CHICAGO – The second night of the four round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup saw United Soccer League clubs Nashville SC and Sacramento Republic FC record a “Cupsets” to send a total of three Division II teams into the Round of 16.
Major League Soccer (MLS) sides advanced with varying degrees of ease and difficulty to put a total of 13 Division I clubs in the Round of 16, which is scheduled to be played later this month.
The second night of the 2018 U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round began with a trio of blowout wins for MLS teams New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC and Atlanta United FC, while Chicago Fire and Minnesota United FC needed penalty shootouts to advance.
The first Cupset of the evening occurred in Tennessee where Nashville SC downed Colorado Rapids 2-0 for one of the biggest results in the young club’s history. However, elsewhere around the country, MLS clubs took care of business against both lower division sides and fellow Division I teams. Houston Dynamo turned on the gas in the second half to stroll past Open Division qualifiers NTX Rayados, who achieved a club record run in this year’s competition. FC Dallas also downed Lone Star State opposition by ousting San Antonio FC, while Sporting Kansas City and Portland Timbers advanced at the expense of league rivals.
The action culminated in California where Los Angeles FC won their inaugural foray into the Open Cup, and LA Galaxy were made to work for a 3-1 win against FC Golden State Force, who win the $25,000 prize as the amateur club to advance farthest in the tournament – while amateurs Miami United FC and NTX Rayados also reached the Fourth Round, FC Golden State wins the tie-breaker amongst the three clubs by dint of defeating two opponents from a higher division.
And in the last game of the evening, Sacramento Republic left it late, scoring with five minutes remaining in extra-time to defeat Seattle Sounders FC and end the night and the round with a final “Cupset.”
The first night of the fourth round, which was played Tuesday, begat the first “Cupset” of the round when Louisville City FC defeated the New England Revolution. North Carolina FC nearly added D.C. United to the list of ousted MLS teams, but a shootout win spared the capital club, while Philadelphia Union had no problem easing past 1995 champions Richmond Kickers.
All the fourth round winners will find out their next opponent at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, when U.S. Soccer conducts the Round of 16 draw, which will reveal the final bracket for the U.S. Open Cup. The draw will take place at U.S. Soccer headquarters in Chicago and will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 5
Philadelphia Union (MLS) 5, Richmond Kickers (USL) 0
The goals came early and often for the home team at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. as Philadelphia Union – twice Open Cup finalists in 2014 and 2015 – ran roughshod over 1995 champions Richmond Kickers. As early as the first minute, the MLS men were celebrating a goal, when Jack Elliot poked home from close range on the end of a corner-kick. David Accam made it 2-0 with his first goal for the Philly club in the 27thminute, coolly hitting home from the penalty spot. And in the last two minutes of the half, the Union effectively ended the game with a pair of goals from Anthony Fontana in the 43rd minute and Marcus Epps in the 45 th. Another strike in the opening moments of the second half made it 5-0 for the home team when Derrick Jones, alumnus of local inner-city amateur club Junior Lone Star, laid a ball in for Jay Simpson, who made no mistake. The Kickers hit the crossbar in the dying moments of the game through Raul Gonzales, but it was all they could muster as Philadelphia moves on to the Round of 16.
D.C. United (MLS) 1, North Carolina FC (USL) 1 (4-3 PKs)
It was a story of two halves at the Maryland SoccerPlex in the northwest suburbs of the nation’s capital, but when the dust settled, it was MLS club D.C. United escaping with a penalty shootout win after a strong challenge from visitors North Carolina FC. D.C. bossed the opening period but it took until the 25th minute for the hosts to grab the game’s opening goal as Ian Harkes added to his burgeoning place in club history by smacking home a volleyed shot after a goalmouth scramble. After strong showings in their previous 2018 Open Cup games, North Carolina found their form to begin the second half, possessing the ball and trying to carve out an equalizer. The United defense was well organized however and kept NCFC at bay until seven minutes remained in regulation. After an initial attack was repelled by D.C., the ball popped out of a forest of players toward the top of the box, only for Mario Lomis to get a foot on it and then volley a shot through traffic into the lower right corner to bring matters level at 1-1. Neither team could find a breakthrough in 30 minutes of overtime and the match headed to penalties. A key save by D.C. netminder David Ousted and a crucial miss by NCFC gave the hosts enough breathing room for Bruno Miranda to seal the 4-3 shootout win with the final kick and send the capital area club to the Round of 16.
