2016 US Open Cup Round 5 preview: Seattle, Chicago advance; six more teams will join them in Quarterfinals tonight (video links)

Posted by | June 28, 2016
Seattle Sounders fans are hoping their club can take another step toward a record-tying fifth US Open Cup title. Photo: JaneG. Photography | Seattle Sounders FC

Seattle Sounders fans are hoping their club can take another step toward a record-tying fifth US Open Cup title. Photo: JaneG. Photography | Seattle Sounders FC

It’s late June and that means Major League Soccer (MLS) is starting to take over the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup bracket. 14 of the 16 remaining teams play in MLS, with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and New York Cosmos representing the North American Soccer League of the country’s second division.

The Strikers will travel north to take on Orlando City while the Cosmos will add to the latest chapter of the New York-Boston sports rivalry in the northeast when they host the New England Revolution at Belson Stadium (St. John’s University) in Jamaica, NY.

Among the all-MLS fixtures is a potential Western Conference final preview featuring the league’s two best teams: the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas. Elsewhere, the Columbus Crew visit the Chicago Fire to renew their rivalry and the Seattle Sounders travel to Utah to face Real Salt Lake, thus completing Tuesday night’s scheduled events. Wednesday’s slate is rounded out with the Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia Union hosting the New York Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo hosting defending champs Sporting Kansas City in a 2015 quarterfinal rematch, and the Portland Timbers welcome the star-studded LA Galaxy into town.

Below, you will find links to our coverage on TheCup.us, as well as previews from all three games on Tuesady, including video and audio links where available. You can get all the latest updates from every game through Twitter, using the hashtag #USOC2016. Use that same hashtag on Instagram to share your US Open Cup-related photos.

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* 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup schedule, results (video/audio links)
* 2016 US Open Cup bracket (TheCup.us)
* 2016 Meet the Underdogs series
* USSF’s new US Open Cup qualifying tournament has challenges to address after year one
Series of forfeits, teams with ineligible players overshadow 2016 US Open Cup
2016 US Open Cup Round 2 review
* MLS-owned USL teams no longer eligible for 2016 US Open Cup, confirms USSF
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UPDATE: David Accam’s first half brace propels Chicago Fire past Columbus Crew

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Winner will host Fort Lauderdale or Orlando City in Quarterfinals


Columbus Crew Open Cup records
Overall: 22-13-2 (0-2 PKs) | Home: 13-5-1 (0-1 PKs) | Away: 7-7-1 (0-1) | vs. MLS: 9-10-1 (0-1 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 2-0 at Orlando City SC of MLS in Round 5)
Best finish: 2002 US Open Cup champions


Chicago Fire Open Cup records
Overall: 37-13-4 (3-1 PKs) | Home: 23-1-2 (1-1 PKs) | Away: 13-12-1 (1-0 PKs) | vs. MLS: 19-8-1 (1-0 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 1-0 at Philadelphia Union of MLS in Semifinals)
Best finish: 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006 US Open Cup champions


Both teams bring up the bottom of the MLS’s Eastern Conference standings and have a strong Open Cup pedigree. Having battled injuries throughout the season, the Crew, having reached the Open Cup round of 16 for the fourth consecutive year, will look to its depth to see itself through. However, poor road form (0-4-3) and playing its second of three matches over the course of the week won’t help its chances. Ole Kamara leads the Crew with five goals on the season, his fifth coming in dramatic fashion to earn a tie with the New York Red Bulls last weekend, while Federico Higuain – one of the injured – has three goals and Justin Meram has two to go along with five assists. The Crew advanced to this point in the Open Cup after a 4-0 win over the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies, with goalkeeper Brad Stuver earning a clean sheet.

For the Fire, they advanced to the round of 16, topping NASL’s Indy Eleven in penalties. The Fire will have the benefit of playing at home, having not won on the road in MLS play in their last 32 matches. The Fire also have the added advantage of having never lost to the Crew in five previous Open Cup matchups. Chicago is coming off a 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Union. In league play, the Fire have won just once in their last 10 matches. David Accam and Kennedy Igboananike lead the team with four goals each.

