U.S. Soccer

New England Revolution, LA Galaxy to Host 2016 U.S. Open Cup Semifinals

CHICAGO (July 21, 2016) – The Draw to determine the Semifinal hosts and hosting priority for the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final took place Thursday morning at Soccer House in Chicago. The New England Revolution will host the Chicago Fire in the first Semifinal on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. ET, while the LA Galaxy will host FC Dallas in the second Semifinal on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 10 p.m. ET.

Immediately following the Draw to determine the Semifinal hosts, the Draw to determine the hosting priority for the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final was held. The names of all four semifinalists were placed in separate envelopes and drawn at random to set the priority ranking. The order went as follows: Chicago Fire, LA Galaxy, FC Dallas, New England Revolution.

 

Should the Chicago Fire fall to New England in their Semifinal encounter, the LA Galaxy would be next in line to host if they advance. Should the Fire lose and FC Dallas defeat the LA Galaxy in their respective Semifinals, FC Dallas would then host the New England Revolution for the 103rd edition of the championship.

A number of possible rematches of previous Open Cup Finals are in play for the 2016 championship game. The LA Galaxy defeated New England 2-1 on an extra-time golden goal to take the 2001 title. Five years later, the Galaxy visited Toyota Park as defending Open Cup champion only to drop a 3-1 result to the Fire. In the 2007 final, FC Dallas faced an offensive-minded Revolution squad who took the trophy back to Foxboro after a 3-2 victory. This year’s Western Semifinal is also a rematch of the 2005 final, which saw the LA Galaxy hold off FC Dallas in a tense 1-0 affair.

The exact September date and kickoff time for the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final will be announced at a later time.

The Draw was conducted by U.S. Open Cup Commissioner Paul Marstaller with assistance from Tim Huizenga, a Captain’s Circle member of the U.S. Soccer Development Fund.

Semifinal Schedule:

Date

Teams

Time

Venue

Aug. 9

New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire

8 p.m. ET

Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.

Aug. 10

LA Galaxy vs FC Dallas

7 p.m. PT

Stub Hub Center; Carson, Calif.

Possible Matchups for Final:

Date

Teams

Time

Venue

TBD

Chicago Fire vs. LA Galaxy/FC Dallas winner

TBD

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

 

FC Dallas vs. New England Revolution

 

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

 

LA Galaxy vs. New England Revolution

 

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

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USOC Jul 21, 2016

New England Revolution, Chicago Fire, FC Dallas and LA Galaxy Progress to 2016 Open Cup Semifinals

CHICAGO (July 20, 2016) – Four MLS clubs, the New England Revolution, Chicago Fire, FC Dallas and LA Galaxy, were all victorious in Wednesday night’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal Round to advance to the tournament Semifinals to be held on August 9 and 10.

The Revolution kicked off the night with a 4-2 penalty shootout win against 2015 Open Cup finalist Philadelphia Union following a 1-1 draw on the campus of Harvard University in Boston. The Chicago Fire made easy work of the last remaining non-MLS side, dispatching the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3-0 at home in Bridgeview, Ill., while FC Dallas scored a last-minute road win via a 90th minute Fabian Castillo strike to muscle past Texas rival Houston Dynamo 1-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Finally, the LA Galaxy secured a 4-2 comeback win at home vs. Seattle Sounders FC to round out the Semifinal contestants.

In the Semifinal Round, New England will face Chicago and FC Dallas will take on LA Galaxy with the draw to determine hosts for the Semifinal and hosting priority for the Final to be held Thursday at 11 a.m. ET at Soccer House in Chicago. The draw will be shown live on U.S. Soccer’s YouTube channel. 

