Miracles And Magic In Round 3 Of The U.S. Open Cup

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

4 thoughts on “Miracles And Magic In Round 3 Of The U.S. Open Cup”

  1. Wow, I’m so happy to see amateur sides beat division 1 teams. MLS
    teams get smashed in European Summer friendlies, Concacaf Champions
    League and now Open Cup. Is this progress that Garber & Co.
    keep talking about or the fact you can order a hot dog from your
    seat at KC Livestrong Stadium?

  2. I think that the lower level and amateur sides are just a bit more
    hungrier then some of the MLS sides. Chicago took it seriously and
    lost, DC United took it seriously and just edged out their
    opponent. Portland were very unlucky with all their chances not
    going into the net. The Union who are having their problems in
    League play saw this as a breath of fresh air and wanted to do well
    in it. The Red Bulls brought a strong side to Charleston and did
    well. They will bring another strong side to Harrisburg as well for
    their Fourth round match.

  3. Some comments on the San Jose/Fort Lauderdale game since I was
    there. All credit to Fort Lauderdale for giving it their all, but
    the score line doesn’t really do justice to how much San Jose
    dominated most of the game. They completely controlled possession,
    and created way more chances. They had difficulty in the first half
    creating opportunities in the box with some of the fresh faces.
    Fort Lauderdale scored with an impressive 55 yard strike out of
    nowhere, and was easily their best moment of the game. Once 3 more
    of their regular starters were subbed in, San Jose took complete
    control. Their was no Wondo of course, no Alan Gordon, Ramiro
    Corrales, no Marvin Chavez. Sam Garza who hasn’t started in a while
    was an easy man of the match, and is obviously looking to get back
    on the starting roster. Even with some of the starters out, and
    once the second half hit, you could tell that San Jose was taking
    the US Open Cup seriously.

  4. Man, this is exciting! Good to see such multi-league depth in
    American soccer. Oh, and also, the US Open Cup is meaningless and
    stupid until the Sounders lose, at which point it’s the most
    important silverware evar.

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