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U.S. OPEN CUP

July 1, 2008
LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP
Third round recaps


CRYSTAL PALACE BALTIMORE 2, NEW YORK RED BULLS 0
Catonsville, Md.---Playing with only three regular starters, the New York Red Bulls crashed out of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, losing 2-0 to Crystal Palace Baltimore.

Crystal Palace drew first blood in the 18th minute, Bryan Harkin heading home an Andrew Marshall corner kick past goalkeeper Zach Thornton. Thornton was making his first official appearance in goal for the Red Bulls this season.

Gary Brooks gave Baltimore some breathing room in the 75th minute, scoring off a half volley from 15 yards, off a Paul Robson assist.

CHICAGO FIRE 4, CLEVELAND CITY STARS 1
BRIDGEVIEW, Il---Mike Banner tallied two goals to lead the Chicago Fire to a 4-1 win over the Cleveland City Stars in front of 6,678 at Toyota Park.

Chicago jumped out to a convincing 3-0 lead in just 26 minutes of action. A long blast by Banner helped the Chicago Fire gain a 1-0 lead over Cleveland in the 14th minute. Banner soared a perfect ball into the net past goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap.

Calen Carr added a goal in the 23rd minute, slipping a left-footed shot through the defensive line and to the left of Gilstrap.

In the 26th minute Cleveland’s Jeremy Tolleson took down Chris Rolfe in the box. Barrett stepped up to take the penalty kick. He drilled it into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.

Cleveland got one back in the 61st minute, with Kiel McClung lobbing a high ball over Nick Noble’s head and into the net, cutting the Fire’s lead to two goals.

In the 73rd minute, Banner got the Fire’s three-goal lead back. He dodged a defender and shot a long ball into the upper netting for a 4-1 advantage.

D.C. UNITED 2, ROCHESTER RHINOS 0
Gaithersburg, Md.—Marc Burch scored two second half goals tolead D.C. united to a 2-0 win over the Rochester Rhinos at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Burch put D.C. up 1-0in the 78th minute on a 30-yard free kick into the far corner of the net. He added a second goal, also on a free kick 7 minutes later.

CHARLESTON BATTERY 1, HOUSTON DYNAMO 1 (4-2pks)
CHARLESTON, S.C.--- The Charleston Battery defeated the MLS champion Houston Dynamo in a thrilling penalty-shootout Tuesday night at Blackbaud Stadium in front of 3,103. The game finished tied 1-1 after overtime, Charleston played the final twenty minutes with only nine players after two red card ejections.

The Battery opened the scoring in the 31st minute when Marco Reda ran onto the ball and headed it home past Houston goalkeeper Tony Caig.

The equalizer came in the 89th minute as defender Chris Wondolowski headed a shot past Dusty Hudock from close range.

In the penalty kicks. Charleston made four of their shots, with goals from Osvaldo Alonso, Stephen Armstrong, Darren Spicer and Tim Velten. Houston defender Geoff Cameron and forward Franco Caraccio both missed as the Battery advance to the quarterfinals with a win over Houston for the second year ina row.

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS 4, CAROLINA RAILHAWKS 2
CARY, NC---The Carolina Railhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but could not hold on as the Kansas City Wizards came from behind to win 4-2 in overtime ar WakeMed Soccer Park.

The RailHawks had the lead for most of the game on goals by Santiago Fusilier in the 44th minute and Matthew Watson in the 58th. Ivan Trujillo scored two goals for Kansas City in the 68th and 94th minutes and Claudio Lopez in the 89th and Ryan Pore in the 199th minute scored on penalty kicks.

FC DALLAS 2, MIAMI FC 1
FRISCO< Tx---Abe Thompson scored stoppage time goals in each half to lead FC Dallas to a 2-1 win over Miami FC at Pizza Hut Park.

Miami took the lead in the 7th minute as Alex Alfonso nutmegged two Dallas defenders before putting a shot to the lower right corner past goalkeeper Ray Burse.

Thompson equalized three minutes into first half stoppage time, getting a pass from Dominic Oduro before scoring from inside the penalty area.

Thompson’s game winner came on a header off a cross from Drew Moor three minutes into second half stoppage.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS 2, CHIVAS USA 0
SEATTLE---The road to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup seems to end every year for Chivas USA in Seattle. The USL1 Sounders defeated Chivas 2-0 on Tuesday to move to the quarterfinals.

Seattle becomes the third team from the USL to advance to the final eight, following Crystal Palace Baltimore and the Charleston Battery.

Graham Taylor put a header past Chivas goalkeeper Brad Guzan to give the Sounders a 1-0 lead in the 43rd minute, connecting on a corner kick from former Los Angeles Galaxy Josh Gardner. The corner kick was forced after Guzan rushed out to cut off a shot by Sebastien Le Toux and made a save with his legs.

Chivas had a chance to equalize on a 22 yard free kick by Sacha Klejstan than was stopped by Sounders goalkeeper Chris Eylander. The save led to a quick counter attack by the Sounders, with the ball ending up on the foot of Le Toux who made it 2-0 in the 80th minute.

The Sounders will face the Kansas City Wizards at Qwest Field on July 8 in the quarterfinals.


   
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