Seattle Sounders FC overcomes challenge and advances in the US Open Cup

Seattle Sounders FC achieves an impressive comeback against Phoenix Rising FC, securing their spot in the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup
Seattle Sounders FC v Phoenix Rising FC: Round of 16 - 2024 U.S. Open Cup
Seattle Sounders FC v Phoenix Rising FC: Round of 16 - 2024 U.S. Open Cup / Alika Jenner/USSF/GettyImages

Last Wednesday night, all eyes were on the showdown between Seattle Sounders FC and Phoenix Rising FC, and what unfolded at Starfire Stadium did not disappoint.

From the opening whistle, the intensity was palpable. Both teams showed determination and an unwavering desire to progress in the competition. It was Phoenix Rising FC who took the lead, with Remi Cabral converting a penalty at 45+4 minutes, granting a precious advantage to the USL Championship team.

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The second half held a remarkable turnaround. Seattle Sounders FC emerged from the break with renewed vigor, determined to change the course of the game. And that's exactly what happened.

At 68 minutes, Alex Roldan leveled the score, converting a penalty and bringing Seattle Sounders FC back into contention. But the real excitement was yet to come.

With the clock ticking down and the pressure mounting, it was Kalani Kossa-Rienzi who emerged as the unlikely hero of the night. At 88 minutes, he scored the winning goal for Seattle Sounders FC, triggering an explosion of celebration in the stadium and securing the team's passage to the quarterfinals.

It's important to recognize the effort and dedication of Phoenix Rising FC. Although defeated, they showed admirable performance and fought until the last minute.