New England Revolution (MLS) 1, Philadelphia Union (MLS) 1 (4-2 PKs)
The New England Revolution needed penalty kicks after drawing 1-1 with the Philadelphia Union to advance to the 2016 U.S. Open Cup Semifinal thanks to a 4-2 shootout win at Harvard University’s Jordan Field. After a back-and-forth first half, New England found the game’s first goal just before the break when Diego Fagundez fed an open Je-Vaughn Watson on the left side of the area before the Jamaican finished past Andre Blake with a low shot inside the right post in the 44th minute. Just as it looked like the Revolution would close out the match, the Union forced extra time when Ray Gaddis’ ball from the right was cut back by Sebastien Le Toux for Fabian Herbers, who chopped the bouncing ball inside the right post in the 90th minute. The Revs nearly pulled back ahead in the 105th minute when a great combination between Andrew Farrell and Kelyn Rowe on the right led to Union goalkeeper Andre Blake denying Farrell at the right post before he recovered to swat away Rowe’s rebound. The match headed to penalty kicks where Revolution goalkeeper Brad Knighton stole the show, saving penalties from Sebastien Le Toux and C.J. Sapong before Watson hit the decisive spot kick to send the Revolution to their first Semifinal since 2008. With the win, New England will take on the Chicago Fire in the Semifinal on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Chicago Fire (MLS) 3, Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 0
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers arrived at Toyota Park hoping to upset their third-straight MLS team, but the dream run stopped as perennial U.S. Open Cup contenders Chicago Fire eased to a 3-0 home victory. The Fire were in control from the first whistle and would threaten early as David Accam latched on to Arturo Alvarez’s through ball before the speedy Ghanaian was taken down in the box by Strikers’ goalkeeper Diego Restrepo to give up a penalty kick. Accam rocketed his effort into the top right corner to tally his fourth goal of the tournament in the fifth minute. The Fire would double the lead in the 35th minute when Accam stole the ball in the center circle before going on a dazzling 50-yard run, twisting through defenders on the left before laying off for Michael de Leeuw, who finished at the back post in the 35th minute. The Fire would add a third goal on the other side of halftime when Brandon Vincent received a short corner on the left before he picked out Nick LaBrocca rising in the area. LaBrocca’s snap header was initially saved by Restrepo, but Khaly Thiam was there to poke home the rebound for his first goal in a Fire shirt in the 51st minute. Things became more difficult for Fort Lauderdale when defender Gale Agbossoumonde was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Accam in the 69th minute as the Fire easily closed out the match. With the win, the Fire advance to a Modern Era Open Cup record 12th Semifinal and fifth in the last six years. They will face the New England Revolution in the first Semifinal on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Houston Dynamo (MLS) 0, FC Dallas (MLS) 1
FC Dallas grabbed a late 1-0 Texas Derby road win at Houston Dynamo thanks to Fabian Castillo’s 90th minute strike. After 89 minutes of scoreless soccer in the intense heat and humidity of the Texas gulf that saw the few precious chances either team was able to carve out go wayward, a long ball by FC Dallas into the Houston box paid off. With three Houston defenders tracking back into the box, the ball was not cleared far enough and fell to Castillo just outside the top of the area. The speedy attacker arched a blistering run to the left side of the box around the path of two defenders before firing a low shot from six yards out between the near left post and Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis. The result sends FC Dallas to the club’s ninth Semifinal appearance (tied with D.C. United for second-most in the Modern Era) and second in the last three years. The club will face LA Galaxy in the tournament’s second Semifinal on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

LA Galaxy (MLS) 4, Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) 2
The LA Galaxy advanced to the club’s first U.S. Open Cup Semifinal since 2006 on the back of three goals in 11 minutes to come back and defeat Seattle Sounders FC 4-2 at StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium in Carson, Calif. The Galaxy twice had to come from behind – first in the opening 45 minutes when Alan Gordon’s 17th minute goal equalized Michael Farfan’s early fifth minute opener for Seattle and again in the second frame when substitute Giovanni Dos Santos canceled out Herculez Gomez’s 59th minute effort by capitalizing on Seattle defender Zach Scott’s ill-advised pass in the 77th minute. From there, Sebastian Lleget doubled his tally by adding two late goals in the 85th and 88th minutes to ice the match. The two second half strikes took Lletget’s goal total to four in the competition, tying him with the Chicago Fire’s David Accam for second in the tournament’s Golden Boot race, one goal behind La Maquina’s Edwin Borboa. The win sends the LA Galaxy on to a Semifinal date with FC Dallas on Wednesday, Aug 10.

