August 12, 2014
US OPEN CUP ROUNDUP
Union outlast FC Dallas to advance to Final
FRISCO, TX – Amobi Okugo scored in regulation time and goalkeeper Zac MacMath stopped two tiebreaker penalty kicks to propel the Philadelphia Union into the US Open Cup Final over FC Dallas 1-1 (4-3 pks) Tuesday at Toyota Stadium.
|Amobi Okugo scored in regulation, and goalkeeper Zac MacMath stopped two penalty kicks, as the Philadelphia Union topped FC Dallas to advance to the Open Cup Final.
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It was the first time in club history that the Union defeated Dallas, and the team’s upcoming appearance in the Open Cup final, which will be held either September 16, 17 or October 1 at PPL Park, will be the first time Philadelphia will be competing for a trophy.
Philadelphia’s Amobi Okugo scored the first goal of the game in the 47th minute. Vincent Nogueira got the play started, sending a very nice pass in to Sebastien Le Toux, who made a good run in behind the Dallas defense. The Union midfielder then sent the ball across the box to Okugo who laid the ball in low past netminder Raul Fernandez.
Shortly after the goal, both Andrew Wenger and Michael Lahoud had solid opportunities to double the Union lead, but could not convert. Led by Fabian Castillo and Blas Perez, Dallas seized the late momentum, and found the equalizer in the 81st minute. Castillo ran on to a sharp service from Perez and caught MacMath off his line, putting the ball into the back of the open net.
Following the goal, Dallas looked as dangerous as it had all contest, getting chance after chance. In the 89th, Ethan White was able to clear a ball off the goal line, in what would have been the game winner for Dallas.
Instead, the game went into extra time, ut neither team could break the deadlock.
Sheanon Williams, Vincent Nogueira, Cristian Maidana and Maurice Edu all buried their penalties in the shootout, while MacMath stood his ground on the line.
MacMath saved the third and fifth attempts for Dallas, stopping Perez’s shot to the keeper’s right and Victor Ulloa’s try to the left side.