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U.S. U-20 MNT Takes Second at Dallas Cup

DALLAS (April 20, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team settled for a runner-up finish at the 2014 Dallas Cup over the weekend. The USA fell to Argentina’s River Plate 2-0 in the title match on Sunday at the Cotton Bowl.

River Plate’s Lucas Boye scored both goals in the 35th and 83rd minutes.

A fatigued USA side was coming off a grueling 110-minute, 3-2 semifinal victory against Fluminense FC on Friday, a match in which the U.S. had to play most of the second half down a man.

Sunday’s game was delayed twice by inclement weather – before the start of the second half and approximately 20 minutes into the second half.

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-20 Men’s National Team vs. River Plate
Date:
April 20, 2014
Competition:
Dallas Cup
Venue:
Cotton Bowl
Kickoff:
6 p.m. CT
Weather:
58 dgrees, stormy

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
RIV                                1          1          2
FLU                               0          0          0

RIV - Lucas Boye                                  35th minute
RIV - Lucas Boye                                  83

Lineups:
USA:
1-Zack Steffen; 2-Shaquell Moore, 4-Matthew Miazga, 3-Michael Amick (17-Luis Felipe, 36 (6-Kellyn Acosta, 73)), 5-Sullaiman Dainkeh (15-John Requejo Jr, 46), 21-Jesus Vazquez, 16-Lynden Gooch (capt.), 10-Romain Gall (14-Amando Moreno, 82), 11-Rubio Rubin, 9-Ben Spencer, 23-Jordan Allen (24-Zach Pfeffer, 34)
Subs Not Used: 12-Santiago Castano, 18-Trevor Haberkorn

Head Coach: Tab Ramos

RIV: 1-Barga Batalla; 4-Pablo Carreras, 2-Braian Molina, 13-Ullua Barboza, 6-Leandro Vega, 20-Lucas Martinez Quarta, 9-Lucas Boye, 17-Alan Arario (14-Nicolas Fittaioli, 57), 8-Matias Sanchez (5-Brian Musarella, 77), 9-Lucas Boye (18-Joaquin Serrago, 90+3), 10-Juan Kaprof (7-Claudio Salto, 89)
Subs Not Used: 3-Franco Federico, 16-Tomas Villoldo, 11-Julio Zuniga
Head Coach: Claudio Vagliente
                                                                                   

Stats Summary: USA / RIV
Shots: 4 / 17
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 5
Fouls: 11 / 15
Offside:  7 / 4 

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Jesus Vazquez (caution)                           11th minute
RIV - Lucas Boye (caution)                                 29
USA - Lynden Gooch (caution)                           65
RIV - Braian Molina (caution)                             76
RIV - Pablo Carreras (caution)                            80
RIV - Barga Batalla (caution)                              89

Officials:
Referee: Melvin Matamoros
Assistant Referee: Omar Levia
Assistant Referee: Rene Ochoa

Fourth Official: Mario Escobar

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U.S. Paralympic Team Kicks off Camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

LAKEWOOD RANCH (June 22, 2018) – The U.S. Paralympic National Team gathered for a week-long training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Head coach Stuart Sharp called in 14 players for the domestic camp, which kicks off today and runs through June 28.

Seven players return from the team’s recent trip to Barcelona, where there placed second in the 13th International Trophy CP Football tournament.

The U.S. PNT is gearing up for the 2018 IFCPF Copa América in October.

U.S. Paralympic National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Carter Alvey (Mount Washington, Ky.), Sean Boyle (Minneapolis, Minn.), Marc Estrella (Bakersfield, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Andrew Bremer (Clemson, S.C.), Greg Brigman (Harrisburg, N.C.), Joshua Brunais (Stafford, Va.), Jacob Crumbley (Fortson, Ga.), David Garza (San Diego, Calif.), Jacob Kaplan (Morganville, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (2): Tyler Bennett (Wadsworth, Ohio), Benjamin Lindau (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
FORWARDS (3): Cameron DeLillo (Blandon, Pa.), Shea Hammond (Upper Montclaire, N.J.), Nicholas Mayhugh (Radford, Va.)

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PNT Jun 22, 2018
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The Great Eight Rd. of 16: Shoe Blues, Lying Numbers & a New Winner (?)

