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Sounders three-peat in U.S. Open Cup

Plus, David Beckham's feud with RSL's Jason Kreis

Updated: October 5, 2011, 10:05 AM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

Seattle Sounders FC claimed its third consecutive U.S. Open Cup triumph on Tuesday, dispatching a game Chicago Fire side 2-0 before a record crowd of 35,615 at CenturyLink Field. But six weeks from now, will it matter?

To be clear, Seattle's triumph should. A three-peat is a three-peat, even if the Sounders didn't have to leave the Seattle-Tacoma area for any of its four cup games. But the USOC has always had an oddly tenuous hold on the collective mindset of fans and even ...

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