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They had to take the longest road to get there, but the New York Red Bulls have reached the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup after defeating the Colorado Rapids 3-0 at Red Bull Arena. John Wolyniec scored a pair of goals for the second straight Open Cup play-in game, and Conor Chinn added a third as the Red Bulls eliminated the Rapids. For Colorado, it marks the third year in a row that they have fallen short in Open Cup qualifying.
The luck of three coin flips gave the Red Bulls three straight home games for Open Cup qualifying, and they took advantage, defeating the Philadelphia Union, 2-1, back on April 27, the New England Revolution, 3-0, on May 12 and the Rapids on May 26. Wolyniec scored two of the three goals in the win over the Revolution. New York, who missed out on the tournament last year, have now qualified for the US Open Cup proper and will begin play in the Round of 16 on June 29.
With 90-degree temperatures at kick off, and with a largely reserve lineup for both teams, the Red Bulls took control in the opening 10 minutes. Sinisa Ubiparipovic dribbled down the middle of the field and just as he approached the penalty area he played the ball off to the right wing to Irving Garcia, who passed the ball on the ground back to the middle. Wolyniec was right there on the doorstep to slide it into the back of the net to make it 1-0.
Just before halftime, Wolyniec struck again. Tony Tchani dribbled down the right wing and sent the ball to Wolyniec in the middle of the field who turned and fired a shot that beat Rapids goalkeeper Ian Joyce.
The Red Bulls would break the game open in the second half thanks to Ubiparipovic. In the 56th minute, he played a through ball into the heart of the Colorado backline toward Chinn. Rapids defender Drew Moor attempted to clear the ball but he misplayed it and it got behind him, falling to the feet of Chinn, who struck it past Joyce to make it 3-0.
The Rapids offense was unable to get on the scoreboard, but their best chance came in the 78th minute. Mehdi Ballouchy hit a hard, bending free kick from the left wing to the far post, and beat New York’s Greg Sutton, but it smacked off the cross bar.
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NY: John Wolyniec 3 (Irving Garcia 1, Sinisa Ubiparipovic 2) 11’
NY: John Wolyniec 4 (Tony Tchani 1) 43’
NY: Conor Chinn 3 (unassisted) 56’
COL: Jeff Larentowicz (caution) 12’
COL: Wells Thompson (caution) 54’
NY: Seth Stammler (caution) 77’
COL: Danny Earls (red card, ejection) 86’
New York Red Bulls – Greg Sutton (GK), Roy Miller (Danleigh Borman 46’), Luke Sassano, Carlos Mendes (Mike Petke 46’), Chris Albright, Jeremy Hall, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Tony Tchani, Irving Garcia (Seth Stammler 68’), John Wolyniec (Dane Richards 68’), Conor Chinn
Substitutes not used: Bouna Coundoul, Tim Ream, Juan Pablo Angel
Colorado Rapids – Ian Joyce, Marvell Wynne, Julien Baudet (Michael Holody 53’), Drew Moor, Danny Earls (Ejected 86’), Ross LaBauex, Jeff Larentowicz (Mehdi Ballouchy 46’), Claudio Lopez, Wells Thompson (Omar Cummings 70’), Colin Clark, Quincy Amarikwa (Andre Akpan 46’)
Substitutes not used: Chris Sharpe, Scott Palguta
Referee: Niko Bratsis
Referee’s Assistants: Claudio Badea, Albert Calise
4th Referee: Lee Suckle