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UPDATE: Seattle Sounders advance PK shootout win at Real Salt Lake

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Winner will play at LA Galaxy or Portland Timbers in Quarterfinals


Seattle Sounders Open Cup records
Overall: 35-13-5 (3-2 PKs) | Home: 27-3-2 (2-0 PKs) | Away: 8-10-3 (1-2 PKs) | vs. MLS: 18-8-3 (2-1 PKs)
As MLS: 20-2-3 (2-1 PKs) | Home: 16-1-1 (1-0 PKs) | Away: 4-1-2 (1-1 PKs) | vs. MLS: 14-1-2 (1-1 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 3-1 in OT vs. Portland Timbers of MLS in Round 4)
Best finish: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014 US Open Cup champions


Real Salt Lake Open Cup records
Overall: 9-7-1 (1-0 PKs) | Home: 9-3-1 (1-0 PKs) | Away: 0-4-0 | vs. MLS: 3-4-0
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 3-1 at Sporting KC of MLS in Semifinals)
Best finish: 2013 Runner-Up


It’s June and that means Major League Soccer (MLS) sides are starting to dominate the fixtures of the US Open Cup. Tuesday night features a Western Conference showdown between the Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. It’s the first ever meeting between the two sides, but Salt Lake did defeat Sounders 2, Seattle’s USL affiliate, last year in the fourth round. RSL will be playing in their 18th Open Cup match and this will be the 14th contest they’ve hosted.

Both teams took down lower division opponents in the fourth round, though they took very different paths to victory. Real Salt Lake fell behind 2-0 in the 58th minute against the United Soccer League’s (USL) Wilmington Hammerheads before second half substitute Joao Plata scored in the 65th minute and then assisted on the 86th minute equalizer scored by Burrito Martinez. Extra time failed to produce any goals so the match had to be decided on penalties and the Utah side would prevail by a final tally of 3-1. Seattle, on the other hand, cruised to a fairly comfortable 2-0 win over Premier Development League (PDL) side Kitsap Pumas. After a scoreless first 70 minutes, Seattle sealed the win with goals from Cristian Roldan and Joevin Jones.

The two teams already met once in league play back in March in the second week of the season. Real Salt Lake won that match 2-1 with goals from Stephen Obayan and Jamison Olave cancelling out Osvaldo Alonso’s 28th minute strike for Seattle. The result was consistent with each side’s respective seasons so far.

Salt Lake currently find themselves in third place in the Western Conference while Seattle are second to last, struggling to find any positives. Both sides returned to league play last week after MLS took a two week break at the beginning of June in observance of the Copa America Centenario tournament being played in the US. Since the break, Salt Lake has drawn 2-2 with Portland Timbers and lost 2-0 away to FC Dallas this past Saturday. Things have been just as bad for Seattle. They’ve lost both games since returning from the break, a pair of 2-0 losses to both the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC. Although his status for Tuesday’s game is uncertain, the Sounders will hope Clint Dempsey’s form with the US at the Copa America tournament can carry over into MLS play and help the Pacific Northwest side make a run in the Open Cup to try and salvage something from a dismal 2016 season.

Both teams have had good runs in the Open Cup in recent years. Real Salt Lake made the final in 2013 before falling 1-0 against DC United while Seattle defeated Philadelphia Union 3-1 in extra time two years ago. The winner of this one will play their quarterfinal match away against the winner of Wednesday’s Los Angeles Galaxy/Portland Timbers game.

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Winner will play at New England or NY Cosmos in Quarterfinals


New York Red Bulls Open Cup records
Overall: 18-16-2 (1-1 PKs) | Home: 8-5-1 (0-1 PKs) | Away: 9-10-1 (1-0 PKs) | vs. MLS: 5-8-2 (1-1 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Drew 1-1, Lost 4-3 in PKs vs. Philadelphia Union of MLS in Quarterfinals)
Best finish: 2003 Runner-up


Philadelphia Union Open Cup records
Overall: 10-3-4 (3-1 PKs) | Home: 9-2-2 (1-1 PKs) | Away: 1-1-2 (2-0 PKs) | vs. MLS: 4-3-3 (2-1 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Drew 1-1, Lost 7-6 in PKs vs. Sporting KC of MLS in Final)
Best finish: Runner-up (2014, 2015)


The New York Red Bulls are coming off of a 1-1 draw against Columbus Crew, with the Crew getting a late equalizer. The Red Bulls (7-8-2) are 4-1-1 in their last six MLS games and are third in the MLS’s Eastern Conference standings, just three points out of first. The Red Bulls advanced to the round of 16 after a 1-0 win over USL’s Rochester Rhinos and will want revenge from the Union for last season’s Open Cup exit in PKs. Bradley Wright-Phillips leads the Red Bulls with nine goals and Mike Grella has six. Sacha Kljsestan has a team-high 10 assists and scored the game winner against the Rhinos on a PK. Luis Robles had the clean sheet.

