed Peas.

congrats to Seattle on a big win - they played a better game and they have set he bar high for Portland and Vancouver. if those two cities can be even 50-75% of what Seattle is, then MLS (outside of DC, see above) can truly feel good about its future.

some game analysis - it seemed like Columbus had a really hard time controlling the ball at both the macro and micro levels. it looked like the turf had something to do with that, but lots of bad touches and careless giveaways (ir)regardless. their central midfield had no cohesion at all, forcing Schelotto to come back deep into the midfield just to try to get some possession going, esp. in the 2nd half. they looked good early and scored a really nice goal, then played well for the first 5 minutes of the 2nd half before regressing again. they managed 1 good chance when Rogers hit the bar late on, but otherwise never looked particularly dangerous at the end. i have to agree with Christopher Sullivan in questioning why Warzycha didn't make at least 1 sub around the hour mark rather than waiting another 15 minutes. also, Shaun Francis looked out of his depth at left back.

meanwhile, Seattle's speed and vision really worked well in this game and had Columbus on their heels pretty often. Nyassi, Nkufo, Zakuani and Montero all had good games up front - they offer a bit of a blueprint for how to generate offense without a strong attacking presence in the central midfield (DCU tried to use this strategy coming into this season with the pickup of Castillo, etc. but failed miserably). the Sounders put consistent pressure on the ball while Columbus did not and perceptually it made Seattle look like the stronger team. and that's twice they have beat Columbus recently now (including 4-0 @ Crew Stadium), so should they end up meeting in the MLS playoffs, it may give them the psychological edge. the Sounders are always a dangerous team, but they may not have the total resolve to take down L.A. or RSL should it come to that. a matchup with RBNY, however, could suit them better and be a lot of fun to watch, so they may be better off letting San Jose or Colorado pass them in the standings.

also, i hope they play better in next year's CCL and can advance past the group stage. that 10-minute meltdown against Monterrey a couple weeks ago that turned 0-2 into 3-2 was horrific to watch.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | October 6, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

When it comes to Seattle and music, I think of the duo Pint and Dale, although it would take some creativity to revamp their songs of the sea for a stadium setting.

Posted by: universityandpark | October 6, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Does that count as winning another trophy for Washington?

Posted by: dayface | October 6, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

It takes more... Ouch! We win trophies...Ouch!!! Damn I know that Kevin Payne's ego and pride must of gotten hurt when Seattle won the USOC in 09, in DC but for Seattle to host a better final and win it again...It does take more!!! As much i hate everything about Seattle, DC your a has been semi pro team with old blueprints...

Posted by: rigs88 | October 6, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Nyassi was offside on second goal

Posted by: dahx4 | October 7, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

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