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June 11, 2014
Earthquakes, Dynamo advance

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Jose Earthquakes defeated Sacramento Republic FC in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup 2-1 Wednesday night at Kezar Stadium.

San Jose came back from a 1-0 deficit to halt Republic FCs seven-game unbeaten streak in all competitions. Cordell Cato netted the winner for San Jose and Khari Stephenson also scored for the Quakes in the win.

Republic FC got on the board first through former MLS forward Justin Braun. Braun nodded home a cross from Chad Bartlome in the 42nd minute to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The Quakes responded just four minutes later from the penalty spot. Clarence Goodson appeared to score the tying goal off a corner kick, but just as he finished a header, the referee whistled for a foul and a penalty kick. Stephenson stepped up to take the penalty and buried it into the right corner just before the halftime whistle.

Cordell put San Jose up 2-1 in the 73rd minute after some heavy pressure from the Quakes. Just five minutes after being denied on a one-on-one opportunity by Jakubek, Cato gathered in a loose ball just inside the box and fired a low shot between two Sacramento defenders and into the back of the net.

HOUSTON---Alex Lopez scored the only goal to give the Houston Dynamo a 1-0 win over the Laredo Heat in a U.S. Open Cup fourth round game at BBVA Compass Stadium Wednesday night.

The Dynamo secured the game-winning goal from the run of play. Omar Cummings settled a ball near the edge of the penalty area and split two defenders with a deft layoff in front of Lopez. The 22-year-old Honduran deftly chipped over Laredo goalkeeper Jorge Ortega from 15 yards into the side of the net

The Dynamo gained a man advantage for the second consecutive game when Laredo defender Matthieu Braem earned his second yellow card in a nine-minute span in the 40th minute for a hard challenge on Giles Barnes.

Houston enjoyed a man advantage until the 52nd minute, when goalkeeper Tyler Deric came off his line to clear a ball and mishit his short pass to Warren Creavalle. Heat forward Felix Garcia collected the ball and lofted a shot toward the empty net that Deric caught outside the penalty area. Deric was issued a red card by referee Nima Saghafi.

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