Fans of the 105-year-old Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup live by its magic moments. And the Round of 16 of the 2018 competition tossed up a good few of those between June 15 and 20. Join ussoccer.com for a look back at eight moments of note from the eight games, in which Mother Nature had a say in Greater D.C., Yohan Croizet scored a Cup stunner for the ages, and a Last Eight bracket was set with two former winners and six hopeful hunters.

Lose a Shoe; Keep Your Cool
Portland Timbers’ Larrys Mabiala lost his shoe but kept his cool against LA Galaxy. In a mismatch of an aerial challenge, tiny Emmanuel Boateng clipped the big Congolese defender’s heel and slipped his right boot off with the ease of a chef peeling skin from a garlic clove. Boateng’s next move was a little less elegant. He noticed Mabiala’s bright yellow cleat orphaned in the grass, and he cheekily kicked it over the touchline to gain a tiny edge in a game of narrow margins. Mabiala had to spend a few minutes playing with just the one boot. And when an assistant finally handed it back, he had a bear of a time untying a knot to get it back where it belonged. He had the last laugh, however, when his goal-line clearance from under the crossbar at the stroke of halftime denied Boateng a near goal and helped put the Timbers on their way to the Quarterfinals. Mabiala’s huge smile at the final whistle said it all.


(A huge crowd in Atlanta broke the all-time single-game Open Cup attendance record)

Trust Some Numbers, Not Others
In soccer, the numbers don’t always tell the whole story…or the truth. 41,012 was the number of fans (an Open Cup record) that came out to support Atlanta United in their quest for glory – but four-time champs Chicago Fire won the day with guile and experience. Just under 2,000 fans turned up in Houston, but they all saw their young and lively Dynamo book passage to the Last Eight with a slim win over Minnesota United. Nashville SC, a first-year team out of USL, rode into Louisville on the back of eleven games without a defeat – but, and you guessed it, they lost. Philadelphia Union won against New York Red Bulls to reach the Quarterfinals and are now, technically and according to the official record, unbeaten in 12 Open Cup games (going back to the 2014 loss at home in the Final). But try and tell that to the nearly 15,000 home fans who turned up the year after - 2015 - to watch them “not-win” the Open Cup Final again on PKs in that same stadium (a loss on PKs doesn’t count as a loss the same way a win in PKs doesn’t count as a win). So, sometimes a win isn’t a win and a loss isn’t a loss – where’s your equation for that?

But here’s a stat we should always trust and thank our lucky stars for: The eight Round of 16 games produced more than 2.5 goals apiece – 21 in all. Not one contest finished tangled at 0-0, leaving only one so far in the competition marring the record book (shame on you FC Cincinnati and Minnesota United).

Happy B-Day, Dylan Wolpers
The Open Cup has its hiccups. It’s a tournament with twists and turns and venues spread over a host of time zones and through multiple leagues. It doesn’t always go off without a hitch or two – and that’s one of its charms. In the live feed (provided free for all games on ussoccer.com) from Houston, a glitch in the system caused a brief interruption. Crossed wires with the big screen in BBVA Compass Stadium replaced the image on many phone, tablet and computer screens with a message wishing a Happy B-Day to Dylan Wolpers. And in one of those moments when the Twitter-sphere reacts, in true human unison and with a sense of humor, the tweets and well-wishes started rolling in. They came from Minnesota United fans, neutrals and Dynamo backers – most with tongue-in-cheek. It was good fun while it lasted. We’d like to add our voice to the chorus in wishing (belatedly) a happy birthday to Dylan. Whoever you are Mr. Wolpers, you’re now a part of Open Cup history.


(Louisville City of the USL are the lone remaining team not from Major League Soccer - MLS)

Croizet Goes Salloi One Better
Last year Daniel Salloi was just another fresh face from Sporting Kansas City’s elite academy. But when he was thrown into the mix in the Open Cup, he blossomed and scored three goals (including the winner in the Final). And he’s keeping up the form with two more goals so far this year to take his career Open Cup tally to five. His brace in the Round of 16 win over FC Dallas makes him only the second player in the team’s history to bag two goals in a Cup game. All of that should have been enough to make Salloi the undisputed star of the contest, but a Frenchman by the name of Yohan Croizet stole the show in the dying moments. His volley, after the ball looped up high and into the air, hit the top corner with such pace, placement and importance that it will live on Open Cup lore.

