TheCup.us Player of the Round: Two goals by Sainey Touray help City Islanders slay another giant, earn him Fourth Round honor
Former New York Red Bulls signee Sainey Touray became just the third player from a third division club to score twice against a MLS opponent in leading his Harrisburg City Islanders to a surprise 3-1 overtime victory in the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup, earning TheCup.us Player of the Round honors. The award is voted on by the staff of TheCup.us and a select panel of members of the North American Soccer Reporters.
For the first 45 minutes, US Open Cup darlings Cal FC held their own against three-time defending champions Seattle Sounders. However, in the second half, the floodgates opened for the Sounders, as they poured onto the twine, rolling to a 5-0 win at Starfire Sports Complex in suburban Tukwila, Wash.
2012 US Open Cup Fourth Round: City Islanders’ Cinderella story continues, ousts New York Red Bulls in OT
Sainey Touray was a lonely figure up front for the Harrisburg City Islanders. With the New York Red Bulls possessing the ball for a majority of the 120-minute game in the Harrisburg half, Touray had to do the best he could with limited chances as the lone forward.
He did just that, scoring in the 13th [...]
2012 US Open Cup Fourth Round: Late Steven Lenhart goal helps San Jose Earthquakes advance 1-0 over Minnesota Stars
The San Jose Earthquakes ensured that their 2012 US Open Cup tournament run will continue for at least another round, as a Steven Lenhart headed goal proved the difference in a 1-0 victory over the resilient Minnesota Stars.
After rallying for a victory against the Los Angeles Galaxy the week before, it looked like the Carolina Railhawks may repeat the feat against the vanquished sides local rival Chivas USA. Instead, an unfortunate handball in the final moments gave the California club the last-minute penalty winner, 2-1.