The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup fourth round got underway on Tuesday night, with 5 MLS teams in action in 4 games. So far, no MLS teams fell to a "cupset" but there were some close calls. A brief recap of the action for those who missed it, those who were watching Copa, or those who just forgot the tournament was back and didn’t fire up YouTube.
Colorado Rapids 1-0 Colorado Spring Switchbacks (USL)
Homegrown product, and friend of the Total MLS Show, Dillon Serna scored the match’s lone goal in the 84th minute to send the Rapids past their in-state rivals and on to the fifth round. Serna scored twice against the Switchbacks last year and he converted off a Marco Pappa corner in this year’s meeting.
Real Salt Lake 2-2 (3-1 penalties) Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)
The USL side jumped out to a 2-0 lead at Rio Tinto but were unable to hold on as the MLS side came back to win on penalty kicks. Mael Corboz gave the guests a halftime lead and Jeff Michaud doubled the advantage near the hour mark after his shot took a wicked deflection. Joao Plata pulled RSL back in to the match with a screaming strike and Burrito Martinez finished off the comeback four minutes from time.
The Hammerheads missed two of spot kicks and RSL keeper Jeff Attinella saved another. Chris Wingert converted the match winner for Real Salt Lake to fend off the upset and send the Claret and Cobalt on to round 5.
Portland Timbers 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes
The only meeting in round 4 between two MLS teams ended with the home side grabbing the win in front of 16,834 at Providence Park. Dairon Asprilla opened the scoring for the MLS Cup Champions and Jack McInerney’s gorgeous free kick finished off the Quakes before the halftime whistle blew. The Timbers knocked off MLS competition round 4 for the second consecutive year, last year knocking out Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders in a game that will be remembered for Clint Dempsey’s "tantrum"
Los Angeles Galaxy 4-1 (AET) La Maquina FC
The LA Galaxy welcomed amateur side La Maquina FC in to the Stub Hub Center and needed three goals in added extra time to secure the victory. LA opened the scoring early with a Jose Villarreal "volley" The Galaxy soon were reduced to 10 men after an awful tackle by Rafael Garcia. The tournament’s leading goal scorer Edwin Borboa leveled the score shortly after and the teams could not break the deadlock in 90 minutes.
LA was finally able to regain the lead, in controversial fashion, in the 96th minute. As Villarreal lay on the ground, La Maquina players were standing around waiting for him to get up, and for LA to then take the free kick. The Galaxy did not wait and Dave Romney was able to score as the visitors stood on, shocked at what they were seeing. Sebastian Lletget finished off the amateur side with two more extra time goals, one from the spot, to send the Galaxy on to Round 5