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- U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team vs. England
Date: Feb. 17, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: St. George’s Park; United Kingdom
Kickoff: 2:00 p.m. Local Time
Weather: 45 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
ENG                             1          0          1
USA                             1          0          1

ENG – Own Goal                       8th minute
USA – Gabe Segal                    13

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nicolas DeFreitas-Hansen; 2-John Hilton, 4-Michael Pellegrino, 13-Sebastian Serpa, 3-Luke Hansen; 6-Taylor Booth (capt.), 8-Indiana Vassilev (13-Marcelo Palomino, 55) 10-Luis Arriaga (15-Ulysses Llanez, 70); 7-Jose Rivas (17-Bryan Reynolds, 55), 11-Konrad DelaFuente, 9-Gabe Segal
Subs not used: 14-Gabe Findley, 16-Nick Fernandez, 20-Timothy Bielic, 21-Dominic DeAlmeida, 22-Cole McNally, 24-Cameron Duke
Head Coach: Shaun Tsakiris

England: 1-Lucas Ashby Hammond; 19-Louis Watson (18-Jamie Bowden, 61), 4-Faustino Anjorin (capt.), 5-Nathan Ogbeta (3-Bukayo Saka, 61), 16-Ethan Dekel (15-Curtis Jones, 41) ;  8-Thomas Doyle (14-Daniel Neill, 41), 12-Bali Mumba, 10-Paul Glatzel; 12-Bali Mumba (20-Tomiwa Solanke, 61), 17-Sylvester Jasper (11-Xavier Amaechi, 61), 9-Bobby Duncan
Subs not used: 13-Leighton Fanshawe, 7-Fabio Sole, 2-Dylan Crowe
Head Coach: Geraint Twose

Stats Summary: USA/ENG
Shots: 7/8
Shots on Goal: 4/5
Saves: 5/3
Corner Kicks: 4/2
Fouls: 5/4
Offside: 1/3

Misconduct Summary:
None

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Manotas the Man as Dynamo Down MNUFC, Move on to Quarterfinals

A lone goal from Colombian Mauro Manotas just after the interval was enough to see Houston Dynamo knock out Minnesota United and win their second straight 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game at their BBVA Compass Stadium (1-0). The slim victory sets a date for the Texans, twice MLS champions, against Open Cup holders and four-time toppers Sporting Kansas City in next month’s Quarterfinals.

Chances were many, but goals were nowhere in the first half. Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath went with a full-strength squad and his regulars bossed the first 25 minutes of action in the muggy heat of Houston. After only 12 minutes, the outstanding Darwin Quintero burst out on a long run up from the back and laid in a low cross for Christian Ramirez, who then pulled the ball back across the box with his first touch. Finnish midfielder Rasmus Schuller should have done better with his finish but could only hit over the bar after controlling the ball with time and space at the edge of the box.


(Manotas was a threat through the whole 90 minutes against Minnesota United)

As the half wore on, the Dynamo began to grow into the game despite coach Wilmer Cabrera resting a number of usual starters and banking on youth for a second straight Open Cup game on the bounce. Memo Rodriguez – the Homegrown Player who scored a pair of goals against talented amateurs NTX Rayados in the last round, collected the ball in the 17th minute and hit from the corner of the box with enough power to score, but nowhere near the accuracy needed. Ten minutes later, Rodriguez, still just 22, nearly sent Manotas through on the Minnesota goal, but his clever through ball at the edge of the box was just out of reach for the Colombian striker. One more shot in the 30th minute from Rodriguez stretched Bobby Shuttleworth in the Minnesota goal.

The Minnesotans were the better team in the first half, with more of the possession and better shape. But their finishing eluded them just like it did their opponents in orange. With five minutes left, Quintero wriggled into the box with some clever approach-work, but his cross for Ramirez was a little overcooked. A few minutes later, another chance fell for Minnesota as Miguel Ibarra fired high over the crossbar with an effort than seemed to sum up an opening period defined by wayward finishing.


