CHICAGO (June 29, 2015) - Things are starting to get serious in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Round of 16 marks the first round in which no new clubs enter the fray, with every team having played at least one match in the 2015 competition.
The Round of 16 features 14 sides from Division I Major League Soccer along with Division II NASL representative New York Cosmos and Division III USL’s Charlotte Independence. The match days are split evenly this week with four games each on Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1 across eight different states.Check out notes and broadcast information for each match below and follow all the Round of 16 action via the competition’s official Twitter account @OpenCup.
Tuesday, June 30
Game #1: Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. D.C. United (MLS)
Time/Location: 7 p.m. ET; PPL Park in Chester, Penn.
Philadelphia Union Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 3 (2014; Finalist)
Philadelphia Union Overall Record: 7-3-2
D.C. United Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 16 (1996, 2008, 2013; Champions)
D.C. United Overall Record: 32-11-4
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- Both teams advanced to the Round of 16 after surviving some serious scares from lower league opposition in the Fourth Round.
- The Philadelphia Union played the Rochester Rhinos to a 0-0 draw before former Rhinos goalkeeper John McCarthy saved three penalties to push the Union through to the next round.
- Meanwhile following a 1-1 draw with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in regular time, D.C. United needed extra time goals from Kofi Opare and Nick DeLeon to dispatch their lower-league rivals 3-1 in Pittsburgh.
- The match marks the third meeting between the two sides this season. The Union used a 93rd minute strike from Zach Pfeffer to earn a 1-0 win over United at PPL Park on May 17, while Chris Rolfe’s 85th minute penalty gave United a 2-1 home win at RFK Stadium on May 30.
- The match marks the third time in four years the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United have met in the tournament’s Round of 16. In 2012, the Union used Antoine Hoppenot’s 93rd minute goal to defeat United 2-1 in Extra Time, while a Dwayne De Rosario hat trick pushed United past the Union 3-/1 on their march to the 2013 Open Cup title. Both games were played at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md.
- Philadelphia Union midfielder Fred scored D.C. United’s game winning goal in the side’s 2-1 victory over the Charleston Battery in the 2008 U.S. Open Cup Final. Union teammate Ethan White went the full 90 minutes for D.C. in the team’s 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake in the 2013 U.S. Open Cup final.
- Both D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen and his Union counterpart Jim Curtin, originally hail from Philadelphia.
- Curtin won two U.S. Open Cups as a defender with the Chicago Fire in 2003 and 2006, while Olsen is the only person in history to win as both a player and coach, lifting the trophy as a midfielder with United in 2008 and leading the club on its Cinderella run in 2013.
- D.C. United assistant coach Chad Ashton will serve a one-game touchline ban after being ejected from the side’s 3-1 extra time win over Pittsburgh in the Fourth Round.
- The Philadelphia Union are 2-3-1 all-time, while D.C. United is 11-7-2 all-time against MLS opposition in the U.S. Open Cup.
- D.C. United (10-5-5; 35 points) remained atop the MLS Eastern Conference with a 0-0 draw at Toronto FC on Saturday while Philadelphia Union sit seventh in the East following Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with the Montreal Impact.
- The winner of the match will visit the winner of the New York Red Bulls vs. New York Cosmos match in the Quarterfinals.
- LEADING SCORERS: Philadelphia Union – C.J. Sapong – 6 goals (MLS), none – 0 goals (USOC); D.C. United – Chris Rolfe – 6 goals (MLS); Facundo Corria, Kofi Opare, Nick DeLeon – 1 goals (USOC).
- CAUTION WATCH: D.C. United – Jairo Arrieta, Chris Korb, Miguel Aguilar (1 yellow card); Philadelphia Union – Zach Pfeffer (1 yellow card).
Game #2: Orlando City SC (MLS) vs. Columbus Crew SC (MLS)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. ET; The Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
Orlando City SC Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 4 (2013; Quaterfinals)
Orlando City SC Overall Record: 8-4-1
Columbus Crew SC Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 15 (2002; Champions)
Columbus Crew SC Overall Record: 21-12-2
- The Columbus Crew arrived in the Round of 16, using two goals from Adam Bedell to earn a 3-1 victory away to USL’s Richmond Kickers in the Fourth Round on June 17.