Louisville City FC (USL) 3, New England Revolution (MLS) 2
Louisville City FC earned one of its best results as a club in its brief four-year history, scoring a 3-2 Cupset win against high flying MLSers New England Revolution. Things started ominously for the home side when the Revs’ Mark Segbers tallied in only the 5th minute. But the Kentucky club struck back six minutes later through Oscar Jimenez, who was set-up neatly by Brian Ownby in a taste of what was to come from Louisville’s most dangerous man of the evening. An unfortunate own goal by Lou City’s Pat McMahon in the 26th minute restored the visitors’ advantage, but once again the plucky underdogs struck back. In the 37 th minute a Cameron Lancaster bullet to the upper right-hand corner from outside the 18 equalized matters in style and yet it wasn’t to be the best goal of the night, which was supplied later in the second half by Ownby. And what a winner it was in the 63rd minute. As Ownby tried to create a shot near the top of the Revs’ penalty area, he had to fight of a stiff challenge from a defender, but spinning away to his right, Ownby was able to find the space to rip off an unstoppable drive into the far upper left corner for the highlight reel winner that sends Louisville City into the Round of 16.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6
Columbus Crew SC (MLS) 2, Chicago Fire 2 (9-10 PKs)
Chicago Fire goalkeeper Richard Sanchez proved to be the hero in a marathon shootout, converting his penalty kick before saving fellow netminder Logan Ketterer’s attempt to eliminate Columbus Crew SC 10-9 on PKs after a 2-2 draw at MAPRE Stadium. Cristian Martinez lifted the hosts to a 1-0 advantage in the 10th minute before Chicago’s Nemanja Nikolic equalized in the 45th. Veterans Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dax McCarty and Aleksandar Katai came off the bench to give the Fire a boost in the latter stages, but the score remained tied until extra time. After ricocheting a shot off the post, Nikolic boosted the visitors into a 2-1 lead in the 109th minute, but Adam Jahn knotted things up at 2-2 in the 114th. The teams went through a full 11 rounds of penalties before Chicago punched its ticket to the Round of 16 later this month.
New York Red Bulls (MLS) 4, New York City FC (MLS) 0
For the second year in a row, the Red Bulls eliminated their Hudson River rivals from the Fourth Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Daniel Royer led the way with a pair of second-half goals after the hosts took a 2-0 lead before a crowd of 9,694 at Red Bull Arena. Only two minutes into the match, Vincent Bezecourt, off a Kemar Lawrence feed, solved goalkeeper Brad Stuver. Center back Aaron Long doubled the advantage in the 52nd minute, heading in a Marc Rzatkowski corner kick. Royer closed out the match, scoring off an Alex Muyl pass in the 87th minute and slotting home a rebound in the 89th to send last year’s finalists into the Round of 16 on June 20.
Miami United (NPSL) 0, Orlando City SC (MLS) 3
Miami United’s Cinderella run ended at the feet of Orlando City SC and Sacha Kljestan in a confrontation of Florida teams. Kljestan dished out three assists to power the Lions past United at Ted Hendricks Stadium in Hialeah, Fla. He was a part of the scoring sequence as his feed to RJ Allen set up Stefano Pinho in the 37th minute. Dillon Powers and Victor “PC” Giro scored their first ever goals for Orlando City in the 53rd and 62nd minutes, respectively, in front of 2,721 spectators with the help of the OCSC captain. Kljestan’s three assists were the most by a Lion in a single game since Kaká on Sept. 25, 2015, at the New York Red Bulls in MLS action. Miami United had upended two other favored National Premier Soccer League teams, Jacksonville Armada and Miami FC, in earlier rounds, but Orlando proved too tall a hurdle and will move on to the Round of 16.
Atlanta United (MLS) 3, Charleston Battery (USL) 0
Andrew Carleton, Ezequiel Barco and Romario Williams scored to boost Atlanta United into the Round of 16 before 9,742 fans, the largest crowd for a sporting event at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. Atlanta goalkeeper Alec Kann had to make only one save to record the shutout. Carleton gave the hosts all the scoring they needed in the 14th minute as he powered home a 30-yard blast. Two minutes into the second half, Barco doubled the lead off a penalty kick after Williams was fouled by Skylar Thomas at the edge of the box. Williams then put his name on the scoresheet in the 64th minute with a left-footed shot that beat former Cuban international keeper Odisnel Cooper to the far post.
