The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which stands as the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the U.S. and the world’s third-longest-running open soccer tournament, will be decided tonight. The cup can be entered by pro clubs, amateur squads, and even club teams, but it’s now down to two: The Seattle Sounders and the Philadelphia Union. The Union will face off against the Sounders at PPL Park at 7:30 p.m. tonight for the cup — shown locally on the Comcast Network.
The now long-gone Bethlehem Steel F.C., after which the Union modeled their third kits, are in the top spot for the most U.S. Open Cup wins of all time with five. To their advantage, the Union have former Sounder Sebastien Le Toux, who currently sits as the all-time leading scorer in the Open Cup with 14 goals. The Sounders’ Kenny Cooper is second with 13. It’s going to be a great game, and maybe having something on the line will help the Union grab a little more of the fan-share in a city that sadly still has a pretty large blind-spot covering PPL Park in Chester. But there is a silver lining to that, as tickets to tonight’s Cup Final are still available.
UPDATE: And they lost.