- Orlando City SC had a more difficult time, as a hat trick of penalty kicks from Carlos Rivas wasn’t enough to keep their away match with Charleston from going to a shootout. Following a wild 4-4 draw in regulation, Orlando was finally able to knockout the Battery 8-7 in the 10th round of penalty kicks.
- Tuesday’s meeting will be the third between the two clubs this season. Crew SC used goals from Federico Higuain, Justin Meram and Kei Kamara to ease to a 3-0 home win on April 18, while a back and forth match saw the teams draw 2-2 on May 30 at The Citrus Bowl.
- Columbus Crew SC leading scorer Kei Kamara has scored three career goals in the U.S. Open Cup, including eventual champions Sporting KC’s game-tying penalty kick in the 83rd minute of the 2012 Final.
- 2002 U.S. Open Cup champions Columbus enter the match with hopes of advancing to the Quarterfinals for the first time since 2010. The USL iteration of Orlando City SC made its best tournament run, advancing to the Quarterfinals in the 2013 U.S. Open Cup.
- Orlando City midfielder Lewis Neal scored the game-winning goal in D.C. United’s 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final.
- Orlando City is 2-4-0 while Columbus Crew SC are 8-10-1 all-time against MLS opposition in the U.S. Open Cup.
- Following their 2-2 away draw at Real Salt Lake on Saturday, Crew SC sit sixth in the MLS Eastern Conference with a 5-6-6 record (21 points), while idle Orlando City SC remained fourth with a 6-6-5 record (23 points).
- The winner of the match will visit the winner of the Chicago Fire vs. Charlotte Independence match in the Quarterfinals on July 21/22.
- LEADING SCORERS: Orlando City SC – Kaka – 8 goals (MLS), none – 0 goals (USOC); Columbus Crew – Kei Kamara – 12 goals (MLS); Adam Bedell– 1 goals (USOC).
- CAUTION WATCH: Orlando City – Harrison Heath, Earl Edwards, Jr. (1 yellow card); Columbus Crew – Tony Tchani (1 yellow card).
Game #3: Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. CT; Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago Fire Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 18 (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006; Champions)
Chicago Fire Overall Record: 35-12-3
Charlotte Independence Previous Appearances/Best Finish: First appearance
Charlotte Independence Overall Record: 3-0-0
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- One of two Round of 16 matches featuring a non-MLS side, the Charlotte Independence are the lowest-level team left in the competition, representing Division III USL. Charlotte arrived in the Round of 16 following a 4-2 win vs. Upward Stars (Second Round), a 1-0 win away to the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks (Third Round) and 1-0 win away to Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution (Fourth Round).
- Four-time champions Chicago Fire entered the tournament in the Fourth Round, leaving it very late as Quincy Amarikwa’s 116th minute strike saved them from an upset in a 1-0 victory over Louisville City FC.
- The win combined with Seattle Sounders FC’s loss to the Portland Timbers and Rochester Rhinos’ shootout defeat to the Philadelphia Union, moved the Fire into sole possession of the most wins in the Modern Era of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with 35.
- Amarikwa, the Fire’s lone goal scorer in the 2015 competition was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes on June 26 in exchange for Ty Harden. Neither player is eligible to play for their new team in this year’s Open Cup after both played in their respective teams Fourth Round matches.
- Charlotte Independence head coach Mike Jeffries is well acquainted with the Chicago Fire. The former Hermann Trophy winner had had three separate stints with the club, serving as an assistant coach under Bob Bradley from 1998-2000 and again under Denis Hamlett from 2008-2009, before returning as the club’s Director of Player Personnel from 2010-2012.
- Jeffries won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup twice with the Fire in 1998 and 2000.
- The Chicago Fire defeated the Independence’s USL predecessor Charlotte Eagles 2-0 in the Third Round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Traded from the LA Galaxy to the Chicago Fire days before, the match marked Mike Magee’s debut for the club, with the future MLS MVP bagging a goal and assist in the win.
- Independence midfielder Jorge Herrera played the full 90 minutes for the Eagles in that match.
- Charlotte Independence features 13 players that have previously been on an MLS roster, including Haitian international Mechack Jerome, Ryan Finley, Carlos Alvarez and Bilal Duckett.
- Charlotte also features former Ghanaian international Haminu Draman who scored his country’s first goal in their 2-1 victory over the United States at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The Independence also feature former Polish international forward Tomasz Zahorski, who appeared in his nation’s final group match against Croatia at Euro 2008.