(It was a tight game with no quarter given or asked for between MNUFC & Houston Dynamo)

It must have been another barnstormer of a halftime team-talk from Dynamo’s coach Cabrera as the home team took the lead with only two minutes gone off the clock in the second half. Manotas was first to the near post and he got on the end of a corner-kick to head the Houston side into the lead. It was the Colombian’s fifth goal in the tournament, making him the top scorer in the Dynamo’s Open Cup history.

Houston continued to attack after breaking the deadlock, with Monotas suddenly in the mood to party. In the 56th minute, a wicked shot from Arturo Alvarez warmed the hands of Shuttleworth before Minnesota’s coach made a slew of substitutes in hopes of finding an equalizer. While the Northerners tried their hardest to get back into the game, the hosts made their own changes with an eye toward catching their opponents on the counter and sneaking what would have been a decisive second goal. Schuller had a chance to draw level in the 79th minute only for a diving effort from his teammate Mason Toye to put him off of what would have been a simple finish from six yards out. Toye had his own chance, from a similar cross from the right side, a few minutes later. But again, the effort was wasted. The best chance for the visitors to draw level came in the 85th minute, when Ibarra was dragged down in the box and United were awarded a penalty. In a cruel twist, Quintero – the best player on the field – was off-target from the spot and could only hit his effort against the post.


(Up next for the Houston Dynamo is a date with four-time Cup champs and holders Sporting KC)

Manotas’ lone goal stood up in the end for Houston Dynamo who win their second straight home game on the trot in the 2018 Open Cup and will now face off defending champions Sporting Kansas City (again in Texas) in next month’s Quarterfinals. The four remaining Round of 16 games will take place on Wednesday, June 20 with DC United taking on Orlando City, Louisville City and Nashville SC meeting in an all-USL affair. Atlanta United host four-time champs Chicago Fire and Sacramento Republic (USL) travel to LAFC for the last game of the round out west.

 

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

June 15

Portland Timbers (MLS) 1-0 LA Galaxy (MLS)

8 p.m. PT

Providence Park; Portland, Ore.

June 16

Philadelphia Union (MLS) 2-1 New York Red Bulls (MLS)

7 p.m. ET

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

June 16

Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 3-2 FC Dallas (MLS)

8 p.m. CT

Children's Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.

June 18

Houston Dynamo (MLS) 1-0 Minnesota United FC (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

June 20

D.C. United (MLS) vs. Orlando City SC (MLS)

7 p.m. ET

Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.

June 20

Louisville City FC (USL) vs. Nashville SC (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Lynn Stadium (Univ. of Louisville); Louisville, Ky.

June 20

Atlanta United FC (MLS) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Atlanta, Ga.

June 20

Los Angeles FC (MLS) vs. Sacramento Republic FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.

 

 

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Bob Bradley & LAFC: #UpForTheCup

Sure they’re a first-year club, but LAFC have star-power to burn in the 2018 U.S. Open Cup. “I’m very lucky here – between the coaching staff and the players, we have a lot of guys with Open Cup experience and Open Cup successes,” said Bob Bradley, himself a two-time winner of American soccer’s oldest trophy and a vocal advocate for making the Open Cup a priority for players and fans. “It’s something we can all embrace together.”

Three starters in Los Angeles FC’s first-ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game had either won an Open Cup title or played in a recent Final. Latif Blessing, Lee Nguyen and Walker Zimmerman were all in from the start – and all Open Cup finalists within the last two seasons. Add in Bradley’s own experience in the Cup (five Finals under his belt) and a two-time winner, Benny Feilhaber, ready to come off the bench as an impact-sub, and you’ve got some serious firepower, talent and Cup wisdom. One thing is clear, as it always is in Bradley-led teams: Open Cup matters.


