CHICAGO (June 13, 2013) – The 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup saw seven teams punch their tickets to the quarterfinals Wednesday night, including lower division professional sides Orlando City SC and the Carolina RailHawks, which both pulled impressive upsets against sides from Major League Soccer.
Orlando City pulled off possibly the most surprising upset of the tournament so far, defeating the defending champion Sporting Kansas City 1-0 with an early goal at Sporting Park. In the other upset, the RailHawks defeated Chivas USA 3-1 in an overtime thriller at home.
As the only Division II and III sides to reach the quarterfinal round, the RailHawks and Orlando City have each earned the $15,000 prize money as the teams advancing the furthest in the competition from their respective divisions.
By virtue of a tiebreaker, the Des Moines Menace (PDL) won the $15,000 bonus awarded to the amateur team that advanced the furthest in this year’s competition. The Menace and fellow PDL sides FC Tucson, Ocean City Nor’easters and Reading United AC all advanced to the third round. Des Moines won the tiebreaker among the clubs, however, at the third step (most victories against opponents from two divisions higher) with their second round 1-0 victory in regulation time over Division II side Minnesota United FC.
Lower division teams were not the only ones capturing storylines in the historic tournament’s fourth round. D.C. United’s Dwayne De Rosario tallied United’s second hat trick of the tournament en route to eliminating Eastern Conference rival Philadelphia Union. The New England Revolution’s Kelyn Rowe, FC Dallas’ Kenny Cooper and Real Salt Lake’s Devon Sandoval each tallied braces that saw their respective squads advance to the last eight.
In the Pacific Northwest, the Portland Timbers tallied on either side of halftime to eliminate the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies with a 2-0 victory.
The fourth round rivalry fixture between the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew was postponed due to thunderstorms in Chicago. That match will be contested this today (Thursday, June 13) at 12 p.m. CT.
Wednesday’s Fourth Round Results (home team listed first)
D.C. United (MLS) 3, Philadelphia Union (MLS) 1: Dwayne De Rosario became the second D.C. United player to score a hat trick in the U.S. Open Cup. D.C. United will face the New England Revolution in the next round. It is D.C. United’s 11th trip to the quarterfinals.
Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Columbus Crew (MLS): Postponed until 12 p.m. CT on Thursday, June 13, due to inclement weather in the area.
New England Revolution (MLS) 4, New York Red Bulls (MLS) 2: Kelyn Rowe scored two goals in the first half to give the Revolution a 2-1 lead heading to the locker room. After another New England goal in the second half, a header from Johnny Steele brought the Red Bulls to within striking distance. But it wasn’t enough as Chris Tierney added a late tally to put the game out of reach.
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 3, Chivas USA (MLS) 1 (OT): Tiyiselani Shiplane gave the NASL side a 1-0 lead early in the game, but Chivas’ Vilcheez Soto found the back of the net early in the second half to tie it up. Cesar Elizondo connected on a cross from Shiplane in extra time to give the NASL leaders their third win over an MLS side. Brian Ackley added an insurance goal.
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 0, Orlando City SC (USL PRO) 1: A goal from Long Tan less than two minutes into the game gave Orlando City a 1-0 lead over the defending U.S. Open Cup champions. The second half didn’t see any goals as the USL PRO side defeated the MLS affiliate.
FC Dallas (MLS) 3, Houston Dynamo (MLS) 0: Kenny Cooper got FC Dallas on the board first with a 37th-minute goal, the sixth in his Open Cup career. In the second half, Cooper picked up his seventh Open Cup goal. Zach Loyd tallied late to put the game away and earn FC Dallas a modern pro era record 13th time in the quarterfinals.
Real Salt Lake (MLS) 5, Charleston Battery (USL PRO) 2 (OT): Dane Kelly and Niki Paterson scored two minutes apart from each other to put the Battery up 2-0 less than 20 minutes into the game. Devon Sandoval answered for RSL in the second half and Joao Plata equalized on a penalty kick in the 79th minute. RSL scored three goals in the first overtime to complete the comeback, with Sandoval’s second goal of the match in the 97th minute proving to be the game-winner.
Portland Timbers (MLS) 2, Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 0: Michael Nanchoff scored the fifth-fastest goal in Timbers Open Cup history with a ninth-minute strike. Timbers captain Jack Jewsbury added a second goal in the 55th minute. The Timbers will travel to FC Dallas in the quarterfinals.
New England Revolution (MLS) at D.C. United (MLS)
Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.
Wednesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. ET
Orlando City SC (USL PRO) at Chicago Fire (MLS)
Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
Wednesday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. CT
Orlando City SC (USL PRO) at Columbus Crew (MLS)
Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Wednesday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. ET
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) at Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Wednesday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. MT
Portland Timbers (MLS) at FC Dallas (MLS)
FC Dallas Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Wednesday, June 26, at 8 p.m. CT