May 28, 2014
LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP
Six of eight NASL teams advance
North American Soccer League expansion side Indy Eleven scored three first-half goals and Blake Smith posted a hat trick en route to a 5-2 victory against the Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO, Division III) in the third round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis.
All told, six of the eight US-based NASL clubs won their Third Round Open Cup matches to advance.
Smith scored the game's first two goals and Indy Eleven built itself a 4-0 advantage early in the second half that was too much for Dayton to overcome. With the victory, Indy Eleven will now face Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew (Division I) in the fourth round on June 17 in Akron, Ohio.
"It's great to get the first win in club history and scratch that piece of history off the board and stay in the mix for the Cup," Indy Eleven head coach Juergen Sommer said. "It's good for the camaraderie of the team and to be rewarded for the work you put in during the week. And now we get to go on in the tournament, which gives us another opportunity to promote the club on a bigger stage and to face an MLS team in the Columbus Crew."
Smith opened the scoring in the 26th minute, firing from 23 yards out and into the upper left corner for a 1-0 lead. Then in the 30th minute, Ben Spencer set up Smith, who cut to his right and curled his shot inside the far right post to take a 2-0 advantage. Smith provided the assist to Mike Ambersley in the 43rd minute and Indy went into halftime with a three-goal cushion.
Indy Eleven wasted no time padding its lead as Dylan Mares struck from a difficult angle on the left side for a 4-0 lead in the 46th minute. The Dutch Lions, however, fought their way back.
Aaron Schoenfeld had several of Dayton's strongest scoring opportunities and he finally found the score sheet when he converted a penalty kick in the 65th minute. Kristian Nicht guessed correctly to his right, but the shot got past the Indy Eleven goalkeeper to cut Indy's lead to 4-1. Dayton's Matt Walker then made it 4-2 when he spun counter clockwise and fired his shot into the upper right corner in the 77th minute.
In the 88th minute, Smith patiently waited for the right moment to slot his attempt when he was one-on-one against Dayton goalkeeper Brad Stuver for a 5-2 lead.
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Third Round Roundup - Wednesday, May 28:
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 4, Baltimore Bohemians (PDL) 2: Jimmy McLaughlin scored two first-half goals to lead the Harrisburg City Islanders to a 3-0 halftime advantage over the Baltimore Bohemians, and the Islanders held off a second-half rally to win the third-round matchup. Morgan Langley also had a pair of goals for Harrisburg. The City Islanders will travel to play the Philadelphia Union on June 17 in the fourth round.
Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) 2, New York Greek American Atlas (USASA) 1: The Richmond Kickers endured an early 1-0 deficit and a three-and-a-half hour rain delay on their way to a victory over New York Greek American Atlas. After the extended delay, the game restarted in the 34th minute. George Davis IV scored the equalizer for the Kickers in the 48th minute and Tishan Hanley finished the game-winner in the 81st. The Kickers will host the New England Revolution in the fourth round on June 18.
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Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) 3, RWB Adria (USASA) 2 (OT): After giving up an early 1-0 lead, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds' Collins John scored the game-tying goal in the 80th minute to send the match into extra time, and Jhonny Arteaga netted the game-winner in the 112th minute. Derek Hoffman and Taylor Bond scored consecutive goals for RWB Adria to seize a 2-1 lead after Danny Earls gave Pittsburgh an early one-goal advantage. The Riverhounds will travel to play the Chicago Fire on June 18.
New York Cosmos (NASL) 2, Brooklyn Italians SC (NPSL) 0: The New York Cosmos got first-half goals from Jimmy Ockford and Hagob Chirishian and shut out the Brooklyn Italians. The Cosmos will host the New York Red Bulls in the fourth round.
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Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 2, Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) 0: The Carolina RailHawks beat the Charlotte Eagles on two first-half goals. Nazmi Albadawi opened the scoring in the 14th minute and Jun Marques Davidson found the net in the 45th minute. With the win, the RailHawks will host Chivas USA in the fourth round on June 14.
Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) 5, Chattanooga FC (NPSL) 0: The Atlanta Silverbacks scored early and often en route to a third-round victory over Chattanooga FC. Junior Sandoval's 12th-minute goal would prove to be the game-winner, and was followed closely in the 17th minute with the first of two goals by Junior Borges. Deon McCaulay and Jaime Chavez each scored in the second half. The Silverbacks will host Real Salt Lake in the fourth round on June 14.
Orlando City U-23s (PDL) 2, Charleston Battery (USL PRO) 2 (Orlando City U-23s win 12-11 on PKs): The U.S. Open Cup offered up yet another wild game in this year's edition of the tournament as the Orlando City U-23s won an epic 14-round penalty-kick shoot out to advance past the Charleston Battery. Romario Williams and Andrew Brody gave the young Lions a 2-0 halftime lead, but the Battery mounted a comeback in the second half. Dane Kelly scored both in a five-minute span just after the hour mark to knot the score at 2-2. Neither side could find a winner through the rest of regulation or 30 minutes of overtime, and ultimately, it was a missed penalty kick from the Battery that decided the match. The Orlando City U-23s will play the Portland Timbers in Round 4 on June 17 in Portland.
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Orlando City (USL PRO) 4, Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 1: In a battle for mid-Florida supremacy, Orlando City cruised past the Tampa Bay Rowdies on the strength of a four-goal first half. Kevin Molino's brace bookended strikes from Corey Hertzog and Adama Mbengue as the Lions built a 4-0 lead before Blake Wagner's consolation tally just before the stroke of halftime. Orlando City moves on to face the Colorado Rapids on June 17.
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Laredo Heat (PDL) 3, Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 2: An Esteban Bayona penalty kick in second-half stoppage time finished off an amazing comeback for the Laredo Heat and gave yet another amateur team an upset of a pro club in Round 3 of the U.S. Open Cup. After both sides were reduced to 10 men, Bayona fed Orlando Alvarado, who had just subbed into the game, for an 85th-minute equalizer. Fort Lauderdale had taken a 2-0 lead through Gonzalo de Mujica and Yaikel Perez, but saw goalkeeper Lionel Brown sent off with a straight red card in the 20th minute for handling the ball outside his box. Irving Villanueva scored on a header from the ensuing free kick to set the table for Laredo's comeback. The Heat advance to play the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium in Round 4 on June 11.
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San Antionio Scorpions (NASL) 4, NTX Rayados (USASA) 2: The San Antonio Scorpions mounted a serious comeback, scoring four goals in the second half after falling in a 2-0 hole inside the first 20 minutes. Josue Soto spurred the comeback for San Antonio, assisting on Walter Restrepo's opener for the Scorpions that made it 2-1, as well as on Sainey Touray's match-winner before scoring from the penalty spot himself. San Antonio moves on for a showdown in Round 4 with FC Dallas on June 17.
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Minnesota United FC (NASL) 1, Des Moines Menace (USASA) 0: Minnesota United FC left it late in squeaking past the Des Moines Menace by a slender 1-0 margin earned in the 86th minute by Chris Ramirez. Minnesota advances to play Sporting Kansas City in the fourth round on June 18.
Arizona United SC (USL PRO) 2, Oklahoma City Energy FC (USL PRO) 1 (OT): Both teams scored goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation, with Arizona United's Jon Okafor in the 84th minute and Oklahoma City's Kyle Greig tallying an equalizer in second-half stoppage time to force overtime. In the 112th minute, Arizona's Bradlee Baladez scored the game-winning goal off of a Kadeem Dacres cross and held on for the remaining eight minutes. Arizona will now face the LA Galaxy in the fourth round on June 18.
Sacramento Republic (USL PRO) 6, Fresno Fuego (PDL) 0: Nemanja Vukovic's header goal just before halftime was only the start as Sacramento Republic would then score five second-half tallies to roll past Fresno Fuego and into the fourth round. Fresno played the second half with 10 men and Sacramento took advantage of the opportunity. Sacramento will now face the San Jose Earthquakes on June 11.
