Wednesday, June 25
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Lamar Neagle never got a chance for a game-winning shot at the end of overtime. But in the penalty kick tiebreaker, Neagle sent the Seattle Sounders to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.
Neagle scored the clinching goal in the shootout on Tuesday night, as the Sounders beat the San Jose Earthquakes to advance. Seattle won the penalty shootout 4-1 after the teams played to a 1-1 draw over 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time.
The Sounders had a decided edge through the second half and both extra periods. That included a scramble in the San Jose penalty area during the final seconds of extra time. But before Neagle could get off a shot, the whistle sounded to end play and bring on PKs.
"I've never seen that before," Neagle said. "But that's all I'll say."
Seattle converted all four of its PKs, with Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa, and Brad Evans beating Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham before Neagle sealed it.
"I just concentrate, knowing what I have to do," said Neagle, who drove his shot into the back left corner. "You just kind have to keep your mind in the same place the entire time."
Khari Stephenson scored on the first try for San Jose. But Alan Gordon drove his attempt off the left post, and Sounders goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann dove to his right to make the save on JJ Koval's shot.
Seattle will host rival Portland, a 3-1 winner at Kansas City on Tuesday, in the quarterfinals on July 9. It'll be part of a hectic week for the Timbers and Sounders; they play July 13 in Seattle in MLS play.
Steven Lenhart put the Earthquakes ahead in the 23rd minute, but Kenny Cooper equalized for Seattle two minutes later on a shot inside the penalty area.
The Sounders dominated the second half and both overtimes, with a 22-7 shot advantage through those 75 minutes, and 31-15 for the game. But Bingham made nine saves, two of on shots by Seattle sub Chad Barrett.
"When Barrett went on, I thought he was unlucky to not get the game-winner," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. "Even toward the end with the corners and opportunities - you don't see Chad Marshall get an open header and put it wide normally - so I thought we were a little snake bit. But the guys did well and came through on the penalties."
San Jose coach Mark Watson knew his team could have gone home with the win.
"We were under pressure from Seattle at times - they're a good team, and they're always going to do that, especially up here. Once it gets down to penalties, it's really anyone's game."