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Weather Postpones One Third Round Match in U.S. Open Cup; Fourth Round Matchups All but Set

CHICAGO (July 14, 2005) - Match reports from seven of the eight third round U.S. Open Cup matches are below. Wednesday's matchup between the Ocean City Barons and Richmond Kickers was postponed due to lightning. It will be played on Tuesday, July 19. The fourth round schedule is also included, and will be finalized upon completion of the Ocean City - Richmond match.


- Ocean City Barons v. Richmond Kickers Match Postponed Until July 19
- Fourth Round Match-ups Finalized for August 3
- August 24 Quarterfinal Pairings Announced

CHICAGO (Thursday, July 14, 2005) – The third round of the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup offered a full spectrum of soccer excitement this week with plenty of goals, three Major League Soccer teams being pushed to the brink in overtime games and two upset victories. The biggest shocker of the night came via the Minnesota Thunder’s (USL1) come-from-behind 6-4 overtime triumph against MLS expansion club Real Salt Lake. The other lower-seeded team to earn a win on Wednesday night was the Des Moines Menace of the USL Premier Development League, recording a dominating 5-1 win over the USL1’s Atlanta Silverbacks.

One third round match remains to be played, as Wednesday’s scheduled meeting between the PDL’s Ocean City Barons and the USL’s Richmond Kickers was postponed until July 19 because of lightning in Richmond, Va.

With seven of the eight third round matches complete, U.S. Soccer has announced the pairings for the tournament quarterfinals scheduled for August 24. The tournament’s fourth round will be played on Wednesday, August 3, with the defending champion Kansas City Wizards of MLS beginning their quest for a repeat with a home match against the PDL’s Menace. A complete fourth round schedule, as well as the quarterfinal pairings, is attached below.

Fans at the match between Minnesota and Real Salt Lake were treated to 10 goals in all, including a hat trick from RSL’s Jason Kreis. Real Salt Lake carried the lead into the 88th minute but couldn’t hold it as the Thunder equalized in the waning moments and pulled away with two overtime goals.

Goals were flying in from all angles in the Atlanta Silverbacks match-up with Des Moines as well, but the Menace maintained most of the ball and dominated in 5-1 victory. Michael Krouse had a strong night, notching two goals for the Menace.

In other USL action, the Seattle Sounders visited the Portland Timbers and were cut down by a pair of set pieces. Hugo Alcaraz’s bending free kick from the top of the box glanced off the near post and into the goal, giving Portland an early lead in the 15th minute. Dan Antoniuk put the game out of reach with his penalty kick in the 59th minute, as Portland earned the 2-0 shutout.
The Rochester Raging Rhinos (USL1) fought back after trailing at the half to sink the Virginia Beach Mariners (USL1), 2-1. A penalty kick by Rene Rivas in the 50th minute got the Rhinos on the board, and Kirk Wilson scored the game winner on a rebound shot in the 80th to clinch the match for Rochester.

On the MLS side, both Chivas USA and FC Dallas flirted with disaster before rallying for overtime wins over USL 2 opponents. Chivas reached added time against the Charlotte Eagles thanks to a late equalizer by Thiago Martins in the 83rd minute. The team then only narrowly avoided a shootout when Isaac Romo netted the game winner in the 120th minute. Following their 3-2 win, Chivas advances to face their MLS rivals, the L.A. Galaxy in the fourth round.

FC Dallas on the other hand, left little to doubt once their match with the Wilmington Hammerheads reached overtime. The MLS Western Conference leaders notched goals in each of the extra sessions to advance 3-1.

The MLS Eastern Conference leading Chicago Fire earned a 3-1 victory over the Western Mass Pioneers (USL2), scoring all of their goals in the first half. The result sets up an intriguing fourth round matchup with the New England Revolution (MLS), who currently occupy second place in the Eastern Conference standings.

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 Des Moines Menace and Ocean City Barons of the PDL have their sights set on the amateur prize as the only amateur teams remaining in contention.

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.

Third Round Results

Fourth Round Schedule

Quarterfinal Schedule

Future Dates
Semifinals:     Sept. 14   Quarterfinal winners
Final:              Sept. 28    Semifinal winners

2005 U.S. Open Cup Third Round Match Reports

Match: Seattle Sounders (USL1) at Portland Timbers (USL1)
Competition: 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Round
Match No.: 19
Date:July 12
Venue: PGE Park; Portland, Ore.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Scoring Summary:
                          1 2 F
Seattle Sounders  0  0  0
Portland Timbers   1  1  2

PTD - Hugo Alcarez   15th minute
PTD - Dan Antoniuk   59.

Match: Real Salt Lake (MLS) at Minnesota Thunder (USL1)
Match No: 20
Date: July 13
Venue: James Griffin Stadium; St. Paul, Minn.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT
Scoring Summary:
                              1   2   1OT   2OT   F
Real Salt Lake         2    2     0       0     4
Minnesota Thunder   2   2     1       1      6

RSL - Jason Kreis (penalty kick)   9th minute
MNT - Melvin Tarley (Johnny Menyongar)   16.
MNT - Johnny Menyongar (Jeff Matteo)  &BR>RSL - Jason Kreis (Seth Trembly)   50.
MNT - Melvin Tarley (Johnny Menyongar)   66.
RSL - Jason Kreis (Chris Brown)   70.
MNT - Aaron Pave   89.
MNT - Matt Schmidt   96.
MNT - Aaron Pave (Matt Schmidt)   107.