- The Chicago Fire sat idle at the weekend, coming off a 1-0 home defeat last Wednesday to D.C. United. The result took the Fire’s MLS losing streak to four games and has the team at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a 4-9-2 record (14 points). Continuing their upswing in USL play last Friday, Charlotte earned a 0-0 home draw with the Richmond Kickers, keeping the side unbeaten in four of their last five league matches and sitting eighth in the USL Eastern Conference with a 4-4-4 record (16 points).
- The Chicago Fire are 10-1-1 all-time against Division III opposition in the U.S. Open Cup, while Charlotte Independence are 1-0-0 against MLS opponents.
- The winner of the match will host the winner of the Orlando City SC vs. Columbus Crew SC match in the Quarterfinals on July 21/22.
- LEADING SCORERS: Chicago Fire - David Accam and Jeff Larentowicz – 4 goals (MLS), Quincy Amarikwa – 1 goal (USOC); Charlotte Independence – Ryan Finley – 3 goals (USL), Tomasz Zahorski – 3 goals (USOC).
- CAUTION WATCH: Chicago Fire – Matt Watson, Chris Ritter, Eric Gehrig (1 yellow card); Charlotte Independence – Raphael Cox, Ben Newnam, Andrew Ribeiro (1 yellow card).
Charlotte Independence head coach Mike Jeffries on returning to Toyota Park:
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say [the game] was a nice opportunity for me. The Open Cup is about the guys and I want them to succeed, but it’s always nice to go home where I’ve been for a long time. It’s special to play the Fire and be back playing at Toyota Park for a night.
“Being a part of the Fire from 1998-2000 gave me a tremendous appreciation and enthusiasm for the Open Cup, which I carry forward to this day. We had a great group of players, extremely competitive and winning the tournament was important to us as a new franchise who wanted to establish themselves by winning trophies. Being able to be a part of the team which won the 1998 Open Cup in front of our home fans a week after winning MLS Cup was truly special for me.”
Game #4: Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. CT; BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas
Houston Dynamo Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 8 (2006, 2009; Semifinals)
Houston Dynamo Overall Record: 8-7-1
Colorado Rapids Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 15 (1999; Finalists)
Colorado Rapids Overall Record: 11-14-0
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- Both teams eased to the Round of 16 with wins over USL sides. The Colorado Rapids used a brace from Dillon Serna and a goal each from Dominique Badji and Joe Greenspan to dispatch the Colorado Springs Switchbacks 4-1 in on June 16. The following day, Houston got goals on both sides of halftime from Leonel Miranda and Ricardo Cark to down the Austin Aztex 2-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
- The meeting marks the first between the two clubs in U.S. Open Cup play.
- Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni returns to the touchline Tuesday after serving a one-match ban in the team’s Fourth Round win vs. Colorado Springs for an ejection received during the 2014 competition.
- With a win, both teams would return to a stage of the U.S. Open Cup they haven’t been to in a while. The Houston Dynamo haven’t advanced to the Quarterfinals since 2010, while the Colorado Rapids haven’t been there since 2006.
- The match marks their second meeting in 2015, with the two sides playing to a 0-0 draw on March 28 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
- The Houston Dynamo are 1-5-0 and the Colorado Rapids are 4-6-0 all-time against MLS opposition in the U.S. Open Cup play. Neither club has beaten an MLS side in the competition since 2006 when Colorado beat Real Salt Lake 1-0 in the Round of 16 and Houston defeated FC Dallas 3-0 in the Quarterfinals.
- Houston (5-7-5; 20 points) comes into the match sitting second from bottom in the MLS Western Conference after dropping their second straight league game 2-0 at FC Dallas on Friday. Following their 2-0 loss at Sporting KC, Colorado sit one place below the Dynamo with a 2-6-9 record (15 points).
- The winner of the match will visit the winner of the Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas match in the Quarterfinals on July 21/22.
- LEADING SCORERS: Houston Dynamo: Will Bruin – 7 goals (MLS), Leonel Miranda, Ricardo Clark – 1 goal (USOC); Colorado Rapids: Gabriel Torres – 4 goals (MLS), Dillon Serna – 2 goals (USOC).
- CAUTION WATCH: Houston Dynamo – Corey Ashe, Zach Sternberger, Nathan Sturgis (1 yellow card); Colorado Rapids – Dillon Serna (1 yellow card).
