Aug 9, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT
Kansas City’s soccer team raised a major trophy for the third time in team history, adding the 2012 tournament crown to its 2004 Open Cup title and 2000 MLS Cup trophy.
Thus, Seattle failed in its bid to capture a fourth consecutive Open Cup crown.
The match needed a full 120 minutes and a penalty kick shootout to decide on Wednesday at Livestrong Sporting Park. In fact, it took a little longer than that; a nasty lightning and hail storm delayed kickoff inside the suburban Kansas City ground by 43 minutes.
Wednesday’s Open Cup final was the first settled in penalty kicks since Dallas won over D.C. United in a spot shot tiebreaker in 1997.
Said Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes: “Our ownership group has made a strong commitment — not only to soccer, but the community, facilities and everything. It’s a great reward for them and our staff with the rebrand and everything we’ve done in the last year and a half. More importantly, for the players, they believed and fought hard.”
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