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U.S. Open Cup: Pumas knocked out by MLS's Sounders

By AARON CRANFORD -, 06/16/16, 1:15AM EDT


Two second-half goals see the Pumas fall in the Fourth Round

Photo by Seattle Sounders

TUKWILA, Wash. – The Kitsap Pumas saw their 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup run come to an end at the hands of the Seattle Sounders at Starfire Stadium on Wednesday.

Cristian Roldan scored the game-winner by using a slight touch to flick the ball up and over Pumas goalkeeper Matt Grosey in the 71st minute. Grosey made some key saves throughout the 90 minutes, including a stop on Roldan in the 59th minute, but he was unable to stop the Sounders from advancing to the Fifth Round of the Open Cup with a 2-0 win. Joevin Jones netted a goal in the 91st minute after Pumas attempted to push forward for the equalizer.

While Mike Ramos was active in his touches moving forward, the Sounders had the best opportunities to score in the first half. From a corner kick in the sixth minute, Zach Scott redirected the cross towards goal with good header, but the ball caromed off the crossbar. Moments later, Darwin Jones put a shot just wide of the far post. In total, the Sounders outshot the Pumas, 6-1, during the first 45 minutes.

The Pumas were the only PDL team to advance to the Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup. After receiving a bye to the Second Round of the competition, the Northwest Division side defeated the Sounders FC U23, 1-0, before upsetting USL's Sacramento Republic FC, 3-1.

The Michigan Bucks remain the last PDL team to defeat an MLS opponent. The Central Conference club beat the Chicago Fire, 3-2, during extra time in 2012.

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