Seattle Sounders repeat as U.S. Open Cup champs

  • Thu Oct 7th, 2010 12:01am
  • Sports

Associated Press

SEATTLE — Sanna Nyassi broke a 1-all tie in the 66th minute cleaning up Steve Zakuani’s header with a left-footed shot into an open net — his second goal of the night — and the Seattle Sounders FC repeated as U.S. Open Cup champions with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew on Tuesday night.

It took Nyassi nearly two full seasons to score his first goal in America, getting his first mark last Saturday in a Major League Soccer match against Toronto.

Now he’s got three goals in two games.

Nyassi brought Seattle even late in the first half with a right-footed shot that beat Columbus keeper Andy Gruenebaum, who was far off his line. His second goal midway through the second half made Seattle the first back-to-back winners of the Open Cup since the New York Pancyprian-Freedoms won consecutive titles in 1982 and ‘83.