Mike Fucito scored twice as Seattle Sounders FC remained unbeaten in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament-related games, topping the Kitsap Pumas, 2-1, on Tuesday night in a third-round match in front of 3,811 fans at Starfire Sports Stadium.
With the victory, Sounders FC advance to the quarterfinals and will host the L.A. Galaxy in a quarterfinal game at Starfire on either July 12 or 13.
The Rave Green is now riding a four-match winning streak in all competitions and remains unbeaten in their last seven games (5-0-2). The two-time defending Open Cup champions are 10-0-1 all-time in the tournament and related qualifiers.
Fucito's game-winning goal came in the 62nd minute when Michael Seamon played him into the right side of the box. Using some quick footwork to maneuver around a Kitsap defender and away from goalkeeper Bryan Meredith, Fucito then blasted a right-footed shot past Meredith, giving Sounders FC a 2-0 lead that they would not relinquish.
The Harvard graduate's first goal came in the 39th minute when Seattle forward Nate Jaqua headed down a cross to Fucito in the box. Fucito sent a left-footed volley across Meredith and into the back of the net.
Fucito left the contest in the 68th minute. He was replaced by Jeff Parke.
The Pumas, unbeaten and atop the Northwest Division of the USL Premeri Development League, got on the scoreboard in the 71st minute after Seattle had just cleared a corner kick. Robert Christner the ball back into the box where Pumas midfielder Nikolas Besagno hit it past Seattle goalkeeper Terry Boss, cutting the lead in half.
Sounders FC dominated the Pumas in total shots (25-7) and shots on goal (8-1). Impressive goalkeeping from Meredith kept the Pumas in the match late, as he recorded six saves.
In the 75th minute, Sounders FC midfielder Miguel Montano got off a powerful strike from 24 yards out, but Meredith lunged to his right and made the stop.
In the 82nd minute, Jaqua fired a hard shot at Meredith, who made an impressive stop diving to his right.
Sounders FC will next return to MLS play as they visit the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. on July 4 for an opportunity to gain ground on the league-leading L.A. Galaxy. First kick is set for 7:30 p.m. PT and the match will be nationally televised on ESPN2.