(Lee Nguyen - on the right - was a Cup runner-up with New England in 2016)

First Trophy on Offer
“You play any sport at a high level because you want to win trophies,” Lee Nguyen, a losing Finalist with New England Revolution in 2016, told ussoccer.com. “This is a big opportunity for us to put some silverware in our cabinet. It’s our first chance to win something as a club, and a club like ours, with aspirations to win things and get to the CONCACAF Champions League, this is our first chance. We see the Cup as the start of something special.”

This thinking is straight from the Bob-Bradley-playbook. The 60-year-old coach, a former USA, Egypt and Swansea City manager, recognized early on in his career the value of the Open Cup to players and fans and clubs just starting out. It’s a simple equation - trophies matter and there are only two available to teams in the American top flight. “At Chicago [Fire] we believed in the Open Cup. We had strong supporters and they cared about the Open Cup too. We decided early on that we needed to compete in it in the right way.”

The right way paid off for the coach. He won the 1998 Open Cup in his first year at the club and he repeated the trick again two years later – adding to the 1996 Open Cup title he picked up as an assistant coach to Bruce Arena at D.C. United. In addition to his three Open Cup crowns, Bradley lost a pair of Finals [1997 with D.C. United and 2003 with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars]. And it’s no coincidence that he’s assembled the team he has in LA now. For a first-year team like his, the Open Cup is a possibility and an attainable target. He’s got winners in his squad. And they know the way.


(Schemer Benny Feilhaber won a pair of Open Cups with Sporting Kansas City) 

“It’s important at the end of the season to look back and have won a trophy,” said defender Walker Zimmerman, the U.S. international who was crucial in FC Dallas’ 2016 Open Cup title run. “For us, as an expansion team in our first year, the Open Cup is our first chance to win a trophy and lift it up. There’s a lot of focus on that from our side.”

First step Fresno, SacRep Next
LAFC opened their Open Cup victory account with a simple win over USL second-tier pros Fresno FC in the Fourth Round. Latif Blessing, the young Ghanaian gem, who starred for Sporting Kansas City in last year’s run to their fourth Open Cup title, got on the board with his third goal of the tournament in the space of two years. And the rest of Bradley’s Open Cup-tested campaigners also put in impressive performances.

“We’ve got guys who’ve been here before in the Cup,” added Zimmerman, who was a cool presence in the back against a spirited Fresno side that threw much into attack in the second half. “These guys know the simplicity of the Cup – in five games you can win a trophy. That leads to the concentration of making sure that you’re doing everything the right way, preparing the right way, because at the end of the day it may not be the easiest trophy to win, but it’s the shortest amount of games to play to win one.”


(Walker Zimmerman lifted the Cup with former club FC Dallas in 2016)

It’s clear, talking to the players, that Open Cup was written on a whiteboard somewhere in the Banc of America Stadium early on after the team was assembled. Those two words were probably underlined twice and tapped with the marker. Having opened their account at home, they’re back again on Wednesday, June 20 in the Round of 16 against Sacramento Republic – the highly motivated USL side that knocked out former champs Seattle Sounders in the last round. There’s a place in the Quarterfinals on the line.

“Playing at home is massive,” said Feilhaber, who knows what he’s talking about after picking up the trophy at Children’s Mercy Park with Kansas City last year. He was crucial in the turning-point win against FC Dallas in the 2017 Quarterfinal that opened the door for another winning campaign. “It’s the kind of competition where you have to put your best effort in and go through any way you can. It doesn’t need to be pretty. Open Cup games are always tough. There’s a lot that makes this tournament different, but the first thing you have to do is put yourself in the position to win it by taking it seriously.” 

Open Cup: The Target
The Open Cup is job-one for this first-year club in the heart of LA, fittingly close to Hollywood and its dream factories. And it’s not just silverware and trophy-counts that inspire Bradley. He’s a stern and serious man, but there’s a little bit of the dreamer in him too – you can see it around the eyes when he talks about this Cup that’s meant much to him through the years. “I mean, it allows you to compete with clubs from all over the United States from all the levels,” said the respected coach. “We don’t have promotion/relegation in this country yet – maybe some day but not yet. And in the meantime the Open Cup is an opportunity for everybody, and I think when an MLS team treats it the right way, it ends up meaning a lot to the supporters of that club.”


