Montero goal lifts Sounders into Open Cup final

Montero goal lifts Sounders into Open Cup final

MLS- Seattle Sounders

Montero goal lifts Sounders into Open Cup final

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By CALEB SONNELAND

It took an impressive Fredy Montero goal to lift the Seattle Sounders past FC Dallas in the US Open Cup semifinal with a 1-0 victory in Tukwila, Washington.

The Colombian striker provided the crucial first-half goal to put the home side into the final of the competition, its third in three years. The goal was Montero's first in five games.

In the 40th minute, Montero received the ball from Alvaro Fernandez on the edge of the FC Dallas area before faking out Ugo Ihemelu and curling a left-footed shot past Kevin Hartman for the 1-0 lead.

FC Dallas continued to put pressure on the hosts, leading attacks through Brek Shea and Marvin Chavez, however neither could find the scoresheet even the latter rattled the lefthand post midway through the second half.

Shortly before the Seattle goal, the Sounders could have been in disciplinary trouble when Leo Gonzalez could have been in danger of being sent off after he brought down Brek Shea with a chance on goal.  However, only a yellow card was issued and Gonzalez was let off the hook.

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