Quarterfinal Results

Date

Game

Result

Venue

July 20

New England Revolution (MLS) vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS)

1-1 (4-2 PKs)

Harvard University; Cambridge, Mass.

July 20

Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)

3-0

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

July 20

Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. FC Dallas (MLS)

0-1

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

July 20*

LA Galaxy (MLS) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)

4-2

Track & Field Stadium at StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

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USOC Jul 21, 2016

Pineda, Restrepo and the Strikers Aim to Continue Open Cup Run vs. Fire

The Quarterfinal Round of the U.S. Open Cup kicks off Wednesday with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers as the lone non-MLS representative left in the competition. The Division II NASL side, which has provided plenty of drama on what is already the club’s longest Cup run, travels to Bridgeview, Ill., with the view of taking down another MLS side as they take on four-time tournament champions Chicago Fire at Toyota Park (7:30 p.m. CT – ussoccer.com).

Fort Lauderdale has ridden the hot hand of Diego Restrepo to this point, with the former U.S. U-17 goalkeeper making three penalty kick saves in a 2-0 shootout win against Richmond Kickers in Third Round play before making another penalty stop on Luciano Acosta during the side’s 4-3 shootout win against D.C. United in the Fourth Round.

“I think the experience we have as a team has been key,” Restrepo told the league’s official website this week. “That’s showing in these type of games. I think we like that adversity that these games can give playing away.”

Joining the New York Cosmos as the last two non-MLS sides standing in the Round of 16, the Strikers used a 120th minute extra time strike from defender PC to see off Orlando City SC 2-1 on June 30. Combined with the Cosmos falling 3-2 to the New England Revolution, the win has already given Fort Lauderdale the $15,000 cash prize awarded to the furthest advancing side from Division II.

Meanwhile the Fire survived and advanced in a penalty kick shootout against the NASL’s Indy Eleven during the Fourth Round before edging league rivals Columbus Crew SC 2-1 in the Round of 16.

The matchup yields a homecoming for Fort Lauderdale Strikers midfielder Victor Pineda. Having signed as the first Homegrown Player in Chicago Fire history, the former U.S. U-20 attacker will return to Toyota Park for the first time since departing the club at the end of the 2014 season.

“It’s very special. It means a lot, especially growing up in Chicago, and also playing with the Academy ever since the Academy started,” he told ussoccer.com. “I had a lot of good memories, I won with the Academy, I signed there, I had all my friends there, and they showed me what it meant to be a professional, to go in there every day and work. I had a lot of friends and (role) models with the teammates I had in the past so it means a lot. It’ll be nice to see some familiar faces, as well as see my family in the stands again."

The teams’ respective runs to the Quarterfinals stand in marked contrast to some indifferent league form for both sides.

With just four wins in 18 league matches, the Fire find themselves rooted to the bottom of the MLS table. First-year head coach Veljko Paunovic knows the importance of the tournament for the club he presides over as well. Having advanced to the Semifinals of the competition four of the last five years, the Chicago Fire are looking to win what would be a record-tying fifth Open Cup championship, 10 years on from the last time they lifted the trophy in 2006.

“This is our must-win game. We are totally motivated and very optimistic about this competition,” Paunovic said. “It becomes our priority, and this is how we are working. All our eyes are on this game. We want to prepare and win the game, then we move forward.”

Meanwhile Fort Lauderdale is winless in its first four matches of the NASL’s Fall Season and last won a league game on June 4. Still, Fort Lauderdale’s giant-killing run and the opportunity for a Semifinal appearance has the Strikers chomping at the bit for another “Cupset” on Wednesday.


Fort Lauderdale goalkeeper Diego Restrepo has saved a total of three PKs in two separate penalty shootouts so far in the 2016 U.S. Open Cup.

