U.S. Soccer

2016 Istria Cup

Umag, Croatia

New York Red Bulls Storm Back for 3-2 Extra-Time Win to Reach 2017 U.S. Open Cup Final as Midnight Strikes for Cinderellas FC Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (Aug. 15, 2017) – It looked like FC Cincinnati were home and dry at 2-0 up and heading for an historic Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, only for New York Red Bulls to hit back late and eventually spoil the party. The visitors from Major League Soccer finished the job 3-2 in extra-time with Bradley Wright-Phillips heading home his second of the night to send the New Jersey-based club through to its second Open Cup Final since their founding (as the MetroStars) in 1996.

The New York Red Bulls will meet three-time Open Cup champs Sporting Kansas City, who dispatched San Jose Earthquakes 5-4 on PKs in last Wednesday’s opening Semifinal, in the Final on Sept. 20, a game that will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. It will be the Red Bulls’ first appearance in an Open Cup Final since 2003 when, led by top-scorer Amado Guevara, they finished runners-up to Chicago Fire. Having never won MLS Cup, the 2017 Open Cup crown would be NYRB’s first piece of significant silverware. 

 

Nippert Stadium was in full voice at the start of hostilities and the opening exchanges were tense and physical, with the home side eager to stamp their mark on proceedings. The visiting Red Bulls had more of the possession early in the half, and Jamaican international Kemar Lawrence hit well over the bar with the first two shots of the game.

FC Cincinnati’s outstanding goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt, a hero among heroes during the USL side’s 2017 Cup run, mopped up whatever came his way in the first period, though he had little to do despite the men from MLS controlling much of the play. At the other end, the first few forays forward for the home side came from Aodhan Quinn, who took a shot (a wild volley that went way over) and sent in a looping cross from a free-kick that tested Ryan Meara in the NYRB goal. 

Nippert Stadium nearly levitated on the half-hour mark. After a nifty break up the right side, the ball moved to the left where Cincinnati's Andrew Wiedeman lofted a deft cross into the penalty area. A cheeky chest pass from Danni Konig beat the lone remaining New York defender in the box as Corben Bone came steaming through to take a touch and hammer home with his right foot. It was the former Chicago Fire utility man’s first goal for the club in competitive play and the first goal scored by an FC Cincinnati player not named Djiby Fall, who sat out this game through suspension, in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup.

 

The next quarter-hour saw the Red Bulls keep up sustained pressure in the attacking third. Wright-Phillips, who scored the winner against New England Revolution in the Quarterfinal, had his first pair of half-chances in the contest. But neither came to anything in the end with wayward aim and Hildebrandt’s cool hands keeping the ball out. 

The second-half proved to be a thrilling 45 minutes of soccer - gripping from the start. After only six minutes, FC Cincinnati’s clever attacker Wiedeman raced forward all by his lonesome on a counter-attack. He managed to work a little space on the right side of the box, but his right-footed effort was well kept out by Meara. It was a hint of things to come and ten minutes later the home side were 2-0 up.  

FCC were trying to take full advantage of set-pieces and counter-attacks. And after 61 minutes, it was their homegrown hero – Cincinnati born and raised Austin Berry – who rose highest to make the score 2-0 in front of throngs of friends and family. The big defender stormed in at the back post to thunder his header past Meara and send Nippert Stadium into hysterics.

 

But while the fans were dreaming of a place in the Final next month, reality came back and hit them over the head. The professionalism of the visiting Red Bulls – and the style and panache of Sacha Kljestan in midfield – were too much to resist as the visitors had all the possession. And while they hadn’t conceded a goal in 585 minutes of Open Cup soccer up to that point, FC Cincinnati allowed two in the space of just three minutes to see the score settle at 2-2. 

Second-half substitute Gonzalo Veron took advantage of a scramble in the penalty area to hit home from close range in the 75th minute. The initial cross was a good one but the ball rebounded off Berry and fell invitingly for the Argentinian, who hit home from the doorstep while falling to the ground. In that moment, some of the air seemed to go out of the stadium and it wasn’t long before the silence of the 33,250 fans turned deafening.

Just two minutes after cutting the lead in half, The Red Bulls made it 2-2 through their always lethal marksman Wright-Phillips. The English-born striker guided a pinpoint header just between Hildebrandt and the post. It was another lovely cross from the right side and the striker, with three goals in two Open Cup games, hardly had to jump to get his head to the ball and draw level in the 77th minute.

 

Wright-Phillips had another golden chance to make it 3-2 on the stroke of full-time, but the potential dagger hit off the underside of the crossbar after he’d snuck in at the near post and nodded past Hildebrandt. Instead, the game went to extra-time where Wright-Phillips was on hand to turn the knife in FC Cincinnati’s ribs once more. Eleven minutes into the first-period he slipped another brilliant header home before diving into the small corner of the stadium reserved for traveling fans.

At 3-2 down and having conceded three unanswered goals, the home team refused to give up. Wiedeman soldiered on despite being hampered by cramps. Substitute Marco Dominguez had one more chance to draw level for FCC, but his effort from close-range was cleared by a fearless Tyler Adams, who sacrificed his body for the cause. The Red Bulls were worthy winners on the day as the 2017 U.S. Open Cup had to wave a fond goodbye to FC Cincinnati.

