TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — After giving up a tying goal in the final seconds of regulation to its most heated rival, Seattle's Kenny Cooper noticed there was no sulking.
Even if it meant another 30 minutes against Portland, with a league match against the Timbers looming this weekend.
"No one ever put their head down so we kept battling," Cooper said after scoring on a header in the 110th minute to help the Sounders advance to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals with a 3-1 win over the Timers on Wednesday night.
Cooper's goal came in the second half of extra time after Darlington Nagbe's goal in the final moments of regulation forced an additional 30 minutes of play. Gonzalo Pineda sent a pass into the penalty area from 30 yards out and Cooper was able to flick it past Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.
"It was obviously disappointing because we thought we could win it in regulation we had to work extra," Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. "But I told the guys, 'We have got to do it the hard way. We'll do it the hard way.' That's just the way it turned out tonight."
Seattle held on over the final minutes, helped by the Timbers playing a man down after Diego Chara was given a red card in the 99th minute for his tackle of Seattle's Marco Pappa.
Portland coach Caleb Porter was angry about the red card after the loss.
"That's why they won the game is the red card. At 1-1 we were the better team, we were the ones creating chances," Porter said. "(Seattle goalkeeper) Stefan Frei was tremendous. He saved then. That turned the game, that call. It was one of the worst officiating performances I've ever seen since I've been around the game."
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