SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – MLS rookie Cordell Cato scored in the first half as the Seattle Sounders beat the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Tuesday night in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal.
Cato, 19, scooped up a long pass that skipped through San Jose's defense and launched an 8-yard shot from a sharp angle to the right of the Earthquakes' goal. The ball slid through the legs of keeper David Bingham in the 19th minute.
It was the first goal as a member of the Sounders for Cato, a Trinidadian youth international.
The Sounders, three-time U.S. Open Cup defending champions, made the early goal stand despite second-half pressure from San Jose, which owns the MLS's best record. Seattle extended its Open Cup unbeaten streak to 17 and will host Chivas USA in a tournament semifinal July 10.