2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Round Kicks Off With Two Lower Division Clubs Advancing Past MLS Teams
CHICAGO (June 30, 2010) – The third round of the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicked off Tuesday night with six matches, including two upsets. It concludes Wednesday, June 30, when D.C. United (MLS) branches out to Fairfax, Va., to host the Richmond Kickers (USL-2) and the Portland Timbers (D-2) welcome the Seattle Sounders (MLS) to complete the field of eight that will compete in the tournament quarterfinals starting July 6.
The Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Second Division shocked their MLS opponent, defeating the New York Red Bulls in extra time with a goal from Dominic Oppong. The other surprise of the evening was provided by the Charleston Battery (USL-2), who played the Chicago Fire (MLS) to a scoreless draw in regulation and extra time before advancing to the quarterfinals with a 3-0 score in penalties.
In games where the MLS side hosted while victorious over a D-2 club, the Columbus Crew, led by goals from Andy Iro and Steven Lenhart, defeated the Rochester Rhinos, 2-1. In Houston, the Dynamo held off Miami FC, 1-0, on a goal from Lovel Palmer while AC St. Louis fell 2-0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy, who advanced on the strength of goals from Chris Klein and Juninho. Playing at Cal State Fullerton, Chivas USA also advanced with a 1-0 win against the Austin Aztex, getting an early goal from Jesus Padilla to earn their first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup win since 2005.
The semifinals are set for Aug. 31-Sept. 1, and the final will be played Oct. 5.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which is recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 95 consecutive years dating back to 1914. It is the oldest annual team tournament in U.S. sports history and among the oldest soccer tournaments of its type in the world. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor long-time soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.
2010 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP THIRD ROUND SCHEDULE/RESULTS
|25||June 29||New York Red Bulls (MLS) 0, Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) 1 (OT)||7 p.m. ET||Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.|
|26||*June 30||Richmond Kickers (USL-2) at D.C. United (MLS)||7:30 p.m. ET||George Mason Univ. Stadium; Fairfax, Va.|
|27||June 29||Charleston Battery (USL-2) 0, Chicago Fire (MLS) 0 (3-0 PK)||7:30 p.m. CT||Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.|
|28||June 29||Rochester Rhinos (D-2) 1, Columbus Crew (MLS) 2||7:30 p.m. ET||Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio|
|29||June 29||AC St. Louis (D-2) 0, Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) 2||7:30 p.m. PT||The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.|
|30||June 29||Miami FC (D-2) 0, Houston Dynamo (MLS) 1||7:30 p.m. CT||*Robertson Stadium; Houston, Texas|
|31||June 29||Austin Aztex (D-2) 0, Chivas USA (MLS) 1||7:30 p.m. PT||California State-Fullerton; Fullerton, Calif.|
|32||*June 30||Seattle Sounders (MLS) at Portland Timbers (D-2)||*7:30 p.m. PT||PGE Park; Portland, Ore.|
2010 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE AND POTENTIAL MATCHES
|33||**July 21||Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at D.C. United (MLS)||7:30 p.m. ET||**Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.|
|July 6||Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at Richmond Kickers (USL-2)||7 p.m. ET||Univ. of Richmond Stadium; Richmond, Va.|
|34||July 6||Charleston Battery (USL-2) at Columbus Crew (MLS)||7:30 p.m. ET||Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio|
|35||July 6||Chivas USA (MLS) at Houston Dynamo (MLS)||7:30 p.m. CT||Robertson Stadium; Houston, Texas|
|36||July 7||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) at Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)||**7 p.m. PT||Starfire Sports Complex; Seattle, Wash.|
|July 7||Portland Timbers (D-2) at Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)||7:30 p.m. PT||The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.|