Roma FC's Cinderella Run Ends Against Los Angeles in Fourth Round of U.S. Open Cup
New England and FC Dallas Advance on Penalty Kicks
CHICAGO (Aug. 3, 2006) – The fourth round of the 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicked off on Tuesday, Aug. 1, with D.C. United defeating the Columbus Crew, 2-1, and Roma FC’s Cinderella run coming to an end against the defending champions Los Angeles Galaxy in a 2-0 loss. The fourth round continued on Wednesday, Aug. 2, with one match being post-poned due to weather and two USL First Division squads forcing penalty kicks against MLS opponents.
The Chicago Fire and Kansas City Wizards will play their fourth round match on Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m. CT at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., after thunderstorms caused the match to be delayed for four hours before being called off. In other fourth round action, D.C. United battled Columbus to a 1-1 draw in regulation on Tuesday (Aug. 1), with Chad Marshall putting Columbus ahead in the 18th minute and Jaime Moreno tying it up in the 22nd minute. Jamil Walker scored the winning goal for D.C. three minutes into overtime.
Also on Tuesday, Roma FC of Dallas—the only USASA regional qualifying team left in the tournament—fell 2-0 to the defending champions Los Angeles Galaxy. The loss ended the amateur squad’s storied run in the tournament, which included a win against USL First Division side Miami FC and a penalty kick win against MLS team Chivas USA.
The other amateur squad still in contention, the Carolina Dynamo of the Premier Development League, also fell in the fourth round, losing 4-2 against the Houston Dynamo. Alejandro Moreno scored twice for Houston and Ronald Cerritos added a third goal before Carolina came back with two goals of their own, from Wells Thompson and Randi Patterson. Eddie Robinson netted the game-clincher for Houston in the 82nd minute.
Joining D.C. United, Los Angeles and Houston in the quarterfinals will be the New York Red Bulls, who defeated the Wilmington Hammerheads, 2-1, and the Colorado Rapids, who beat Real Salt Lake by a 1-0 score line. The New England Revolution and FC Dallas also advanced on penalty kicks against the Rochester Raging Rhinos and the Charleston Battery, respectively.
New England and Rochester finished regulation scoreless, with New England advancing, 5-4, after seven rounds of penalty kicks despite Rochester goalkeeper Scott Vallow saving Shalrie Joseph’s and Andy Dorman’s kicks from the mark.
In Charleston, S.C., the Charleston Battery and FC Dallas played to a 2-2 draw in regulation and ended 3-3 after overtime. Kenny Cooper scored all three goals for Dallas, while Ben Hollingsworth, Ian Fuller and Luc Harrington all tallied once for Charleston. The match was a back-and-forth affair, with Cooper opening the scoring right before halftime in the 45th minute. Charleston came back when Hollingsworth capitalized on a penalty to tie the match at one. Then Cooper scored what appeared to be the game winner in the 89th minute, putting Dallas ahead, 2-1, before the Battery was awarded another penalty one minute later to tie the match at two as Fuller slotted it home. The first overtime period went scoreless, with Harrington scoring in the 114th minute. Cooper once again provided last minute heroics for Dallas, completing his hat trick in the 120th minute. Dallas advanced, 5-3, on penalty kicks.
Semifinalists will face off on Wednesday, Sep. 6, with the winners vying for the U.S. Open Cup title on Wednesday, Sep. 27. Geographical pairings and host proposals received from each club determined match-ups, as they will through the semifinals of the tournament.
At stake in the tournament is $180,000 in prize money broken down as follows: $100,000 to the champion, $50,000 to the runner up and $10,000 to the team which advances deepest in the tournament from each of the Division II, Division III and amateur levels.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation’s National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. 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.
Semifinals Sept. 6 Quarterfinal winners
Final Sept. 27 Semifinal winners