New York Red Bulls (MLS) 1, Philadelphia Union (MLS) 1 (5-3 PKs)
Having been eliminated from Open Cup play by the Philadelphia Union two years in a row, the New York Red Bulls reversed their fortune with a 5-3 result in penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw in the Round of 16. New York got on the board first when high pressure forced a Union turnover in their own end. Four players quickly knocked the ball around, climaxing when Bradley Wright-Phillips received a ball with his chest, dropped it to the ground, turned and sent a square ball to a charging Sacha Kljestan, who slotted home. Hoping to stave off elimination, Philly’s Roland Alberg – the recipient of a Jack Elliot lob from midfield – tallied from distance to level the score in the 86th minute. The Union took control in extra time, but poor finishing resulted in a shootout. All nine players scored on their attempts, save for a crucial miss by Philadelphia’s Fafa Picault. New York advances to the Quarterfinals for an away matchup with another familiar foe, the New England Revolution, on July 13.