August 7, 2013
OPEN CUP ROUNDUP
DC to face RSL in Final
DC UNITED 2, CHICAGO FIRE 0
|Dwayne De Rosario’s 44th-minute game-winner for DC United was his fifth goal of the Open Cup tournament.
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.— Dwayne De Rosario and Nick DeLeon scored on either side of halftime to send DC United through to the US Open Cup Final with a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire Wednesday at Toyota Park.
It will be DC’s fifth trip to the championship game. They will face Real Salt Lake October 1 at Rio Tinto Stadium in search of their third Open Cup title.
De Rosario played his first full 90 minutes since June and put United ahead with an opportunistic goal in the 44th minute. Luis Silva helped create it, doing enough to challenge goalkeeper Sean Johnson that the ‘keeper spilled his catch attempt. De Rosario reached the ball first, rounded Johnson and fired into an empty net to give United the lead.
It was 2-0 just three minutes after the break, when DeLeon took James Riley’s pass, evaded a challenge from Bakary Soumare and fired a low finish inside the left post from just inside the penalty area.
While the Fire managed more shot attempts, United had more of the possession, and did more with the ball when they had it. However, the Fire created a couple of close scares late. In the 78th minute, DC ‘keeper Joe Willis deflected Austin Berry’s effort wide enough to hit the left post before Perry Kitchen side-footed it out of danger.
About six minutes later, Willis reached out his fingertips to stop a Fire cross from reaching Quincy Amarikwa, and then intervened to grab a loose ball and halt another opportunity for the Fire substitute.
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REAL SALT LAKE 2, PORTLAND TIMBERS 1
SANDY, Utah—Real Salt Lake advanced to their first-ever US Open Cup final with a 2-1 semifinal win over the Portland Timbers Wednesday at Rio Tinto Stadium.
RSL will host the championship game, against DC United, on October 1.
Alvaro Saborio gave Real Salt Lake an early boost with a seventh-minute header past Portland Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, scoring off of Kyle Beckerman's cross to take a 1-0 lead.
It was Saborio's second goal of this year's Open Cup. He had a late second-half tally during Salt Lake's 3-0 quarterfinal victory against the North American Soccer League's Carolina RailHawks on June 26.
Salt Lake took control of the match in the 78th minute when Saborio laid off the ball to Joao Plata who perfectly placed his 20-yard shot toward the upper left corner of the net for a 2-0 lead. It was Plata's second goal of the tournament as he scored the game-winning penalty kick in the fourth round against the Charleston Battery en route to a 5-2 victory on June 12.
Portland midfielder Diego Valeri made it interesting in the 90th minute when he rebounded his own shot to cut Salt Lake's lead to 2-1. Valeri's initial shot was saved by a diving Nick Rimando, but Valeri headed the rebound over the veteran Real Salt Lake goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
Real Salt Lake has scored 13 goals in its four games in this year's U.S. Open Cup - the best scoring rate among the semifinalists. The U.S. Open Cup Final will mark the fifth straight home match for Real Salt Lake in this year's tournament.