A pair of Marc Burch free kicks were the difference as DC United defeated the Rochester Rhinos 2-0 in the Third Round of the tournament on Tuesday. It was the third all-time meeting between these clubs (1996, 2000), with United earning 3-0 shutouts in each of the last two.
In their 11th US Open Cup, this marks the eighth trip to the Quarterfinals for the Black-and-Red. With the victory, DC earns a home date with the Chicago Fire next week at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds, Md.
Burch, starting at center back for United, used his left foot to score both goals on low driving shots that found the back of the net in the 78th and 85th minutes.
Rochester Rhinos — Scott Vallow, Nate Craft, Tenywa Bonseu (Rey Angel Martinez 86), Scott Palguta, John Ball, Luke Kreamalmeyer, Danny Earls (Hamed Diallo 82), Tiger Fitzpatrick, John Menyonger (Matthew Delicate 59), Ze Roberto, Mauricio Salles
Substitutes Not Used: Harrison Chase, Alfonso Loera, Juan Pablo Reyes
D.C. United — Zach Wells, Pat Carroll (Domenic Mediate 78), Gonzalo Martinez (Craig Thompson 46), Devon McTavish, Marc Burch, Quavas Kirk, Rod Dyachenko, Dan Stratford (Clyde Simms 46), Ryan Cordeiro, Francis Doe, Luciano Emilio (Fred 46)
Substitutes Not Used: Dane Murphy, James Thorpe, Mike Zaher
D.C. United Rochester Rhinos
total shots: 11 (Rod Dyachenko 3) 7 (Luke Kreamalmeyer 2, Mauricio Salles 2)
shots on goal: 7 (Rod Dyachenko 3) 1 (John Menyonger 1)
fouls: 7 (Dan Stratford 2) 15 (3 tied with 3)
offsides: 5 (5 tied with 1) 1 (Danny Earls 1)
corner kicks: 7 (Marc Burch 6) 0
saves: 1 (Zach Wells 1) 5 (Scott Vallow 5)
ROC — Tenywa Bonseu (caution; Pushing, Holding) 79
ROC — Tiger Fitzpatrick (caution; Tackle from Behind) 84
ROC — Mauricio Salles (caution; Dissent) 90
Referee: Mark Kadlecik
Referee’s Assistants: Jason Callum; Rob Fereday
4th official: John Schmitz
time of game: 1:51
weather: Clear -and- 75 degrees