The Chicago Fire have four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup crowns to their name. Seattle Sounders FC has won back-to-back titles and is in search of its third straight this Tuesday when it hosts Chicago at CenturyLink Field.
The Fire won during their 1998 MLS expansion season, as did the Sounders during their 2009 MLS expansion campaign.
No matter which team wins Tuesday, the Fire and Sounders will have a combined seven titles between them over the past 14 years. Here is a rundown of each of their previous Open Cup titles:
1998: Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew 1 (OT): Five days after defeating D.C. United to win the MLS Cup in their inaugural season, the Fire completed the "double" by topping Columbus in the Open Cup final on Oct. 30 at Soldier Field. Frank Klopas tallied the game-winning golden goal in the 99th minute, redirecting Ante Razov's initial shot with a header. Jerzy Podbrozny gave the Fire a 1-0 lead in the 45th minute with a penalty kick, shortly after Josh Wolff was tripped up in the box by the Crew's Juergen Sommer.
2000: Chicago Fire 2, Miami Fusion 1: The Fire had lost the MLS Cup to the Kansas City Wizards six days earlier, but there was some consolation in topping Miami on Oct. 21 at Soldier Field. An own goal from the Fusion's Tyrone Marshall in the 88th minute off of a DaMarcus Beasley cross proved to be the deciding factor to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. Miami's Welton cut into the lead in stoppage time, but the Fusion ran out of time. Hristo Stoitchkov had a 44th-minute goal for the Fire as Ante Razov beat Miami goalkeeper Nick Rimando and got the ball to Stoitchkov for the easy goal.
2003: Chicago Fire 1, N.Y./N.J MetroStars 0: Forward Damani Ralph provided the lone goal as the Fire topped the MetroStars in front of only 5,183 on Oct. 15 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Ralph scored in the 68th minute, with Evan Whitfield providing the assist. Chicago became the first MLS team to earn an Open Cup win on the road.
2006: Chicago Fire 3, Los Angeles Galaxy 1: The Fire's Nate Jaqua and Andy Herron scored goals in the 10th and 16th minutes, respectively, as Chicago never looked back during its win on Sept. 27 at Toyota Park. The Galaxy was attempting to defend its crown from a year before against FC Dallas. L.A.'s Alan Gordon cut Chicago's lead to 2-1 in the 51st minute, but Thiago's 88th-minute goal sealed the deal for the Fire.
2009: Seattle Sounders 2, D.C. United 1: Roger Levesque's 86th-minute tally proved to be the difference as Seattle held on for the Open Cup title at RFK Stadium. But the big story came shortly after Fredy Montero's 67th-minute goal that gave Seattle the 1-0 lead. Shortly after the score, United goalkeeper Josh Wicks stomped on Montero and was issued a red card. He was issued a five-game Open Cup ban for his actions. The defending champion United did manage to cut into the Sounders' lead in the 89th minute with a Clyde Simms goal, but D.C.'s late stoppage-time attempts came up empty.
2010: Seattle Sounders 2, Columbus Crew 1: The Sounders' Sanna Nyassi netted the game-tying (38th minute) and go-ahead (66th minute) goals to lift Seattle to its second straight championship in front of an Open Cup-record crowd of 31,311 on Oct. 5 at Qwest Field. The Crew's Kevin Burns managed to give Columbus a lead in the 24th minute despite Seattle dictating most of the early chances.