In the 78th minute of Tuesday night's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero scored an iconic goal that sealed the club's place in U.S. Soccer history forever, as the first organization to win the competition three years in a row since 1969.
The Open Cup is the longest-running football (soccer) tournament in the nation's history, and among the oldest in the world. Similar to England's popular FA Cup, the knockout competition allows both professional and amateur teams to enter and try their luck at becoming the champions of the dozens of sides that compete for the title.
The 2011 final was the third consecutive time the Sounders secured their spot in the final round, and the third consecutive time that they hoisted a new piece of silverware for their trophy case and secured a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League.
The goal that won it for Seattle—Fredy Montero's soft nudge-in during the 78th minute of play—was far from spectacular. But it came after nearly two full agonizing halves of brilliant opportunities that just wouldn't get through for Seattle in a match that they dominated offensively by out-shooting the Chicago Fire, 27-8.
Wave after attacking wave came and went for the home side, as they rattled the woodwork on several occasions and simply couldn't find a way past a very much in-form Sean Johnson, who was an absolute brick wall in-goal for the Fire.
Seattle's troubles looked to carry on for the remainder of the night, as a beautiful headed effort from defender Jeff Parke was saved, brilliantly once again, from Johnson following a corner kick. But in his first mistake of the night, he allowed a rebound from the save that fell directly to the feet of Fredy Montero, who nudged the ball home to a roaring Seattle crowd of more than 35,000 fans.
The video comes courtesy of Sounders supporter Matt Janzer, who captured the building frustration and subsequent delight of the crowd beautifully. Century-Link field was rocking that night, and this video truly demonstrates everything that makes Seattle the best soccer city in the United States.