The Union (7-5-5) sit in first in the MLS Eastern Conference standings and will face the Red Bulls for the third time in Open Cup history. The Union reached this point in the competition after a 3-2 win over USL’s Harrisburg City Islanders, getting a pair of goals from Roland Alberg, including the match winner. Alberg, most recently named MLS player of the week after four goals in two matches, including a hat-trick against Chicago. He is tied for second on the Union in goals (5) with C.J. Sapong. Chris Pontius leads the team with six.

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Winner will host Colorado Rapids or FC Dallas in Quarterfinals


Sporting Kansas City Open Cup records
Overall: 22-12-5 (3-2 PKs) | Home: 16-7-1 (1-0 PKs) | Away: 6-4-5 (0-1 PKs) | vs. MLS: 8-7-2 (2-0 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Drew 1-1, Won 7-6 in PKs at Philadelphia Union of MLS in Final)
Best finish: US Open Cup Champions (2004, 2012, 2015)


Houston Dynamo Open Cup records
Overall: 10-8-1 (0-1 PKs) | Home: 8-2-0 | Away: 2-6-1 (0-1 PKs) | vs. MLS: 2-6-0
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 3-1 at Sporting KC of MLS in Quarterfinals)
Best finish: Semifinals (2006, 2009)


Given the preference for geography when determining the draw, the occasional Open Cup rematch is to be expected. Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City met in Kansas City in the quarterfinals of last year’s tournament and this time around the favorites, defending champion Sporting KC, will face off down in southeastern Texas when they meet on Wednesday night.

Last year Houston found themselves a man down early in the first half via a red card issued to Luis Garrido, but Will Bruin managed to put the visitors up 1-0 early into the second half. The disadvantage would prove to be too much though and Kansas City pulled away with three goals in the final twenty minutes to advance. They would eventually go on to win the final in penalty kicks against Philadelphia Union.

The two sides arrived at the Round of 16 via very different paths. Houston dispatched of new United Soccer League (USL) side San Antonio FC by a comfortable score of 4-0 in the fourth round. The Dynamo were led by Alex Lima (one goal, one assist) and David Rocha (two assists). Sporting Kansas City had a more difficult task in Round 4 as they needed extra time to take down North American Soccer League (NASL) side Minnesota United by a score 2-1. In a physical match that featured 43 fouls and 11 yellow cards, Diego Rubio’s extra time goal turned out to be the difference after Benny Feilhaber’s second half penalty kick.

Neither team has had a particularly great start to their respective MLS campaigns. Sporting Kansas City have taken four of six points since returning from their Copa America break, but still find themselves fighting for one of the last playoff spots in the Western Conference. With US international veterans Graham Zusi and Matt Besler on the roster, you’d like their chances of grabbing a playoff spot by the end of the season. Houston, on the other hand, find themselves in last place in the West with the second fewest points in the entire league (just ahead of Chicago Fire in the East). Things in Houston are so bad, former coach Owen Coyle has left the club in just his second season and is now in charge of English side Blackburn Rovers. The team used the Copa America break to name former player Wade Barrett the new coach and give him time to take stock of things before league play resumed. His debut did little to inspire his team as they drew DC United 0-0 last weekend coming out of the extended break.

The two sides have already met once this season back in May when Houston defeated Kansas City 2-0. Giles Barnes and Andrew Wenger each scored a first half goal and that was enough for the Dynamo to earn one of their three wins to date in the 2016 season. That game was played in Houston and the Dynamo will hope that the home crowd helps them again this time around. Houston fans may turn to the Open Cup as a means of consolation for the poor MLS season they’re having, but the men in orange have never advanced to an Open Cup final since they moved to Houston from San Jose in 2005. Kansas City, meanwhile, will be looking to make it back-to-back Open Cup titles after their dramatic penalty kick shootout win over Philadelphia in last year’s final.

The winner of this one will get to host the winner of Wednesday’s Round of 16 matchup the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas.

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Winner will host NY Red Bulls or Philadelphia Union in Quarterfinals


New England Revolution Open Cup records
Overall: 15-11-4 (2-2 PKs) | Home: 10-4-2 (1-1 PKs) | Away: 5-7-2 (1-1 PKs) | vs. Div. 2: 5-1-2 (1-1 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 1-0 vs. Charlotte Independence of USL in Round 4)
Best finish: 2007 US Open Cup champions


New York Cosmos Open Cup records
Overall: 5-2-1 (1-0 PKs) | Home: 4-0-1 (1-0 PKs) | Away: 1-2-0 | vs. MLS: 2-2-1 (1-0 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 4-1 at New York Red Bulls of MLS in Round 5)
Best finish: Fifth Round (2014, 2015)


The Cosmos, which finished 6-4-0 in the NASL’s spring season, have already knocked off one MLS team in the Open Cup, dispatching New York City FC 1-0 and have reached the round of 16 of the Open Cup for the third straight season.