“We’re all professionals here and we have to respect the opponent. They’re also here for a reason, they had to get two wins to get to this stage, but I think we’re very excited to make history,” Restrepo said. “In a single elimination game anything can happen. We’ve got a group of guys that are experienced [and] I think that’s going to help us. We have that experience of playing big games, and we’re going to be prepared for them on Wednesday.”

“I think everybody’s motivated,” added Pineda. “It’s special for even the guys that have never played in MLS, we’ve all got something to prove. We all want to play at a higher level, so it’s a huge opportunity for every single one of the guys.”
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USOC Jul 19, 2016

Game Notes: USOC Quarterfinals Feature Regional Rivalries and a Final Underdog

The Quarterfinals of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup take place in four venues across the United States on Wednesday, July 20. Seven MLS sides are joined by the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League (NASL) as teams make their bids to reach the Semifinals, which will be held on August 9-10.

All four of Wednesday’s Quarterfinals will be broadcast live on U.S. Soccer’s YouTube Channel as will the Semifinal and Final Hosting Priority Draw, which can be seen Thursday, July 21 at 11 a.m. ET.

New England Revolution (MLS) vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS)
Time/Location:
7:30 p.m. ET at Harvard University in Boston, Mass.
New England Revolution Best Finish: Champions (2007)
Philadelphia Union Best Finish: Runners-up (2014, 2015)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube

  • This marks the second meeting between the two sides in U.S. Open Cup play. The Philadelphia Union defeated the New England Revolution 2-0 at the same stage in 2014, with Union striker Sebastian Le Toux scoring the second goal in the 48th minute.
  • New England arrived in the Quarterfinals by getting past the Carolina RailHawks 1-0 after extra time (Fourth Round) and defeating New York Cosmos 3-2 (Round of 16). Both wins came on the road.
  • The Philadelphia Union are back in the Quarterfinals following a wild 3-2 victory against Harrisburg City Islanders (Fourth Round) and 2-1 win against the New York Red Bulls (Round of 16). Both matches were played at home.
  • Roland Alberg and Chris Pontius have each tallied twice for the Union during the competition while Teal Bunbury has found the back of the net twice for the Revolution.
  • With 17 goals, Sebastian Le Toux is the all-time leading scorer in the competition’s modern era.
  • Both head coaches won the U.S. Open Cup as players. Union boss Jim Curtin was a member of the Chicago Fire’s 2003 and 2006 U.S. Open Cup winners, while the Revolution’s Jay Heaps won with the club in 2007.
  • Revolution assistant Tom Soehn won an additional two U.S. Open Cups with the Chicago Fire in 1998 and 2000. In the latter year, he was teammates with Union assistant Mike Sorber, who will serve a touchline suspension for Wednesday’s match.
  • The two sides have met once in MLS play this year, with the Union downing the Revolution 3-0 on March 20. C.J. Sapong recorded a brace while Le Toux capped the scoring in second half stoppage time.
  • A Philadelphia Union win would mark the club’s third-straight Semifinal appearance and fourth in five years. A Revolution win would setup the club’s first Semifinal since 2008.
  • The winner will take on the winner of the Chicago Fire/Fort Lauderdale Strikers match in the Semifinals. The host will be determined during Thursday’s Draw, live on U.S. Soccer’s YouTube at 11 a.m. ET.

Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
Time/Location:
7:30 p.m. CT at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago Fire Best Finish:
Champions (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Best Finish:
Quarterfinals (2016)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube 