(Latif Blessing - a champions in 2017 with SKC - in action for LAFC against Fresno)

No one knows better than Bradley and his band of Cup specialists, so many winners who know what it feels like to lift the trophy up on a warm Wednesday night in September and join rare and historic company. “We’re all pushing together for this – we agreed we’re going to go after it. We’re embracing it together,” said Bradley, as expansive as he allows himself to be in interviews. “It’s important to us and in that first game against Fresno we had enough of our great fans here at the stadium to know that it’s important to them too.”    

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National Soccer Hall of Famer Walter Bahr Passes Away

CHICAGO (June 18, 2018) – Former U.S. Men’s National Team defender and National Soccer Hall of Famer Walter Bahr has passed away. He was 91. 

The last surviving member of the USA’s 1950 FIFA World Cup team, Bahr appeared in all three of the team’s matches in Brazil and famously provided the pass to Joe Gaetjens for the lone goal in the team’s 1-0 upset of England on June 29, 1950, in Belo Horizonte. He served as captain in the final group game against Chile.

“We are all saddened by the loss of Walter Bahr, a true legend in soccer in the United States,” U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro said. “His contribution to one of the most iconic moments in U.S. Soccer history was only part of a lifetime of selfless contributions to the game. As a coach, a mentor, a friend, and a colleague, Walter touched the lives of so many people in our sport, ensuring a legacy that will last for generations. Our thoughts are with his family and all those who were impacted by this extraordinary man.”

A member of the 1948 Summer Olympic team, Bahr went on to amass 19 caps and one goal during his nine-year international career. Bahr, along with teammate Harry Keough, became the first U.S. players to appear in qualifiers for three different FIFA World Cups (1950, 1954 and 1958).

Bahr, along with the entire 1950 World Cup team, was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1976. 

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Dynamo Memo & the Need to be Ready

Getting your chance, for an attacking player, is only the beginning. You have to take your chance too. Jose Memo Rodriguez, a Homegrown Player with the Houston Dynamo, knows this well. After toiling in obscurity, travelling hard miles and learning his trade as an advanced midfielder, he’s grabbing hold of his chances with both hands and squeezing for all he’s worth.

“I want to be a starter for the Dynamo,” said Rodriguez, still just 22, a midfielder who keeps close tabs on Andres Iniesta and Philippe Coutinho to glean the secrets of those who work wizardry in tight spaces. “As long as I get my chances and show what I can do when I get out there, I think it can come true.”


(The man in the middle - Rodriguez wearing No8 for Houston Dynamo before the game with NTX Rayados)

Rodriguez is an elegant player. A schemer with a nose for the danger-zone. He’s smooth and smart on the ball and he hardly ever wastes a touch. And while he’s still often on the outside looking in for the first team at the two-time MLS Cup winners, he was expected to lead an extremely young squad in the Fourth Round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – up against amateurs NTX Rayados, a Sunday-league side made up of school teachers and junior college players. “We knew they were going to make it hard on us. That they would sit back and soak up the pressure,” said Rodriguez, of Mexican-American heritage who grew up an hour or so south of Houston. “In the first half, nothing was working for us. None of our crosses or shots were effective and you start to think it’s going to be like that for the whole game. It’s frustrating and requires patience.”

Green in MLS; Leader in Open Cup
The young Dynamo side, with seven players called up from their USL affiliate Rio Grande Valley FC Toros just for that one game vs. Rayados, went into the locker-room at the half tangled at 0-0 against the talented amateurs from Dallas. That’s when Wilmer Cabrera, a former coach of the Toros and the Dynamo’s manager since making the jump up in 2016, dealt firmly with his young guns. “He was very tough with us at the half,” said Rodriguez, who has only the best things to say about his coach and mentor – the man who brought him along to the big club last year and showed him the way before that with the Dynamo Academy and with the Toros. “There was no confusion about what he wanted us to do in the second half. We couldn’t let them pass half-field. We had to be 100 per cent on the same page in our pressing. And you saw what happened. We scored five goals in 45 minutes and won 5-0.”


