Disappointed very disappointed
— Marc Burch (@Marc_Burch) May 30, 2013
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Kings of the Cup.
Whether a formal or informal nickname, Sounders FC had certainly earned it by winning the U.S. Open Cup in 2009, 2010, 2011 and then losing the 2012 trophy in a controversial penalty-kick shootout.
What had been a magical four years in the competition — with a 17-0-2 unbeaten run including a pair of play-in games — ended abruptly Wednesday with a 1-0 upset loss on the road against the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the second-tier North American Soccer League.
If you consider the United Soccer Leagues, Seattle hadn’t lost since 2007 (losing in PKs goes into the record books as a tie) and hadn’t been eliminated as early as the third round since 2006.
Here is a look at Sounders FC’s updated Open Cup figures:
17-1-2 overall (including two play-in games)
3-1-2 on the road
44-13 goal differential
And now for the year-by-year:
2009: 6-0 (including two play-in games)
2010: 3-0-1 (advanced in PKs in third round)
2012: 4-0-1 (lost in PKs in final)