Wednesday night brought a break in Copa America but a full slate of US Open Cup was there to fill our soccer void. The 4th round ended with just 3 of the 17 teams being eliminated. 14 MLS and 2 NASL teams are on to round 5, with the draw for that round coming later today. If you missed any of last night’s exciting cup action, we’ll get you caught up.
Philadelphia Union 3-2 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)
The MLS Eastern Conference leaders stormed out to a 2-0 lead at the break with Walter Restrepo and Roland Alberg scoring. Just when you thought the game was over, Harrisburg got themselves level with 2 goals in the final 11 minutes. Bobby Warshaw grabbed the equalizer in the 91st minute and the game looked to be headed for extra time. Enter Roland Alberg. The Dutch midfielder drilled a free kick in the 93rd minute, his second goal of the match, to send the Union on to round 5.
Jacksonville Armada (NASL) 0-1 Orlando City SC
David Mateos scored the lone goal off a second half corner kick to give the Lions the win over their in-state rivals. The match had many tributes to the victims of Sunday’s Orlando nightclub shooting. Orlando head coach Adrian Heath noted after the game, "If we helped get people’s minds off things for a couple hours, we did our job."
Rochester Rhinos (USL) 0-1 New York Red Bulls
Converting a penalty kick in front of a bouncy castle, this is the US Open Cup. Sacha Kljestan did just that and it was enough to give the Red Bulls a victory and passage to the next round. Gonzalo Veron was taken down in the box in the first half and Kljestan scored from the spot, setting up a likely match up with another New York opponent.
New York City FC 0-1 New York Cosmos (NASL)
Two years in MLS, two losses to the Cosmos in the Open Cup. That is what New York City FC have now endured after falling to the Cosmos at Fordham University’s Coffey Field. Danny Szetela headed in the winner two minutes from time after a nice buildup by the NASL side. New York City is now 0-6-0 against the other professional "New York" teams, having lost all 4 meetings against the Red Bulls and now both to the Cosmos.
Columbus Crew SC 4-0 Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)
Lightning and rain in Ohio delayed this game for 2 hours but Columbus had no problem dealing with that and their NASL opposition. After the match was delayed in the 26 minute, Crew SC scored 4 times to send the Rowdies out of the tournament. Justin Meram, Ethan Finlay, Marshall Hollingsworth, and Cristian Martinez scored for Gregg Berhalter’s side.
DC United 0-0 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) (Strikers win 4-3 on penalties)
After 120 minutes of soccer at Maryland SoccerPlex, neither team could find the net. On to penalties they went and DC’s Jared Jeffrey pinged the crossbar on United’s fifth kick. Matheus Carvalho then beat Travis Worra to give NASL its second team in to the round of 16 in the Open Cup.
Carolina RailHawks FC (NASL) 0-1 New England Revolution
What a way to score your first professional goal! Zachary Herivaux unleashed a rocket in extra time to advance the Revolution in the Open Cup. After a 2 hour weather delay of their own, neither team could score. Extra time beckoned and Lee Nguyen fed the homegrown product for a match-winning goal on his competitive debut.
Minnesota United (NASL) 1-2 Sporting Kansas City
The defending Open Cup champions needed extra time to see off future MLS side Minnesota at the National Sports Center. Benny Feilhaber and Christian Martinez traded penalty kicks in regulation before Diego Rubio scored the winner in the 109th minute. The Chilean striker smashed the ball past Sammy Ndjock to put the champs in to round 5.
FC Dallas 2-2 Oklahoma City Energy FC (USL) (Dallas wins 6-5 on penalties)
Energy captain Michael Thomas equalized late but in the end it wasn’t enough for the USL side to pull of the big upset. Dallas center back Zach Loyd had to be stretchered off in extra time, forcing Dallas to play with 10 men, but the match went to penalty kicks. With the score tied 4-4 after 5 rounds, Dallas rookie Colin Bonner converted the winning penalty for FCD on the campus of Southern Methodist University.
Houston Dynamo 4-0 San Antonio FC (USL)
Newly appointed interim head coach Wade Barrett got his official coaching debut off to a flying start. Goals from Mauro Manotas, Alex Lima, Raul Rodriguez, and Leonel Miranda were all the firepower Houston needed to see of the expansion USL side. The win was Barrett’s first as the head man. He took over after Owen Coyle left the club last month.
Chicago Fire 1-1 Indy Eleven (NASL) (Chicago win 4-3 on penalties)
The newly minted Spring season champions of NASL gave the Fire all they could handle in Bridgeview. Former MLS striker Justin Braun gave Indy a lead in extra time but David Accam quickly brought the Fire back to level terms. It was then Accam, in the penalty kicks, that dispatched the winner after 2 misses by the Eleven.
Seattle Sounders 2-0 Kitsap Pumas (PDL)
Rookie Cristian Roldan got the breakthrough and substitute Joevin Jones sealed it in stoppage time to give the Sounders the win over their neighbors Kitsap Pumas. The University of Washington midfielder broke the scoreless tie in the 71st minute after a deflected set piece found its way to him in the six yard box. A bit of a consolation, Kitsap will take home $15,000 as the furthest advancing amateur team in the tournament. They get it over La Maquina FC since Kitsap beat USL team Sacramento Republic in round 3.