(Houston Dynamo's Wilmer Cabrera says Rodriguez is always "ready to take his chance."

Two of those goals belonged to Rodriguez himself. He raced in to score the all-important first and then added a third from the spot in the 71st minute. He took his chances and turned what could have been a nervy battle to the bitter end into a comfortable rout. He did it the same way he did last year when he was tapped by Cabrera to enter a tied MLS league game against LA Galaxy and scored the winner in the dying seconds. Rodriguez has learned his lessons well and is now about the business of showing what he can do with the chances coming his way more and more with every passing week.

Born in Wharton, Texas, 70 miles south of Houston, Rodriguez showed, early on, the kind of soft feet that make coaches take notice. When he was still just 12, his mother decided her son’s dreams of being a professional soccer player were worth the efforts necessary to see them realized. “From when I was 12 to 17-years-old, my mom drove me to Houston three hours both ways – sometimes four times a week just for training. And games on the weekends,” said Rodriguez in his soft voice, clearly aware of and grateful for a mother’s sacrifices that helped him get where he is today – a few more taken chances away from being the real deal. He’s the oldest brother of four boys – and he wasn’t his mother’s only concern, but that didn’t stop her. “We knew that if I wanted a chance I had to go somewhere where the talent was – and that was Houston. She made that happen for me.”


(Eye on the prize - Rodriguez was focused against NTX Rayados & scored two goals)

After five years with famed local youth club The Houstonians, Rodriguez entered the Dynamo Academy and the RGV Torros after that. This is where he met another major influence in his life: Cabrera. El Profe. The former Colombian international right-back is a man who makes it his business to recognize rare talent no matter how raw or infant.

“I don’t know how to say how important he’s [Cabrera’s] been in my development,” said Rodriguez, who’s played under Cabrera in three teams now. “He taught me everything I needed to get to where I am today. He gave me my chance. Sure, he was hard on us in the RGV team, but it was always for our own good. We never took it the wrong way. He’s the kind of guy who’ll yell at you in a game, but you know the things he’s yelling at you are right. And it pays off. He makes sure you’re prepared.”


(Memo in action for the Rio Grande Valley Torros - where he was also coached by Cabrera)

When Cabrera signed up as head coach of the full Dynamo side two years ago, one of his first moves was to bring up his young protégé Rodriguez from the Torros where he had a breakout year with six goals and seven assists for the USL second-division pro side. “He’s quiet. But he works all the time and every time he stepped on the field he showed us he had something special during his time at the Torros,” said Cabrera, a former U.S. National Team coach at U-17 and 18 level. “He became the best player for us through that Torros season [2016]. When opportunity opens, he’s ready. And that’s the key.”

Making the Most of Opportunity
Being ready is the key. And Cabrera knows it better than anyone, having seen a laundry list of talented players and potential stars choke under the bright lights of a big day and a first chance. Rodriguez has made only a handful of appearances in MLS in the last two seasons, injury slowing his steady progress. Now, though, he’s back and better than ever. And though he’s too humble to say it, he’s ready to take the next step. Don’t be surprised if he’s in the starting line-up again for the Round of 16 Open Cup contest on Monday against fellow MLSers Minnesota United. These are no amateurs mind you, and he’ll need to be ready for a fresh new test.


(Rodriguez, still 22, has dreams of playing for the USA or Mexico at senior national team level)

“For me the Cup is a way to get more big minutes in big games and to feel more courage out there,” said Rodriguez, who has hopes of, one day – with the right chances and the right luck – playing for either the United States or Mexico's senior national team. “Every game is different, but every game in the Cup is tough. You know that going in. A lot of players go out on the field thinking ‘this could be my last game,’ but in the Cup that’s even more of a real feeling, so you want to give it all to win and stay alive.”

