San Jose now moves on to the quarterfinals, to be played on August 9 against the rival Los Angeles Galaxy (a 2-0 winner tonight over the San Diego Flash). The U.S. Open Cup is the largest and most prestigious professional club soccer tournament in this country.
The Earthquakes, who also got a goal from Ian Russell, have now moved on to the quarterfinal round in all three of their U.S. Open Cup appearances (having also taken part in 1997 and 1998).
"Ten years from now you'll only see a W in the books so it doesn't matter if it was an ugly game," Earthquakes Coach Lothar Osiander said. "It was physical, it was a typical cup game and I loved it. This is a difficult game to play, because Richmond came in with nothing to lose. At the end of the day, if you win you're happy."
Bower gave the Earthquakes a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. Burns passed the ball up the left side to Harut Karapetyan, who sent a cross in from the left corner. Bower, sprinting into the goalie box, jumped high in the air to power the ball into the back of the net on a header.
For Bower, a second-year player in the Project-40 program, it was his first goal as a member of the Earthquakes.
Burns and Bower then both helped set up San Jose's second goal in the 79th minute. Burns passed to Bower, who sent a great through ball past the defense, which a sprinting Russell picked up in the penalty box, then slotted it inside the right post.
"I'm happy to get the win, first and foremost," Bower said. "This is a big win for us the way our season is going. Getting a goal and an assist was nice, but as a forward that's my job and I felt like I could have done even more tonight."
The Kickers outshot the Earthquakes, 7-6, in the first half, and forced San Jose goalkeeper Jon Conway to make five saves.
Richmond's Dwayne DeRosario created several of the first half's best scoring chances. In the ninth minute, he had a one-on-one against Conway, but Conway came out all the way to the edge of the penalty box to block his shot. In the 22nd minute, DeRosario had a nice opportunity on a header in the box but pushed it wide. And in the 23rd minute, he took a hard shot from the right side that Conway had to make a diving save on.
Karapetyan had a chance to extend the Earthquakes' lead in the 28th minute when he broke in free on the Kickers goal, but shot wide due to the challenge of Richmond goalkeeper Mike McGinty.
In the second half, the scoring chances were even until Russell's insurance goal in the 79th minute. In extra time, a DeRosario header hit the left post, barely ensuring the Earthquakes' shutout.
The Kickers ended the match with a 17-14 shots advantage. Conway finished with seven saves.
2000 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP MATCH REPORT
|Participants:||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. Richmond Kickers (A-League)|
|Competition:||2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Round|
|Venue:||Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.)|
|Date:||July 25, 2000|
E-quakes - Bower, (Karapetyan), 15,
E-quakes - Russell, (Bower), 79.
KICKERS - G Mike McGinty, D Chris Brown (F Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi, 63rd), D Chris Fox, D Scott Cannon, D Josh McKay (F Rob Ukrop, 77th), M Tony Williams, M Kevin Knight, M Marco Ferruzzi, M Paul Lekics, F Keith Donohue (M Peter Luzak, 74th), F Dwayne DeRosario.
E-QUAKES - G Jon Conway, D Jimmy Conrad, D Dan Calichman, D Mike Burns, M Ryan Tinsley, M Mauricio Solis, M Wojtek Krakowiak (M Ian Russell, 69th), M Dario Brose (M Travis Mulraine, 77th), M Harut Karapetyan, F Khodadad Azizi, F Scott Bower.