2014 US Open Cup Round 3 review: 16 teams, including 3 amateurs, earn Fourth Round dates with Major League Soccer

Posted by | May 29, 2014

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The Third Round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup took place on May 28 and 29 with 16 games on the schedule. NASL entered the fray in this round, with all 32 competitors hoping for a chance to take on an MLS side in Round 4.

Reading United (PDL) 1:2 (AET) Rochester Rhinos (USL Pro)
Colin Rolfe of the Rochester Rhinos scored the game-winning goal in the 119th minute to give the Rochester Rhinos a 2-1 win over Reading United AC in the opening game of the Third Round, keeping intact its perfect record in the Open Cup against amateur teams. Rochester equalized seconds after Reading opened the scoring in the 66th minute. The Rhinos will host defending Open Cup champion DC United in Round 4. MATCH REPORT [+]

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Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro) 4:2 Baltimore Bohemians (PDL)
Morgan Langley and Jimmy McLaughlin each scored a brace, and the City Islanders held off a pesky Baltimore team to win 4-2 and earn a date with the Philadelphia Union in the Fourth Round. Langley scored eight minutes in, and McLaughlin added two more to give Harrisburg a 3-0 halftime lead. Harrisburg improved to 10-1 against amateur teams, while Baltimore suffered its first Open Cup loss. MATCH REPORT [+]

New York Greek American Atlas (USASA) 1:2 Richmond Kickers (USL Pro)
The Richmond Kickers overcame an hours-long lightning delay, as well as a first-half deficit, to defeat four-time US Open Cup champion New York Greek American Atlas 2-1. Chris Megaloudis put the Greek Americans on top in the 21st minute, but George Davis IV answered back for the Kickers in the 48th. William Yomby scored the game-winner in the 81st, sending Richmond to the Fourth Round, where it will host the New England Revolution. MATCH REPORT [+]

RWB Adria (USASA) 2:3 (AET) Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL Pro)
RWB Adria took its professional opposition to two overtimes, but Jhonny Arteaga’s strike ended the hopes of an upset for the two-time Open Cup semifinalists. Adria netted twice after Pittsburgh opened the scoring in the 39th minute. Down 2-1, the Riverhounds equalized in the 80th off the right foot of Collins John. With the victory, the USL Pro side notched multiple victories in a single tournament for only the second time in club history. They face the Chicago Fire in the next round. MATCH REPORT [+]

Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) 0:2 Carolina RailHawks (NASL)
In Round Three’s first match-up of professional teams, it was second-division Carolina RailHawks emerging victorious over third-division Charlotte Eagles. Nazmi Albadawi and Jun Marques Davidson gave Carolina an insurmountable lead in the first half, and Kupono Low made his 200th appearance for the RailHawks. Carolina hosts Chivas USA in the Fourth Round. MATCH REPORT [+]

Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) 5:0 Chattanooga FC (NPSL)
The Atlanta Silverbacks crushed Chattanooga FC in front of the biggest-ever crowd in Tennessee for an Open Cup game. A crowd of 4,058 wasn’t enough to propel the amateur side past its professional foes as the Silverbacks scored three times before the halftime whistle and added two more after the break. Atlanta moves on to host Real Salt Lake. MATCH REPORT (with video) [+]

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Orlando City U23s (PDL) 2:2 (12:11 PK) Charleston Battery (USL Pro)
Orlando City U23s prevailed over the Charleston Battery in the longest penalty kick shootout in the Modern Pro Era. Lucas Diniz scored Orlando’s 12th and game-winning penalty kick in the record 14-round shootout. The U23s were up 2-0 at the half, but Charleston got goals in the 63rd and 68th minute to make the game all-square. Orlando City U23s travel to face the Portland Timbers in Round Four. MATCH REPORT (with video) [+]


Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 1:4 Orlando City SC (USL Pro)
Future MLS side Orlando City SC cruised past the Tampa Bay Rowdies for the second time this season to secure a place in the Fourth Round and a match with the Colorado Rapids. All the goals were scored in the first half in Orlando’s 4-1 victory. Orlando City improved to 12-5 in Open Cup play, while Tampa fell to a third-division side for the first time in its Open Cup history. MATCH REPORT [+]

Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) 0:2 New York Cosmos (NASL)
In a match rich with history, the New York Cosmos won their first-ever US Open Cup match against two-time champions Brooklyn Italians. While the Cosmos trace their heritage back to the Cosmos of the original NASL, that league did not allow its teams to compete in the Open Cup. Jimmy Ockford scored in the 16th minute, Hagop Chirishian scored in the 29th, and Brooklyn finished with nine men in a comfortable game for the NASL side. The victory for the Cosmos sets up a mouth-watering match-up with the New York Red Bulls in Round Four. MATCH REPORT [+]

Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro) 2:5 Indy Eleven (NASL)
Blake Smith’s hat trick propelled Indy Eleven past Dayton Dutch Lions 5-2 in Indy’s first Open Cup game. Smith opened the scoring in the 26th minute, put Indy up 2-0 in the 30th, and made it 5-2 in the 88th. Dayton made a game of it, scoring two goals after going down 4-0, but it wasn’t enough. Indy Eleven will take on the Columbus Crew in the next round. MATCH REPORT (with video) [+]


