D.C. United Earns Third Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Championship with 1-0 Victory Against Real Salt Lake
- Lewis Neal Scores Game-Winner in 45th Minute
- Goalkeeper Bill Hamid Makes Six Saves as D.C. Withstands RSL’s Late Second-Half Surge
- D.C. United Garners Berth in 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League
SANDY, Utah (Oct. 1, 2013) – Storied Major League Soccer franchise D.C. United seized the moment at the 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Lewis Neal scored a late first-half goal while goalkeeper Bill Hamid and the D.C. United defense held Real Salt Lake’s offense at bay en route to the organization’s third U.S. Open Cup crown for a 1-0 victory in front of 17,608 spectators at Rio Tinto Stadium.
D.C. United became just the third MLS team to win three championships at the U.S. Open Cup, joining the Chicago Fire (four) and Seattle Sounders FC (three). D.C. won the 1996 and 2008 U.S. Open Cups.
As the U.S. Open Cup champion, D.C. United garners a berth in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League. United, which has won only three games during the MLS regular season, won more matches at this year’s Open Cup tournament (four wins and draw/shootout to advance past third-round opponent Richmond Kickers).
With the first half winding down, D.C. United gained the upper hand against Salt Lake as Neal scored his first goal of the tournament in the 45th minute. The buildup developed down the left side with midfielder John Thorrington as he drew a couple of Real Salt Lake defenders before crossing the ball into the box. Salt Lake’s Carlos Salcedo deflected the cross, but Neal was there to clean up as his shot to the far right side of the frame eluded diving goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
Before Neal’s tally, it was Salt Lake that started to create the better of the scoring chances. Neither team put a shot on goal in the opening 30 minutes, but the home side started to find some holes in the D.C. defense. Ecuadorian forward Joao Plata ripped a shot that went a shade wide right of the frame in the 27th minute. Then in the 32nd minute, RSL captain Kyle Beckerman had the game’s first shot on goal, a long-distance strike that took a slight deflection off of the D.C. defense and went directly to Hamid for the save. Overall, Salt Lake out-shot D.C. 4-1 in the opening 45 minutes.
Hamid made six saves on the night for D.C. as the game opened up for Salt Lake’s offense in the second half. Ned Grabavoy split the D.C. defense in the 52nd minute to force Hamid to lunge to his left for the save. Hamid also deflected a Saborio shot from up close at the near right post in the 81st minute.
A large share of Salt Lake’s hopeful scoring opportunities came in the closing minutes of regulation and in stoppage time. More than four minutes into second-half stoppage time, Nat Borchers crossed from the right to second-half sub Devon Sandoval, and his right-footed side volleyball was blocked by Hamid. Then six minutes into stoppage time, Saborio was unmarked on his header that he drove low to the ground. D.C. defender James Riley got a foot on it and the ball deflected off of the crossbar and out of harm’s way.
- For winning the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, D.C. United is awarded $250,000. Real Salt Lake is awarded $60,000 for finishing as the tournament runner-up.
- The U.S. Open Cup winner has been a Major League Soccer team for 14 consecutive years now. The last non-MLS champion was the A-League’s Rochester Raging Rhinos, who defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-0 in the 1999 final.
- Heading into the title match, Real Salt Lake had already enjoyed its best U.S. Open Cup run. Its previous top finish was advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2006 and 2011 tournaments, bowing out against the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas, respectively.
- Salt Lake played all five of its U.S. Open Cup games at home at Rio Tinto. The semifinal and championship game home sites were determined by a coin flip and the earlier rounds were determined by random selection.
- D.C. United ended a four-year stretch of U.S. Open Cup Final wins by the host team. The previous time the home team lost was when D.C. United fell 2-1 Seattle Sounders FC in 2009 at RFK Stadium.
- Tuesday’s game marked the fifth consecutive all-MLS matchup for the U.S. Open Cup Final.
- In MLS play, the two U.S. Open Cup Final teams are on opposite ends of the spectrum. D.C. United holds the league’s worst record at 3-21-6 (15 points) and Real Salt Lake (15-10-6) holds a share of the Western Conference points lead with Seattle Sounders FC (51 points).
- D.C. forward and team captain Dwayne De Rosario was subbed out of the match in the 75th minute by Luis Silva. De Rosario ended the tournament with five goals, sharing the lead with the Portland Timbers’ Frederic Piquionne.
Match: Real Salt Lake vs. D.C. United
Date: Oct. 1, 2013
Competition: 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Kickoff: 7 p.m. local (MT)
Weather: 71 degrees, clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
RSL 0 0 0
DCU 1 0 1
DCU – Lewis Neal 45th minute
RSL: 18-Nick Rimando; 17-Chris Wingert, 6-Nat Borchers, 16-Carlos Salcedo (49-Devon Sandoval, 81), 2-Tony Beltran; 5-Kyle Beckerman (capt.), 20-Ned Grabavoy, 26-Sebastian Velasquez (23-Khari Stephenson, 69), 11-Javier Morales; 8-Joao Plata (13-Olmes Garcia, 57), 15-Alvaro Saborio
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Cole Grossman, 14-Yordany Alvarez, 24-Jeff Attinella, 28-Chris Schuler
Head Coach: Jason Kreis
DCU: 28-Bill Hamid; 2-James Riley, 5-Dejan Jakovic, 15-Ethan White, 22-Chris Korb; 23-Perry Kitchen, 24-Lewis Neal, 13-Chris Pontius (30-Conor Doyle, 86), 8-John Thorrington; 18-Nick DeLeon, 7-Dwayne De Rosario (capt.) (12-Luis Silva, 75)
Substitutions Not Used: 3-Dennis Iapichino, 19-Kyle Porter, 21-Daniel Woolard, 25-Jared Jeffrey, 31-Joe Willis
Head Coach: Ben Olsen
Stats Summary: RSL / DCU
Shots: 10 / 2
Shots on Goal: 6 / 1
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 10 / 1
Fouls: 15 / 17
Offside: 3 / 2
DCU – James Riley (caution) 21st minute
RSL – Kyle Beckerman (caution) 45+1
DCU – Nick DeLeon (caution) 58
DCU – Chris Korb (caution) 80
RSL – Nick Rimando (caution) 90
Referee: Juan Guzman (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kermit Quisenberry (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabio Tovar (USA)
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo (USA)