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U.S. OPEN CUP

June 27, 2007
OPEN CUP ROUNDUP
Winners prepare to face MLS teams in 3rd round


Carolina RailHawks 4, Milwaukee Bavarians 0
CARY, NC--Anthony Maher scored twice to lead the Carolina RailHawks to a 4-0 blanking of Milwaukee Bavarians in Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup second round match before 3,000 fans at rain-soaked SAS Soccer Park. Connally Edozian and Marcio Leite completed the RailHawks’ scoring. Carolina hosts the Chicago Fire in the tournament’s third round, on Sunday, July 15.

Charleston Battery 1, El Paso Patriots 0
CHARLSTON, SC--Defender Anthony Catalano’s 74th-minute goal was all the Charleston Battery needed to knock the El Paso Patriots out of the U.S. Open Cup with a 1-0 second round win Tuesday at Blackbaud Stadium. The Battery dominated the match, but cracked two first-half shots over the woodwork, and were frustrated by a strong performance by Patriots ‘keeper Jorge Muniz. Lazo Alavanja set up the deciding goal with a free kick from the right flank.

The loss was a heartbreaker for the Patriots, who almost equalized in the closing seconds. Victor Omar Mora mounted a solo breakaway on netminder Dusty Hudock, but sent his shot rolling inches wide of the net.

The Battery will host the reigning MLS champion Houston Dynamo July 10 in the third round of Open Cup competition.

Richmond Kickers 2, Cleveland City Stars 1
RICHMOND, VA—The Richmond Kickers scored two first-half goals and held on for a 2-1 win over the Cleveland City Stars in a U.S. Open Cup second round match Tuesday at the University of Richmond Stadium.

Matt Watson opened the scoring in the 28th minute, controlling a loose ball in the box and glancing a shot off the underside of the crossbar and into the net. Robert Ssejjemba broke free in first-half stoppage time and beat goalkeeper Caleb Patterson one-on-one for the game-winner.

Nigel Codrington spoiled the Kickers’ shutout bid in the 64th minute, finishing off Mark Schulte’s header for Cleveland’s only goal of the game.

The Kickers will host the Los Angeles Galaxy in round three, July 10.


Rochester Raging Rhinos 2, Western Massachusetts Pioneers 1
ROCHESTER, NY--Aaron Lines' 118th-minute goal gave the Rochester Rhinos a 2-1 win over the Western Massachusetts Pioneers in a U.S. Open Cup match Tuesday night at Paetec Park.

Omar McFarlane gave the Pioneers the lead in the 43rd minute and Matthew Delicate tied the score in the 83rd minute.

The Rhinos will host the New England Revolution in the third round at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10.

Harrisburg City Islanders 2, Ocean City Barons 1
OCEAN CITY, NJ—Goals by David Schofield and Chad Severs propelled the Harrisburg City Islanders past the Ocean City Barons, 2-1, in Tuesday’s U.S. open Cup second round match at Carey Stadium.

Schofield also denied Ocean City a potential equalizer with a goal-line save on Adam Brazitis’s point-blank shot in the 68th minute.

Leon Brown scored the lone goal for the Barons, and netminder Adam Edwards finished with 15 saves for the overmatched Barons.

The City Islanders will host third-round opponent DC United July 11.

Seattle Sounders 2, Portland Timbers 1
TUKWILA, Wash.--The Seattle Sounders rallied past the shorthanded Portland Timbers 2-1 Tuesday at the Starfire Sports Complex to advance to the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.

The Timbers sacrificed an early 1-0 lead in the 41st minute, when defender Cameron Knowles was ejected for throwing an elbow in the box and Hugo Alcarez-Cuellar buried the resulting penalty kick. Second-half substitute Jake Besagno clinched the win with a header in the 70th, off a long service from Greg Howes.

Justin Thompson scored for Portland on an eight-yard header in the 19th minute.

The Sounders will face Chivas USA in the third round.

Atlanta Silverbacks 1, Charlotte Eagles 0
ATLANTA, Ga.--The Atlanta Silverbacks interrupted their six-game winless streak at least long enough to advance to the third round of the U.S. Open Cup tournament, edging the Charlotte Eagles 1-0 Tuesday at Remax Greater Atlanta Stadium.

Warren Ukah scored the only goal of the game four minutes into the second half, heading home a corner kick by Rodrigo Rios. Atlanta survived a scare near the hour mark when a foul by defender Omar Jarun sent two-time league scoring champion and current leading scorer Jacob Coggins to the spot. Reserve goalkeeper Ryan McIntosh made his second
brilliant save of the match to preserve the shutout and the win.

The Silverbacks will face FC Dallas in the third round.

California Victory 1, Minnesota Thunder 0
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Ricardo Sanchez scored the game-winning free kick five minutes into overtime, then became the third of four players ejected in the California Victory’s rough-and-tumble 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Thunder in a U.S. Open Cup second-round match Tuesday at James Griffin Stadium.

California’s Cameron Dunn and Minnesota’s Jeremiah Bass both were sent off in regulation after collecting their second yellow cards of the match. Sanchez received a red card for his “dog and fire hydrant” goal celebration, and the Thunder’s Ansu Toure was ejected after a late scuffle with California’s Jose Reitz.

The Victory will face the Colorado Rapids in the third round.

   
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