CHICAGO (Wednesday, July 16, 2003) - Both MLS teams in action advanced, and the Wilmington Hammerheads are now the last team from the United Soccer League's Pro Select League still alive as the third round of the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup got underway tonight across the country.
The biggest upset of the night was at the Legion Sports Complex in Wilmington, N.C., as the Hammerheads defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks 2-1. After a scoreless first half, the visitors took the lead in the 58th minute as Mac Cozier found the back of the net on an assist from Joard Odera. Wilmington would answer less than 10 minutes later, as second-half sub Byron Carmichael tallied in the 66th minute. The game-winner came in the 75th minute, as Kevin Nylen scored on an assist from Junior Zarate. The Hammerheads will next host the Dallas Burn (MLS) at 7:30 p.m. ET on Aug. 6. The team also clinched $10,000 in prize money as the team from Division III to advance the deepest into the tournament.
The Mid Michigan Bucks, a USASA affiliated team that qualifies out of the USL's Premier Development League, nearly escaped with a result against the MetroStars of MLS in front of a crowd of 4,010 fans at Hurley Field in Berkley, Mich. The MetroStars opened the scoring in the fifth minute on a free kick by Amado Guevera. The Bucks held the MLS side's advantage down to just one until the flood gates opened after the 80 minute mark, with John Wolyniec, Mike Nugent and Jose Galvan padded the MetroStars lead in the final 10 minutes. Jonny Walker, who joined the MetroStars to fill the vacancy left by Tim Howard, made four saves in his first appearance with the team. The MetroStars will next travel to face the Columbus Crew (MLS) in a rematch of a 2002 Open Cup quarterfinal in Columbus Crew Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET on Aug. 6.
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds (A-League), under recently-named head coach Ricardo Iribarren, were the other team to take a crack at an MLS side, falling 2-1 at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds, Md. Mike Petke scored on a corner kick in the 33rd minute, and Dema Kovalenko added the eventual game-winner in the 44th minute. Eliseo Quintanilla assisted on both goals. With D.C. up 2-0 at halftime, Pittsburgh attempted a comeback, but could only get one goal that came in the 74th minute by Thiago Martins.
D.C. United will advance to host the Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League), who topped the Carolina Dynamo (USL-PSL) 5-0 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. In a match that was delayed nearly an hour by thunderstorms, the home side came out and made quick work of the visitors. Dante Washington and Roland Aguilera - who both have scored goals in the Open Cup for the Columbus Crew - led the way for the Mariners with a pair of goals each.
The Rochester Raging Rhinos - one of only two teams to participate in the last eight Open Cups - topped the New Hampshire Phantoms (USL-PSL) before more than 7,500 fans at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y. Their 13th Open Cup win ties them with the Columbus Crew for the most since MLS teams joined the tournament in 1996. Bjorn Hansen opened the scoring for the Phantoms in the 10th minute, but Rochester responded with four unanswered goals, including a game-winner by Stoin Midenov in the 67th minute. The Rhinos advance to face the New England Revolution at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass., on Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
In an A-League match-up, the Seattle Sounders stole a win on the road at the National Sports Complex in Blaine, Minn., as they topped the Minnesota Thunder 1-0. The only goal of the match came 50th minute by Kyle Smith on an assist from Jason Farrell. The Seattle win sets up an Open Cup showdown with the San Jose Earthquakes for the second-straight year. That fourth round game will be played Aug. 5 in Seattle.
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Third Round Remaining Schedule:
13: Fresno Fuego (PDL) at El Paso Patriots (A-League) - Dudley Stadium, El Paso, Texas - July 22/7 p.m.
16: Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) at Milwaukee Wave United (A-League) - Uilhein Soccer Park, Milwaukee, Wisc. - July 23/7:30 p.m.
Fourth Round Schedule:
19: Seattle Sounders (A-League) at San Jose Earthquakes - TBD - Aug. 6/TBD
20: Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League) at D.C. United (MLS) - TBD - Aug. 6/TBD
21: Fresno Fuego (PDL) OR El Paso Patriots (A-League) at Los Angeles Galaxy - Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. - Aug. 6/7 p.m.
22: Dallas (MLS) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL) - TBD - Aug. 6/7:30 p.m.
23: Kansas City Wizards (MLS) at Colorado Rapids (MLS) - Invesco Field, Denver - Aug. 6/7:30 p.m.
24: Chicago (MLS) at Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) OR Milwaukee Wave United (A-League) TBD - Aug. 6/7:30 p.m.
25: MetroStars (MLS) at Columbus Crew (MLS) - Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio - Aug. 6 - 7:30 p.m.
26: Rochester (A-League) at New England (MLS) Lusitano Stadium, Ludlow, Mass. - Aug. 6 - 7:30 p.m.