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U.S. OPEN CUP

June 18, 2014
LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP
MLS teams sweep the night


NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (MLS) 3, RICHMOND KICKERS (USL PRO) 2
RICHMOND, Va. – Rookies Patrick Mullins and Steve Neumann each had a goal and an assist to lead the New England Revolution to a 3-2 win over the Richmond Kickers in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at City Stadium Wednesday night.

With the win, the Revolution has advanced to the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup and will host the Rochester Rhinos (USL) next Wednesday, June 25, at Brown University’s Stevenson Field in Providence. .

The Revolution jumped on the board first, converting their first corner kick when Neumann sent an in-swinging service in from the far side and McCarthy – seeing his first action of the season – rose above his defender and headed in a goal from eight yards out.

Richmond leveled the match in the 24th minute when George Davis IV, beat Brad Knighton with a side volley from 10 yards out.

Mullins and Neumann combined, in the 35th minute. Diego Fagundez played Mullins into the penalty area, and after turning on his defender, he caught Neumann streaking unmarked into the area for the easy tap-in past a sprawling Joe Willis.

Mullins got on the end of a long goal kick for the one-on-one with Richmond 'keeper JoeWillis. He tucked his shot under the keeper while getting tackled to push the Revs’ lead to 3-1.

Matthew Delicate pulled Richmond to within a goal in the 73rd minute when he redirected Davis’ cross from the left inside the far post, past a diving Knighton.
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CHICAGO FIRE (MLS) 2, PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS (USL PRO) 1
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – After nearly a two-hour rain delay, at the start of the game, and another delay following the halftime break, the Chicago Fire defeated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in round four action of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup 2-1, when the game was called because of the weather.

Just 22 minutes into the first half, Grant Ward, beat Pittsburgh goalkeeper Richard Gilstrap for the first goal of the evening.

Mike Magee returned to the Fire’s lineup after nursing a hamstring injury and found his rhythm in the 40th minute, netting the club’s second of the night on a half volley.

But Pittsburgh struck back two minutes later, with defender Andrew Marshall slipping one past Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson, cutting the home team’s lead to one goal.

The Fire took a 2-1 lead into the half. As the teams prepared to take the pitch to start the second half, lightning and thunder in the area again delayed the match, and after another hour delay, the referee called the match.

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SPORTING KANSAS CITY (MLS) 2, MINNESOTA UNITED FC (NASL) 0
KANSAS CITY, Kan.---Sporting Kansas City defeated Minnesota United FC 2-0 Wednesday night in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Soony Saad and Alex Martinez tallied second half goals in front of 15,307 fans at Sporting Park.

Sporting KC will host the Portland Timbers at Sporting Park on Tuesday, June 24 in the fifth round of the competition.

The game turned in Sporting KC's favor in the 50th minute when referee Tyler Ploeger issued Cristiano Dias a straight red card for a hard challenge on forward Dom Dwyer.

Sporting KC broke through in the 76th minute. Lawrence Olum, who wore the captain's armband with Matt Besler on national team duty, picked up a poor Minnesota clearance and quickly squared the ball to Saad. The young striker took a touch to tee up a 25-yard strike that skipped between Hildebrandt and the near post. The goal was Saad's third in four career Open Cup matches.

Sporting KC doubled its lead in the 87th minute when Martinez tallied his first professional goal. The play developed in the midfield when Toni Dovale played a through ball down the wing to Sal Zizzo. The speedy winger's initial cross was deflected, but Zizzo stayed with the play and found an open Martinez at the penalty spot. The rookie midfielder one-timed the ball into the open net to secure the victory.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS (MLS) 5, PSA ELITE (USASA) 0
TUKWILA, Wash. — Kenny Cooper scored twice and Brad Evans, Zach Scott and Sean Okoli each scored one as the Seattle Sounders dominated USASA side PSA Elite in their US Open Cup fourth-round match on Wednesday at Starfire Soccer Stadium

Evans opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, scoring on a penalty kick after Aaron Kovar drew the foul.

Scott scored in the 40th minute and Cooper netted his first of the game before the half to give Seattle a 3-0 lead. Cooper then made it 4-0 in the 49th minute, scoring on a bicycle kick. Okoloi closed out the scoring by finishing off a cross from Chad Barrett in the 84th minute.

The Sounders will host the San Jose Earthquakes in the fifth round next Tuesday.

LA GALAXY (MLS) 2 AT ARIZONA UNITED SC (USL PRO) 1
PEORIA, Ariz--- Gyasi Zardes scored both goals, headers two minutes apart early in the second half to lead the LA Galaxy to a 2-0 win over Arizona United at the Peoria Sports Complex Wednesday night.

The Galaxy advance to the fifth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, where they will face the Carolina RailHawks next Tuesday, at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Arizona went ahead 12 minutes later through former New York Red Bulls/Philadelphia Union midfielder Matt Kassel.

The Galaxy surged ahead at the start of the second half, with Zardes finding space between center backs Tyler Ruthven and London Woodberry to nod home a sweet Robbie Rogers chip in the 51st minute and then get open to head in Stefan Ishizaki's cross in the 53rd.
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