The 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final was played on September 2,
2009, at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C. The
match determined the winner of the 2009 edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S.
Open Cup, a tournament open to amateur and professional soccer teams
affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation. This was the 96th
edition of the oldest competition in United States soccer. The match
was won by Seattle Sounders FC, who defeated D.C. United 2–1. Seattle
became the second expansion team in Major League Soccer history to win
the tournament in their inaugural season. D.C. United entered the
tournament as the competition's defending champions. Both Sounders FC
and D.C. United had to play through two qualification rounds for MLS
teams before entering the official tournament. Prior to the final,
there was a public dispute between the owners of the two clubs
regarding the selection of D.C. United to host it at their home field,
RFK Stadium. As the tournament champions, Sounders FC earned a berth in
the preliminary round of the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League. The
club also received a $100,000 cash prize, while D.C. United received
$50,000 as the runner-up.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Golden Hind sailed into Plymouth, England, as explorer Francis
Drake completed his circumnavigation of the globe.
For his presidential administration, George Washington appointed Thomas
Jefferson as the first U.S. Secretary of State, John Jay as the first
U.S. Chief Justice, Samuel Osgood as the first U.S. Postmaster General,
and Edmund Randolph as the first U.S. Attorney General.
Newfoundland and New Zealand became dominions within the British
Abbey Road, the final album recorded by The Beatles before publicly
announcing their breakup, was released.
Soviet Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov averted a possible worldwide
nuclear war by deliberately certifying what otherwise appeared to be an
impending attack by the United States as a false alarm.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
Inclined to and easily brought to laughter
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Whatever we inherit from the fortunate
We have taken from the defeated
What they had to leave us — a
A symbol perfected in death.
And all shall be well and
of thing shall be well
By the purification of the motive
In the ground of our beseeching.
--T. S. Eliot
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