  • This is the first meeting between the two sides in U.S. Open Cup play.
  • The last remaining non-MLS side in the competition, Fort Lauderdale Strikers arrived in the Quarterfinals following a 1-1 draw and 2-0 shootout victory against Richmond Kickers (Third Round), a 0-0 draw and 4-3 shootout victory against D.C. United (Fourth Round) and 2-1 extra time win against Orlando City SC (Round of 16).
  • The Chicago Fire arrived in the Quarterfinals after a 1-1 draw and 4-3 shootout victory against Indy Eleven (Fourth Round) and 2-1 win against Columbus Crew SC.
  • The first Homegrown Player in Chicago Fire history, midfielder Victor Pineda returns to Toyota Park as a member of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
  • Fort Lauderdale goalkeeper Diego Restrepo has made four saves in the team’s two penalty kick shootouts. Restrepo stopped three penalties in the 2-0 shootout win vs. Richmond (Third Round) and another one in the 4-3 victory against D.C. United (Fourth Round).
  • Fort Lauderdale will be without forward Maicon Santos, who received a straight red card in the team’s 2-1 victory against Orlando. The Brazilian attacker also spent the 2013 season with the Fire.
  • Chicago Fire attacker David Accam has scored all three of the club’s goals during the 2016 U.S. Open Cup, placing him in a five-way tie for second place in the tournament’s Golden Boot Race. Accam and Houston Dynamo’s Mauro Manotas have the most goals among players still active in the tournament.
  • With four U.S. Open Cup trophies, the Chicago Fire sit tied for second for the most all-time.
  • Chicago Fire assistant coach Logan Pause was part of the club’s 2003 and 2006 Open Cup championship teams.
  • CAUTION WATCH: Chicago Fire’s Nick LaBrocca and Fort Lauderdale Strikers’ PC sit on two cautions. Should either receive a yellow card Wednesday they would be suspended for the Semifinal.
  • The winner will take on the winner of the New England Revolution/Philadelphia Union Quarterfinal. The host will be determined during Thursday’s Draw, live on U.S. Soccer’s YouTube at 11 a.m. ET.

Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. FC Dallas (MLS)
Time/Location:
 7:30 p.m. CT at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas
Houston Dynamo Best Finish: Semifinals (2006, 2009)
FC Dallas Best Finish:
Champions (1997)
Broadcast:
U.S. Soccer YouTube

  • This match marks the fourth meeting between the two sides with FC Dallas holding a 2-1-0 edge in the series.
  • PREVIOUS MEETINGS: Houston Dynamo 3, FC Dallas 0 (2006 Quarterfinals); FC Dallas 3, Houston Dynamo 0 (2013 Fourth Round); FC Dallas 3, Houston Dynamo 2 (2014 Round of 16)
  • Houston arrived in the Quarterfinals thanks to a 4-0 win against San Antonio FC (Fourth Round) and a 3-1 victory against defending champion Sporting KC (Round of 16).
  • FC Dallas made it to the Quarterfinals thanks to a 6-5 shootout win following a 2-2 draw against OKC Energy FC before dispatching the Colorado Rapids 2-1 after extra time (Round of 16).
  • With three goals, Houston’s Mauro Manotas sits tied for second in the tournament’s Golden Boot race. Manotas and Fire attacker David Accam are the top scorers among teams remaining in the tournament.
  • Carlos Lizarazo leads FC Dallas with two goals, both of which came against OKC Energy FC in the Fourth Round.
  • A Houston Dynamo win would mark the club’s first Semifinal appearance since 2009, while FC Dallas will hope to return to the Semifinals for the second time in three years.
  • The two sides have met twice already in MLS play this year. Houston routed FC Dallas 5-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 12, while the two teams drew 1-1 at Toyota Stadium on June 2.
  • The winner will take on the winner of the LA Galaxy/Seattle Sounders FC match in the Semifinals. The host will be determined during Thursday’s Draw, live on U.S. Soccer’s YouTube at 11 a.m. ET.

