The Philadelphia Union now know their opponents for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final: three-time winners Seattle Sounders will make the trek to PPL Park on September 16. Seattle destroyed the Chicago Fire 6-0 to reach their fifth Cup Final in six years, having won the threepeat from 2009 through 2011 - the club's first three years in MLS. The Union on the other hand are making their first appearance in a club final since the club's inception in 2010, with their previous best showing being a semifinal exit in 2012 by Sporting Kansas City, who beat the Sounders 3-2 on penalties.
It is noteworthy that of Seattle's three Open Cup titles, only their first in 2009 was won outside of Seattle. That year - the club's first in MLS - they defeated D.C. United 2-0 at RFK Stadium. The other two wins were a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew in 2010 and a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire in 2011, both at what's now CenturyLink Field. The loss to SKC came at what's now Sporting Park in Kansas City.
the Union's all-time record against Seattle is two wins, three losses, and two draws. In their meeting earlier this season, Seattle defeated the Union 2-1 on goals from Obafemi Martins and Chad Marshall. Brad Evans scored the Union's lone goal. The Union's last defeat of the Sounders came in 2011 when Freddy Adu and Brian Carroll scored to give the Union a 2-0 win out in Seattle.
According to the Union's twitter account, tickets will be available for season ticket holders to purchase on a presale today.