Did we expect to see this much excitement when US Soccer fixed their problems with the US Open Cup? Did we expect all this crazy, nutty, “What the hell is going on???” type of moments in Round 3 Proper? I certainly didn’t expect half of MLS to get eliminated in this round, but that’s what happened, and here are recaps of the best of them.
PORTLAND TIMBERS 0:1 CAL FC (AET)
Cinderella’s glass boots continues for Eric Wynalda’s Cal FC as it took them to stoppage time to get the victory. Artur Aghasyan in the 95th minute got a nice ball and caught Troy Perkins off his line and chipped in the match winner.
Kris Boyd had a great chance in regulation to convert a penalty, but sadly the former Rangers & Kilmarnock forward shanked it wide in the 79th minute. All night long the Timbers’ chances were coming, but never they converted.
HARRISBURG CITY ISLANDERS 3 (4): 3 (3) NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (AET)
The only thing worth noting in regulation was the Revolution going down to 10 men in the 35th minute as Diego Fagundez was sent off for a reckless challenge. The craziness was all in extra time.
In the first half of extra time, the Revolution built a three-goal lead with Kelyn Rowe in the 95th, Lee Nguyen converting a penalty in the 100th and Benny Feilhaber three minutes later. So what does the City Islanders do? Equalize in the second half of extra time.
Brian Ombiji got what most thought would be a consolation prize in the 111th, and no one expected more after that goal. Belief came in the 117th when Sainey Tourey cut the lead to one, but the man who gave life to the Islanders in last year’s USL Pro Final did it again. Former Philadelphia Union reserve player J.T. Noone forced penalties with a rocket of a shot in the 120th minute.
It was three all in the shootout as Andrew Marshall of Harrisburg put his side ahead, but when Benny Feilhaber stepped up to the spot, he nailed the post and the Islanders moved on to the 4th round.
MICHIGAN BUCKS 3:2 CHICAGO FIRE (AET)
It was all indoors at Pontiac, Michigan for this match, and the Bucks were looking to make some more history as well. Tommy Catalano got an early goal in the 9th, but Corbin Bone equalized in the 28th. An early second half goal from Frederico Puppo put the Fire ahead, till Nate Boyden got the equalizer in the 78th.
But in extra time it was an early goal from Nerman Crikic in the 93rd got the home town side all excited. After the extra thirty minutes it was all over and the Bucks advanced to the next round.
CAROLINA RAILHAWKS 2:1 LOS ANGELES GALAXY
It didn’t look good for the Railhawks as they went behind through a Pat Noonan goal in the 38th minute. But Colin Clarke’s side stuck with the game plan and they found a way to upset the reigning MLS Cup Champions.
Ty Shipalane equalized in the 75th minute and it bred life into WakeMed Soccer Park. Brian Shriver pulled off the miracle in the 88th minute and the Galaxy limped home across the country to try and fix their league season.
OTHER ROUND 3 PROPER RESULTS
San Antonio Scorpions 1:0 Houston Dynamo: S.A. : Hans Denissen 51st
Sporting KC 3:2 Orlando City: KC: Paulo Nagamura 45+th, Soony Saad 65th & 69th ORL: Kevin Molino 55th, Anthony Pulis 71st Sent Off, Dennis Chinn 84th
Richmond Kickers 1:2 DC United (AET) RIC: Stanley Nyazamba 45th (P), Hamid Salihi 24th, Marcelo Saragosa 107th
Columbus Crew 1:2 Dayton Dutch Lions CLB: Olman Vargas 64th (P) DAY: Gerrit Jan Bartels 79th, Gibson Bardsley 81st
FC Dallas 0:2 Charlotte Eagles FCD: Jackson 78th Sent off CHA Darryl Roberts 43rd, Nate Thornton 90+th,
San Jose Earthquakes 2:1 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers SJ: Sam Garza 63rd & 70th FTL Mark Anderson 38th
Philadelphia Union 3:0 Rochester Rhinos PHI: Josue Martinez 5th, Freddy Adu 29th & 73rd Charleston Battery 0:3 New York Red Bulls NY: Kenny Cooper 14th, Heath Pearce 41st, Connor Lade 70th,
Chivas USA 1:0 Ventura Co. Fusion CHV: Cesar Romero 13th,
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1:3 Colorado Rapids TB: Matt Clare 90+th, COL: Edu 17th (P), Andre Akpan 33rd, Kamani Hill 90+th,
Seattle Sounders 5:1 Atlanta Silverbacks SEA: Andy Rose 44th, Osvaldo Alonso 47th, Alex Caskey 54th, Sammy Ochoa 62nd & 67th, ATL: Reinaldo Navia 52nd,
Minnesota Stars 3:1 Real Salt Lake MIN: Kevin Venegas 4th, Neil Hlavaty 46+th (P), Simone Bracalello 60th, RSL: Luis Gil 29th
2012 LAMAR HUNT US OPEN CUP ROUND 4 PROPER: TUESDAY, JUNE 5TH
Harrisburg City Islanders Vs New York Red Bulls at Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, PA. 7:30PM EDT
DC United Vs Philadelphia Union at Maryland Soccerplex; Boyds, MD. 7:30PM
Michigan Bucks Vs Dayton Dutch Lions at Ultimate Soccer Arena; Pontiac, MI. 7:30PM
Sporting Kansas City Vs Colorado Rapids at Livestrong Sporting Park; Kansas City, KS. 7:30PM EDT
Carolina Railhawks Vs CD Chivas-USA at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, NC. 7:07PM EDT
San Antonio Scorpions Vs Charlotte Eagles at Heroes Stadium; San Antonio, TX. 7:30PM CDT
San Jose Earthquakes Vs Minnesota Stars at Cagan Stadium; Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA. 8PM PDT
Seattle Sounders Vs California FC at Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, WA. 7:30PM PDT
NOTE: Eight of the 16 American MLS sides were eliminated in Round 3.