LA Galaxy (MLS) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)
Time/Location:
7:30 p.m. PT at StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium in Carson, Calif.
LA Galaxy Best Finish: Champions (2001, 2005)
Seattle Sounders FC Best Finish: Champions (2009-2011, 2014)
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube

  • This marks the fifth meeting between the two clubs in the competition and third since Seattle moved up to MLS.
  • PREVIOUS MEETINGS: LA Galaxy 2, Seattle Sounders 1 (2000 Second Round); LA Galaxy 5, Seattle Sounders 1 (2003 Quarterfinals); Seattle Sounders FC 2, LA Galaxy 0 (2010 Quarterfinals); Seattle Sounders FC 3, LA Galaxy 1 (2011 Quarterfinals)
  • Interestingly, current Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid has been on the winning side of all four previous meetings between the clubs. Schmid was the head coach of the LA Galaxy from 1999-2004 and helped the club win its first Open Cup title in 2001.
  • Since becoming head coach of Sounders FC in 2009, Schmid has led the club to four U.S. Open Cup championships (2009-2011, 2014) and the 2013 Final.
  • The LA Galaxy arrived in the Quarterfinals for the second-straight year thanks to a 4-1 extra time victory against La Maquina (Fourth Round) before a 1-0 win at Portland Timbers (Round of 16).
  • Seattle Sounders FC made it back to the Quarterfinals via a 2-0 win against Kitsap Pumas (Fourth Round) and 4-1 shootout victory following a 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake (Round of 16).
  • Sebastian Lletget leads the LA Galaxy with two goals in the competition. Sounders FC have one goal apiece from Cristian Roldan, Joevin Jones and Nelson Valdez.
  • Sounders attacker Clint Dempsey is suspended from all U.S. Open Cup matches in 2016 and 2017.
  • LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena won the 1996 U.S. Open Cup as the head coach of D.C. United. Associate head coach Dave Sarachan led the Chicago Fire to Open Cup titles in 2003 and 2006. Assistant coach Pat Noonan and goalkeeping coach Matt Reis have also won the Open Cup multiple times as players. Noonan and Reis won the 2007 championship with the New England Revolution, while Noonan also won twice as a member of Sounders FC in 2010 and 2011 and Reis was part of the Galaxy’s first championship in 2001.
  • Along with Schmid’s five U.S. Open Cup titles, Sounders FC assistant coach Ante Razov won three championships as a member of the Chicago Fire in 1998, 2000 and 2003.
  • An LA Galaxy win would mark the club’s first Semifinal appearance since 2006.
  • The LA Galaxy are currently on a 16-match home unbeaten streak in the U.S. Open Cup, having last dropped a 2-1 extra time decision to the Chicago Fire in the 2000 Semifinals. The club is 18-2-0 all-time in home U.S. Open Cup matches.
  • The winner will take on the winner of the Houston Dynamo/FC Dallas winner in the Semifinals. The host will be determined during Thursday’s Draw, live on U.S. Soccer’s YouTube at 11 a.m. ET.
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USOC Jul 19, 2016

Fort Lauderdale Strikers Knock Off Orlando City SC in Lone Round of 16 Upset

CHICAGO (June 29, 2016) – The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 didn’t disappoint as the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers kept their Cinderella run alive with a 2-1 extra time victory against Major League Soccer’s Orlando City SC Wednesday night.

With the win, the Strikers won the $15,000 prize as the furthest advancing Division II side after the New York Cosmos were outlasted 3-2 by the New England Revolution.

Three of the eight matches required extra time, while Seattle Sounders FC needed penalty kicks to dispatch Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Tuesday night.

Four of the eight 2016 Quarterfinalists advanced to the same stage of the competition last year: Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy and Philadelphia Union, while FC Dallas will make its Modern Era record 15th Quarterfinal appearance.

All four Quarterfinal matches are set to be played on Wednesday, July 20, with the draw to determine hosting scenarios for the Semifinals and Final scheduled for Thursday, July 21.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29

Philadelphia Union (MLS) 2, New York Red Bulls (MLS) 1
In a rematch of the 2015 Quarterfinals, the New York Red Bulls traveled to Talen Energy Stadium looking to avenge last year’s shootout loss to the Union. The visitors took the early lead in the 17th minute when Sacha Kljestan’s free kick pinged around the area before Mike Grella slotted the loose ball inside the left post. The Union came out of halftime hungry for an equalizer and found the tying goal in the 55th minute when Ilsinho slotted a through ball for Chris Pontius who took one touch before slotting his effort past Andre Blake and inside the far post. Ilsinho and Pontius would connect again for the winner just five minutes later as the Brazilian lobbed a beautiful ball into the penalty area which saw the Philadelphia attacker first-time his effort past Blake. The win pushes the Union to its fourth Quarterfinal appearance in the last five years, where they’ll visit the New England Revolution on July 20.

