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Jun 6, 2012, 6:46 AM
Post #10 of 17
Hand balls and extra time were the hallmarks of the 4th round of the 99th edition of the U.S. Open Cup. Half of the eight games went into overtime and three of the games saw hand balls in the penalty box lead to winning goals !
The first game to finish was in Cary, North Carolina. The Carolina Railhawks dispatched the L.A. Galaxy last week and were looking to do the double over that team's cross-town rivals, Chivas USA. Chivas scored in the first half, and the lead held up for more than 60 minutes until the Railhawks answered in the 79th minute. Just when the game looked destined for extra time, the Railhawks "de-railed" their chances with a hand ball in the 4th minute of stoppage time. Juan Pablo Angel, of Aston Villa fame, stepped up and took the penalty which enabled Chivas USA to escape with a 2-1 win.
Up the road a ways in Harrisburg, the City Islanders started off brightly as they took an early 1-0 lead over the New York Red Bulls thanks to a goal from Sainey Touray, who was on the Red Bulls' roster three years ago, but never got any playing time for the team! New York answered early in the second half, and the game went into extra time. Harrisburg scored in each half of extra time, despite seeing their goal peppered with shots from the Red Bulls. Some controversy in this one, as a no-call on a hand ball in the box by Harrisburg was not awarded in the second half, which could have given the Red Bulls a valuable lead.
An All-MLS matchup in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, saw the Philadelphia Union knock off DC United, 2-1 in extra time. A 92nd minute goal by Antoine Hoppenot proved to be the difference in that one. Both teams were involved in a bust-up in the first half of extra time, and each saw a player get ejected. The Union will next play their in-state neighbors, Harrisburg in the quarterfinals.
Another extra-time game and another hand ball figured prominently in the game between the Dayton Dutch Lions and the Michigan Bucks. Michigan took the lead only to see Dayton equalize before halftime. In the first half of extra time, Joel DeLass slotted home a PK after a Bucks hand ball in the box. Dayton wins 2-1, despite being outshot by the Bucks, 21-8.
Not much drama, but plenty of snarkiness in Kansas City, as host Sporting KC upended Colorado 2-0. After falling behind in the 27th minute, the Rapids turned on the juice and tried desperately for an equalizer over the next 50 minutes. All the while, both sides had animosity building after every foul was called. No red cards were issued, but the ref sure was kept on his toes. Sporting got the clinching goal in the 79th minute, as injury-plagued, but spirited Colorado gave up the ghost and conceded defeat.
The Charlotte Eagles won the Texas Tri-fecta as they stunned home-standing San Antonio, 2-1 in extra time. You guessed it--a hand ball from the Scorpions in the 116th minute proved to be the difference! For the third week in a row, Charlotte won U.S. Open Cup matches in the Lone Star State. They defeated El Paso in the second round and FC Dallas last week. Since there are no more Texas teams left in the field, the Eagles will have to be content with taking out some California teams (they head to Los Angeles to meet Chivas USA next).
It was fun while it lasted for Cal FC. The amateur side held their own against Seattle for 50 minutes, but following a Sounders penalty kick (yep, another hand ball), the flood gates opened, and Cal FC was awash in a 5-0 beating. The three-time defending U.S. Open Cup Champions (no one has ever won 4 straight in 98 previous years) have now won 14 consecutive cup games and 19 overall in the competition. Seattle is an impressive 11-0 in home games in the cup too.
The last game of the night went down to the wire, but the San Jose Earthquakes pulled out a hard-fought 1-0 win against the Minnesota Stars thanks to a Stephen Lenhart header in the 85th minute.
The U.S. Open Cup takes a three-week break until the quarterfinals on June 26th. Pretty exciting stuff, all in all. Philadelphia and Chivas USA are struggling in their respective MLS Divisions, but it's nice to see them going for some silverware and giving this competition the respect many here feel it needs.
Harrisburg City Islanders at Philadelphia Union
Dayton Dutch Lions at Sporting Kansas City
Charlotte Eagles at Chivas USA
Seattle Sounders at San Jose Earthquakes