Match: Chicago Fire (MLS) at Western Mass Pioneers (USL2)
Match No.: 21
Date: July 13
Venue: Lusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Scoring Summary:
                                        1    2    F
Chicago Fire                      3    0    3
Western Mass Pioneers     1    0    1
WMA - Neil Krause (Omar McFarlane)   5th minute.
CHI - Will John (Justin Mapp)   16.
CHI - Lubos Reiter (Will John)   24.
CHI - Will John (Justin Mapp)   45.

Match: Va. Beach Mariners (USL1) at Rochester Rhinos (USL1)
Match No.: 22
Date: July 13
Venue: Frontier Field; Rochester, N.Y.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Scoring Summary
                                        1    2    F
Va. Beach Mariners            1    0    1
Rochester Rhinos               0    2     2

VB - John Barry Nusum (Jakob Fenger)   43rd minute.
RR - Rene Rivas (penalty kick)    50.
RR - Kirk Wilson (Mauro Carabajal)    80.

Match: Wilmington Hammerheads (USL2) at FC Dallas (MLS)
Match No.: 23
Date: July 13
Venue: Univ. of Texas-Dallas; Dallas, Texas
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT
Scoring Summary:
                                         1    2   1OT   2OT    F
Wilmington Hammerheads   1   0    0         0      1
FC Dallas                             1   0    1         1      3

WIL - Derek Popovich (Chad Crandell)   18th minute.
FCD - Abe Thompson   35.
FCD - Carey Talley (Roberto Mina)   98.
FCD - Roberto Mina (Abe Thompson)   112.

Match: Ocean City Barons (PDL) at Richmond Kickers (USL1)
Match No.: 24
Date: July 19*
Venue: Sports Backers Stadium - Richmond, Va.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Scoring Summary:
                                1     2       F
Ocean City Barons    2     2       4
Richmond Kickers    4      4       8

OCB - Byron Carmichael (Adam Williamson)   4th minute. 
RCH - Peter Luzak (Sasha Gorres)   12. 
RCH - McColm Cephas (Sasha Gorres)   13.
RCH - McColm Cephas ( Mike Burke)   16.
RCH - McColm Cephas (Sasha Gorres)   28. 
OCB - Byron Carmichael (Tony Donatelli)   41. 
OCB - Tony Donatelli (penalty kick)   54.
RCH - Kevin Jeffrey (Sasha Gorres)   69. 
RCH - Tim Brown (Chris Carreri)   77.
RCH - Matt Bobo  82. 
OCB - Michael Todd   84.
RCH - Matt Delicate (Chris Carreri) 84.
* match originally scheduled for July 13 postponed (lightning)

Match: Chivas USA (MLS) at Charlotte Eagles (USL2)
Match No.: 25
Date: July 13
Venue: Davidson College; Davidson, N.C.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Scoring Summary:
                           1     2    1OT     2OT     F
Chivas USA         1      1      0         1        3
Charlotte Eagles   1     1      0         0        2

Chivas - Esteban Arias (Francisco Mendoza)   3rd minute.
CHE - Jacob Coggins (Chris McClellan)   24.
CHE Dustin Swinehart (Ben Johnson)   81.
Chivas - Thiago Martins (Antonio Martinez)   84.
Chivas - Isaac Romo   120.

Match: Des Moines Menace (PDL) at Atlanta Silverbacks (USL1)
Match No.: 26
Date: July 13
Venue: DeKalb Memorial Stadium; Clarkston, Ga.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Scoring Summary:
                                  1     2    F     
Des Moines Menace    3     2    5
Atlanta Silverbacks      1     0    1

DMM - Matthew Kreikmeyer (Tomas Boltnar)   8th minute.
DMM - Tomas Boltnar (penalty kick)   12.
DMM - Michael Krause (Tomas Boltnar)    26
ATL - David Hayes  33
DMM - Edwin Disang (Matthew Kreikmeyer)   50
DMM - Michael Krause (Matthew Kreikmeyer)   51

Qualified Teams
MLS (12): Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, MetroStars, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake*, San Jose Earthquakes;

USL Division I (8): Atlanta Silverbacks*, Charleston Battery*, Minnesota Thunder, Portland Timbers, Richmond Kickers, Rochester Raging Rhinos, Seattle Sounders*, Virginia Beach Mariners*

USL Division II (6): Charlotte Eagles*, Cincinnati Kings*, Long Island Rough Riders*, Pittsburgh Riverhounds*, Western Mass*, Wilmington Hammerheads*

USL Premier Development League (8): Cascade Surge*, Chicago Fire Premier*, Cocoa Expos*, Des Moines Menace, El Paso Patriots*, Ocean City Barons, Orange County Blue Star*, Richmond Kickers Future* 

USASA (8): AAC Eagles* (Chicago, Ill.), Azzurri FC* (Reg. III; Dallas), Baltimore Colts* (Reg. I; Fallston, Md.), NY Greek American Atlas* (Reg. I; Bayside, N.Y.), Roma* (Reg. III; Garland, Texas), Salinas Valley Samba* (Reg. IV; Salinas, Calif.), Sonoma County Sol* (Reg. IV; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Indiana Reggae Boyz* (Reg. II; Indianapolis, Ind.)

*Indicates eliminated team