Seattle Sounders FC obliterated the Chicago Fire 6-0 on Wednesday night to reach the US Open Cup final.
Doubles from Andy Rose and Kenny Cooper were complemented by goals for Chad Barrett and Obafemi Martins, with the Rave Green now looking forward to a meeting with the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park.
With this result, the Sounders retained their unbeaten record at Starfire Soccer Complex since becoming a Major League Soccer outfit.
Spurs new signing Yedlin in action
DeAndre Yedlin played despite only completing a loan return earlier in the day following his multimillion-dollar move to Tottenham Hotspur, while there was no place for former Spurs star Clint Dempsey. Martins, meanwhile, whose league dismissal on Sunday was his second of the year, after seeing red in Illinois, started from the bench.
These two clubs can boast seven Open Cup titles between them, the most recent coming when Seattle beat Chicago 2-0 in the 2011 final, and within five minutes Barrett’s goal had separated the pair again.
The 29-year-old owed a wealth of gratitude to Cooper for creating the opportunity, as the former Manchester United man perfectly timed a run in behind the Fire defence, cut back and squared for Barrett to lash into the roof of the net.
Sean Johnson was then sent sprawling to his left to turn a left-footed Cooper strike around the post, before clawing away a Rose header seconds later.
However, Stefan Frei was soon called into action at the other end, grasping Alex’s drive and then impressively palming out a Quincy Amarikwa effort at the end of a powerful run. The goalkeeper was slightly fortunate in blocking a free-kick from visiting captain Jeff Larentowicz, but reacted quickly to clear the danger.
When Osvaldo Alonso’s ranged attempt was deflected wide though, the Sounders profited – doubling their advantage. Rose again met a deep corner, and this time he nodded accurately into the bottom corner.
Several more attacks preceded the half-time whistle, but Chicago escaped on each occasion and returned to the dressing room with just a two-goal deficit.
But despite improvement after the break, the Fire had soon conceded a third, with Rose notching another. Marco Pappa’s in-swinging centre was met by the Australian, who directed the ball down past Johnson for his first career brace.
Only some superb goalkeeping kept the Rave Green from adding a fourth, with Cooper denied twice in quick succession, before a fumble from Brad Evans’ curler should have seen Barrett score. Following Martins’ introduction though, the goal came. Cooper’s back-heel set the former Newcastle United forward through, and he raced away from Larentowicz and finished under Johnson.
Frank Yallop’s men were way out of their depth, and Cooper’s towering header from Tottenham new boy Yedlin's cross made it five, with the tally then incredibly increased further when the same man slipped the ball home.
Rose dipped off target, as a hat-trick escaped him, but the scoring finished at 6-0, the Sounders having romped their way to a Pennsylvania final.