Wednesday, July 1
Game #5: New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. New York Cosmos (NASL)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. ET; Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
New York Red Bulls Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 16 (2003; Finalists)
New York Red Bulls Overall Record: 16-16-1
New York Cosmos Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 1 (2014; Round of 16)
New York Cosmos Overall Record: 3-1-1
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- Along with being another regional derby in the 2015 U.S. Open Cup, the game is also a re-match of a 2014 Fourth Round tilt which saw the Cosmos upset the Red Bulls 3-0 on June 14, 2014. Mads Stokkelien bagged a brace and Alessandro Noselli scored the other goal in the victory at Shuart Stadium.
- The New York Cosmos arrived in the Round of 16 for the second straight year, using goals from Leo Fernandes, Sebastian Guenzetti and Mads Stokkelien to upend the PDL’s Jersey Express in Third Round play on May 27. Training New York City FC 2-0 in their fourth round match, goals from Fernandes and Lucky Mkosana pushed the match to extra time and eventually penalties where the Cosmos bested their MLS rivals 4-3 on June 17 at Shuart Stadium.
- Entering the tournament in the Fourth Round, the New York Red Bulls received goals from Lloyd Sam, Ronald Zubar and Sean Davis to make easy work of the NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks on June 16 at Red Bull Arena.
- New York Cosmos defender Samuel Caceres is eligible for selection again after serving a one-match suspension against NYCFC for receiving a red card in the previous round against Jersey Express.
- New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch is a four-time winner of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as a player with D.C. United (1996) and the Chicago Fire (1998, 2000, 2003). His assistants Chris Armas (player) and Denis Hamlett (assistant coach) also won four U.S. Open Cup titles with Fire in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006.
- During his time with Real Madrid, the Cosmos’ Raul never won the Spanish Copa del Rey, but did win the equivalent DFB Pokal (German Cup) with Schalke during the 2010-11 season.
- With their win against NYCFC, the Cosmos are 2-1-0 all-time against MLS competition in the U.S. Open Cup.
- Dating back to 1996, the New York Red Bulls are 4-5-0 all-time against Division II sides in the U.S. Open Cup.
- Their defeat to the Cosmos in 2014 wasn’t the first time the club lost to a New York-based Division II side. The then MetroStars lost 3-2 to the Staten Island Vipers in the Round of 16 on July 13, 1999.
- The New York Red Bulls won their second straight MLS match, taking a 3-1 victory at New York City FC on Sunday afternoon. With the win, Red Bull moved up to fourth place in the MLS Eastern Conference with a 6-5-5 record (23 points). After winning the NASL Spring Season with an undefeated campaign, the Cosmos sat idle this past weekend as they prepare to begin the Fall Season on July 5 against Indy Eleven.
- The winner of the match will host the winner of the Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United match in the Quarterfinals.
- LEADING SCORERS: New York Red Bulls – Bradley Wright-Phillips – 6 goals (MLS), Lloyd Sam, Ronald Zubar, Sean Davis – 1 goal (USOC); New York Cosmos – Raul – 4 goals (NASL), Leo Fernandes – 2 goals (USOC).
- CAUTION WATCH: New York Red Bulls – Bradley Wright-Phillips (1 yellow card); New York Cosmos – Adam Moffat, James Mulligan, Hunter Gorskie, Danny Szetela, Hagop Chirishian, Ayoze Garcia Perez, Hunter Freeman (1 yellow card).
What They’re Saying:
New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch on his philosophy with Red Bull in the U.S. Open Cup:
“From Day One, I’ve said that I’m going to value that tournament, and I’m going to make sure the club does, and the players have bought into that as well. We’re going into this tournament like it’s as big a tournament as we’ll play all year, and as big a game as we’ll play all year. We’ve got one down, four to go to win this tournament, and the next game is the Cosmos -- we’re going to give it our all.”
New York Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese on facing New York Red Bulls:
“We respect the Red Bulls. We think they are a very good team -- a difficult team. They have quality all over the field, this will be a very difficult task for us. What we have is the group. We talk about ‘the group.’ We have a very strong group that understands every moment in a game’s passages, the way it changes. It is a very diverse group, from youngsters to very experienced, but everyone pushes in same direction, and the communication right through our group is very good.”