FC Cincinnati (USL) 0, Minnesota United FC (MLS) 0 (1-3 PKs)
FC Cincinnati, which reached the semifinals last year, last week was awarded an MLS expansion franchise for 2019, but after playing 120 minutes of scoreless soccer, could not defeat MLS foe Minnesota United, who prevailed in the shootout, 3-1, at Nippert Stadium to reach the Round of 16 for the first time in club history. The Loons dominated possession, holding the ball 66 percent of the time in regulation and extra time, but could not translate that advantage into goals before the 15,486 boisterous spectators. Loons Christian Ramirez, Collin Martin and Brent Kallman converted their penalties against goalkeeper Spencer Richey as Minnestoa keeper Bobby Shuttleworth denied Sem De Wit and Collen Warner.
Nashville SC (USL) 2, Colorado Rapids (MLS) 0
A lucky deflection and a late goal from substitute Ropapa Mensah gifted Nashville SC a win it will long cherish as the three-year-old club upset the Colorado Rapids at Vanderbilt Stadium. Nashville SC grabbed a surprise lead in the 38th minute when the ball took an awkward bounce off Colorado Rapids midfielder Michael Azira and spilled over the goal line. The visiting Rapids threw fresh players onto the field attempting to score, but Nashville’s 77th minute sub Ropapa Mensah headed in a chipped cross from Liam Doyle in the 78th minute to put Nashville SC through to the Round of 16 for the first time in team history.
Houston Dynamo (MLS) 5, NTX Rayados (Texas) 0
MLS big boys Houston Dynamo showed no mercy in dispatching amateur side NTX Rayados, who put up a spirited fight into the second half, by racking up a 5-0 win to advance to the 2018 U.S. Open Cup Round of 16. The Open Division qualifiers who hail from around Dallas gave a good account of themselves at BBVA Compass Stadium, holding strong until the 55th minute when Memo Rodríguez scored the first of his two goals on the night. His second, which came from the penalty spot 16 minutes later after Aldo Quintanilla tallied and Jose Burciaga was sent off for the visitors for collecting a second caution in the 70th minute, gave the Dynamo a 3-0 lead in the 71st minute that all but put the match out of reach. Matías Zaldívar and Quintanilla added a pair of late strikes to cap the 5-0 win for the Dynamo and send the Houston club to the next stage of the competition.
San Antonio FC (USL) 0, FC Dallas (MLS) 1
Tesho Akindele broke through just 13 seconds in to the second half, and FC Dallas played it close to the vest to edge San Antonio FC at Toyota Field. With nothing separating the teams over the first 45 minutes, Michael Barrios got a quick steal to start the second half and passed ahead to Akindele, who beat his defender to the ball and then the goalkeeper with a quick right-footed goal in the 46th minute to break the dreadlock. FC Dallas, the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion, has reached the quarterfinals in four the last five tournaments and looks headed that way again after advancing to the 2018 Round of 16.
Real Salt Lake (MLS) 0, Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 2
A youthful Sporting Kansas City side got goals and assists from both Kharlton Belmar and Johnny Russell in earning a 2-0 road shutout over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. Sporting KC played four of their Homegrown players, who did well to augment the attacking duo of Belmar and Russell that broke through in the second half for the visitors. Each supplied the assist on the other’s goal, with Russell scoring on a flying six-yard header from Belmar’s scorching goal-line cross in the 48th minute, and Russell crossing low to the far post for a neat finish and some insurance by Belmar in the 74th minute as the reigning U.S. Open Cup champs advances to the Round of 16.
Los Angeles FC (MLS) 2, Fresno FC (USL) 0
Diego Rossi started it and Latif Blessing finished it as two second-half goals secured Los Angeles FC victory over Fresno FC at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. Rossi got the final touch off a corner kick, pushing the ball across the goal line for a lead in the 53rd minute. Consumed with adding more goals in front of their first ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup crowd, Blessing timed a loose ball angling outward about 15 yards from goal and crushed it past Fresno FC goalkeeper Kyle Reynish for an insurance goal four minute later to give the newest MLS club a win in its Open Cup debut and send LAFC through to the Round of 16.
