Two Storybook Tales End In USOC Round 4
The fireworks continued for one or two sides, but sadly the magical pixie dust had officially run out on two darlings of this editions tournament of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The Great Lakes and Southern California had their representatives sent home for good, but they should be applauded for their time.
Seattle Sounders 5:0 Cal FC: Two braces by Osvaldo Alonso & Fredy Montero with Andy Rose in between them proved too much for the youngsters over at Starfire Sports Complex, but you can see how hard they tried to get on the score sheet. Holding up a good defensive effort in the first half, it all came crashing down in the second.
But one thing has to be said is that Eric Wynalda has proven to be a good manager for these kids and hopefully, if he wishes to not sit at the Fox Soccer desk is to grab the clipboard full time for an MLS side that might take a chance on him.
Dayton Dutch Lions 2:1 Michigan Bucks (AET): After going 90 minutes toe to toe, it looked like Extra Time was going to settle the score. It did in the 97th minute as Joel DeLass converted his spot kick and the rest was history. It started well for Dayton as Eli Garner got a 12th minute tally from Gibson Bardsley.
Knowing how tough the Michigan Bucks are they wouldn’t go down quietly. Anthony Grant got the equalizer in the 55th minute, but that was all both sides were getting in regulation time. It was a fantastic job by Gary Parsons running the Bucks on the field and owner Dan Duggan off of it.
Philadelphia Union 2:1 DC United (AET): When your side is having a terrible league season, there has to be a way to find some positives. That would be the US Open Cup and the Union has found it in these last two rounds.
Both sides traded 1st half stoppage time goals as Brian Carroll converted in the 1st minute of stoppage time and out of nowhere Josh Wolff got his 10th Open Cup goal in the 2nd minute of stoppage time. With nothing converted in the second half, this match would go into Extra Time.
The hero of the Union was Antoine Hoppenot as he got his goal in the 95th minute from a great ball by Freddy Adu. The match played at Maryland Soccer Complex in Boyds, Maryland. Brandon McDonald was sent off in the 112th minute for a bad challenge.
Other Round 4 US Open Cup Results
Carolina Railhawks 1:2 Chivas-USA: CAR: Mike Palacio 79th, CHV: Juan Agudelo 13th, Juan Pablo Angel 93+rd (PK)
Harrisburg City Islanders 3:1 New York Red Bulls (AET): HAR: Touray 13th & 94th, Mkosana 118th, NY: Lade 59th
Sporting KC 2:0 Colorado Rapids: KC: Pickens 27th (OG), Bunbury 79th,
Charlotte Eagles 2:1 San Antonio Scorpions: CHA: Thornton 28th, Salles 116th, S.A.: Campos 75th
San Jose Earthquakes 1:0 Minnesota Stars: SJ: Lenhart 85th,
2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Quarterfinals: Tuesday, June 26th
Philadelphia Union Vs Harrisburg City Islanders At PPL Park; Chester, PA. 7:30PM EDT
Sporting Kansas City Vs Dayton Dutch Lions At Livestrong Sporting Park; Kansas City, KS 7:30PM CDT
CD Chivas-USA Vs Charlotte Eagles At Home Depot Center Track & Field Stadium, Carson, CA 7:30PM PDT
San Jose Earthquakes Vs Seattle Sounders At Kezar Stadium; San Francisco, CA 7:30PM PDT