Raining & Pouring in Maryland
The game was just seconds old when the weather horn sounded at the Maryland SoccerPlex, a wide-open sporting facility in suburban Maryland. Lightning struck in the area and fans and players were instructed to head to their cars and locker rooms respectively. In an age of incessant Social Media connectedness, D.C. United supporters made the most of it. They took pics in their cars and posted them under #RainDelaySelfies. Some of them streamed the Louisville City-Nashville SC Open Cup game on their phones while hunkered down. They turned a dreary moment into something tolerable and maybe even a little fun. The fans were rewarded with a pair of goals within ten minutes of the restart, and the game, extended already by the rain, went on forever – through extra-time and PKs. In the end, the home D.C. United fans felt the sting of defeat again, losing out to Orlando City and ending a Cup run while their team sits dead last in MLS’ Eastern Conference. Ah well - some days when it rains, it pours.

Latif Blessing – Open Cup’s Little Big Man
There were only seconds left in the seesaw thriller between LAFC and Sacramento Republic when Latif Blessing flung himself at a low cross and used the whole of his tiny body to push the ball into the goal. Caught like a carp in the net, his LAFC teammates had a tough time pulling him out before they could maul him in celebration. Blessing scored three goals, including one in the Final, during last year’s championship run with Sporting KC and now he’s taking aim again at the Cup he admits to “just loving” with a new team. A player of uncommon technique and vision, his passes are considerate and his finishing impeccable – and he wears a bowtie on gameday. Latif, the Open Cup loves you right back.


(Philadelphia Union - losing Finalists in 2014 & 2015 - knocked out last year's runners-up New York Red Bulls)

Fresh Blood in the Mix
There’s something happening here. Of the eight teams still alive at the Quarterfinal stage, six have never lifted an Open Cup. Only two former champions are still in with a shout – holders Sporting Kansas City and four-time winners Chicago Fire. All the rest are either clubs new to the scene (LAFC) or have never lifted the trophy that comes with winning America’s oldest soccer tournament (Portland Timbers, lone USL survivors Louisville City, Houston Dynamo, Philadelphia Union and Orlando City). And with four non-winners meeting head-to-head in the Quarters, there will be (at least) two new boys in the Semifinals. We might well be engraving a new name on the base of the Dewar Cup this year.

A Fond Farewell
As ever, we must say goodbye to some we’ve come to care for over the course of these five exhilarating rounds. Nashville SC and your band of merry supporters, the Roadies, we thank your for opening your doors to us and lighting up the tournament. Sacramento Republic, for a second straight year, you stretched a top-flight opponent and were minutes away from the Quarters. Atlanta United, it will be hard to forget your huge crowd that will live on in the record books for a good while. And to all the rest, like 2016 champs FC Dallas who had the bum-luck of meeting SKC twice in as many years, we hope to see you again soon.
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Andrija Novakovich Ready for New Challenge with Fortuna Sittard

Whirlwind may be the most accurate term to describe the past 12 months in Andrija Novakovich’s life.

Largely off the National Team radar while playing in the development setup at Reading, the 21-year-old took a chance by going on loan to Dutch second division side Telstar last July. Proceeding to lead the White Lions with 22 goals in 38 competitive matches, that form propelled him to his first two MNT caps against Paraguay and Bolivia earlier this year.

This week, the budding striker inked a two-year contract extension with Reading as well as a season-long loan to recently promoted Fortuna Sittard in the Dutch top flight. It’s a deal that keeps the Muskego, Wisc., product in the English side’s plans while giving him a step up in competition, as Fortuna will face the likes of Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord and AZ Alkmaar this season.

“I had been talking to Reading throughout the season and seeing what their plans were,” Novakovich told ussoccer.com from his family home in Wisconsin. “A few clubs came in for me over the period, and after speaking to them and seeing what was the best option for myself Reading said they saw a future for me at the club and wanted to re-sign me. There was interest from other clubs in Holland. They came into contact with them and we worked out a nice deal to keep it so I’ll continue to get consistent playing time. That was the main motivation for me to go to Fortuna.”

Andrija Novakovich during the U.S. Men's National Team's 3-0 win against Bolivia on May 28, 2018 in Chester, Pa.

Novakovich found himself in Holland last season thanks to a connection between former Reading boss and Dutch international Jaap Stam. He believes the philosophical approach clubs in the Netherlands take towards development helps young players there thrive.