PSA Elite (USASA) 0, LA Galaxy II (USL PRO) 0 (PSA Elite wins 3-1 on PKs) : Following a scoreless regulation and overtime, PSA Elite overcame a saved first attempt in the shootout by rattling off three straight tallies for the 3-1 advantage in PKs. PSA Elite goalkeeper Earl Edwards came up with a pair of saves in the shootout and the squad will now face Seattle Sounders FC in the fourth round on June 18.
2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
Third Round Results
Date Game Time Venue
May 27 Reading United A.C. (PDL) at Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) 1-2 (OT) Sahlen's Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
May 28 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at Baltimore Bohemians (PDL) 4-2 Calvert Hall College High School; Towson, Md.
May 28 New York Greek American Atlas (USASA) at Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) 1-2 Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.
May 28 RWB Adria (USASA) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) 2-3 (OT) Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.
May 28 Brooklyn Italians SC (NPSL) at New York Cosmos (NASL) 0-2 Belson Stadium (St. John's Univ.); Queens, N.Y.
May 28 Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 0-2 WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
May 28 Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Chattanooga FC (NPSL) 5-0 Finley Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn.
May 28 Orlando City U23s (PDL) at Charleston Battery (USL PRO) 2-2 (12-11 PKs) Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.
May 28* Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at Orlando City (USL PRO) 1-4 Seminole Soccer Complex; Sanford, Fla.
May 28 Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) at Indy Eleven (NASL) 2-5 Carroll Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.
May 28 Laredo Heat (PDL) at Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 3-2 Lockhart Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
May 28 NTX Rayados (USASA) at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) 2-4 Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas
May 28 Minnesota United FC (NASL) at Des Moines Menace (USASA) 1-0 Valley Stadium; West Des Moines, Iowa
May 28 Oklahoma City Energy FC (USL PRO) at Arizona United SC (USL PRO) 1-2 (OT) Peoria Sports Complex; Peoria, Ariz.
May 28** Fresno Fuego (PDL) at Sacramento Republic (USL PRO) 0-6 Cosumnes River College Stadium; Sacramento, Calif.
May 28 PSA Elite (USASA) at LA Galaxy II (USL PRO) 0-0 (3-1 PKs) StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium; Carson, Calif.
Fourth Round Schedule
Date Game Time Venue
June 11 Laredo Heat (PDL) at Houston Dynamo (MLS) 9 p.m. CT BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
June 11 Sacramento Republic (USL PRO) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 7:30 p.m. PT Kezar Stadium; San Francisco, Calif.
June 14 Real Salt Lake (MLS) at Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) 7:30 p.m. ET Atlanta Silverbacks Park; Chamblee, Ga.
June 14 Chivas USA (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 8 p.m. ET WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
June 14 New York Red Bulls (MLS) at New York Cosmos (NASL) 8:30 p.m. ET Shuart Stadium (Hofstra University); Hempstead, N.Y.
June 17 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at Philadelphia Union (MLS) 7 p.m. ET PPL Park; Chester, Pa.
June 17 D.C. United (MLS) at Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) 7:05 p.m. ET Sahlen's Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
June 17 Indy Eleven (NASL) at Columbus Crew (MLS) 7:30 p.m. ET FirstEnergy Stadium (Univ. of Akron); Akron, Ohio
June 17^ San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) at FC Dallas (MLS) 7:30 p.m. CT Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
June 17 Orlando City (USL PRO) at Colorado Rapids (MLS) 7 p.m. MT Dick's Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.
June 17 Orlando City U23s (PDL) at Portland Timbers (MLS) 7:30 p.m. PT Providence Park; Portland, Ore.
June 18 New England Revolution (MLS) at Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) 7 p.m. ET Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.
June 18* Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) at Chicago Fire (MLS) 7:30 p.m. CT Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
June 18 Minnesota United FC (NASL) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 7:30 p.m. CT Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
June 18** PSA Elite (USASA) at Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) 7 p.m. PT Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.
June 18 LA Galaxy (MLS) at Arizona United SC (USL PRO) 7:30 p.m. PT Peoria Sports Complex; Peoria, Ariz.