June 16, 2016
LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP
Round of 16 set
The final 12 teams needed to fill in the 2016 U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 Bracket were decided Wednesday night with the NASL's New York Cosmos and Ft. Lauderdale Strikers the only two non-Division I clubs to join the host of MLS sides that make up the rest of the field for the business end of the competition.
Although Kitsap Pumas bowed out of the tournament with a 2-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC, the PDL club was awarded $15,000 as the furthest advancing Open Division team in the competition, pending the result of a protest by Open Division qualifier La Maquina, who are challenging their 4-1 extra time defeat to the LA Galaxy on the opening night of the Fourth Round. Additionally, the Wilmington Hammerheads earned the $15,000 prize awarded to the Division III team to advance the furthest in the competition, winning the ninth tiebreaker wit overall wins in the tournament over Oklahoma City Energy's single victory.
Just as there were on the first night of Fourth Round play, there were a handful of close matches that ultimately saw MLS teams prevail. The Philadelphia Union needed a last-second free-kick to escape Harrisburg City Islanders 3-2, New York Red Bulls and Orlando City SC made single goals count in narrow 1-0 wins against Rochester Rhinos and Jacksonville Armada, respectively, while Sporting Kansas City and the New England Revolution both needed extra time to pull out one-goal wins against Minnesota United 2-1 and the Carolina RailHawks 1-0, respectively. The Chicago fire came closest to a "Cupset" as they needed a goal in the second extra time period to secure a 1-1 draw to reach penalty kicks where they eventually outlasted Indy Eleven 4-3.
Round of 16 Schedule:
Date Game Time Venue
June 28 Columbus Crew SC at Chicago Fire 7:30 p.m. CT Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
June 28 Seattle Sounders FC at Real Salt Lake 8:00 p.m. MT Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
June 29 New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union 7:00 p.m. ET Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.
June 29 New England Revolution at New York Cosmos 7:30 p.m. ET Belson Stadium; Jamaica, N.Y.
June 29 Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Orlando City SC 7:30 p.m. ET Camping World Stadium; Orlando, Fla.
June 29 Sporting Kansas City at Houston Dynamo 7:30 p.m. CT BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
June 29 Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas 7:30 p.m. CT Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
June 29 LA Galaxy at Portland Timbers 7:30 p.m. PT Providence Park; Portland, Ore.
Wednesday, June 15 Recaps:
Philadelphia Union (MLS) 2, Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) 3
Just three minutes in, the Philadelphia Union took control of the match as Walter Restrepo followed up on a failed clearance before slot into the back of the net. Just before halftime, the Union upped the score line after Roland Alberg beat Nick Noble. The City Islanders didn't leave without a fight as Craig Foster narrowed the score line in the 79th minute to make it 2-1. Harrisburg was then forced to play a man down as Leo Fernandes received a straight red card in the 88th minute. With seconds to go in regular time, the City Islanders' Bobby Warshaw captured the equalizer to take the score to 2-2 in second half stoppage time. Just as extra time seemed a certainty, Alberg place a free kick past Noble and into the upper 90, to give the back-to-back U.S. Open Cup finalists a 3-2 victory.
Columbus Crew (MLS) 4, Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 0
With possession going back and forth between the Columbus Crew and the Tampa Bay Rowdies, neither team was able to find the back of the net before a weather delay was issued in the 26th minute. The game resumed and Columbus quickly took control as Justin Meram found the back of the net in the 41st minute. Minutes out of halftime, second half sub Ethan Finlay picked out Christian Martinez to take the lead to 2-0 in the 48th minute. Four minutes later, Finlay converted a penalty kick after a foul was issued inside the box, before Marshall Hollingsworth rounded out the scoring scored in the 65th as Columbus eased into the Round of 16.
Jacksonville Armada FC (NASL) 0, Orlando City SC (MLS) 1
Orlando City SC headed up Highway 95 to snag a 1-0 win against Jacksonville Armada at Southern Oak Stadium on the campus of Jacksonville University. After a scoreless first half, Orlando City struck from an Antonio Nocerino corner kick that was headed on to the back post by Julio Baptista and bundled over the line by David Mateos in the 62nd minute. While the Armada created its share of chances throughout the game, they were unable to find the cutting edge. Orlando City SC now moves on to the Round of 16, which will be played on June 29, for the second year in a row.