“They believe in younger players. They’ll have experience on certain parts of the field, but they let young players try to prove themselves and it’s a good platform to do that. The league is competitive, and over the years many players have used their time in Holland to jumpstart their careers. Now I’m taking a step up in leagues, and with that it’s about continuing to develop and improve each day.”

While happy to take the next step of his career, Novakovich is full of gratitude for the tiny club in Amsterdam that gave him the platform and experiences to find his way forward. 

“When I got to Telstar last year, I just wanted to go out there and prove myself,” he said. “There are ups and downs, but you learn so much from the experiences and events in your career. It was really exciting this last season. It ended bittersweet losing in the promotion semifinals, but looking back it was such a great year. Telstar helped me get my first call-up to the National Team, my first caps, and the experience of the last three games against Bolivia, Ireland and France. It was an amazing year, something to build off of. Hopefully it continues this way, but there is a lot of hard work ahead.”

Back in Wisconsin since completing the MNT’s European camp earlier this month, Novakovich will have one more week at home before returning to Holland for the start of preseason training at the beginning of July.

“I’m taking the last little bit of my summer to relax, get focused and make sure my mind is right for the next season.”

With an immediate eye towards starting strong with his new club, Novakovich said he aims to be back in with the MNT when the team reconvenes this fall.

“I know there is a strong schedule of matches planned, so I’d be honored to be involved,” he said. “You always want to be part of the big games.”

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MNT Jun 22, 2018

Former U.S. MNT Defender Alexi Lalas Begins Journey Along Referee Pathway

After recently completing his U.S. Soccer Referee Program Grade 8 License, former USMNT and FIFA World Cup defender Alexi Lalas took on the challenge of carrying the whistle for a U-12 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Game. Read more
MNT Jun 21, 2018
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Tickets for USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T, Go on Sale Tuesday, June 26, at 10 a.m. CT

CHICAGO (June 21, 2018) – Tickets for USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, on Sept. 11 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, will go on sale Tuesday, June 26 at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets can be purchased through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will be available for purchase at Nissan Stadium at a later date. Tickets for this event will be mobile only. Ultimate Fan Tickets ( Read more
MNT Jun 21, 2018
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Division II Louisville City FC Joins All-MLS Cast in 2018 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals

CHICAGO (June 20, 2018) – On the final night of the Round of 16, Division II club Louisville City FC defeated fellow United Soccer League (USL) aspirants Nashville SC 2-1 to join an all-MLS cast in the Quarterfinals of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – U.S. Soccer’s National Championship.

Division I Major League Soccer outfits Orlando City SC, four-time Open Cup champs Chicago Fire and first-year club Los Angeles FC also won tightly contested Round of 16 games on Wednesday night to claim the remaining berths in the tournament Quarterfinals. Earlier in the Round of 16, Houston Dynamo, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers and reigning champion Sporting Kansas City advanced to the tournament’s Quarterfinal Round, which is currently scheduled to be played on Wednesday, July 18.

Quarterfinal Schedule

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

July 18

Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs.Orlando City SC (MLS)

7 p.m. ET

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

July 18

Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Louisville City FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. CT

Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.

July 18

Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. Sporting Kansas City (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

July 18

Los Angeles FC (MLS) vs. Portland Timbers (MLS)

7:30 p.m. PT

Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.

By dint of being the sole remaining lower division club in the tournament, Louisville City wins the $25,000 prize awarded to each lower division side to advance furthest in the competition. Previously, FC Golden State Force won $25,000 as the amateur club to advance farthest in the tournament, defeating two higher division opponents before bowing out in a Fourth Round contest with LA Galaxy.

After the completion of the Quarterfinal Round on July 18, the Final Draw, which determines hosting priority for the tournament Semifinals and Final, will be held the morning of July 19.

Just as the four games earlier in the Round of 16 had been, Wednesday’s games were all tight affairs decided by a single goal or in the case of Orlando and D.C. United, a penalty shootout that the Lions won 4-2 after the sides drew 1-1 through 120 minutes of regulation and overtime. In the night’s other all-MLS encounter, Chicago Fire grabbed an impressive 1-0 win on the road against Atlanta United, who were cheered on by an all-time record crowd for a stand-alone Open Cup game as 41,012 packed Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

In the nightcap, LAFC needed a last-minute strike from Latif Blessing, who helped Sporting Kansas City claim the 2017 U.S. Open Cup crown with a goal in the Final, to escape high-flying USL club Sacramento Republic FC 3-2 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

The Round of 16’s previous matchdays featured all-MLS match-ups that saw Portland beat LA Galaxy 1-0, Philadelphia defeat New York Red Bulls 2-1, Kansas City down FC Dallas 3-2 and Houston see off Minnesota United FC 1-0.