Laredo Heat (PDL) 3:2 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
On the final play of the game, Esteban Bayona converted a penalty kick to edge the Laredo Heat past the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. The 3-2 Laredo victory was the biggest upset of the night, as the Heat were the only amateur team to defeat a second-division club. The Strikers sprinted out to a 2-0 lead 12 minutes in, but their goalie took a red card in the 20th minute. Laredo chipped away, netting goals in the 27th and 86th minute. Having also gone down a man in the 81st minute, the Heat still managed the game-ending winning goal. They face the Houston Dynamo in Round Four. MATCH REPORT (with video) [+]


North Texas Rayados (USASA) 2:4 San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)
The San Antonio Scorpions came back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to defeat the North Texas Rayados 4-2 in the Third Round. The Rayados scored in the 11th minute, then San Antonio scored an own goal six minutes later. It was a different second half however, as the Scorpions got two goals each from Josue Soto and Sainey Touray to earn the victory. FC Dallas is the foe for San Antonio in the next round. MATCH REPORT [+]

Minnesota United FC (NASL) 1:0 Des Moines Menace (USASA)
One goal was all it took for Minnesota United FC to earn a ticket to Round Four, where it will face MLS champion Sporting Kansas City. Chris Ramirez finally broke the deadlock in the 86th minute. Actually a PDL club, the Des Moines Menace qualified this year out of USASA. Des Moines got its first Open Cup victory as a USASA side in the Second Round against the Real Colorado Foxes. MATCH REPORT [+]

OKC Energy FC (USL Pro) 1:2 (AET) Arizona United SC (USL Pro)
Two USL Pro expansion teams battled it out with Arizona United SC prevailing 2-1 in extra time. Bradlee Baladez put Arizona ahead in the 112th minute, and the United goalkeeper saved a penalty kick in the 118th. Both teams finished with 10 men. Arizona opened the scoring in minute 84, but Oklahoma equalized in stoppage time. United will host the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Fourth Round. MATCH REPORT [+]

Fresno Fuego (PDL) 0:6 Sacramento Republic (USL Pro)
Sacramento Republic crushed short-handed Fresno Fuego 6-0 to move on to Round Four and a date with the San Jose Earthquakes. Fresno kept close until going a man down in the 41st minute. The floodgates opened, and Sacramento scored once in first half stoppage time, then five more times in the second half to cruise to victory. Until this match, Fresno Fuego had actually been a perfect 2-0-0 against third-division teams. MATCH REPORT [+]


PSA Elite (USASA) 0:0 (3-1 PK) LA Galaxy II (USL Pro)
PSA Elite became the third amateur team in this year’s tournament to make the Fourth Round, earning 3-1 penalty kick victory over LA Galaxy II after a scoreless draw. LA had its chances, including a Travis Bowen penalty kick that was saved by PSA in the 81st minute. With the victory, PSA Elite advance to take on three-time Open Cup champions Seattle Sounders. MATCH REPORT [+]

2014 US Open Cup Fourth Round Schedule

Laredo Heat (PDL) at Houston Dynamo (MLS)
BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, TX – June 11 at 10 p.m. ET
Sacramento Republic (USL PRO) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Kezar Stadium; San Francisco, CA – June 11 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Real Salt Lake (MLS) at Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)
Atlanta Silverbacks Park; Chamblee, GA – June 14 at 8 p.m. ET
Chivas USA (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)
WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, NC – June 14 at 8 p.m. ET
New York Red Bulls (MLS) at New York Cosmos (NASL)
Shuart Stadium (Hofstra Univ.); Hempstead, NY – June 14 at 8:30 p.m. ET
DC United (MLS) at Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO)
Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, NY – June 17 at 7 p.m ET
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at Philadelphia Union (MLS)
PPL Park; Chester, PA – June 17 at 7 p.m. ET
Indy Eleven (NASL) at Columbus Crew (MLS)
FirstEnergy Stadium (Univ. of Akron); Akron, OH – June 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET
San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) at FC Dallas (MLS)
Toyota Stadium; Frisco, TX – June 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET
Orlando City SC (USL PRO) at Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, CO – June 17 at 9 p.m. ET
Orlando City U23s (PDL) at Portland Timbers (MLS)
Providence Park; Portland, OR – June 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET
New England Revolution (MLS) at Richmond Kickers (USL PRO)
Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, VA – June 18 at 7 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) at Chicago Fire (MLS)
Toyota Park; Bridgeview, IL – June 18 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Minnesota United FC (NASL) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Sporting Park; Kansas City, KS – June 18 at 8:30 p.m. ET
PSA Elite (USASA) at Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)
Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, WA – June 18 at 10 p.m. ET
LA Galaxy (MLS) at Arizona United SC (USL PRO)
Peoria Sports Complex; Peoria, AZ – June 18 at 10:30 p.m. ET


  • Troy Hammond says:

    First, thanks for the great service your site offers to the public.
    I appreciate all the work that goes into it.

    My question – Have the fifth-round match-ups been set as they are shown in your bracket – http://thecup.us/2014-us-open-cup-bracket/?
    Would, for example, Philadelphia meet LA if they were both to advance or are the teams listed in no particular order?

    • Josh Hakala says:

      Thanks for the kind words. The federation has only announced through the Fourth Round, so no, those Fifth Round matchups are not set and will likely change. (I need to put our disclaimer that says that back on the bracket — we have it on there last year.)

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