Rochester Rhinos (USL) 0, New York Red Bulls (MLS) 1
The New York Red Bulls earned a tight 1-0 win away to the Rochester Rhinos on Wednesday night. The game's lone goal was setup when Gonzalo Veron was pulled down in the Rochester penalty area in the 19th minute, forcing the referee to point to the spot. Midfielder Sacha Kljestan stepped up and buried his effort past Tomas Gomez in the 20th minute. Rochester threatened to find the equalizer, but the Red Bulls kept the USL side honest, as they ran out 1-0 winners and advanced to the Round of 16 for the second straight season.
New York City FC (MLS) 0, New York Cosmos (NASL) 1
New York Cosmos advanced to the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 at the expense of New York City FC for the second consecutive year thanks to a 1-0 victory Wednesday night. Cosmos prevailed in a matchup of few chances and neither team created much during a tense derby that failed to come to life in the first 45 minutes. The game quickened in the second stanza but looked destined for extra time until the Cosmos struck late on. Midfielder Danny Szetela got on the end of a cross and headed home the decisive goal to send Cosmos through to the Round of 16 and NYCFC out of the competition.
D.C. United (MLS) 0, Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 0 (3-4 PKs)
D.C. United controlled most of the match, but they could not capitalize on the chances presented by Fort Lauderdale, with the NASL side forcing extra time. Moving past 90 minutes saw United goalkeeper Travis Worra make a number of important stops to keep things level and take things into the shootout. In the penalty kick decider, Diego Restrepo saved Luciano Acosta's take, before Matheus Carvalho converted the final kick to give Fort Lauderdale its second straight shootout win and its first-ever appearance in the tournament's Round of 16.
Carolina RailHawks FC (NASL) 0, New England Revolution (MLS) 1
After a lengthy two-hour weather delay midway through the first half, the New England Revolution needed extra time to dispatch a game Carolina RailHawks side, 1-0 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Lightening appeared in the 16th minute and was followed by a torrential downpour forcing the teams to the locker rooms. When play resumed, both teams carved out their chances in the course of regulation but it wasn't until the 103rd minute when Revolution homegrown player Zachary Herivaux got on the end of a Lee Nguyen pass and rifled a shot into the roof of the net from 20 yards out. The extra time strike and subsequent win pushes New England to the 2016 U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 on June 29.
Minnesota United FC (NASL) 1, Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 2
Sporting Kansas City began their defense of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on the road against Minnesota United. One hundred and twenty minutes later, the champs were still standing - bruised but heading back to Kansas with a 2-1 win. Christian Ramirez' penalty kick for the hosts canceled out Benny Feilhaber's opener from the spot and the teams traded chances without finding a winner in regulation. In the second period of extra time Feilhaber set up Diego Rubio for the latter's first goal in the competition and it was enough to ensure Vermes' side were able to see out the victory and head back to the Round of 16.
Chicago Fire (MLS) 1, Indy Eleven (NASL) 1 (4-3 PKs)
A battle of two teams created by soccer executive Peter Wilt didn't disappoint Tuesday at Toyota Park. The Fire's David Accam had the best chance of regular time, smashing an effort off the cross bar in the 22nd minute, but neither team could find the required goal before extra time was needed. In the additional frame, Indy Eleven went up first when Sinisa Ubiparipovich picked out Justin Braun, who turned on a dime before finishing past Matt Lampson in the 105th minute. The Fire responded on the other side of the extra time break, with Accam finishing to send the game to PKs. In the shootout decider, Lampson made two saves and Accam converted the final spot kick to push the Fire past Indy Eleven 4-3 on penalties.
