Red Bulls upset, Cal FC seen out as U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals set
Major League Soccer saw another team upset by a lower-division side, though compared to the third round, Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup results were a relative reprieve. Only New York suffered a shocker, and although two other Major League Soccer sides also bowed out, the league avoided the type of stumbles that defined the previous round.
But Tuesday was still a day for some of U.S. soccer’s under-appreciated teams. The Harrisburg City Islanders sprung another upset of the Red Bulls, while fellow third-tier sides Dayton and Charlotte also find themselves in the final eight, both winning in extra time.
In all, four of the eight matches needed an 30 extra minutes to produce a winner, and while the round didn’t produce the same headlines as last week, the excitement returned.
Seattle Sounders 5-0 Cal FC
The dream is over, woken up with revelry at the break of night, just as Cal FC started to believe it could craft one more miracle.
For 45 minutes, the fifth-level upstarts stayed with Seattle, looking slightly better than they did while upsetting Portland. Then the second half came, a 50th minute penalty was called, and the flood gates opened.
Osvaldo Alonso opened the scoring with the first of his two second half goals. Fredy Montero scored twice, and Seattle ended Eric Wynalda’s cinderella story, continuing their quest for a fourth straight U.S. Open Cup.
Harrisburg 3-1 New York Red Bulls (aet)
Harrisburg went up early with a 13th goal through Brian Ombiji Conor Lade’s 54th minute equalizer started New York’s second half push, though it was goalkeeper Ryan Meara who saw the most pressure as regulation time ended. Still, when extra time started, there was every reason to believe New York, despite the early set back, would avoid a second loss in three years at Harrisburg City.
Four minutes into extra time, Sainey Touray squelched that belief, lobbing Meara to restore Harrisburg’s advantage. After a New York hand ball shout was controversially denied late in extra time, Lucky Mkosana added Harrisburg’s insurance goal, sending the Islanders through.
D.C. United 1-2 Philadelphia Union (aet)
Brian Carroll and Josh Wolff traded goals just before half time before the teams shut it down for the second. Two minutes into extra time, Antoine Hoppenot put home on a Freddy Adu set up to send Philadelphia into the quarterfinals, where they’ll host Harrisburg.
Sporting KC 2-0 Colorado
Matt Pickens was charged with an own goal after a first half header from Aurelien Collin ricocheted off the post, off the goalkeeper’s back, and in for the winning goal. A late insurance tally from Teal Bunbury sealed the victory on a night the hosts controlled.
San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Minnesota
There was an attritional aspect to this one, the last match of the night. The sides went scoreless into halftime, but San Jose was the better of the two teams in the second. Finally, four minutes from time, Steven Lenhart broke through, preventing the fifth extra time match of the night.
The win sets up a quarterfinal meeting with the holders: Seattle.
Carolina 1-2 Chivas USA
Juan Agudelo’s 32nd minute goal gave Chivas USA a lead they held for 46 minutes, with Micheal Palacio’s late second half equalizer convincing Railhawks’ supporters of the second-division side was lining up another scalp.
It wasn’t meant to be. A late hand ball on USMNT prospect Gale Agbossoumonde gave Juan Pablo Angel a chance to win this one from the spot. Sending the Railhawks’ goalkeeper the wrong way, Angel sent Chivas into the quarterfinals, restoring Chivas’s one goal advantage.
Michigan Bucks 1-2 Dayton Dutch Lions (aet)
Eli Garner’s 14th minute opener gave Dayton a lead to take into halftime. Nine minutes after intermission, Anthony Grant equalized, putting the teams on a course for extra time.
A penalty kick awarded in the 96th minute allowed Joel Delass to send the USL-Pro team into the final eight, eliminating the last surviving PDL side.
San Antonio 1-2 Charlotte (aet)
Charlotte took a 1-0 lead into half time after Devon Grousis put the Eagles up in the 26th minute. Fifteen minutes from time, Pablo Campos provided life support, sending yet another match into extra time.
There, another NASL side saw a hand ball undo their night. In the 116th minute, Mauricio Salles converted from the spot, making Charlotte the third USL-Pro side to qualifying for the final eight.
Sporting KC vs. Dayton
Chivas USA vs. Charlotte
Philadelphia vs. Harrisburg City
San Jose vs. Seattle Sounders