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U.S. OPEN CUP

July 8, 2008
LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP
Quarter final recaps


D.C. UNITED 2, CHICAGO FIRE 1

GERMANTOWN, Md. -- Brian Namoff scored the 99th minute to give D.C. United a 2-1 quarterfinal overtime win over the Chicago Fire in the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup at the Maryland SoccerPlex Tuesday night.

Daniel Woolard started the Fire off on the right foot scoring a goal in the 36th minute. Logan Pause forwarded a long pass to Woolard outside the penalty area. Woolard chipped the ball over goalkeeper Zach Wells for a 1-0 lead.

Chicago maintained control of the game for the next 40 minutes, but D.C. found a way to score. Jaime Moreno found an open Francis Doe, who beat keeper Jon Busch to tie the score. Doe is a former Red Bull.

Moreno set up Namoff in the 99th minute. He bent the corner kick into the box, where Namoff headed the ball into the far-side netting to take a 2-1 lead.

D.C. United will host the New England Revolution in the semifinal at RFK Stadium Aug. 12.

CHARLESTON BATTERY 3, FC DALLAS 1
FRISCO, Texas -- The Charleston Battery jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead and went on to upset FC Dallas, 3-1, at Pizza Hut Park. The game was stopped in the 38th minute due to lightning and restarted after a 50-minute delay.

Lazo Alavanja gave the Battery the lead in the 28th minute and Ian Fuller made it 2-0 before halftime.

Former Red Bull Randi Patterson increased the lead to 3-0 in the first minute of stoppage time. FCD finally got on the board four minutes into stoppage when Kenny Cooper scored.

This was FCD’s 11th trip to the OC quarterfinals in 13 tournament appearances, the fifth time the team has been eliminated this far into the tournament. Dallas defeated Charleston the last two seasons.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS 0, KANSAS CITY WIZARDS 0 (6-5 PKs)
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Sounders eliminated the Kansas City Wizards from the Cup with a 6-5 penalty kick win after the teams played 120 minutes of scoreless soccer.

Zach Scott made the deciding kick for the Sounders in the seventh round winning the game after goalkeeper Chris Eylander stopped a kick by Lance Watson.

Kansas City’s Ryan Pore and Seattle’s Danny Jackson traded pks in the first round, then Jimmy Conrad had his kick saved by Eylander, and the Sounder’s Sebastian LeToux hit the left post with his shot.

Ryan McMahen, Roger Espinoza, Kerry Zavagnin and Michael Harring all made their kicks for the Wizards. Kenji Treschuk, Kevin Sakuda, Leighton O’Brien and Youssouf Kante all made their shots for the Sounders, making 5-5 after six rounds.

Le Toux had a chance to put the game away in the second overtime, but his shot hit the cross bar. Jason Cascio also had a shot go just high.

The Sounders win sets up an all-USL semifinal. They will face the Charleston Battery in Charleston Aug. 12.

   
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