CHICAGO (June 5, 2018) – The Fourth Round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup began with a night of highlight reel goals and drama as three matches were on display, with Louisville City FC’s Cupset of the New England Revolution the pick of the evening.
The four-year-old Kentucky club twice had to claw back level before Brian Ownby’s second-half missile delivered the night’s only Cupset, a 3-2 win for Lou City. Fellow USL side North Carolina FC nearly followed a similar script, fighting back from a goal down against D.C. United to tie 1-1 before falling in a penalty shootout 4-3.
Elsewhere, the tension was not as high (nor the result as up in the air) as Philadelphia Union cruised to a 5-0 win against the Richmond Kickers.
The Open Cup action kicks into high gear tomorrow night when the remaining 13 Fourth Round games are contested across the nation. Watch all games on ussoccer.com and then tune in on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. ET for the Round of 16 Draw, which will reveal the final bracket four the 2018 U.S. Open Cup.
TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018:
Philadelphia Union (MLS) 5, Richmond Kickers (USL) 0
The goals came early and often for the home team at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. as Philadelphia Union – twice Open Cup finalists in 2014 and 2015 – ran roughshod over 1995 champions Richmond Kickers. As early as the first minute, the MLS men were celebrating a goal, when Jack Elliot poked home from close range on the end of a corner-kick. David Accam made it 2-0 with his first goal for the Philly club in the 27th minute, coolly hitting home from the penalty spot. And in the last two minutes of the half, the Union effectively ended the game with a pair of goals from Anthony Fontana in the 43rd minute and Marcus Epps in the 45th. Another strike in the opening moments of the second half made it 5-0 for the home team when Derrick Jones, alumnus of local inner-city amateur club Junior Lone Star, laid a ball in for Jay Simpson, who made no mistake. The Kickers hit the crossbar in the dying moments of the game through Raul Gonzales, but it was all they could muster as Philadelphia moves on to the Round of 16.
D.C. United (MLS) 1, North Carolina FC (USL) 1 (4-3 PKs)
It was a story of two halves at the Maryland SoccerPlex in the northwest suburbs of the nation’s capital, but when the dust settled, it was MLS club D.C. United escaping with a penalty shootout win after a strong challenge from visitors North Carolina FC. D.C. bossed the opening period but it took until the 25th minute for the hosts to grab the game’s opening goal as Ian Harkes added to his burgeoning place in club history by smacking home a volleyed shot after a goalmouth scramble. After strong showings in their previous 2018 Open Cup games, North Carolina found their form to begin the second half, possessing the ball and trying to carve out an equalizer. The United defense was well organized however and kept NCFC at bay until seven minutes remained in regulation. After an initial attack was repelled by D.C., the ball popped out of a forest of players toward the top of the box, only for Mario Lomis to get a foot on it and then volley a shot through traffic into the lower right corner to bring matters level at 1-1. Neither team could find a breakthrough in 30 minutes of overtime and the match headed to penalties. A key save by D.C. netminder David Ousted and a crucial miss by NCFC gave the hosts enough breathing room for Bruno Miranda to seal the 4-3 shootout win with the final kick and send the capital area club to the Round of 16.
Louisville City FC (USL) 3, New England Revolution (MLS) 2
Louisville City FC earned one of its best results as a club in its brief four-year history, scoring a 3-2 Cupset win against high flying MLSers New England Revolution. Things started ominously for the home side when the Revs’ Mark Segbers tallied in only the 5th minute. But the Kentucky club struck back six minutes later through Oscar Jimenez, who was set-up neatly by Brian Ownby in a taste of what was to come from Louisville’s most dangerous man of the evening. An unfortunate own goal by Lou City’s Pat McMahon in the 26th minute restored the visitors’ advantage, but once again the plucky underdogs struck back. In the 37th minute a Cameron Lancaster bullet to the upper right-hand corner from outside the 18 equalized matters in style and yet it wasn’t to be the best goal of the night, which was supplied later in the second half by Ownby. And what a winner it was in the 63rd minute. As Ownby tried to create a shot near the top of the Revs’ penalty area, he had to fight of a stiff challenge from a defender, but spinning away to his right, Ownby was able to find the space to rip off an unstoppable drive into the far upper left corner for the highlight reel winner that sends Louisville City into the Round of 16.