Round of 16 Results

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

June 15

Portland Timbers (MLS) vs. LA Galaxy (MLS)

1-0

Providence Park; Portland, Ore.

June 16

Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS)

2-1

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

June 16

Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. FC Dallas (MLS)

3-2

Children's Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.

June 18

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

1-0

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

June 20

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

1-1 (2-4 PKs)

Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.

June 20

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

2-1

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

June 20

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

0-1

Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Atlanta, Ga.

June 20

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

3-2

Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
D.C. United (MLS) 1, Orlando City SC (MLS) 1 (2-4 PKs)
Persistent rain showers forced a lengthy delay at Maryland SoccerPlex on Wednesday night, but as the show must go on, so does the U.S. Open Cup. And the two MLS clubs delivered a drama-packed Round of 16 clash with Orlando City SC outlasting D.C. United in penalties following a 1-1 stalemate through 120 minutes of play. Luciano Acosta found the opener for the home side in the ninth minute when he smashed home a quick pass into the box from Darren Mattocks. Less than 10 minutes later, Justin Meram got the equalizer for Orlando City, sneaking a water-logged ball through the wickets of D.C. United goalkeeper Steve Clark. After a scoreless second half and thirty minutes of extra time, Earl Edwards Jr. made two penalty saves to set up Josue Colman’s clincher for Orlando City SC. The Lions from Central Florida advance to face Philadelphia Union in the Quarterfinals.

Louisville City FC (USL) 2, Nashville SC (USL) 1
In their third meeting of the year, Louisville City bested Nashville SC 2-1 at that cozy confines of Lynn Stadium on the University of Louisville campus. Paco Craig and Paolo DelPiccolo provided the firepower for the hosts whose hot league form carried over to the U.S. Open Cup and sees the club through to a July 18 Quarterfinal against MLS' Chicago Fire. In a see-saw affair, it was the Kentuckians who seized the early advantage through consistent possession and a well-played corner kick routine that was finished off by Craig in the 24th minute. While Nashville was able to carve out opportunities on the counter, Louisville looked comfortable taking a 1-0 lead into the locker room.

In the second frame, things got even better for the hosts as their captain, DelPiccolo, converted another smart corner kick in the 58th minute. But the home side were made to sweat as Nashville found some urgency and then a goal from Matt LaGrassa in the 68th minute to make for a wild ending in which both goalkeepers stood on their heads to keep their teams’ hopes of advancement alive. In the end, it was Tim Dobrowolski who was able to infuse his Lou City defense with a little bit of the grit and magic his Alma Mater Loyola University – Chicago displayed earlier this year in a similar knockout tournament to claim the 2-1 victory and a visit to the Windy City for a Last Eight showdown.

Atlanta United FC (MLS) 0, Chicago Fire (MLS) 1
This Round of 16 match was tense and tight from the opening whistle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where 41,012 fans turned out to cheer on the home team and break the all-time attendance record for a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game. Early on it seemed like the record crowd would be rewarded as Atlanta United took firm control of the contest in the opening stages. It was an ominous sign, however, when the first real chance of note came from the Fire in the 17th minute. Diego Campos sent in a dangerous corner-kick that was struck on the volley by former Champions League and World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger. Atlanta goalkeeper Alec Kann was up to the task, making the save, and the German schemer’s appeals that the ball had crossed the line were half-hearted at best. Five minutes later Sal Zizzo fired his effort just inches from the top corner for the home side and both teams had a handful more half-chances before the whistle went for the interval with the score the same as it was at the start.

The crucial moment came in the 53rd minute via a silky, flowing move from the visitors, themselves four-time U.S. Open Cup winners. A brilliant through ball into the box from Schweinsteiger picked out the racing Argentine Luis Solignac, who squared the ball across the face of goal to be poked home by Nemanja Nikolic. It was the Hungarian international’s third goal in 2018 Open Cup play after he bagged a brace in the previous round against Columbus Crew. Current Atlanta (former Barcelona) coach Tata Martino threw on a pair of attack-minded subs as the game clock wound toward 90, and the home team threw everything, including the kitchen sink, at the Fire. The best Atlanta could manage, though, was a strike against the woodwork from Tito Villalba as the game finished 1-0 to the visitors, who now face Louisville City of the United Soccer League (USL) in the Quarterfinal.