It’s clear that Rodriguez is growing into his talent. He’s moving beyond that in-between space where you’re good but not good enough. His speed of play and thought – those professional staples – are increasing. His vision is keen. His coach, a demanding man, has faith in him – although you’d never know it with untrained eyes. “That’s the great thing about Wilmer,” said Rodriguez, a smile growing in his voice talking about the man who showed him the way with a firm hand. The man who gave him that golden chance he’s now doing his best to take. “Senior or junior or academy player, he expects certain things from you. He is who he is all the time an you better be ready to deliver what he wants.

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Holders Sporting KC & Philadelphia Union Book Spots in Open Cup Last Eight

The two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 games on Saturday, June 16 were tense affairs that went right down to the wire. Philadelphia Union, playing in a second straight game at their Talen Energy Stadium, edged out old rivals and 2017 runners-up New York Red Bulls 2-1 in a tight contest. Over in Kansas, defending champions and four-time toppers Sporting Kansas City fought back from a goal down and needed a last-gasp beauty of a winner from Yohan Croizet to seal a 3-2 victory and send FC Dallas packing for a second year on the bounce.

Union Get the Better of Red Bulls (2-1)
The first half from Chester, PA was a wide-open affair that, somehow and against the logic of play, failed to produce a goal. After just five minutes, USA international Alejandro Bedoya sent the speedy Cory Burke away through the right-hand channel and in alone on the Red Bulls goal. Luis Robles – in for injured NYRB Cup keeper Ryan Meara – got down just in time to keep the ball from ending up in the back of his net. Burke remained the danger-man for the home team throughout the opening period, with his speed and good running making him a sharp tip for the Union’s attacking spear.


(Cory Burke was in fine form for the Philadelphia Union in their win over New York Red Bulls)

Up the other end, Carlos Rivas caused trouble in attack for the men from New Jersey. The Colombian speed-merchant forced Union keeper Andre Blake into some unorthodox work in the 25th minute with his physical play. Shortly after, Bedoya sent Ilsinho in behind the defense again at the other end, but the Brazilian winger could only hit over the bar in a half of many chances and wayward finishing. The best chance of the first 45 minutes came on the half-hour mark when Fafa Picault crossed dangerously into the area, but Burke could only put his header wide of the Red Bulls goal from close-up and unmarked. In a half that saw the Union take 11 shots on goal to the visitors six, there was time for one more attack before the whistle went. Rivas, however, could only blaze over the bar for the visitors after chasing a hopeful ball in deep behind the Union backline.

The second half began with a flourish of energy and attack from the visitors. Kemar Lawrence hit the woodwork in the 48th minute from close-range and, seconds later, Derrick Etienne failed to take advantage of a break-away for the Red Bulls as he dallied and allowed Auston Trusty the time he needed to swoop in and tackle the ball away. And as so often happens when you miss your chances, the Jersey boys were made to pay in the 52nd minute. Haris Medunjanin, the veteran Bosnian singled out for praise by coach Jim Curtin after a 5-0 win over the Richmond Kickers in the last round, teased Tyler Adams near the edge of the penalty area before unleashing a rocket of a left-footed shot that took a slight deflection before hitting the net. 


(It wasn't the largest crowd of the 2018 finals, but the Union faithful were spirited)

Needing a goal to force extra-time, Red Bulls boss Jesse Marsh – a former Open Cup winner as a player – brought on Bradley Wright-Phillips and Daniel Royer. But before the fresh men could get the oil warmed through their engines, Burke went and snatched a goal at the other end. Pouncing on a good piece of service from Bedoya, the Jamaican striker kept his cool to slot home and make it 2-0 for the Union in the 61st minute. Four minutes after that, Royer hit the post and Wright-Phillips cut the lead in half in the 78th minute with a calm finish from just inside the penalty area to set up a nervy end to the contest. But despite some jittery moments, the Union held firm and rode their 2-1 win over their old Northeast rivals into the Quarterfinals.

