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Host for 2015 Open Cup Final to be Determined Tomorrow

CHICAGO (August 4, 2015) – The draw to determine the potential host for the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final will be conducted on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Soccer House in Chicago. The draw will be streamed live on U.S. Soccer’s YouTube channel and ussoccer.com beginning at 11 a.m. CT.

All four semifinalists have applied to host the Final. In order to determine hosting rights, individual cards containing the names of the Chicago Fire, Philadelphia Union, Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City will each be placed into separate envelopes, shuffled and then selected at random. The chronological order in which the four envelopes are chosen will determine the hosting priority for the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final.

The 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinals take place on Wednesday, Aug. 12, with 2014 finalist Philadelphia Union hosting four-time champion Chicago Fire at 7:30 p.m. ET at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. Two-time U.S. Open Cup winner Sporting Kansas City hosts 2013 finalist Real Salt Lake at 7:30 p.m. CT at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Both matches will be shown live U.S. Soccer’s YouTube channel and ussoccer.com.

Chicago Fire Completes 2015 U.S. Open Cup Semifinal Field

CHICAGO (July 22, 2015) – Two goals in the final five minutes of regulation by Kennedy Igboananike sent the Chicago Fire to the 2015 U.S. Open Cup Semifinals with a 3-1 win against a game Orlando City SC side at Toyota Park.

In the upcoming Semifinal Round, Chicago will travel to play the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Chester, Penn., on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET. On the other side of the bracket, Sporting Kansas City welcomes Real Salt Lake to Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan, on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Date

Game

Time

Venue

August 11

Chicago Fire (MLS) at Philadelphia Union (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

August 12

Real Salt Lake (MLS) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Chicago took a first half lead through Partick Nyarko in the third minute, only for Orlando to strike back via a Cyle Larin header midway through the second half. With the match seeming destined for extra time, Igboananike struck on two consecutive fast breaks to secure the win and send the Fire to their third consecutive Open Cup Semifinal and fourth in the last five years.

Earlier in the Quarterfinal round, the Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City punched their tickets to the Semifinals on Tuesday night with wins against the New York Red Bulls and Houston Dynamo, respectively. A week prior, Real Salt Lake became the first team to book its place in the Semifinal with a victory against the LA Galaxy.

The Union survived 80 short-handed minutes to win their second penalty shootout of the tournament, while Sporting KC used two late goals from Dom Dwyer and Krisztian Nemeth to push past the Houston Dynamo 3-1 at Sporting Park. RSL also left it late at home against the Galaxy, advancing on Aaron Maund’s 87th minute headed winner. 

Philadelphia Union, Sporting KC Make Their Way Into Open Cup Semis

CHICAGO (July 21, 2015) – The Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City punched their tickets to the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinals on Tuesday night.

The Union survived 80 short-handed minutes to win their second penalty shootout of the tournament at the expense of New York Red Bulls, while Sporting KC used two late goals from Dom Dwyer and Krisztian Nemeth to push past the Houston Dynamo 3-1 at Sporting Park.

The 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals wrap up Tuesday night when four-time champion Chicago Fire hosts Orlando City SC in a 2013 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal rematch. The game can be seen live on U.S. Soccer’s YouTube channel beginning at 7:30 p.m. CT and follow @OpenCup on Twitter for coverage of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup.

2015 U.S. Open Cup Semifinals

Date

Game

Time

Venue

August 11

Orlando City (MLS)/Chicago Fire (MLS) winner at Philadelphia Union (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

August 12

Real Salt Lake (MLS) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

New York Red Bulls (MLS) 1, Philadelphia Union 1 (MLS) (3-4 PKs)

In the day’s afternoon affair, the New York Red Bulls saw a wealth of first half chances go begging at home against the Philadelphia Union. The best opportunity was their first when Brazilian midfielder Felipe strolled through the heart of the Union midfield before unleashing a right footed blast that Philadelphia ‘keeper John McCarthy went full extension to his left to save.

New York would found another opportunity in the 39th minute when Connor Lade’s low cross from the left was punched away by McCarthy, robbing Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips of a chance to tally from close range. The match turned on its head a minute later when Conor Casey gave Lade a tough foul from behind that saw referee Chris Penso show a red card to the veteran striker in the 40th minute.

Despite Red Bulls having a man advantage in the second half, it was the Union that scored against the run of play. Brazilian winger Fabinho broke down the left side and centered for Eric Ayuk, who swept home his second of the tournament in the 56th minute.

Controlling the run of play into stoppage time, Red Bull left the equalizer very late, as Matt Miazga kept a ball alive at the top  of the area, before Mike Grella headed on and Lloyd Sam finished with a pirouette in the six-yard box in the 94th minute, sending the match to extra time.

