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July 9, 2014
All MLS semi-finals as Fire, FC Dallas, Sounders advance

ATLANTA – The Chicago Fire defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks 3-1 Wednesday evening at Silverbacks Park in the quarterfinal round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. After both sides were reduced to ten men, second half goals from Quincy Amarikwa, Jeff Larentowicz and Alex led the Fire to victory.

Both sides were reduced to ten men in the 31st minute when Mike Magee and the Silverbacks’ Jesus Gonzalez were ejected for a scuffle near the right touchline.

Amarikwa slotted in a free kick from Harry Shipp in the 50th minute.

The Silverbacks equalized just four minutes later when Junior Sandoval played a nice through ball to Deon McCaulay, who tapped it in from 10 yards out.

Matt Fondy earned a penalty kick in the 81st minute and Larentowicz almly buried his ensuing penalty past Carrillo for the 2-1 lead.

Alex added an insurance goal in the 85th minute when he cleaned up a blocked shot from Grant Ward.
Full story from Chicagoland Soccer News

CARY, NC – Blas Perez scored three goals and Fabian Castillo has two assists to lead FC Dallas to a 5-2 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal win over the Carolina Railhawks Wednesday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.

FC Dallas will now host the Philadelphia Union in the tournament semifinals at Toyota Stadium on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Zack Schilawski gave the Railhawks lead in the ninth minute with a finish to the near post.

Dallas answered in the 23rd minute when Je-Vaughn Watson fed Tesho Akindele a ball down the right flank towards the corner flag. Akindele caught up to the ball and fired a cross to the back post, where Perez hammered a header past goalkeeper Scott Goodwin.

Perez netted his second of the game in the 34th minute finishing off a pass from Je-Vaughn Watson.

Carolina pulled even again in the 37th minute when Enzo Martinez converted a penalty kick after Moises Hernandez was called for a hand ball.

Dallas pulled ahead, 3-2, just before halftime when Andres Escobar fed a ball inside to Castillo. The Colombian cut left after receiving the ball at the top of the area, went by a RailHawks’ defender and Goodwin before depositing a simple pass into the back of the net one minute before the halftime whistle.

Mauro Diaz found the back of the net for FC Dallas in the 89th minute when he collected the ball near midfield, ran at the RailHawks’ back line and sent the ball out wide to Castillo. The Colombian drew the attention of Goodwin before picking out Diaz at the back post. With Goodwin out to defend against Castillo, Diaz was able to slip a shot to the near post to make it 4-2.

Just before the final whistle, Perez recorded his third of the game with a low and hard shot to the far side netting.
Full story from Dallas Soccer News

PORTLAND, Ore.—Kenny Cooper and Marco Pappa scored overtime goals to give the Seattle Sounders a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers in a quarterfinal game of the U.S. Open Cup at Providence Park Wednesday night.

The Sounders will play the Chicago Fire in the semi-final on August 13 at the Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.
The Sounders took the lead in the 69th minute when Osvaldo Alonso put a ball inside the back post.

Portland equalized in the third minute of stoppage time on a goal by Darlington Nagbe. The Timbers went a man down in the 99th minute when Diego Chara was red carded for a foul on Pappa.

Cooper netted the game winner in the 111th minute, heading a shot in off the cross bar for his 11th career U.S. Open Cup goal, second all-time among MLS players, and sixth in the modern era of the Open Cup, only three goals behind leader Sebastien LeToux

Pappa put the game away in the 115ht minute, firing a right footed shot past Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

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