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Upsets Abound in Third Round of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup


CHICAGO (July 1, 2009) — The third round of the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicked off Tuesday evening and underdog squads owned the night. Four of six MLS teams lost to lower division teams, with the Houston Dynamo and Seattle Sounders still yet to play on Wednesday, July 1. The last remaining PDL team fell as D.C. United dispatched the Ocean City Barons by a 2-0 score line. Joining D.C. United in the quarterfinals are the Charleston Battery, the Rochester Rhinos, the Wilmington Hammerheads, the Harrisburg City Islanders and Kansas City Wizards.

Rochester (USL-1) and Columbus (MLS) started off a night full of penalty kicks and overtime games by playing for a full 120 minutes before needing spot kicks to decide a victor. Ty Harden struck first for the home side with a goal in the 32nd minute before Columbus' Duncan Oughton tied it five minutes later, but neither team could find the net again and Rochester finished off the Crew 5-3 on penalty kicks after Oughton's shot was saved.

In Wilmington, N.C., the Hammerheads (USL-2) advanced against the Chicago Fire (MLS) 1-0 with a goal from Kenny Bundy in the 37th minute. Staunch defense then ruled the night, allowing Wilmington to get the shutout victory despite the Fire having the better of the chances.

The New England Revolution (MLS) chose to play their home match in New Britain, Conn., but home field advantage failed to materialize and they fell to the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) 2-1. After getting on the board first with a Jeff Larentowicz goal in the 38th minute, Harrisburg equalized with a man advantage in the 76th minute as a Revolution player went down to injury and New England had used all their substitutions. Another fell near the end of regulation and the nine-man Revs were put on the ropes and finished off in the 104th minute as Geoff Bloes scored to send the Islanders into the quarterfinals.

D.C. United eliminated the last PDL team represented by the Ocean City Barons in Boyds, Md. Christian Gomez scored first for the defending Open Cup champions with a penalty kick in the 74th minute, and Ange N'Silu put the game away in second half stoppage time.

The Charleston Battery scored in just the ninth minute to kick off their upset against Chivas USA. The MLS side leveled the score with a Jesse Marsch strike in the 28th minute, but Randi Patterson’s goal just before halftime held up as the game winner. Tsuyoshi Yoshitake added an insurance goal for the Battery just before the final whistle to send Charleston through with a 3-1 result. This will be the Battery’s third consecutive trip to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.

Finally, in Blaine, Minn., the Minnesota Thunder (USL-1) came back from a two goal deficit to tie their game against the Kansas City Wizards (MLS) and send it into overtime. But just when Kansas City had thought they'd won it with Rauwshan McKenzie's goal in the 105th minute, Melvin Tarley equalized for the Thunder in the 117th. In the shootout, big-game experience won the day as Kansas City converted their first four shots to advance 4-2 on penalties.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup continues third-round play Wednesday, July 1 as the Austin Aztex host the Houston Dynamo in a Lone Star State derby, while Portland sees the Timbers facing off against the Seattle Sounders in the renewal of an old Pacific Northwest rivalry.

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Round Results/Schedule

Date Matchup Result  Venue
June 30 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at New England Revolution (MLS) 2-1  Willowbrook Park; New Britain, Conn.
June 30 Ocean City Barons (PDL) at DC United (MLS) 0-2 Maryland Soccerplex; Boyds, Md.
June 30 Chicago Fire (MLS) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-2) 0-1 Legion Stadium; Wilmington, N.C.
June 30 Chivas USA (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL-1) 1-3 Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.
June 30 Columbus Crew (MLS) at Rochester Rhinos (USL-1) 1-1, (3-5 PKs) Rochester Rhinos Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
June 30 Kansas City Wizards (MLS) at Minnesota Thunder (USL-1) 3-3, (4-2 PKs) National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.
July 1 Houston Dynamo (MLS) at Austin Aztex (USL-1) 7:30 p.m. CT Nelson Field; Austin, Texas
July 1 Seattle Sounders (MLS) at Portland Timbers (USL-1) 7 p.m. PT PGE Park; Portland, Ore.

U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal Pairings:

Date Possible Matchup Time Venue
July 7 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2) at D.C. United (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Maryland Soccerplex; Boyds, Md.
July 7 Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-2) at Rochester Rhinos (USL-1) 7 p.m. ET Rochester Rhinos Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.

July 7 OR

Houston Dynamo (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL-1) 7:30 p.m. ET Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.
July 8 Austin Aztex (USL-1) at Charleston Battery (USL-1) 7:30 p.m. ET Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

July 7
OR

Portland Timbers (USL-1) at Kansas City Wizards (MLS) 7:30 p.m. CT Shawnee Mission North H.S.; Overland Park, Kan.
July 7 Kansas City Wizards (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (MLS) 7 p.m. PT Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
June 9    First Round                     32 lower division teams enter tournament
June 16    Second Round             16 Round 1 winners face off
June 30    Third Round                  Round 2 winners face eight MLS teams
July 7        Quarterfinals                 Round 3 winners 
July 21/22 Semifinals                    Quarterfinal winners 
Sept. 2       Final                               Semifinal winners

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