While the U.S. senior squad were getting schooled by Belgium on Wednesday evening in Cleveland, the third round of the U.S. Open Cup was wrapping up with seven matches played all across the country.
Two more Major League Soccer teams fell to underdogs with the L.A. Galaxy going out to the Carolina Railhawks for the second straight year, 2-0, while the Seattle Sounders fell 1-0 to the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena had complained loudly about the Cup schedule, which sent L.A. cross country to play Carolina in the midst of a heavy MLS travel schedule. Arena then elected not to travel himself, and kept the majority of his first team with him in California.
Carolina took full advantage and a pair of second half goals, from former Red Bull Austin da Luz and Brian Shriver, sent the Galaxy back across country pondering a loss.
Three time U.S. Open Cup winner, and 2012 finalist Seattle Sounders, fell to NASL side Tampa Bay Rowdies. Rowdie’s Georgi Hristov scored the game’s lone goal on a rebound, after former USMNT goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann made the initial save. Seattle had a chance to salvage a draw, but Obafemi Martins missed on an 85th minute penalty kick.
The remaining five games went according to the script, with MLS sides coming out on top. The Chicago Fire beat the Charlotte Eagles in Charlotte 2-0, behind a goal and an assist from Mike Magee.
New York Red Bulls topped Reading United AC on goals from Fabian Espindola and Lloyd Sam, in front of returning goalkeeper Ryan Meara. Meara was something of a sensation for the Bulls last season, before a hip injury knocked him out of action. Meara wasn’t overly busy versus Reading, but he handled what he had to and he could be an upgrade for NYRB if he is all the way back.
The Columbus Crew just about survived against the Dayton Dutch Lions, needing an 84th minute goal from Justin Meram to advance. Dayton showed true grit after going a man down in the 14th minute. Eddie Gaven, who has just been ruled out for the season with a knee injury, scored for Columbus in the 52nd minute. Shane Smith leveled for the DDL in the 78th minute, worrying the Crew before Meram sealed the deal.
Houston ended a two game home losing streak at the expense of FC Tucson, sending the PDL side back to the desert with a 2-0 loss. Alex Dixon and Giles Barnes hit the target for the Dynamo.
Finally, former West Ham United man Frederic Piquionne was the hero with four first half goals, as the Portland Timbers walloped the Wilmington Hammerheads 5-1. The Hammerheads avoided a shutout on a fine side volley from Paul Nicholson, but Portland put the USL Pro side back in their place with a late strike from Futty Danso.
Below find the fourth round U.S. Open Cup schedule.
June 12 New York Red Bulls (MLS) at New England Revolution (MLS) 7:30 p.m. ET Harvard University; Cambridge, Mass.
June 12 Philadelphia Union (MLS) at D.C. United (MLS)
7 p.m. ET Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.
June 12 Columbus Crew (MLS) at Chicago Fire (MLS) 7:30 p.m. CT Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
June 12 Orlando City SC (USL PRO) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 7:30 p.m. CT Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
June 12 Houston Dynamo (MLS) at FC Dallas (MLS) 8 p.m. CT FC Dallas Stadium; Frisco, Texas
June 12 Chivas USA (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 7:15 p.m. ET WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
June 12 Charleston Battery (USL PRO) at Real Salt Lake (MLS) 7:30 p.m. MT Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
June 12 Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at Portland Timbers (MLS) 7:30 p.m. PT JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.
Citing, “a gentleman’s agreement ,” Sporting KC CEO Robb Heineman will not allow four SKC loanees to play for Orlando City against K.C. in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on June 12.
SKC coach Peter Vermes agreed and so goal scoring sensation Dom Dwyer, keeper Jon Kempin, defender Jann Songo’o and midfielder Christian Duke, will not be available for Orlando.
SKC are of course within their rights, but with Dwyer playing so well that his own club appears to be ducking him, it remains to be seen if the 2012 first round draft choice will be recalled to the parent club at some point this season.
In MLS news, Chivas USA fired colorful coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola. Better known as El Chelis, Sola was brought in amid much fanfare to turn the increasingly unstable franchise around. In an oddly worded press release Chivas USA said the firing was for poor results, adding cryptically that Sola had not always, “followed the patterns of respect and conduct implemented by Major League Soccer as well as Chivas USA.”
Fielding six new starters against Colombia on Thursday, the U.S. U20’s dropped a 2-1 decision in Toulon Cup play. Tab Ramos’ side got out to an early lead with a goal directly off of a corner kick from Danny Garcia.
However, a five minute lapse in the second half when the U.S. allowed two goals, cost the Americans the match. Ramos thought that the U.S. played, “ok,” but was concerned that, “when we lost control of the game, we also lost our composure.”
The team will be back in action Saturday against Congo DR, before closing out group play versus South Korea on June 5.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
COL 0 2 2
USA – Danny Garcia 7th minute
COL – Jherson Vergara (Harrison Mojica) 44
COL – Felipe Aguilar (Harrison Mojica) 49
USA: 12-Kendall McIntosh; 2-Eric Miller, 4-Caleb Stanko (capt.), 21-Javan Torre (18-Jeffrey Payeras, 41), 13-Dillon Serna; 15-Kellyn Acosta, 6-Wil Trapp (10-Collin Martin, 67); 16-Jordan Morris, 20-Danny Garcia, 19-Alfred Koroma (11-Daniel Cuevas, 53); 9-Alonso Hernandez
Subs Not Used: 1-Cody Cropper; 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda, 5-Mikey Lopez, 7-Victor Pineda, 8-Benji Joya, 14-Oscar Sorto, 24-Marlon Hairston
Head Coach: Tab Ramos
COL: 1-Christian Bonilla (capt.); 17-Ronal Herrera, 5-Felipe Aguilar, 2-Jherson Vergara, 4-Andres Correa; 6-Jose Leudo, 8-Cristian Higuita (14-Sebastian Perez, 41), 16-Luis Mena; 10-Brayan Angulo (7-Harrison Mojica, 41), 22-Andres Renteria, 9-Jhon Cordoba (19-Miguel Borja, 41)
Subs Not Used: 3-Deivy Balanta, 11-Cristian Palomeque, 12-Luis Hurtado, 13-Helibelton Palacios, 15-Guillermo Celis, 18-Julian Figueroa, 20-Yair Ibarguen, 21-Jair Mosquera,
Head Coach: Carlos Alberto Restrepo Isaza