Game #6: Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. FC Dallas (MLS)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. CT; Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Sporting Kansas City Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 16 (2004, 2012; Champions)
Sporting Kansas City Overall Record: 18-11-4
FC Dallas Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 17 (1997; Champions)
FC Dallas Overall Record: 27-16-5
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- The only Round of 16 meeting that pits two former champions against each other.
- Both club’s have ties to the U.S. Open Cup’s namesake, American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt. The Hunt family originally owned the then Kansas City Wizards from 1996-2006, with the club winning the U.S. Open Cup in 2004. The Hunt family currently earns FC Dallas, originally buying the then Dallas Burn in 2002.
- Sporting Kansas City put in a dominant performance but Graham Zusi’s 70 minute goal was all that was need in a 1-0 victory in Fourth Round play against Saint Louis FC on June 16. Meanwhile, FC Dallas made easy work of Oklahoma City Energy FC, using braces from Michael Barrios and David Texeira to earn a 4-1 win in Forth Worth, Texas on June 16.
- The match marks the third meeting of 2015 between the two MLS Western Conference foes. FC Dallas used a braced from Blas Perez and another goal from Fabian Castillo to down Sporting KC 3-1 at Toyota Stadium on March 14. In the return leg, Sporting used goals from Krisztian Nemeth, Benny Feilhaber, Kevin Ellis and Graham Zusi to earn a dominant 4-0 victory on May 25.
- FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja was a substitute for the club in their 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy in the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final. Pareja was also an assistant coach on Steve Morrow’s staff when FC Dallas fell 3-2 to the New England Revolution in the 2007 U.S. Open Cup Final.
- Sporting Kansas City is 5-7-1 and FC Dallas are 8-10-3 all-time against MLS opposition in U.S. Open Cup play.
- All five of Sporting KC’s wins against MLS opposition have come in the years they’ve won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (2004, 2012).
- The winner of the match will host the winner of the Houston Dynamo vs. Colorado Rapids match in the Quarterfinals on July 21/22.
- Following their 2-0 win vs. Colorado on Saturday, Sporting KC are fourth in the MLS Western Conference with a 7-3-6 record (27 points), while FC Dallas’s 2-0 victory over Houston Friday has them point back of Sporting with a 7-5-5 record (26 points).
- LEADING SCORERS: Sporting KC – Krisztian Nemeth – 7 goals (MLS), Graham Zusi – 1 goal (USOC); FC Dallas – Fabian Castillo – 6 goals (NASL), Michael Barrios, David Texeira – 2 goals (USOC).
- CAUTION WATCH: Sporting KC – none; FC Dallas – Zach Loyd (1 yellow card).
What They’re Saying:
FC Dallas President Clark Hunt on the tournament being named after his father:
“Our dad felt so incredibly honored when U.S. Soccer named the Open Cup after him. It was an emotional moment for him because he had spent an extraordinary amount of time and energy trying to grow the sport in the United States. Everyone in our organization knows how special this tournament is to us. I think it’s obvious, not only in the players we put on the field, but also in the heart and determination those players show in every Open Cup match. We have a lot of fond memories from the Open Cup tournament, but I’ll never forget the emotional phone call my brother Clark and I made to our dad after we won it with Kansas City in 2004. This is just as important to us as MLS Cup. Our goal every year is to etch our name into history.”
FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja on his view of Sporting KC:
“It’s one of those teams in the league who have already played a lot of years together. There’s a good leadership there. Peter played in the league, he knows the game, he knows every corner of Sporting Park. So it’s a chance that I respect, it’s a coach that I respect, and the team has earned their respect in the league.”
Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes on his lineup philosophy for the U.S. Open Cup:
“I think that no matter who we’re playing, we’re always going to put a team out on the field that can get the result. That’s really how we go about it. The U.S. Open Cup is an opportunity to win a trophy, a piece of hardware. So for us that’s everything, and we’re going to play in the competition to win it. We don’t have any thoughts about it other than that. So, I can’t speak for other teams, but I can definitely speak for us: it is all business. Once we get finished with this game this weekend, that’s going to be our focus, and that’s where our hunger is going to lie.”
