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The 2009, 2010, and 2011 U.S. Open Cups

The 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final was a soccer match between Seattle Sounders FC and the Chicago Fire played on October 4, 2011, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. Seattle Sounders FC won by defeating the Chicago Fire 2 0 with goals scored by Fredy Montero and Osvaldo Alonso. The match was the culmination of the 2011 tournament, which was open to amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation. The tournament was the 98th edition of the U.S. Open Cup, the oldest ongoing competition in American soccer. The attendance of 36,615 at the final set a tournament record. Seattle had previously won the 2009 and 2010 tournaments, making them the first team since 1968 to win three consecutive championships (trophies pictured) and the fourth team to do so in the tournament's history. Seattle won a berth in the 2012 13 CONCACAF Champions League and a $100,000 cash prize. Following the final, criticism arose regarding Seattle hosting each round of the tournament they played. In response, changes to the rules for determining hosting rights were announced. (Full article...)

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