Los Angeles FC (MLS) 3, Sacramento Republic FC (USL) 2
It seemed at times as though Sacramento Republic FC would will itself past Los Angeles FC in the teams’ 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 showdown, but LAFC’s quality ultimately shown through as the SoCal side escaped their northern neighbors with a 3-2 win at Banc of California Stadium in LA.

It was late heartbreak for a Sacramento side that twice took the lead while also defending gallantly in the face of LAFC’s swift and talented attack that hit the woodwork as often as it found the back of the net. Latif Blessing’s 89th minute winner completed the comeback for the home side as he converted a goalmouth cross from perhaps the player of the game Diego Rossi.

It was Rossi who knotted the game at 2-2 in the 67th minute, pegging back Sacramento after Villyan Bijev’s top-corner dart finished a beautifully worked give-and-go with a pair of teammates to put the visitors up 2-1 on the hour mark. Only three minutes before that, LAFC captain Benny Feilhaber had drawn the sides level at 1-1, making amends for putting a first half PK attempt right into the arms of Sacramento goalkeeper, Josh Cohen, who was immense on the night and one of the main reasons the Republic put a heart-stopping scare into their Division I opponents. Elliot Hord scored the game’s opening goal late in the first half, helping Sacramento gain a toe-hold in a game it looked as though they would not have been so competitive in early on.

LAFC moves on to host MLS rivals Portland Timbers at Banc of California Stadium in the tournament Quarterfinals on July 18.

MONDAY, JUNE 18
Houston Dynamo (MLS) 1, Minnesota United FC (MLS) 0
A lone goal from Colombian Mauro Manotas just after the interval was enough to see Houston Dynamo win their second straight 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game at BBVA Compass Stadium at the expense of Minnesota United. The home team took the lead with only two minutes gone in the second half. Mauro Manotas was first to the near post and got on the end of a corner-kick to head the Houstonians 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. The slim 1-0 win sets a date for the Texans, twice MLS champions, against Open Cup holders Sporting Kansas City in next month’s Quarterfinals.

SATURDAY, JUNE 16
Philadelphia Union (MLS) 2, New York Red Bulls (MLS) 1

Philadelphia Union, playing in a second straight 2018 Open Cup game at Talen Energy Stadium, edged out old rivals and 2017 Open Cup runners-up New York Red Bulls 2-1 in a tight contest. In the 52nd minute, Philly’s Haris Medunjanin evaded 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. Then a good piece of service from captain Alejandro Bedoya set up Cory Burke, who kept his cool to slot home and make it 2-0 for the Union in the 61st minute. Four minutes after that, New York’s Daniel Royer hit the post before Bradley Wright-Phillips cut the lead in half in the 78th minute. Despite some jittery moments, the Union held firm to advance and host the winner between D.C. United and Orlando City.

Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 3, FC Dallas (MLS) 2
In 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 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 Sporting KC’s 3-2 victory that was capped by a scorching winner off the full volley by Yohan Croizet that will surely be a candidate for goal of the tournament. After 19 minutes, Michael Barrios crossed to Carlos Gruezo, who had the easiest of jobs tapping in from close range. Salloi then struck two in a row on either side of the interval to put the hosts up 2-1. But Dallas refused to go away, and Roland Lamah drew level at 2-2 in the 77th minute before Croizet’s magnificent winner just minutes before the final whistle.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15
Portland Timbers (MLS) 1, LA Galaxy (MLS) 0

A lone goal from diminutive Argentine Sebastian Blanco on the half-hour mark was enough to see the Portland Timbers past LA Galaxy, 1-0, and through to the Quarterfinals of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. In the lead-up to the goal, Portland ball moved through midfield from left to right before sending it up front for Fanendo Adi, who back-heeled into the penalty area and the path of Blanco. The Argentine livewire wriggled by his marker and slotted coolly past the ‘keeper for the game winner. The Timbers move on to meet the winner of Wednesday’s Round of 16 game between Los Angeles FC (MLS) and Sacramento Republic (USL). 
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U.S. Open Cup Jun 20, 2018
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