CHICAGO (June 26, 2013) – The 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is guaranteed to be won by a team from Major League Soccer as the Chicago Fire, D.C. United, Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake all advanced to the semifinals with victories this evening.
In the semifinals, which will be played on Aug. 7, D.C. United will travel to Chicago and Real Salt Lake will host Portland. The date and time of the draw that will determine the host for the U.S. Open Cup Final has yet to be determined.
Despite struggling in league play this year and sitting in last place overall, D.C. United continued its surprising run through the Open Cup with a 3-1 victory against the New England Revolution. United captain Dwayne De Rosario, who scored a hat trick in their fourth round win against Philadelphia, netted the game winner for D.C.
In the other match between two MLS sides, the Portland Timbers fell behind early to FC Dallas but were able to comeback for a 3-2 victory. With the win, the Timbers advanced to the semifinals for the first time in team history.
Winners of four previous Open Cup titles, the Chicago Fire have made it clear it’s aiming for what would be a record-tying fifth championship with a decisive victory against Orlando City. The Fire scored early behind a Chris Rolfe header in the sixth minute and went on to complete the emphatic 5-1 victory against the USL Pro side.
The only other non-MLS team still in tournament also fell to the wayside as the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks were shutout for the first time in 19 U.S. Open Cup games after a 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake.
Quarterfinal Round – Game Summaries
D.C. United (MLS) 3, New England Revolution (MLS) 1: Chris Pontius gave D.C. United a 1-0 lead just before halftime with a right-footed shot from the center of the penalty area. Juan Carlos Toja evened the score line for New England off a free kick early in the second half, but Dwayne de Rosario headed in the winning goal in the 69th minute, and Lionard Pajoy converted a penalty in the 87th to put the game away for the two-time Open Cup Champions.
Chicago Fire (MLS) 5, Orlando City SC (USL PRO) 1: Chris Rolfe got the Fire on the board early in the first half, but Rob Valentino tied it up for Orlando City in the 51st minute. The Fire quickly eliminated any thoughts of an upset as Patrick Nyarko tallied in the 63rd minute, and Rolfe scored his second of the game less than five minutes later. Yann Songo’o was shown a red card in the 71st minute to put the Lions a man down, which opened the door for Mike Magee to score his third Open Cup goal and Joel Lindpere to tally in stoppage time to keep Chicago’s drive for an historic fifth Open Cup title alive.
Real Salt Lake (MLS) 3, Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 0: Tony Beltran, who has never scored in MLS play, scored his second career Open Cup goal in the 35th minute to give Real Salt Lake a 1-0 lead heading into halftime. Chris Wingert added to the RSL lead with a left footed shot from outside the box. Alvaro Saborio headed in a cross from the right side of the six yard box to put the game away.
FC Dallas (MLS) 2, Portland Timbers (MLS) 3: Je-Vaughn Watson gave Dallas a first half lead with a right footed shot from just outside the box, but Darlington Nagbe and Diego Valeri scored two minutes apart from each other in the second half turn the tables. Frederic Piquionne then added a third goal for the Timbers, becoming the all-time Open Cup goal scorer for Portland. Panama international striker Blas Perez added a late goal for Dallas, but the deficit was too large to overcome.
D.C. United (MLS) at Chicago Fire (MLS)
Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. CT
Portland Timbers (MLS) at Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. MT