Houston Dynamo (MLS) 3, Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 1
The Houston Dynamo left little doubt in their 3-1 U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 win against Sporting Kansas City, holding the advantage from start to finish. Mauro Manotas got the home side off on the right foot in Texas as he found the back of the net in just the seventh minute at BBVA Compass Stadium. Midfielder Alex then doubled the Dynamo’s lead 10 minutes after the break before SKC substitute Brad Davis gave the visitors a glimmer of hope with a 61st minute strike. But, Manotas put the game out of sight in the 84th minute with his second goal of the match to send Houston to a home Quarterfinal date with Texas rivals FC Dallas on July 20.

New York Cosmos (NASL) 2, New England Revolution (MLS) 3
Continuing to make their bid for a deep U.S. Open Cup run, the New York Cosmos found the game’s first goal when Jairo Arietta laid off a pass in the box for Ruben Bover to finish in the 38th minute. Just as the Cosmos thought they had a 1-0 halftime lead, Teal Bunbury found enough space to rip a blistering effort inside the near post sending the teams to the break locked at 1-1. The home standing Cosmos went back ahead in the 69th minute when Sebastian Guenzetti settled a ball in the box before beating Bobby Shuttleworth inside the right post. The goal only served to galvanize the Revolution as Kei Kamara bagged his first goal for his new club to equalize from close range in the 75th minute. With extra time looming the MLS side made sure to end things in regulation as Kamara’s feed into the box saw Bunbury roof his second of the night inside the top left post in the 83rd minute. With the win the New England Revolution return to the Quarterfinals for the first time since 2008 and will host 2015 finalists Philadelphia Union on July 20.

Orlando City SC 1, Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2 (aet)
One of two non-MLS teams left in the competition, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers took the early lead as Juse Angulo beat Earl Edwards Jr. in the 12th minute. Orlando City bounced back three minutes later as Kevin Molino showed off some fancy footwork to get into the area before chipping over Diego Restrepo in the 17th minute. The second half brought equal opportunities for both teams, as well as matching red cards for Molino and Fort Lauderdale’s Maicon Santos for an incident in the 67th minute and the game gave way for extra time. Just as it looked like the Strikers would head to a third-straight penalty shootout, left back PC went on a dazzling individual run before finishing inside the far corner in the 120th minute, giving the NASL side a 2-1 extra time win. With the victory, Fort Lauderdale also won the $15,000 prize as the furthest advancing Division II (NASL) side in the competition. They’ll get rewarded with a Quarterfinal visit to four-time champions Chicago Fire on July 20..

FC Dallas (MLS) 2, Colorado Rapids (MLS) 1 (aet)
Looking to make their first Quarterfinal appearance since 2006, the Colorado Rapids took the lead in the 38th minute when Marlon Hairston served a quick ball across the box for Dominque Badji who roofed his effort at the back post. Dallas responded in the 64th minute when Fabian Castillo went on a brilliant run at midfield, nutmegging a Rapids defender before feeding Mauro Diaz for a tap-in in the 64th minute. The goal forced extra time where the home side would eventually prevail as Maxi Urruti broke into the box on the right before his deflected shot sneaked inside the near post in the 96th minute. The win pushes FC Dallas into a Modern Era record 15th Quarterfinal appearance and setting up a Texas Derby as the club will visit the Houston Dynamo on July 20.