Five-Goal Thriller Sees SKC Through (3-2)
The second game of the night was a rematch of the enthralling Open Cup Quarterfinal from last year between defending champions Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas. The home side had to fight back from a goal down at their Children’s Mercy Park to keep their dream of a repeat – and a fifth overall title – alive. Talented striker Daniel Salloi, still just 21 years old, scored a pair of goals in the 3-2 victory that was capped by a scorching winner off the full volley by Croizet that will surely be a candidate for goal of the tournament.


(Not subtle - FC Dallas walk past SKC's four Open Cup trophies on their way to the pitch)

FC Dallas, looking for vengeance after last year’s 0-3 loss in extra-time at the very same stadium, were on the front foot early. And after only 19 minutes, Michael Barrios' shot at the back post was well saved by Adrian Zendejas in the SKC goal. But unfortunately for the stand-in keeper – on for usual number-one Tim Melia – the ball bounced back out to Barrios who crossed it high and over toward goal. There, Carlos Gruezo had the easiest of jobs tapping in from close range.

The game, played in 90-degree heat, turned testy after the opening goal. No quarter was asked for or given in a midfield that became increasingly dominated by rangy SKC captain Roger Espinoza. The Honduran international saw his fine flicked header saved by Dallas keeper Jesse Gonzalez in the 40th minute. But three minutes after that, the home side got the equalizer their good play deserved. They were twice denied by the woodwork before Graham Zusi laid in an inch-perfect ball from the left that Ike Opara headed toward the FC Dallas goal. Young Salloi made sure with a finish from close range to send the sides into the break balanced at 1-1.


(Daniel Salloi stretches to score his first goal in the 3-2 win for SKC over FC Dallas)

The second half was jam-packed with incident (and goals). Salloi struck first with his second of the night after 66 minutes. He was the beneficiary of a botched clearance by the FC Dallas backline and a series of fine touches from his own teammates. The finish was a thing of subtle beauty as the Hungarian turned and hit just inside the box for his sixth goal in all competitions this year and his fifth goal overall in the Open Cup (2017 and 2018). But Dallas refused to go away, and Roland Lamah drew level at 2-2 in the 77th minute with a scrappy goal that took a series of deflections en route to the net. And just when it looked like the game was destined for extra-time, Frenchman Croizet settled the affair at 3-2 with a goal worthy of winning any game anywhere in the world. His stunning volley swerved into the top corner from 25 yards out, won the game for his team and will live on long in the lore of the U.S. Open Cup.

With their impressive wins on the night, Sporting Kansas City and Philadelphia Union both move through to the Quarterfinals of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, joining last night’s winners Portland Timbers in the Last Eight. SKC will meet the winner of Wednesday, June 20’s Round of 16 meeting between Houston Dynamo and Minnesota United while Philadelphia take on the winner of DC United and Orlando City (also to be played next Wednesday).

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

June 15

Portland Timbers (MLS) 1-0 LA Galaxy (MLS)

8 p.m. PT

Providence Park; Portland, Ore.

June 16

Philadelphia Union (MLS) 2-1 New York Red Bulls (MLS)

7 p.m. ET

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

June 16

Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 3-2 FC Dallas (MLS)

8 p.m. CT

Children's Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.

June 18

Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. Minnesota United FC (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

June 20

D.C. United (MLS) vs. Orlando City SC (MLS)

7 p.m. ET

Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.

June 20

Louisville City FC (USL) vs. Nashville SC (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Lynn Stadium (Univ. of Louisville); Louisville, Ky.

June 20

Atlanta United FC (MLS) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Atlanta, Ga.

June 20

Los Angeles FC (MLS) vs. Sacramento Republic FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.

 

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