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Third Round Excitement Leaves PDL, PSL Without Fourth Round Rep

CHICAGO (Wednesday, June 30, 2004) - Three Premier Development League teams forced overtime vs. A-League opponents but none prevailed as each of the lower division teams lost as the eight 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup third round matches were played Wednesday night.

The Richmond Kickers scored in the 94th minute to top the Cape Cod Crusaders, the Minnesota Thunder tallied in the 116th minute to beat the Boulder Rapids Reserve and the Atlanta Silverbacks scored in the final minute of overtime vs. the Carolina Dynamo in the three most dramatic matches of the night.

Three other matches were decided by one goal – with two of those decided in the final minutes of regulation as the Columbus Crew (MLS) topped the Syracuse Salty Dogs (A-League) with a penalty kick in second half stoppage time. Also, the Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) broke a scoreless draw with an 82nd minute goal to top the Chicago Fire Reserves (PDL), and the Portland Timbers (A-League) topped the Utah Blitzz (PSL) 2-1.  

Each of the 16 teams remaining in the tournament hail from the A-League and Major League Soccer. The third round winners will advance to play an MLS club on July 20. Full schedule information is available at on the Open Cup competition page.

At MacPherson Stadium just outside of Greensboro, N.C., Carolina's Steve Rhyne scored in second half stoppage time to level the score at 2-2, but just moments before the final whistle Atlanta scored the 3-2 game winner to advance to the fourth round where they will host the Kansas City Wizards. The Dynamo opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a Marcus Storey goal, but Atlanta jumped in front on goals from Alex Pineda-Chacon and John Ball in the second half.

The Minnesota Thunder moved on with a 116th minute goal from Frederico Juarez, assisted by Zafer Kilickan, at James Griffin Stadium in St. Paul, Minn. for a 2-1 victory over the Boulder Rapids Reserve. David Castellanos scored in the 19th minute for Minnesota, but Boulder leveled things before halftime with a 42nd minute tally from John Pulido. Minnesota will host the Los Angeles Galaxy in the fourth round in the Metrodome in Minneapolis. En route to their appearance in the 2002 final, the Galaxy topped Minnesota 4-0 in the third round of the Open Cup that year on July 17.

In the third overtime battle of the evening, a 94th minute freekick from David Hayes found the back of the net for the Richmond Kickers as they advanced 1-0 over the Cape Cod Crusaders at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond, Va.  Richmond will host D.C. United in an I-95 derby on July 20 at the University of Richmond Stadium. The teams met in the 2002 Open Cup, with D.C. United coming out on top with a 2-0 victory in the quarterfinals.

In Columbus, Ohio, the Crew were just moments away from heading to overtime vs. the Syracuse Salty Dogs before Kyle Martino was taken down in the penalty area and Ross Paule stepped up to convert the spot kick to give the hosts a 2-1 victory. Columbus opened the scoring in the 71st minute when Edson Buddle found the back of the net, but 10 minutes later Syracuse drew level with a goal by Scott Schweitzer. The Crew will host the Chicago Fire in the fourth round, a rematch of the 1998 Open Cup final which saw Chicago's Frank Klopas scoring the game-winner in the 99th minute.

The Chicago Fire Reserves’ high-powered scoring attack (10 goals in two Open Cup matches) ran into the brick wall that was the Rochester Raging Rhinos, as the Rhinos shutout the visitors 1-0 in Frontier Field. Craig Demmin scored the match's only goal in the 82nd minute on an assist from Carlos Mendez. Rochester will travel to face the New England Revolution, the same opponent that topped the Rhinos 2-1 in the fourth round of the Open Cup last year.

The Portland Timbers scored a pair of goals in the first half as they topped the Utah Blitzz 2-1 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. Byron Alvarez and Alex Bengard scored for Portland, who will host the San Jose Earthquakes in the fourth round at PGE Park in Portland. Fadi Afash scored for the Blitzz in 65th minute. San Jose has made the quarterfinals of the Open Cup in five of the six tournaments that they have entered.

The Charleston Battery (A-League) earned the right to host the MetroStars in the fourth round with a 2-0 victory over the Wilmington Hammerheads (PSL) at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston. Forward Paul Conway scored less than two minutes into the game and less than two minutes before the halftime whistle as Dusty Huddock earned the shutout for the Battery. The Battery hosted the MetroStars in 2001 in the Open Cup and bested the higher division foe by a 4-1 scoreline that included a goal by the aforementioned Conway.

The Dallas Burn (MLS) improved to 9-1 all time vs. A-League teams in the Open Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Virginia Beach Mariners at Old Panther Stadium in Duncanville, Texas. Virginia Beach remained winless vs. MLS teams in five chances in Open Cup play. Toni Nhleko opened the scoring in the 20th minute and Ronnie O'Brien provided an insurance goal just three minutes later. Dallas will now host the Colorado Rapids in a rematch of a 2002 Open Cup quarterfinal match that Dallas won 1-0 in overtime on a goal from O'Brien.

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.

Cape Cod Crusaders at Richmond Kickers - Final (OT)
Sports Backers Stadium; Richmond, Va.  
                        1     2     OT1   F
Cape Cod      0    0      0       0
Richmond      0    0      1      1

RIC - David Hayes  94th minute

Wilmington Hammerheads at Charleston Battery - Final
Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.  
                         1      2      F
Wilmington     0     0      0
Charleston     2     0      2

CHA - Paul Conway    2nd minute
CHA - Paul Conway  (Greg Simmonds)   44'

Atlanta Silverbacks at Carolina Dynamo - Final (OT)
MacPherson Stadium; Browns Summit, N.C.  
                         1       2         OT1   OT2   F
Atlanta           0         2         0          1      3
Carolina          1       1         0         0       2

CAR - Marcus Storey (James Riley)    12th minute
ATL - Alex Pineda-Chacon (Leslie Fitzpatrick) 49'
ATL - John Ball               75'
CAR - Steve Rhyne            90+
ATL - unreported              120+

Syracuse Salty Dogs at Columbus Crew - Final
Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
                          1        2      F
Syracuse         0       1      1
Columbus       0      2       2

COL - Edson Buddle (Erick Scott)   71st minute
SYR - Scott Schweitzer    81st minute
COL - Ross Paule (PK)   90+

Chicago Fire Reserves at Rochester Raging Rhinos - Final
Frontier Field; Rochester, N.Y.  
                        1       2      F
Chicago         0      0     0
Rochester     0      1     1

ROC - Craig Demmin (Carlos Mendez )  82nd minute

Boulder Rapids Reserve at Minnesota Thunder -  Final (OT)
James Griffin Stadium; St. Paul, Minn.
                     1      2    OT1    OT2     F
Boulder       1      0     0        0          1
Minnesota  1      0     0        1          2

MIN - David Castellanos (Jeff Matteo) 19th minute
BOU - John Pulido (Lance Snodgrass) 42'
MIN - Frederico Juarez (Zafer Kilickan)  116'

Virginia Beach Mariners at Dallas Burn - Final
Old Panther Stadium; Duncanville, Texas  
                               1      2       F
Virginia Beach     0      0      0
Dallas                   2      0      2

DAL - Toni Nhleko         20th minute
DAL - Ronnie O'Brien      23'

Portland Timbers at Utah Blitzz - Final
Rice-Eccles Stadium; Salt Lake City, Utah
                    1    2    F
Portland     2    0    2
Utah            0    1    1

POR - Byron Alvarez       32nd minute
POR - Alex Bengard       41'
UTB - Fadi Afash            65th minute