Jul 10, 2014, 7:58 AM EDT
If you stayed up late on Wednesday night to watch the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers battle it out in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal, you made a good decision.
Seattle triumphed 3-1, eventually, as yet another pulsating Cascadia clash played out.
Played in the tight, atmospheric surroundings of Seattle’s Starfire Stadium, fans crammed in to witness Osvaldo Alonso break the deadlock with a moment of brilliance.
In the 68th minute Lamar Neagle chipped a delightful ball to the back post and the ‘Honey Badger’ turned himself into a whirling dervish to somehow volley the ball home in mid-air with the back of his foot. The ball cannoned off the post and past Donovan Ricketts, as the entire crowd looked on in awe.
Watch the video above to see Alonso’s superb strike, plus the rest of the highlights are well worth a watch too. Portland equalized deep into stoppage time through Darlington Nagbe, then in extra time the Timbers were reduced to 10-men in a feisty encounter as Diego Chara was shown a straight red.
Seattle made the most of their one-man advantage, as Kenny Cooper and Marco Pappa scored late on to make it 3-1 and set up an Open Cup semifinal with the Chicago Fire on August 13 at CentruyLink Field. It is the seventh time in eight years that Seattle have made the final four of the knockout competition.
- Done Deals: De Bruyne joins Manchester City in busy day for Wolfsburg 1
- USMNT releases 23-man roster for September friendlies 2
- Swansea City 2-1 Manchester United: Swans comeback stuns Red Devils 3
- Sunday Transfer Rumor Roundup: Draxler to Wolfsburg, Wanyama to leave Saints 1
- Manchester City officially signs Kevin de Bruyne 1
- Watch Live: Swansea City vs Manchester United (Lineups and Live Stream) 0