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U-17 WNT To Face England U-17 WNT Twice in Portland, Oregon

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U-17 WNT Aug 15, 2017

U.S. U-17 WNT to Face England U-17 WNT Twice in Portland, Oregon

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U-17 WNT Aug 15, 2017

U.S. U-17 WNT to Face England U-17 WNT Twice in Portland, Oregon

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U.S. Open Cup Aug 15, 2017

FC Cincinnati, NY Red Bulls Prepare for Open Cup Semifinal Clash

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
2-0 W Umag, Croatia Groom, Gibbons
0-0 D Umag, Croatia --
3-0 W Umag, Croatia Groom, T. Smith, Sullivan

2016 Istria Cup - Umag, Croatia - March 2-7

PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
GK 5-9 Kennesaw, Ga. Houston Dash
D 5-6 Menlo Park, Calif. North Carolina Courage
F 5-8 Chino Hills, Calif. WNY Flash
M 5-4 Honolulu, Hawaii
D 5-5 Royal Palm Beach, Fla. Sky Blue FC
D 5-4 Raleigh, N.C. CASL
F 5-6 Liberty, Mo. FC Kansas City
M 5-4 Titusville, Fla. Space Coast United
M 5-4 Cincinnati, Ohio Boston Breakers
M 5-4 Lutherville, Md. Portland Thorns
D 5-5 West Covina, Calif. Sky Blue FC
D 5-10 Arlington Heights, Ill. Sockers FC
M 5-3 Birmingham, Ala. FC Kansas City
GK 5-11 Vacaville, Calif. San Juan SC
D 5-7 New Brunswick, N.J. Sky Blue FC
M 5-4 Fort Worth, Texas Western New York Flash
F 5-9 Gainesville, Fla.
M 5-7 Lorton, Va. Bethesda SC
D 5-6 Brecksville, Ohio Cleveland Internationals
D 5-6 Redondo Beach, Calif. Orlando Pride

2016 Istria Cup - Umag, Croatia - March 2-7

Jane Campbell

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Kennesaw, Ga.

Club:
Houston Dash

Abby Dahlkemper

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Menlo Park, Calif.

Club:
North Carolina Courage

Makenzy Doniak

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Chino Hills, Calif.

Club:
WNY Flash

Caprice Dydasco

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Honolulu, Hawaii

Miranda Freeman

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Royal Palm Beach, Fla.

Club:
Sky Blue FC

Christina Gibbons

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Raleigh, N.C.

Club:
CASL

Shea Groom

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Liberty, Mo.

Club:
FC Kansas City

Michaela Hahn

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Titusville, Fla.

Club:
Space Coast United

Rose Lavelle

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Cincinnati, Ohio

Club:
Boston Breakers

Tyler Lussi

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Lutherville, Md.

Club:
Portland Thorns

Kayla Mills

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
West Covina, Calif.

Club:
Sky Blue FC

Katie Naughton

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-10

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Arlington Heights, Ill.

Club:
Sockers FC

Toni Payne

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-3

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Birmingham, Ala.

Club:
FC Kansas City

Katelyn Rowland

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-11

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Vacaville, Calif.

Club:
San Juan SC

Erica Skroski

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
New Brunswick, N.J.

Club:
Sky Blue FC

Taylor Smith

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Fort Worth, Texas

Club:
Western New York Flash

Havana Solaun

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Gainesville, Fla.

Andi Sullivan

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Lorton, Va.

Club:
Bethesda SC

Christen Westphal

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Brecksville, Ohio

Club:
Cleveland Internationals

Samantha Witteman

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Redondo Beach, Calif.

Club:
Orlando Pride

Group A

Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
March 2
United States vs. Slovenia 3-0 W Umag, Croatia
March 4 United States vs. Poland 0-0 T
Umag, Croatia
March 6 United States vs. France 2-0 W Umag, Croatia

U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team - 2016 Istria Cup

Record: 2-0-1

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Jane Campbell GK 2 2 180 0 1 1 0/0
Abby Dahlkemper  D 2 2 180 0 0 0 0/0
Makenzy Doniak  F 3 2 134 0 0 0 0/0
Caprice Dydasco  D 3 2 225 0 1 1 0/0
Mandy Freeman  M 3 1 70 0 0 0 0/0
Christina Gibbons D 2 2 168 1 0 2 0/0
Shea Groom  M 3 1 191 2 0 4 0/0
Michaela Hahn M 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Rose Lavelle M 2 2 180 0 0 0 0/0
Tyler Lussi  F 3 1 108 0 0 0 0/0
Kayla Mills D 3 2 156 0 0 0 0/0
Katie Naughton  D 2 1 67 0 0 0 0/0
Toni Payne  F 3 3 191 0 0 0 0/0
Katelyn Rowland GK 1 1 90 0 0 0 0/0
Erica Skroski  D 3 2 203 0 0 0 0/0
Taylor Smith  F 3 2 181 1 0 2 0/0
Havana Solaun  M 2 1 95 0 0 0 0/0
Andi Sullivan M 3 2 203 1 0 2 0/0
Christen Westphal D 2 2 135 0 0 0 0/0
Samantha Witteman  M 3 1 121 0 1 1 0/0
Own Goal 0
Totals
3 3 270 5 3 13 0/0
Opponent Totals
3 3 270 0 0 0 3/0

2016 Istria Cup Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Jane Campbell 2 2 180 5 0 2 0.00 2-0-0
Katelyn Rowland 1 1 90 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-1
Totals 3 3 270 5 0 2 0.00 2-0-1
Opponent Totals 3 3 270 0 5 0 1.67 0-2-1

Updated through March 7, 2016

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