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Union eliminated from Open Cup but 5 ex-Philly players enjoy wild tourney upsets

Union eliminated from Open Cup but 5 ex-Philly players enjoy wild tourney upsets

The Philadelphia Union ran out of U.S. Open Cup magic on Wednesday night, falling to the New York Red Bulls in a shootout after scoring a late equalizer and creating all sorts of chances in extra time.

But five former Union players enjoyed a magical night of their own, leading lower-division teams Miami FC and FC Cincinnati to Open Cup upsets (or Cupsets, if you will) over MLS sides that drew national attention.

The Cincinnati win was the coolest of the night as ex-Union guys Austin Berry, Jimmy McLaughlin and Corben Bone played in front of over 30,000 people (seriously) and knocked off one of the top teams in MLS — the Chicago Fire — thanks to a ridiculous shootout performance from goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt.


Afterwards, there were some great videos people took from the crowd and on the field, including this one with McLaughlin showing off his celebration skills right in front of the camera.


Meanwhile over in Miami, it was former Union starters Michael Lahoud and Gabe Farfan helping the NASL team set up a US Open Cup quarterfinal matchup vs. USL’s FC Cincinnati thanks to a last-gasp 3-2 win over Atlanta United.


It probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that a couple of lower-division teams prevailed in the Round of 16, especially when you consider many of the players have MLS experience. Just look at Lahoud and Farfan, who both enjoyed some great moments in Philly.

But the fact that Miami and Cincy will play each other in the next round ensures a non-MLS team will make it to the semifinals for the first time since 2011. And to find the last time a non-MLS team won the historic tournament (open to all American clubs, professional and amateur), you have to go all the way back to 1999.

So it’s definitely a fun story, made better by the fact that Cincinnati played in front of a the second biggest crowd in Open Cup history as it seeks MLS expansion. (Miami also may get an MLS team soon but some guy named Beckham is involved in that.)

And it certainly adds an interesting chapter to what’s been a fun tournament filled with wild moments, as the Union know well. It’s too bad the Union are no longer a part of this year’s tourney but fans can still root for some old Philly guys looking for more Open Cup glory.

Watch: Chris Long gets heated with Rams fan in first row

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Watch: Chris Long gets heated with Rams fan in first row

Reporters at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum pointed out the tremendous showing of Philadelphia Eagles fans on Sunday afternoon, with most saying their representation among Rams fans being guestimated at about 50-50.

So when Brandon Graham scored on a 16-yard fumble return for a touchdown as time expired, the Eagles defense attempted to do a Lambeau Leap-style celebration because there were so many Eagles fans in the front row.

Naturally, the few Rams fans nearby were understandably not down with it. NBC Sports Philadelphia's camera's captured footage of one Rams fan attempting to push Eagles defensive end Chris Long down.

Long is then seen having heated words with said fan. You may remember Long from earlier in the game when he forced Jared Goff to fumble in a game-changing play. I'd say Long likely won this battle of words.

The Eagles beat the Rams by a final of 43-35. You can watch the encounter below.

Shady McCoy calls Nick Foles a 'true baller'

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Shady McCoy calls Nick Foles a 'true baller'

Eagles fans were incredibly down Sunday night with the reports that MVP-candidate Carson Wentz could be lost for the season.

Nick Foles stepped out of the backup role and helped the Birds to a victory that clinched the NFC East championship.

Despite Foles stepping in to help the Eagles earn the win, the Philly fanbase is not sold on the former starter being able to fill Wentz's shoes.

One guy who does vouch for Foles, however, is his former teammate and perhaps the greatest running back in Eagles history, Shady McCoy.

"I played with nick he is a true baller [sic]," LeSean tweeted.

This isn't the first time McCoy has stated support of Foles. Following the 2015 season, McCoy vouched for Foles as a team leader.

"I like Nick. The person and player that everybody thought he was, he is," McCoy said. "There were a lot of injuries this year, Nick, obviously got injured. He gets all of the blame and he shouldn't. I think Nick's a good quarterback. He's the leader of our team. Just things didn't work out for him this year due to injury, but we've got his back. As a team, we didn't play well enough to win and to get into the playoffs."

McCoy obviously went on to play for the Bills and Foles departed the Eagles for the big green of the Rams.

Strange that Foles is back in Philly with a chance to lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl.

McCoy also offered congrats to his old team.

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Here's a video of Wentz walking back to the locker room as well as footage of him heading out from the stadium.

Foles says he's ready:

Others offered their support for Wentz.