2017 US Open Cup Round 4 Review: Three lower division clubs punch ticket to MLS-heavy Round of 16

Posted by | June 16, 2017
The crowd of 30,160 at Nippert Stadium to watch FC Cincinnati upset the Columbus Crew shattered the Modern Era attendance record for a non-Final. Photo: FC Cincinnati

The crowd of 30,160 at Nippert Stadium to watch FC Cincinnati upset the Columbus Crew shattered the Modern Era attendance record for a non-Final. Photo: FC Cincinnati

Three lower division sides’ hopes are still alive as Major League Soccer entered the fray in the Fourth Round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The United Soccer League’s FC Cincinnati and Sacramento Republic, as well as the North American Soccer League’s Miami FC, disposed of their MLS opponents. This marks the first time since 2014 that at least three lower division teams will be represented in the Round of 16.

Christos FC, the Fourth Round’s sole amateur team still in contention, was eliminated thanks to a late surge by D.C. United. Another 12 clubs from US Soccer’s First Division also advanced to the Round of 16, including FC Dallas, the defending US Open Cup Champions.

Check below for a full list of results from the Fourth Round. Links to the full match reports will be added as they are published.

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Christos FCChristos FC  
1 : 4
DC United    DC United
 Maryland Soccerplex – Boyds, MD 

Despite taking an early 1-0 lead thanks to Mamadou Kansaye’s goal in the 23rd minute of action, the upstart amateurs eventually fell, 4-1, to D.C. United. Julian Buescher levelled the scoring in the 33rd minute before Lloyd Sam notched the winner with nine minutes to play. Buescher then bagged his brace in the 90th minute before Ian Harkes scored a goal deep into stoppage time. Scoring a goal in the US Open Cup is something his father, John, never did in his Hall of Fame career. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

OKC Energy FCOKC Energy FC  
2 : 3
Colorado Rapids    Colorado Rapids
 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Commerce City, CO 

A three-goal rally by the Colorado Rapids edged the MLS side just past the Oklahoma City Energy (USL), 3-2. The Energy carried a 2-0 lead into halftime thanks to goals by Daniel Gonzalez and Philip Rasmussen. Dominique Badji drew one back for the Rapids quickly after the restart before Eric Miller evened the score off a corner in the 66th minute. With just a minute left in the match, Dennis Castillo scored off the serve from Dillon Powers to secure the victory. It was the first time the Colorado club has overcome a two-goal deficit in the tournament. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Portland TimbersPortland Timbers  
1 : 2
Seattle Sounders FC    Seattle Sounders FC
 Starfire Sports Complex – Tukwila, WA 

There was no gut-wrenching loss for the Seattle Sounders this year as they claimed a 2-1 triumph over their bitter Cascadia rivals, the Portland Timbers. The Timbers had beaten the Sounders the last time the two teams met in the US Open Cup back in 2015. Nouhuo Tolo connected with Aaron Kovar in just the third minute of action to to give the Sounders an early lead. Augustine Williams found the back of the net in the 38th minute for Portland, but a handball in the box by the Timbers early in the second half gave Seattle a penalty. Zack Mathers made no mistake from the spot, helping Seattle advance in the process. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Columbus Crew SCColumbus Crew SC  
0 : 1
FC Cincinnati    FC Cincinnati
 Nippert Stadium (Univ. of Cincinnati) – Cincinnati, OH 

Dijby Fall added to his legend with his third-straight game-winning goal in the US Open Cup to give FC Cincinnati with a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew. A little over 30,000 fans paid to watch the game at Nippert Stadium which shattered the Modern Era (1995-present) attendance record for a non-Final. Fall got his head to the pass from Justin Hoyte that just beat Brad Stuver. As a result of the win, FCC will advance to the US Open Cup Round of 16 for the first time in club history. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Charleston BatteryCharleston Battery  
2 : 3
Atlanta United FC    Atlanta United FC
 Fifth Third Bank Stadium (Kennesaw State Univ.) – Kennesaw, GA 

MLS expansion side Atlanta United showed their grit, levelling the score twice before eventually overcoming the Charleston Battery (USL), 3-2. Forest Lasso and Dante Marini scored for the Battery on either side of Kevin Kratz’s tally for Atlanta in the first half. A missed penalty kick at the end of the first half proved costly as Josef Martinez knotted the match up at 2-2 three minutes into the second half. Brandon Vazquez completed Atlanta United’s comeback bid with 18 minutes left in the match to give the club a win in its Open Cup debut. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Rochester RhinosRochester Rhinos  
0 : 3
New England Revolution    New England Revolution
 Anderson Stadium (Providence College) – Providence, RI 

The New England Revolution scored a resounding result over the Rochester Rhinos, 3-0. After the Rhinos went down to 10 men, the three goals came within seven minutes of each other, with Teal Bunbury converting a penalty in the 44th minute for the matchwinner. On the other side of the break, Donnie Smith and Zachary Herivaux quickly scored in back-to-back minutes to close out the match. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Houston DynamoHouston Dynamo  
3 : 2
North Carolina FC    North Carolina FC
 Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Park – Cary, NC 

