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Sounders beat Fire 6-0 in US Open Cup semifinal

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 14, 2014 at 12:42 am •  Published: August 14, 2014
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TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Struggling for playing time and scoring, Andy Rose showed he can deliver now that he's healthy again.

Rose and Kenny Cooper each scored two goals and the Seattle Sounders routed the Chicago Fire 6-0 in their U.S. Open Cup semifinal Wednesday night.

Major League Soccer-leading Seattle will face the Philadelphia Union on Sept. 16 in the final in Chester, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia advanced on the road Tuesday night, beating FC Dallas on penalty kicks.

Seattle reached the final for the fifth time since joining MLS in 2009. The Sounders won three straight Open Cups from 2009-11, and lost at Kansas City on penalty kicks in 2012.

"It's something that we take seriously," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said of the annual tournament. "We won our first Open Cup on the road in D.C. We'll be ready for it. This is what we want to do: If you enter it, try to win it."

Chad Barrett opened the scoring in the sixth minute, and Rose made it 2-0 in the 33rd when he headed Marco Pappa's corner kick high into the upper left corner past goalkeeper Sean Johnson. Near the end of the 58th minute, Rose made it 3-0 when he headed in a target ball from Pappa.

Rose has played just five MLS games totaling 101 minutes this season. He had knee surgery in June and has also dealt with a hamstring injury.

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