Portland Timbers (MLS) 0, LA Galaxy (MLS) 1
The LA Galaxy went on the road up I-5 to knock of MLS Western Conference rivals the Portland Timbers 1-0 in the team’s 2016 U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 match at Providence Park. The Galaxy escaped with the victory thanks to Raul Mendiola’s well-taken strike in just the fifth minute of play. A deflected cross rolled perfectly to the LA attacker at the top of the Portland box, and Mendiola made no mistake, curling a left-footed beautifully into the lower left corner of the goal past sprawling Timbers goalkeeper Wade Hamilton. The win set up the Galaxy with a Quarterfinal bout against another Cascadia foe as Seattle Sounders FC will come calling at StubHub Center on July 20.

TUESDAY, JUNE 28 RECAPS

Chicago Fire (MLS) 2, Columbus Crew SC (MLS) 1
After the two sides played to a 0-0 draw in MLS play back in March, the home club Chicago Fire emphasized the attack from the start and found their breakthrough via star attacker David Accam. The Ghanaian striker put the Fire ahead in the seventh minute when he juked a defender on the left before curling a lovely ball inside the far right post. Accam bagged his second goal of the match in the 30th minute when right back Rodrigo Ramos served a ball to the back post that allowed the Ghanaian an easy, one-time tap-in to give the Fire a 2-0 halftime lead. With some attacking substitutions, Crew SC controlled the possession in the second half, but couldn’t only muster a 79th minute penalty kick from Ethan Finlay following a hand ball in the box. The victory moved Chicago to its 13th Quarterfinal appearance and improved the club’s record to 27-1-2 in Open Cup matches played in the state of Illinois. The four-time champions will host the competition’s last remaining lower division team, Fort Lauderdale Strikers on July 20 at Toyota Park.

Real Salt Lake (MLS) 1, Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) 1 (1-4 PKs)
It ultimately took penalty kicks to separate two MLS Western Conference rivals, as Seattle Sounders FC advanced to the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals at the expense of Real Salt Lake thanks to the goalkeeping heroics of Tyler Miller on the first night of the 2016 tournament’s Round of 16. Despite a ceaseless bombardment, Seattle’s defense did not concede a goal from the run of play all night, surrendering only a Joao Plata penalty kick in the 43rd minute. Nelson Valdez then leveled matters for the Rave Green soon after the halftime break, and it was a scoreless stalemate the rest of the way to penalties thanks in large part to both goalkeepers making a bushel of terrific saves at either end. The Sounder’s Miller was particularly excellent in goal down the stretch and into the penalty shootout where he gained a measure of revenge on Plata, this time denying the RSL man before also keeping out recently returned RSL captain Kyle Beckerman to set up Erik Friberg for the winning penalty as the Sounders converted all four of their spot kick opportunities. Seattle moves on to its 11th all-time Open Cup Quarterfinal in franchise history, hitting the road to face the LA Galaxy at StubHub Center on July 20.

Round of 16 Results: Match Center

Date

Game

Result

Venue

June 28

 Columbus Crew SC (MLS) at Chicago Fire (MLS)

1-2

 Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

June 28

Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) at Real Salt Lake (MLS)

1-1 (4-1PKs)

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

June 29

New York Red Bulls (MLS) at Philadelphia Union (MLS)

1-2

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

June 29

New England Revolution (MLS) at New York Cosmos (NASL)

3-2

Belson Stadium; Jamaica, N.Y.

June 29

Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at Orlando City SC (MLS)

2-1 (a.e.t.)

Camping World Stadium; Orlando, Fla.

June 29*

Sporting Kansas City (MLS) at Houston Dynamo (MLS)

1-3

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

June 29

Colorado Rapids (MLS) at FC Dallas (MLS)

2-1 (a.e.t.)

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

June 29

LA Galaxy (MLS) at Portland Timbers (MLS)

1-0

Providence Park; Portland, Ore.

*Time changed 6/17

Quarterfinal Schedule:

Date

Game

Time

Venue

July 20

Philadelphia Union (MLS) at New England Revolution (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Harvard University; Boston, Mass.

July 20

Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at Chicago Fire (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

July 20

FC Dallas (MLS) at Houston Dynamo (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

July 20

Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) at LA Galaxy (MLS)

7:30 p.m. PT

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

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