Game #7: Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Portland Timbers FC (MLS)
Time/Location: 8 p.m. MT; Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah
Real Salt Lake Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 6 (2013; Finalists)
Real Salt Lake Overall Record: 7-5-0
Portland Timbers FC Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 9 (2013; Semifinalists)
Portland Timbers FC Overall Record: 15-10-1
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- Real Salt Lake found their spot in the Round of 16 thanks to second half goals from Joao Plata and Javier Morales to earn a 2-1 comeback win vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2 in Fourth Round action on June 17. Portland Timbers arrived in the Round of 16 as goals from Diego Valeri, Rodney Wallace and Maxi Urrutti pushed them past defending champions Seattle Sounders FC in a contentious 3-1 extra time victory on June 17.
- The match marks the second meeting between the two clubs in 2015 as the two sides opened the MLS campaign against each other with a 0-0 draw at Portland’s Providence Park on March 7.
- The game is a rematch of the 2013 U.S. Open Cup Semifinal in which Alvaro Saborio and Joao Plata scored to give Real Salt Lake a 2-1 victory at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
- Timbers FC center back Nat Borchers played for Real Salt Lake in that match.
- Real Salt Lake head coach Jeff Cassar was the backup to Mark Dodd in the Dallas Burn’s 1997 U.S. Open Cup winning campaign.
- Portland is 3-2-0 and Real Salt Lake is 1-3-0 all-time against MLS opposition in the U.S. Open Cup.
- With a 2-2 home draw Saturday vs. Columbus Crew SC, Real Salt Lake moved to 5-6-7 (22 points) on the season, putting them eighth in the MLS Western Conference. Meanwhile, Portland earned an emphatic 4-1 home win Sunday against Seattle Sounders FC, pushing them to a 7-6-4 record (25 points) and sixth place in the MLS Western Conference.
- The winner of the match will host the winner of the San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy match in the Quarterfinals.
- LEADING SCORERS: Real Salt Lake – Javier Morales, Alvaro Saborio – 3 goals (MLS), Javier Morales, Joao Plata – 1 goal (USOC); Portland Timbers – Fanendo Adi – 8 goals (MLS), Diego Valeri, Rodney Wallace, Maxi Urruti – 1 goal (USOC).
- CAUTION WATCH: Real Salt Lake – John Stertzer (1 yellow card); Portland Timbers – Norberto Paparatto, Jack Jewsbury, Taylor Peay (1 yellow card).
Game #8: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. LA Galaxy (MLS)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. PT; Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
San Jose Earthquakes Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 11 (2004; Semifinals)
San Jose Earthquakes Overall Record: 11-8-6
LA Galaxy Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 14 (2001, 2005; Champions)
LA Galaxy Overall Record: 24-12-1
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- A Chris Wondolowski brace helped the San Jose Earthquakes survive a 2-2 draw before defeating Sacramento Republic FC 6-5 on penalty kicks to earn their place in the Round of 16 on June 16.
- Wondolowski’s two goals were just his second and third in 11 all-time Open Cup appearances and first since 2006.
- The LA Galaxy made easy work of last remaining amateur side PSA Elite, using a Robbie Keane hat trick to earn a 6-1 victory on June 17.
- The game comes just three days after the two sides held their first MLS meeting as the Earthquakes downed the Galaxy 3-1 at Avaya Stadium on Sunday.
- Despite the league defeat, the Galaxy remained in third place in the MLS Western Conference with a 7-6-7 record (28 points), while the Earthquakes moved to 7-5-4 (25 points) and sixth place in the MLS Western Conference.
- The Galaxy and Earthquakes have met four previous times in the U.S. Open Cup (2000-2002, 2005), all at the Quarterfinal stage with the Galaxy advancing each time and holding a 3-0-1 edge.
- The LA Galaxy are 20-2-1 all-time in U.S. Open Cup matches in the state of California, with their last defeat coming in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire in the 2000 Semifinal at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif.
- A win for the Earthquakes would return the side to the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals for the first time since 2012, while a Galaxy victory would make their first Quarterfinal appearance since 2011.
- The winner of the match will visit the winner of the Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers match in the Quarterfinals.
- LEADING SCORERS: San Jose Earthquakes – Chris Wondolowski – 9 goals (MLS), Chris Wondolowski – 9 goals (USOC); LA Galaxy – Juninho, Gyasi Zardes, Alan Gordon – 4 goals (MLS), Robbie Keane – 3 goals (USOC).
- CAUTION WATCH: San Jose Earthquakes – Victor Bernardez (1 yellow card); LA Galaxy – none (1 yellow card).