This next set is from the pre-game. It started off with honoring the Seattle Sounders and recognizing them as Open Cup Champions. This delighted the hometown crowd who held up their scarves and chanted “Sounders” in unity. Next came the arrival of the cup, and then finally the players themselves made their way through the “tunnel” of flags. The anticipation for opening kick was building as each team first huddled together, and then made their way out onto the pitch.