Now they’ll get another MLS test in New England, which had a three-game MLS winning streak snapped by DC United and are 4-7-4 in league play.

Juan Arango led the Cosmos with four goals in the spring season. Lee Nguyen leads New England with four goals and six assists. Kelyn Rowe leads active Revolution players with six goals in eight Open Cup appearances.

In his first professional start, Zachary Herivaux scored the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute of the Revolution’s fourth round win against the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks. Kei Kamara and Teal Bunbury each have Open Cup championships to their credit, having been teammates with Sporting Kansas City during its 2012 Open Cup championship.

This marks the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

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Winner will play at Chicago Fire in Quarterfinals


Fort Lauderdale Strikers Open Cup records
Overall: 17-8-3 (2-1 PKs) | Home: 10-2-3 (2-1 PKs) | Away: 7-6-0 | vs. MLS: 4-5-1 (1-0 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 3-1 in OT vs. Rochester Rhinos of USL in Round 3)
Best finish: Quarterfinals (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012)
Leading goalscorer:


Orlando City SC Open Cup records
Overall: 9-3-4 (3-1 PKs) | Home: 8-2-2 (1-1 PKs) | Away: 1-1-2 (2-0 PKs) | vs. Div. 3: 3-0-1 (1-0 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Drew 1-1, Lost 7-6 in PKs vs. Sporting KC of MLS in Final)
Best finish: Runner-up (2014, 2015)
Leading goalscorer:


Orlando City sits mid-table in the MLS Eastern Conference standings at 4-8-3, tied for fifth with D.C. United. The two teams have at least some familiarity with one another, having played in a preseason match.

Orlando City, coming off a 3-2 win over Toronto in MLS play, advanced by defeating another Florida-based NASL team in Jacksonville Armada, 1-0 and has not lost to a non-MLS team in Open Cup play. The Strikers have advanced in their last two Open Cup matches by penalties, over the USL’s Richmond Kickers and MLS’s DC United, the latter match on the road.

Cyle Larin leads OCSC with eight goals, with Kaka leading the assist parade with five. Kevin Molino has six goals and five assists.

For the Strikers, who finished sixth in the NASL’s spring season and who boast a number of players with MLS experience, including two who previously played for Orlando City. Forward Giuseppe Gentile joined Orlando City for their final USL season before entering MLS, while captain Jean-Marc Alexandre also spent some time with Orlando City in 2012 and 2013 when OCSC was in the USL. Maicon Santos led the Strikers with four goals in NASL play and Jose Angulo had two.

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Winner will play at Houston Dynamo or Sporting Kansas City in Quarterfinals


Colorado Rapids Open Cup records
Overall: 12-15-0 | Home: 6-1-0 | Away: 5-13-0 | vs. MLS: 4-6-0
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 1-0 at Houston Dynamo of MLS in Round 5)
Best finish: 1999 Runner-up


FC Dallas Open Cup records
Overall: 26-16-6 (5-1 PKs) | Home: 16-6-3 (2-1 PKs) | Away: 11-10-2 (2-0 PKs) | vs. MLS: 8-11-3 (2-1 PKs)
Last entry: (Lost 6-2 at Sporting KC of MLS in Round 5)
Best finish: US Open Cup Champions (1997)


The MLS Playoffs are still several months away, but the Round of 16 offers us a potential Western Conference final preview as the Colorado Rapids travel south to take on FC Dallas. It’s the first time the two teams have met in the Open Cup since 2004 when a young Eddie Johnson bagged two goals to help his team advance 3-0 at the Cotton Bowl in the fourth round.

Colorado and Dallas find themselves at the top of not only the Western Conference standings, but also the Supporters Shield standings; the Shield is awarded to the team with the best record in the league. Colorado has been spurred on by the acquisition of US international stalwart Jermaine Jones and look forward to the arrival of US goalkeeper Tim Howard in July. FC Dallas continues to rally around a core of young, homegrown talent that helped them get within 90 minutes of last year’s MLS Cup final.

Despite their success in league play, both teams needed late, dramatic victories against United Soccer League (USL) sides in the fourth round to advance to this point in the tournament. Dillon Serna scored off a Marco Pappa corner kick with six minutes left to play to help the Rapids advance past in-state rivals Colorado Springs Switchbacks by a final score of 1-0. FC Dallas, meanwhile, took on their USL affiliate, OKC Energy, and needed a penalty shootout final tally of 6-5 to win after conceding a late second half goal that forced extra time with the score tied at 2-2. Dallas got an excellent performance out of left sided midfielder Coy Craft, who was recalled from his loan with OKC prior to the game, and proceeded to provide the assist on each of Dallas’ normal time goals.

