KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Seth Sinovic rode into Sporting Kansas
City's locker room on Matt Besler's back, both of them
grinning, two childhood friends sharing their biggest
triumph ever with the club they grew up following.
"It's incredible," Besler (above, center) told
MLSsoccer.com after Sporting outlasted Seattle in a
penalty-kick shootout to win the club's first US Open Cup
title since 2004. "This city deserves it. Bringing a
championship here, the atmosphere was amazing."
Besler went the distance at center back, connecting on his
penalty attempt in the third round of the shootout, and
Sinovic contributed 100 strong minutes at right back before
taking a knock to his ankle and being lifted for Michael
"It's incredible," Sinovic said. "When we came out for
warm-ups, and right before the game started, it was like
the  Eastern Conference final times 10. It was great.
Unfortunately, it had to come down to a PK shootout, but
when you look at the scoreboard and the shots, I think we
deserved the win."
The shootout also gave Besler, who anchored Sporting's
backline against Seattle's high-powered offensive trio of
Eddie Johnson, Mauro Rosales and Fredy Montero, one more
chance to play hometown hero.
He made good on it, banging his third-round penalty off the
bottom of the crossbar and into the net. It was the only
high shot of the shootout that went in; Graham Zusi hit one
over the bar for Sporting, and Seattle's Osvaldo Alonso and
Eddie Johnson both hit their attempts well high.
"We've been doing PKs all week, and that's where I hit it
usually," Besler said. "I like to keep it lower than that.
With the new balls that we played with, they rise. You saw
that with their kicks, with Graham's kick, but yeah - I'd
been practicing it."
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