Philadelphia Union (MLS) 0 vs. Rochester Rhinos (USL) 0 (3-1 PKs) Despite their early dominance, the Philadelphia Union were unable to finish their early chances past Rochester goalkeeper Brandon Miller in regulation time. As the game progressed, the Rhinos slowly found their feet, gaining more and more possession in the final third. Both teams have substantial experience in the Open Cup; in fact, the Rhinos are tied for the most all-time wins in the competition, but were unable to put a goal past their former keeper, John McCarthy who is now with Philadelphia. Each team found themselves with decent possession in the attacking third, but lacked the killer final ball.
Miller saved brilliantly to keep his team in the game multiple times, most notably in the 31st minute off of a bullet from C.J. Sapong, who had broken behind the Rhinos’ defensive line. McCarthy too had a few saves, but more noticeably took a few risky chances, making several runs out of his box to tackle balls behind his defense. However, this tactic did not always work with both his teammates and the whistle bailing him out on separate occasions.
With the teams locked 0-0 after 90 minutes, the match headed to extra time where the first 15 minutes of play were very open, with the Union continuing to press high, while the Rhinos seemed to be slowing down. Despite this pressure, the Union still found themselves unable to beat Miller. The second half of overtime was more tense, with both teams looking afraid to take any real chances for fear of their opponents breaking. After a scoreless final 15 minutes, the match made way for a penalty kick shootout where former Rhino John McCarthy played the hero, making three big stops to avoid the upset and push the Union to the Round of 16.
- 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Match Report -
Date: June 16, 2015
Match: Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. Rochester Rhinos (USL)
Competition: 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup; Fourth Round
Venue: PPL Park; Chester, Penn.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 90 degrees; Hot and humid
Scoring Summary: 1 2 ET1 ET2 F PKs
PHI 0 0 0 0 0 3
ROC 0 0 0 0 0 1
PHI: 55-John McCarthy; 28-Ray Gaddis, 16-Richard Marquez, 8-Maurice Edu; 33-Fabinho 5-Vincent Nogueira, 27-Zachary Pfeffer, 10-Cristian Maidana, 11-Andrew Wenger (20-Jimmy McLaughlin, 79), 14-Eric Ayuk (9-Sebastien Le Toux, 57; Fred, 88); 17-C.J. Sapong
Head coach: Jim Curtin
ROC: 33-Brandon Miller; 7-Onua Obasi, 15-Pat McMahon, 18-Grant Van De Casteele, 22-Julian Ringhof; 4-Sean Totsch (12-Asani Samuels, 106), 13-Mike Garzi (5-Vasileios Apostolopoulos, 91), 20-Tony Walls, 11-Jonny Mendoza; 8-Christian Volesky, 21-Kenardo Forbes (3-Alex Dixon, 87)
Head coach: Bob Lilley
Stats Summary: PHI / ROC
Shots: 13 / 10
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 9 / 5
Fouls: 18 / 26
Offside: 1 / 3
ROC – Sean Totsch (caution) 80th minute
ROC – Pat McMahon (caution) 90+
ROC – Tony Walls (caution) 99
ROC – Christian Volesky (caution) 104
PHI – Zachary Pfeffer (caution) 105
Referee: Robert Sibiga
Assistant Referee 1: Jaroslaw Werel
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Piercy
4th Official: Ryan Do Reis
Match Commissioner: Casey Moore