With 32 and 31 points, respectively, Colorado and Dallas have been the top two sides in MLS for just about the entire season. Despite serving a six game suspension upon his arrival from New England, midfielder Jermaine Jones has a team high three goals, tied with Luis Solignac and designated player Kevin Doyle. They’ve also contributions from MLS veteran Marco Pappa and Albanian international Shkëlzen Gashi, who featured for his country at the Euro tournament this month. Overall, it’s been a well-balanced effort from Pablo Mastroeni’s team. FC Dallas, meanwhile, have gotten a lot of production from their youngsters, including former MLS Superdraft first round pick Tesho Akindele who leads the team with five goals. Homegrown standout and US youth international Kellyn Acosta is tied for second on the team with three assists. The Hoops also made a shrewd move for former Portland Timbers forward Max Urruti, who has chipped in three goals and two assists so far this season.

The two sides have not played each other yet this season; their first matchup isn’t until the end of July. Other games in this round may have bigger names/star power, but don’t be surprised if this ends up being the game of the round. The winner will hit the road to take on the winner of Sporting Kansas City/Houston Dynamo.

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Winner will host Seattle Sounders in Quarterfinals


Los Angeles Galaxy Open Cup records
Overall: 26-13-1 (1-0 PKs) | Home: 18-2-0 | Away: 8-11-1 (1-0 PKs) | vs. MLS: 11-8-1 (1-0 PKs)
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 1-0 at Real Salt Lake of MLS in Quarterfinals)
Best finish: US Open Cup Champions (2001, 2005)


Portland Timbers Open Cup records
Overall: 14-10-1 (0-1 PKs) | Home: 6-5-1 (0-1 PKs) | Away: 8-5-0 | vs. MLS: 4-6-1 (0-1 PKs)
As MLS: 7-4-0 | Home: 4-1-0 | Away: 3-3-0 | vs. MLS: 4-3-0
Last entry: 2015 (Lost 2-0 at Real Salt Lake of MLS in Round 5)
Best finish: 2013 Semifinals


The Los Angeles Galaxy, fresh off their controversial fourth round win over amateur side La Maquina, will visit Providence Park to take on the Portland Timbers in a Wednesday night fifth round showdown. This will be the first Open Cup meeting between the MLS Western Conference foes.

There are some out there in parts unknown (mainly Twitter) who might say the LA Galaxy are fortunate to still be in the Open Cup. Down to 10 men in stoppage time, the Galaxy earned a free kick on the edge of the box after Jose Villareal was fouled. Villareal remained on the ground, with teammate Jack McBean helping him stretch out an apparent ailment. While players from both teams stood and watched Villareal get stretched out, Baggio Husidic stood over the ball and played a quick restart to Dave Romney, who played it past a very confused La Maquina goalkeeper. By rule, Husidic had the right to play the quick restart since the Galaxy did not ask for 10 yeards. LA went on to score two more and won 4-1.

La Maquina filed a protest (which has since been denied; they are appealing) saying their players were told by the referee to wait for the whistle. Barring new evidence surfacing in La Maquina’s appeal, it would seem the matter is resolved and one of the tournament’s last remaining underdogs have exited with a bitter taste in their mouths.

Portland’s fourth round victory over MLS Western Conference rivals San Jose Earthquakes came with no such controversy and was a pretty straightforward result. The Timbers got first half goals from Dairon Asprilla and Jack McInerney six minutes apart and that was all it took for Caleb Porter’s men to advance.

Both teams are still very much in the hunt for a playoff spot, but Los Angeles is much better off at this point than the defending MLS Cup champions. The Galaxy are in fifth place in the Western Conference with 23 points, while Portland sits in eighth, but only three points behind. The Timbers might feel like they have the upper hand after the two teams drew 1-1 earlier this season in Los Angeles. Fanendo Adi’s goal in the 52nd minute gave Portland the lead and an unfortunate own goal from Nat Borchers was all that kept the Timbers from taking all three points. Adi has been a revelation for Portland this season with nine goals to date.

Since returning from the Copa America break, Portland has drawn 2-2 with Real Salt Lake while the Galaxy have taken just two of a possible nine points. The winner of this one will have their work cut out for them as they’ll host the winner of the Colorado Rapids/FC Dallas Round of 16 game.

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