LA Galaxy (MLS) 3, FC Golden State Force (PDL) 1
Bradford Jamieson IV made his first start since last year and scored a well-taken goal, while Ari Lassiter found the back of the net on each side of halftime to help LA Galaxy turn aside PDL amateurs FC Golden State Force at StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium in Carson, Calif. Jamieson got his first start for Galaxy first team since Oct. 2017 and drove a curving right-footed shot inside the far post for the game’s opening goal in the 15th minute. Lassiter then netted a highlight reel goal with a smooth left-footed volley in the 37th minute. After FC Golden State’s Pedro Fonseca got one back early in the second half, the ‘Goal Puppy’ scored again with his left foot late to seal the game and send his club through to the Round of 16.
Portland Timbers (MLS) 2, San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 0
In the comfy confines of their home stadium, the Portland Timbers dispatched the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 with a confident display at Providence Park. Former U.S. U-20 international Jeremy Ebobisse opened the scoring an impressive solo goal in the 28th minute by nicking the ball off a Quakes defender, racing into the box before putting on the breaks and lifting a left-footed curler into the far upper corner. In the second frame, San Jose was able to muster more offense than it had in the first 45 but came up empty. Conversely, the Timbers found an insurance goal via a well-finished transition goal that was capped by Dairon Asprilla in the 66thminute. After going up 2-0, the Timbers were mostly content to put their foot on the ball and pass their way into the Round of 16.
Sacramento Republic FC (USL) 2, Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) 1 a.e.t.
It took overtime but Sacramento Republic FC is headed back to the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 for the second consecutive year after a late goal beat Seattle Sounders FC at Papa Murphy’s Park. Republic FC struck first as Cameron Iwasa got a clean touch on a cross into the box for a goal in the 60th minute. The Sounders’s Harry Shipp gave the visitors some late life with a line drive shot that was deflected into the back of the net for the equalizer in second half stoppage time, but Jure Matjasic’s overtime winner in the 115th minute rescued the game from impending penalties.
Geographic Grouping of Teams Prior to Round of 16 Draw
Minnesota United FC
Sporting Kansas City
New York Red Bulls
Orlando City SC
Los Angeles FC
Sacramento Republic FC
Atlanta United FC
Louisville City FC
2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round Results
|Date||Game (home team listed first)||Result||Venue|
|June 5||Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. Richmond Kickers (USL)||5-0||Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.|
|June 5||D.C. United (MLS) vs. North Carolina FC (USL)||1-1, 1-1 AET (4-3 PKs)||Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.|
|June 5||Louisville City FC (USL) vs. New England Revolution (MLS)||3-2||Lynn Stadium (Univ. of Louisville); Louisville, Ky.|
|June 6||Columbus Crew SC (MLS) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS)||1-1, 2-2 AET (9-10 PKs)||MAPFRE Stadium; Columbus, Ohio|
|June 6||New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. New York City FC (MLS)||4-0||Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.|
|June 6||Miami United FC (NPSL) vs. Orlando City SC (MLS)||0-3||Ted Hendricks Stadium; Hialeah, Fla.|
|June 6||Atlanta United FC (MLS) vs. Charleston Battery (USL)||3-0||Fifth Third Bank Stadium (Kennesaw State Univ.); Kennesaw, Ga.|
|June 6||FC Cincinnati (USL) vs. Minnesota United FC (MLS)||0-0 AET (1-3 PKs)||Nippert Stadium (Univ. of Cincinnati); Cincinnati, Ohio|
|June 6||Nashville SC (USL) vs. Colorado Rapids (MLS)||2-0||Vanderbilt Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.|
|June 6||Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)||5-0||BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas|
|June 6||San Antonio FC (USL) vs. FC Dallas (MLS)||0-1||Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas|
|June 6||Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Sporting Kansas City (MLS)||0-2||Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah|
|June 6||Los Angeles FC (MLS) vs. Fresno FC (USL)||2-0||Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.|
|June 6||LA Galaxy (MLS) vs. FC Golden State Force (PDL)||3-1||StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium; Carson, Calif.|
|June 6||Portland Timbers (MLS) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)||2-0||Providence Park; Portland, Ore.|
|June 6||Sacramento Republic FC (USL) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)||1-1, 2-1 AET||Papa Murphy’s Park; Sacramento, Calif.|