An 88-minute lightning delay and extra time added to the dramatics as the Houston Dynamo overcame North Carolina FC, 3-2. Steven Miller got NCFC off the mark quickly in the fourth minute, though an Andrew Wenger goal in the 25th minute tied the match up heading into the interval. Dylan Remick then gave Houston the lead with just under a half hour to play, only to see the lead suddenly evaporate thanks to a 69th minute strike by Lance Laing. With penalty kicks beckoning, Memo Rodriguez pushed the Dynamo ahead in the 109th minute to help Houston advance. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Miami FCMiami FC  
3 : 1
Orlando City SC    Orlando City SC
 Orlando City Stadium – Orlando, FL 

Miami FC gave the NASL their only winner of the Fourth Round after handing a decisive 3-1 defeat to Orlando City SC. Stefano Pinho tallied all three goals for Miami, including two first-half strikes. Giles Barnes found one late for Orlando, but it wasn’t enough as the MLS side was bounced from the competition. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Harrisburg City IslandersHarrisburg City Islanders  
1 : 3
Philadelphia Union    Philadelphia Union
 Talen Energy Stadium – Chester, PA 

Jay Simpson orchestrated two first-half goals for the Philadelphia Union inside the first 35 minutes and the Union pulled of a 3-1 victory over the City Islanders. Simpson first set up Derrick Jones in the 18th minute before unlocking CJ Sapong 15 minutes later. Harrisburg got on the board thanks to Jonathan Mendoza in the 37th minute, but Marcus Epps iced the game with a goal for the Union shortly after the start of the second half. For the Union, it was the club’s fourth straight win over the City Islanders in Open Cup play. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT
New York City FCNew York City FC  
0 : 1
New York Red Bulls    New York Red Bulls
 Red Bull Arena – Harrison, NJ 

One goal was all it took for the New York Red Bulls to dispatch New York City FC in the Fourth Round. Daniel Royer’s second-half strike was the lone tally of the evening. For NYCFC, it’s their third exit in the Cup without advancing in as many years. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT
Tulsa Roughnecks FCTulsa Roughnecks FC  
1 : 2
FC Dallas    FC Dallas
 Westcott Field (SMU) – Dallas, TX 

The defending US Open Cup champions opened up 2017 in nervy fashion, needing a stoppage time own goal by Tulsa to carve out a 2-1 win over the Tulsa Roughnecks. Coy Craft earned Dallas a lead 31 minutes into play for a 1-0 lead heading into the break. Kosuke Kimura then leveled the score in the 59th minute before a heartbreaking mistake by Tulsa’s Modou Jadama gave FC Dallas the win two minutes into added time. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT
Chicago Fire Chicago Fire   
1 : 0
Saint Louis FC    Saint Louis FC
 Toyota Stadium (WWT Soccer Park) – Fenton, MO 

The Chicago Fire scraped out a 1-0 triumph over Saint Louis FC to advance to the next round. A lofted back heel shot by Luis Solignac in the 27th minute provided the match’s only goal. Saint Louis FC had to play with 10 men for the final 10 minutes of the match as the Fire held them to just two shots on goal throughout the course of the contest. For the Fire, it was the club’s 40th all-time win in the US Open Cup, which is the most of any team of the Modern Era. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT
Minnesota United FCMinnesota United FC  
0 : 4
Sporting Kansas City    Sporting Kansas City
 Children’s Mercy Park – Kansas City, KS 

Sporting Kansas City dominated Minnesota United FC, 4-0, on Wednesday night. Four different players scored for Kansas City as their defense held the Loons without a shot on goal for the match. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT
Orange County SCOrange County SC  
1 : 3
Los Angeles Galaxy    Los Angeles Galaxy
 StubHub Center Track Stadium – Carson, CA 

A trio of players 23 or younger found the mark for the Los Angeles Galaxy in a 3-1 defeat of Orange County SC. Jose Villareal kicked off the scoring with just over a quarter of an hour gone before OCSC netted their sole goal of the contest through Roy Meeus. The lead was restored from the spot thanks to Jack McBean in the 36th minute, and Ariel Lassiter put the finishing touches on the match in the second half. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

San Francisco DeltasSan Francisco Deltas  
0 : 2
San Jose Earthquakes    San Jose Earthquakes
 Avaya Stadium – San Jose, CA 

San Jose struck fast, notching two goals in the first six minutes of the match to see off the challengers from San Francisco. Jackson Yueill made the most of his professional debut, scoring in just the fourth minute, and Cordell Cato followed that up with a strike of his own two minutes later. Despite a veritable siege by San Francisco on the Earthquakes’ goal, Andrew Tarbell recorded six saves and preserved the clean sheet. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT
Real Salt LakeReal Salt Lake  
1 : 4
Sacramento Republic FC    Sacramento Republic FC
 Papa Murphy’s Park – Sacramento, CA 

The Sacramento Republic scored a comprehensive knockout of Real Salt Lake, dropping the 2013 finalists, 4-1. Danny Barrera turned in one goal and two assists to push Republic past Real Salt Lake and into the Round of 16 for the first time in club history. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT