*It’s a hat trick for the Seattle Sounders, who defeated the Chicago Fire, 2-0, in front of more than 35,000 to become the first club to win three consecutive U.S. Open Cup titles since 1969. Match report here, video package down there:

*The Fox taped network broadcast of the Spurs-Arsenal match on an NFL Sunday attracted 1.6 million viewers — slightly more than for the Manchester United-Chelsea game two weeks earlier in the same format and about the same audience as for the live UEFA Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona in May. Live coverage of Spurs-Arsenal on Fox Soccer Channel on Sunday morning attracted 300,000 viewers. Another 200,000 watched on Fox Deportes, for an overall audience of 2.1 million. ManU-Chelsea’s total viewership was 2.5 million.

For college soccer.....

*John Stertzer celebrated his 21st birthday with two goals, including the golden goal seven minutes into extra time, as second-ranked Maryland defeated Rutgers, 2-1. The Terrapins (11-0-1) are enjoying their best regular season since 1968 and will visit ACC rival Virginia (6-4-0) on Friday night.

*The 13th-ranked Georgetown Hoyas (7-1-3) extended their unbeaten streak to 10 with a 2-1 victory over American.

*Top-ranked Connecticut defeated winless Manhattan, 3-0, to improve to 11-0-0 and increase its shutout streak to eight.