Why Philadelphia Union Will Win the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup
Why will the Philadelphia Union win the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup?
Many reasons, that’s why. First of all, the Union will host the final tomorrow against an opponent that is traveling from the west coast to play. The Seattle Sounders played Friday night but still had to travel across three time zones for the match. That alone can make it difficult.
Second, we have Mister Open Cup himself, Sebastien Le Toux! LeToux is the modern Open Cup era’s all-time leading scorer with fourteen goals. Seattle forward Kenny Cooper is second with thirteen goals. We have a passionate, hungry fan base that is fueled by a passionate, hungry team that is fighting to not only win the club’s first trophy but also make the playoffs. This team is also playing for an interim manager, Jim Curtin, who may still be auditioning for the permanent coaching job. The winner will be the first to qualify for the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League.
Then we also have history. Philadelphia area clubs have won ten Open Cup titles, the most recent being the Ukrainian Nationals in 1966. That is a lot of history to live up to and match. We also have the original powerhouse club on our side. Bethlehem Steel Football Club was the dominant club in the period after World War I and the Union have honored them by designing their third kit as a throwback to Bethlehem Steel. The Union will wear the black kit tomorrow night. I think the Union want this game more than Seattle does. Seattle has already clinched a playoff berth and has the opportunity to win MLS Cup, as well as the Supporters’ Shield for having the league’s best record.
Seattle have a bit of a chip on their shoulder and think they should win every match they play. This is something the Union can exploit, especially if the Union can keep the game close and find a late goal to win. The Union also have Zac MacMath, who just saves penalties. And this match could very well be decided by penalties. If it goes to penalties you can bet LeToux won’t miss as he is perfect in his career from the spot. These are the reasons why I believe the Union will win.
Adam Stefanik is a writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. Follow him on Twitter @AdamSGT36.
2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final: Philadelphia Union vs Seattle Sounders FC