Quarterfinals of US Open Cup will see 5 MLS Teams and 3 USL PRO Teams Compete
The Quarterfinals of the US Open Cup are now set after Tuesday night’s 4th round action. Left standing are the Harrisburg City Islanders, Dayton Dutch Lions and the Charlotte Eagles, all of USL PRO. On the MLS side, the Philadelphia Union, Sporting KC, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders and Chivas all remain to play one more round.
The NASL side Carolina RailHawks were defeated despite a very good showing in front of a home crowd of 7,117. It took a Juan Pablo Angel penalty kick in added time to break the 1-1 deadlock.
The San Antonio Scorpions learned not to underestimate a lower division opponent even if that lower level team is on the road. The Scorpions came from behind to knot up the score 1-1 but Charlotte scored a penalty kick in the 115th minute of extra time to put the Eagles ahead for good.
The Minnesota Stars succumbed to the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 with an 85th minute goal by Steven Lenhart. The Stars matched San Jose’s play most of the night but did look tired at times after a difficult stretch of games all played away from home.
The Harrisburg City Islanders took care of business at home against the visiting New York Red Bulls. Harrisburg defeated NY by a score of 3-1 in overtime.
USOC darlings Cal FC were able to hold off a full strength Seattle Sounders for one half but not for a second. The last standing amateur side, coached by Eric Wynalda, were easily handled with quality goals from Seattle with the final result a 5-0 drubbing.
Here are Tuesday evening’s results:
FOURTH-ROUND RESULTS – Tuesday, June 5
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 3, New York Red Bulls (MLS) 1 (OT): Harrisburg defeated an MLS team for a second straight week, led by Sainey Touray’s two-goal performance on Tuesday at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Touray’s second tally came in the fourth minute of overtime, and teammate Lucky Mkosana added an insurance goal in the 117th minute. The City Islanders were coming off a thrilling come-from-behind victory against the New England Revolution in the third round. Since Harrisburg’s first U.S. Open Cup in 2007, the club has posted a 5-3 record against MLS teams.
Philadelphia Union (MLS) 2, D.C. United (MLS) 1 (OT): Antoine Hoppenot scored the game-winning goal in the fifth minute of overtime as the Union hung on for the win at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. The first half included two stoppage-time goals, one by Philadelphia’s Brian Carroll and an equalizer by D.C.’s Josh Wolff to take a 1-1 score into halftime.
Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) 2, Michigan Bucks (PDL) 1 (OT): Joel DeLass converted a penalty kick seven minutes into overtime during the Dutch Lions’ win against Michigan on Tuesday at the Oakland University Soccer Field in Rochester, Mich. Dayton’s Eli Garner netted the game’s first goal in the 12th minute and the Bucks’ Anthony Grant scored unassisted in the 55th minute.
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 2, Colorado Rapids (MLS) 0: Teal Bunbury found the net 79th minute for host Sporting and Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens allowed an own goal in the 28th minute as Kansas City blanked its fellow MLS side on Tuesday at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) 2, San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) 1 (OT): Charlotte’s Mauricio Salles lifted his team in overtime with a 116th-minute penalty kick goal at Heroes Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. The Eagles’ Devon Grousis garnered a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute, but the Scorpions were able to tie the score in regulation with Pablo Campos goal in the 75th minute.
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 1, Minnesota Stars FC (NASL) 0: Steven Lenhart’s header goal in the 85th minute broke up what had been a scoreless affair through most of regulation as the Earthquakes defeated the Stars on Tuesday at Stanford University’s Cagan Stadium in Stanford, Calif.
Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) 5, Cal FC (USASA) 0: Osvaldo Alonso and Fredy Montero each posted two goals as the Sounders erupted with five goals in the second half at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. Andy Rose also chipped in with a goal for the three-time defending U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle.
Chivas USA (MLS) 2, Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 1: Juan Pablo Angel’s penalty kick in second-half stoppage time lifted Chivas to a victory against the RailHawks on Tuesday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Chivas got on the board first with Juan Agudelo’s 31st-minute goal. Carolina’s Mike Palacio found the equalizer in the 79th minute. In the final stages, RailHawks defender and 2010 U.S. Soccer Young Athlete of the Year Gale Agbossoumonde committed a handball in the closing stages and Angel converted the late PK for his first Open Cup goal.
QUARTERFINALS – Tuesday, June 26
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at Philadelphia Union: PPL Park; Chester, Pa.; 7:30 p.m. ET
Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS): LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.; 7:30 p.m. CT
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) at Chivas USA (MLS): Home Depot Center Track & Field Stadium; Carson, Calif.; 7:30 p.m. PT
Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS): Kezar Stadium; San Francisco, Calif.; 7:30 p.m. PT