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US Open Cup Final in Pictures: Union 1-1 (6-7 APK) Kansas City

PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for a rain soaked Wednesday night as the Philadelphia Union fell to Sporting Kansas City 1-1 (6-7 APK) in the US Open Cup final. Here’s a look at what he saw.

SKS01The supporters bring in the US Open Cup

SKS02The US Open Cup at the start of the game

SKS03Fabinho gets Graham Zusi turning the wrong way

SKS04Andre Blake got the start and makes an early save

SKS05Sebastien Le Toux slides the ball past Tim Melia to open the scoring

SKS06Le Toux’s scoring thumb was up

SKS07Michael Lahoud controlls in midfield

SKS08Fabinho races Don Dwyer

SKS09Cristian Maidana comes back to collect the ball

SKS10C. J. Sapong tied up by Chance Myers

SKS11Tranquillo Barnetta through the midfield

SKS12Kevin Ellis almost gets a full nelson on Sapong

SKS13Vincent Nogueira slows down and waits for support

SKS14Myers kicks the ball out of the hands of Blake

SKS15Blake had little chance to stop the shot from Krisztian Nemeth

SKS16Peter Vermes shouts instructions as Ray Gaddis takes a throw in

SKS17Lahoud heads a pass under pressure from Paulo Nagamura

SKS18Barnetta breaks past Ellis toward goal

SKS19Conor Casey gets past the defense but pushes too wide to beat Melia

SKS20Melia starts to frustrate the Union

SKS21Maurice Edu rises above Dwyer

SKS22Zusi tries to split Nogs and Barnetta

SKS23Casey heads towards goal

SKS24Richie Marquez with a strong game in the back

SKS25Barnetta twists and turns at the edge of the eighteen

SKS26Tim Melia punches a cross clear

SKS27Casey and Le Toux work down the wing

SKS28Andrew Wenger and Edu understandably not happy with the outcome of the game

SKS29The Union receives their second place metals

SKS30Sporting receives their first place metals

9511Sporting Kansas City with the Cup

For more photos, check out Paul’s Flickr page and feel free to leave comments.

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