The hosts kept control of the game in the extra period, with Red Bulls substitute Manolo Sanchez having the best two chances of the half, including a close-range hit off the post in the 108th minute. With no goals in extra time, the game headed to penalties where New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips fired his opening attempt off the cross bar.

Philadelphia’s John McCarthy saved Lloyd Sam’s attempt in the fourth round, but Luis Robles did the same to Fred, to leave the Union with a 3-2 lead heading into the final set of spot kicks. U.S. international Sacha Kljestan converted for New York, but Fernando Aristeguieta converted the final kick to send Philadelphia to its third Semifinal appearance in four years.

With the win, the Union will host the winner of Wednesday’s match between the Chicago Fire and Orlando City SC on August 11 at PPL Park.

Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 3, Houston Dynamo (MLS) 1

In the first U.S. Open Cup meeting between two teams that have often met in the MLS Cup playoffs, it was the visiting Houston Dynamo that came out on the front foot at Sporting Park.

The orange-clad side controlled the play early and came close to the game’s first goal in the 26th minute when Brad Davis got free in the box on the left and sent a quick center that just missed Ricardo Clark’s sliding attempt.

The game flipped four minutes later, when Dynamo midfielder Luis Garrido went in two-footed on Sporting KC’s Amadou Dia, leaving referee Ted Unkel no decision but to show the Honduran international a straight red card.

Like the 10-man Union side earlier in the day, the visiting Dynamo found the game’s first goal. Brad Davis’ corner from the right side met Clark whose header forced a reaction stop out of Sporting ‘keeper Tim Melia, but Will Bruin was there to bury the rebound in the 59th minute.

Sporting conjured the chance to equalize two minutes later when Davis tripped up Sporting KC right back Chance Myers in the box. Dom Dwyer stepped up to take the resulting PK, but Joe Willis was equal to the spot kick in the 62nd minute.

Benny Feilhaber then made his mark on the match, first in the 69th minute when his stinging volley from the top of the box was cleared off the line by Kofi Sarkodie at the right post. Feilhaber came good two minutes later, picking up a loose ball at the top of the box, before burying it to equalize in the 71st minute.

Hoping to avoid extra time, Sporting got the go-ahead goal in the 86th minute when Krisztian Nemeth’s flick fed Dwyer in the box on the left. This time the Englishman made no mistake, burying his effort past Willis to take the score to 2-1. The strike pushed Dwyer into sole possession of the tournament’s Golden Boot lead with five goals.

Two minutes later, Nemeth put the game out of reach, receiving the ball on the left before seeing his effort deflect in off Dynamo defender A.J. Cochran into the back of the net in the 88th minute.

With the 3-1 win, Sporting KC advanced to their second U.S. Open Cup Semifinal in four years and will host Real Salt Lake on August 12 at Sporting Park.  

Chicago Fire and Orlando City Have Score to Settle in Open Cup Quarterfinal

When the Chicago Fire welcome Orlando City SC to Toyota Park on Wednesday night, they’ll hope to conjure up memories from their 5-1 home victory against the USL version of the Lions two years ago. The Fire were the only MLS team to meet a club from Division III in the Quarterfinals that year, albeit one that downed the Colorado Rapids and Sporting KC in back-to-back rounds to get to that point.

And though the score line did end up lopsided, the reigning USL champs stood even with the Fire as late as the 59th minute of the match when Patrick Nyarko scored what stood as the game-winner.

“I clearly remember that game,” Nyarko told ussoccer.com. “They came out firing. We scored first, but they equalized. I wasn’t surprised they scored with the way they were playing, but it woke us up. We knew this team was not to be played or toyed with and we needed to buckle it up and go from there.”

Four minutes after Nyarko scored, Fire forward Chris Rolfe made it 3-1 and soon after, Orlando saw defender Yann Songo’o sent off, allowing the flood gates to open. Mike Magee tallied in the 83rd minute before City’s Adama Mbengue also saw red. Joel Lindpere finished off the scoring late to end the route.

Still, Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath said he and his then lower-league side did take pride in the way they played their MLS opponent.

 “My memory is that we were excellent on the night,” Heath told ussoccer.com “I think [then Chicago Fire head coach] Frank Klopas at the time said the score line didn’t reflect anywhere near what the game was. At one point, Dom Dwyer had a great chance to make it 2-1, then we get a man sent off and kind of fall off. It was a terrific performance by the group on the night, as much as the performance looks like we took a pounding, it wasn’t like that.”

Both teams have changed dramatically since then, with Orlando City upgrading its roster with the likes of Kaka, Brek Shea and Carlos Rivas for their move to MLS this season, while the Fire have undergone a two-season makeover – Nyarko is one of just five players left on the roster from the end of the 2013 season.


Brazilian striker Kaka has helped guide Orlando City SC to an auspicious start in its first season as an MLS club.

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