Since 1996, only six teams have advanced to the Semifinals after beginning play in the First Round. The Rochester Rhinos (2009), Charleston Battery (2008), Carolina RailHawks (2007), San Francisco Bay Seals (1997) and the Seattle Sounders who did it twice in 2007 and 2008. San Francisco remain as the only “third division” club (now the USL Pro) to advance to the final four during that span.
Some of the best accomplishments, fun facts and upsets from the Quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
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.
in league play and missing several players for national team duty, the defending MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy could not have picked a much better opponent on paper than the Carolina RailHawks, who were winless in the NASL. But trips east of the Mississippi River continue to be an issue as they saw the second division side rally for a surprising 2-1 victory Tuesday evening.
The RailHawks beat the Elite to book a home date with defending MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy in the process.