The Seattle Sounders, along with Colorado Rush Alum James Riley, have captured the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the second consecutive year after defeating the Columbus Crew 2-1.
The U.S. Open Cup is open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States. The final between Seattle and Columbus drew a crowd of over 31,000 fans to Qwest Field in Seattle. Winning the cup ensures the Sounders a spot in next year’s CONCACAF Champions League and $100,000 in prize money.
James played with the Colorado Rush in the late 90’s and early part of the 2000’s.