The Houston Dynamo joined fellow Major League Soccer clubs Portland Timbers, Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City to reach the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Monday night by defeating Minnesota United FC 1-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium Monday night.
Four additional berths leading to the quarterfinals will be determined on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s games promise more tight affairs with two more all-MLS clashes on tap when D.C. United welcome Orlando City SC to Maryland SoccerPlex (7 p.m. ET) and Atlanta United FC host Chicago Fire before a massive crowd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET). Similarly, a pair of Division II United Soccer League Sides (USL) clubs square off when Louisville City FC and Nashville SC meet at Lynn Stadium on the University of Louisville campus (7 p.m. ET). In the nightcap, first-year MLS side Los Angeles FC takes on high-flying USL team Sacramento Republic FC at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. ET).
The Round of 16’s previous match days featured all-MLS match-ups that saw Portland beat the LA Galaxy 1-0, Philadelphia defeat the Red Bulls, 2-1 and Kansas City down FC Dallas, 3-2. After the completion of Wednesday’s games, the quarterfinal round is scheduled to take place on July 18 with the final draw, which determines hosting priority for the tournament Semifinals and Final.
FRIDAY, JUNE 15
Portland Timbers (MLS) 1, LA Galaxy (MLS) 0
A lone goal from diminutive Argentine Sebastian Blanco on the half-hour mark was enough to see the Timbers past the Galaxy, 1-0, and through to the quarterfinals. Portland ball moved through midfield from left to right before sending it up front for Fanendo Adi, who back-heeled into the penalty area and the path of Blanco. The Argentine wriggled by his marker and slotted coolly past the keeper for the game winner. The Timbers will meet the winner of Wednesday’s Round of 16 game between Los Angeles FC (MLS) and Sacramento Republic (USL).
SATURDAY, JUNE 16
Philadelphia Union (MLS) 2, New York Red Bulls (MLS) 1
The Philadelphia Union, playing in a second consecutive Open Cup game at Talen Energy Stadium, edged out old rivals and 2017 Open Cup runners-up New York Red Bulls 2-1 in a tight contest. In the 52nd minute, Philly’s Haris Medunjanin evaded Tyler Adams near the edge of the penalty area before unleashing a rocket of a left-footed shot that took a slight deflection before hitting the net. A good piece of service from captain Alejandro Bedoya set up Cory Burke, who slotted home and make it 2-0 in the 61st minute. Four minutes later, New York’s Daniel Royer hit the post before Bradley Wright-Phillips cut the lead in half in the 78th minute. The Union will host the winner between D.C. United and Orlando City.
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 3, FC Dallas (MLS) 2
In a rematch of the enthralling Open Cup quarterfinal from last year between defending champions Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas, the home side had to fight back from a goal down to keep their dream of a repeat – and a fifth overall title – alive. Striker Daniel Salloi, 21, scored twice in Sporting KC’s 3-2 victory. The result was capped by a scorching winner off the full volley by Yohan Croizet that will surely be a candidate for goal of the tournament. After 19 minutes, Michael Barrios crossed to Carlos Gruezo, who tapped in from close range. Salloi then struck two in a row on either side of the interval to put the hosts up 2-1. But Dallas refused to go away. Roland Lamah drew level at 2-2 in the 77th minute before Croizet’s winner just minutes before the final whistle.
MONDAY, JUNE 18
Houston Dynamo (MLS) 1, Minnesota United FC (MLS) 0
A long goal from Colombian Mauro Manotas just after the interval was enough to see Houston Dynamo win their second consecutive Open Cup game at BBVA Compass Stadium at the expense of Minnesota United. The home team took the lead two minutes into the second half. Mauro Manotas was first to the near post and got on the end of a corner kick to head Houston into the lead. It was the Colombian’s fifth goal in the tournament, making him the top scorer in the Dynamo’s Open Cup history. The win set a date for the Texans, twice MLS champions, against Open Cup holders Sporting Kansas City.
|Date||Game (home team listed first)||Time||Venue|
|July 18||Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. D.C. United (MLS)/Orlando City SC (MLS) winner||7 p.m. ET||Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.|
|Atlanta United FC (MLS) vs. Louisville City FC (USL)/Nashville SC (USL) winner
Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Louisville City FC (USL)/Nashville SC (USL) winner
7:30 p.m. CT
Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
|July 18||Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. Sporting Kansas City (MLS)||7:30 p.m. CT||BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas|
|Los Angeles FC (MLS) vs. Portland Timbers (MLS)
Sacramento Republic FC (USL) vs. Portland Timbers (MLS)
|7:30 p.m. PT
8 p.m. PT
|Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.
Papa Murphy’s Park; Sacramento, Calif.