FC Dallas (MLS) 2, OKC Energy FC (USL) 2 (6-5 PKs)
FC Dallas ultimately prevailed 6-5 on penalty kicks despite coughing up a lead late in regulation to the visiting Oklahoma City Energy. The Energy struck first through Jordan Rideout in the 26th minute, but a brace from Carlos Lizarazo before the break gave FC Dallas what looked like the winning edge. However, in the 90th minute, Michael Thomas equalized for the Energy to send the match to extra time and eventually PKs after neither side could find the breakthrough. After trading penalties and a few misses and saves along the way, Colin Bonner finally sent FC Dallas to the Round of 16 by converting in the seventh round of sudden death penalty kicks.
Houston Dynamo (MLS) 4, San Antonio FC (USL) 0
Houston Dynamo earned a comprehensive 4-0 victory against San Antonio FC at BBVA Compass Stadium. Recently installed interim head coach Wade Barrett oversaw a straightforward victory for his team, though it took them more than a half hour to get on the board. Mauro Montas opened the scoring near the end of the first half and Alex doubled the lead just before the break. Raul Rodriguez and Leonel Miranda added goals early in the second half and the result was never in doubt for the Dynamo as they marched on to the next round.
Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) 2, Kitsap Pumas (PDL) 0
Seattle Sounders FC took on the Kitsap Pumas and the last remaining amateur side in the tournament gave the four-time champions a tough run of things for over an hour. Seattle only broke through in the 71st minute when Aaron Kovar's deflected cross from the right was flicked to the back post by Christian Roldan, to give Seattle a 1-0 lead. With Kitsap pressing for equalizer, Seattle caught the PDL side out again, as a ball was slotted through to the top of the area for Joevin Jones, who coolly finished in second half stoppage time to push Seattle back into the tournament's Round of 16, after missing out for the first time in 2015.
Tuesday, June 14 Recaps:
Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL) 0, Colorado Rapids (MLS) 1
In the first match of the Fourth Round, the Colorado Rapids hosted the Colorado Springs Switchbacks in a match that began with opportunities created at both ends of the pitch although neither team was able to find the back of the net. The second half continued to prove scoreless until mere minutes before the final whistle when the Rapids' Dillon Serna fired in a shot from outside the box in the 84th minute to secure the 1-0 win. With the late goal, the Colorado Rapids advanced to the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 on June 29.
Wilmington Hammerheads (USL) 2, Real Salt Lake (MLS) 2 (1-3 PKs)
Although Real Salt Lake held much of the possession in the first half, the Wilmington Hammerheads carved out the first chance to grab a goal after a defensive steal near the top of the 18-yard box. Mael Corboz sent a rocket to the back of the net from the top of the box in the 34th minute and the Hammerheads took their 1-0 into the half. The visitors extended their lead in the 58th minute as Justin Moose took a shot from distance that deflected off a RSL defender into the net. But a pair of goals in the final 25 minutes from Real Salt Lake's Joao Plata and Burrito Martinez gave the home side life. Although both teams had their chances in the extra time periods, it took PKs to separate the clubs with Wilmington seeing two misses and one PK saved, while Real Salt Lake made three of their four attempts to advance to the Round of 16 on June 29.
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 0, Portland Timbers (MLS) 2
The Portland Timbers advanced to the 2016 U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 on the back of two first half goals against the San Jose Earthquakes at Providence Park. Dairon Asprilla's shot through traffic in the 34th minute and Jack McInerney's well-taken free kick in the 39th was all the Timbers needed as they limited San Jose offensively in both halves.
La Maquina (Calif.) 1, LA Galaxy (MLS) 4 (a.e.t.)
A valiant effort from Open Division qualifier La Maquina ran out of gas in extra time of their 4-1 defeat to MLS giants LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center. The Galaxy took an early lead through Jose Villarreal inside the opening 15 minutes, but a subsequent red card to Rafael Garcia only moments later made the MLS club's night trickier than it otherwise might have been. La Maquina made their man advantage count as Edwin Borboa equalized 10 minutes before the break. The amateur team then went on to stifle the Galaxy in the second half while also getting a huge performance from their goalkeeper and riding the luck of some poor finishing from the hosts to take the match to extra time. Over the course of the extra 30 minutes, the Galaxy's fitness and professional acumen told the tale as Dave Romney bagged the game winner before a Sebastian Lletget brace sealed the 4-1 score line and sent the Galaxy to the Round of 16 on June 29.