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Red Bulls, Kansas City, Real Salt Lake and LA Galaxy Advance to Open Cup Quarterfinals

CHICAGO (July 1, 2015) – The second night of 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 action started with goals galore before tighter results out west provided a bit more drama.

Dom Dwyer’s four-goal outburst led Sporting Kansas City to a 6-2 rout of FC Dallas, while second-half goals on the Wasatch Front saw Real Salt Lake past the Portland Timbers. Additionally, both the New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy won regional derbies to earn their first Quarterfinal appearances since 2011.

U.S. Soccer will announce the dates and times for the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals on Thursday morning.

Philadelphia, Orlando, Chicago and Houston Advance on Opening Night of 2015 U.S. Open Cup Round of 16

CHICAGO (June 30, 2015) – Some big performances highlighted the first night of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 as four Quarterfinal participants emerged.

Brazilian star Kaka scored in his U.S. Open Cup debut for Orlando City, 10-man Philadelphia Union pulled an impressive comeback, Mike Magee made a strong return for the Chicago Fire and Joe Willis stood tall for the Houston Dynamo.

The Round of 16 closes with four matches on Wednesday night all of which can be seen live on ussoccer.com. Quarterfinal dates and times will be announced Thursday morning July 2.

On the Hunt

Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup tie between Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas is the lone Round of 16 match between two former champions. It’s also one that is perhaps more meaningful for both sides, given their ties to late American Soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

The Empire Derby: Two of New York's Biggest Teams Battle for City Supremacy

There’s a tendency in modern life to reduce everything to its bare essentials, to deny all essences other than the material: New York Red Bulls will host a U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 match Wednesday evening at Red Bull Arena. New York Cosmos will be visiting. The winner will move on to the Quarterfinals; the loser will just move on.

WATCH: Wednesday at 7:30pm ET on ussoccer.com and MSG.

Humans, though, are as much metaphor as material, and so, too, our sporting preoccupations. This is a game of association football, yes - 22 men, a ball, all that - but so, so much more, always. “It’s hard ... there’s so many narratives,” Red Bull goalkeeper Luis Robles said. “It’s hard to keep them all straight; so many stories.” And it’s true, in this case; beyond the simple outlines of competition, there are enough “narratives,” to use Robles’ word, to fill a novella.

Here, then, is a handy guide to some of the prominent strands of narrative wound around this fascinating Open Cup matchup:

Giant Killers: The 2005 Minnesota Thunder

In 2005, the Minnesota Thunder were U.S. Open Cup Giant Killers and it was no fluke either.

Led by long-time coach and founder Buzz Lagos, the Thunder defeated three MLS teams on their 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup run. After narrowly scraping by the Chicago Fire PDL team 2-1 thanks to an 89th minute Fire own goal, the Thunder turned up the burners and outscored their next three MLS opponents 11-6.

“Most people will focus on their league play and just take the tournament in stride. After our successful 2004 Open Cup tournament, we just made the decision to put our best foot forward for the 2005 Open Cup,” said Lagos who coached the Thunder for 16 years and planned on retiring after the 2005 season. 

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