Three-Time Open Cup Champion Seattle Sounders, LA Galaxy Falter in Third Round
CHICAGO (May 30, 2013) – The North American Soccer League made its presence known Wednesday night at the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Tampa Bay Rowdies led the charge with a 1-0 victory against three-time U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer while the Carolina RailHawks blanked MLS’s LA Galaxy 2-0.
On the positive side for the MLS contingent, Frederic Piquionne scored a whopping four goals in the first half to lead the Portland Timbers to a 5-1 victory against USL PRO’s Wilmington Hammerheads.
The fourth round of the tournament kicks off Wednesday, June 12.
Wednesday’s Third Round Results (home team listed first):
Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) 0, Chicago Fire (MLS) 2: Newly acquired Mike Magee made his Chicago debut in a big way, getting his new club on the board first with an early goal. Chris Rolfe added another early in the second half. The Fire welcomes MLS rival Columbus Crew to Chicago in the fourth round.
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 2, LA Galaxy (MLS) 0: The RailHawks scored back-to-back goals just after the 60-minute mark by Austin Da Luz and Brian Shriver. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena wasn’t in attendance, but newly acquired Robbie Rogers made his second appearance for his new team. It was Carolina’s third upset of an MLS team in its history. The RailHawks will host Chivas USA in Round 4.
Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 1, Seattle Sounders (MLS) 0: Both teams had plenty of opportunities in the first half, but neither could capitalize. Georgi Hristov got the NASL side on the board in the 75th minute off of a rebound. The Sounders were awarded a penalty kick in the 86th minute, but Rowdies goalkeeper Diego Restrepo saved it to seal the victory.
Columbus Crew (MLS) 2, Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) 1: Dayton went down a man early in the game but held off the Crew until the second half when Eddie Gaven got the first goal of the game. Shane Smith answered in the 78th minute for the Dutch Lions. Justin Meram gave the Crew the lead for good with some help from Gaven, who picked up the assist. The Crew travels to Chicago in Round 4.
New York Red Bulls (MLS) 2, Reading United FC (PDL) 0: Goals from Fabian Espindola and Lloyd Sam midway through the second half gave the Red Bulls a commanding lead over their amateur opponents. Reading United had its chances in the second half, but was unable to come away with a goal.
Houston Dynamo (MLS) 2, FC Tuscon (PDL) 0: Alex Dixon tallied for the two-time MLS Cup champions in the 26th minute. Giles Barnes sealed the deal for the Dynamo with a free kick in the 85th minute. Houston travels to in-state rival FC Dallas in the fourth round.
Portland Timbers (MLS) 5, Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) 1: Frederic Piquionne became the third MLS player to score four goals in an Open Cup game when he posted all four tallies in the first half. Paul Nicholson scored a second-half goal for the Hammerheads, but Portland’s Futty Danso responded a few minutes leader to push the lead back up to four. Timbers captain Will Johnson had three assists on the night.
FOURTH ROUND SCHEDULE:
53. New York Red Bulls (MLS) at New England Revolution (MLS)
Harvard University; Cambridge, Mass.
Wednesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. ET
54. Philadelphia Union (MLS) at D.C. United (MLS)
Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.
Wednesday, June 12, at 7 p.m. ET
55. Columbus Crew (MLS) at Chicago Fire (MLS)
Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
Wednesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. CT
56. Orlando City SC (USL PRO) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
Wednesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. CT
57. Houston Dynamo (MLS) at FC Dallas (MLS)
FC Dallas Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Wednesday, June 12, at 8 p.m. CT
58. Chivas USA (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)
WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
Wednesday, June 12, at 7:15 p.m. ET
59. Charleston Battery (USL PRO) at Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Wednesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. MT
60. Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at Portland Timbers (MLS)
JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.
Wednesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. PT