2018 US Open Cup Round 5 review: Every game decided by one goal, Louisville FC survives, biggest crowd ever

Posted by | June 21, 2018


The 2018 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is down to just eight teams as the Round of 16 wrapped up on Wednesday night. When the dust settled on the round, seven Major League Soccer teams emerged along with Louisville City FC, the lone USL team left standing.

It was an incredible competitive round as every game was either decided by a single goal, or went on to penalty kicks. This was the first time that this has happened since a Fifth Round (before the Quarterfinals) was introduced in 2014.

Click below for links to our coverage and scroll down for a brief recap and links to the full match report for every game.

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Portland Timbers (MLS) 1:0 Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
In a rematch of a Round of 16 match from 2016 on the same field, the Portland Timbers avenged that loss from two years ago with a 1-0 win over the Galaxy. A first half goal from Sebastian Blanco was all the Timbers needed to pick up the win at Providence Park. The Timbers advance to the Quarterfinals for the third time in club history, where they will travel to take on Los Angeles FC on July 18. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Philadelphia Union (MLS) 2:1 New York Red Bulls (MLS)
The Union continued their quest for their first US Open Cup title by defeating the New York Red Bulls, 2-1. It was the first time in the Modern Era that two teams have met four years in a row and the Union, who advanced in three of the four meetings, struck first. Despite missing many prime scoring chances in the first half, the hosts broke through with a rocket by Haris Medunjanin in the 52nd minute, while Cory Burke collected the second goal nine minutes later. US international Alejandro Bedoya assisted on both goals in the win. The Union are into the Quarterfinals for the fifth time in club history and are 2-0-2 (1-1 PKs) in their previous appearances. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 3:2 FC Dallas (MLS)
In one of the better games of the 2018 tournament, the defending champion Sporting Kansas City won a back-and-forth battle with FC Dallas at Children’s Mercy Park. Daniel Salloi scored two goals for Sporting, moving into second on the club’s all-time Open Cup scoring list with five career goals. However, the deciding goal was scored by the man that would replace Salloi in the 85th minute: Yohan Croizet. In the 89th minute, Croizet launched one of most astounding goals of the tournament (or any competition for that matter) off a volley to win the game. Sporting, who are 4-0-0 against FC Dallas all-time in US Open Cup play, advance to the Quarterfinals for the second year in a row and the third time in the last four years. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Houston Dynamo (MLS) 1:0 Minnesota United FC (MLS)
The Dynamo earned a third straight shutout in the 2018 US Open Cup, with a 1-0 win over fellow MLS side Minnesota United. Mauro Manotas scored the lone goal in the 47th minute, but Minnesota had a chance to tie the game late, though Darwin Quintero missed a penalty smacked off the post, as the Dynamo moved on to a Quarterfinal date with Sporting Kansas City. This will mark the fourth year in a row that the team clubs will meet in Open Cup play. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

D.C. United (MLS) 1:1 (2:4 PKs) Orlando City SC (MLS)
Orlando City goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. won his third career penalty kick shootout, as the Lions knocked off the three-time champions from D.C. United, 4-2. The game, which was delayed by about 90 minutes due to lightning, finished 1-1 after Luciano Acosta (D.C.) and Justin Meram (Orlando) traded first half goals. For Orlando, it will be the club’s third trip to the Quarterfinals, and the first since 2015 and they will travel to take on the Philadelphia Union on July 18. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Louisville City FC (USL) 2:1 Nashville SC (USL)
Louisville City is the last lower division team standing in the tournament (and $25,000 richer as a result) after a 2-1 home win over Nashville SC. Paco Craig and Paolo DelPiccolo scored the first two goals of the game, and the Louisville defense held off a late push from Nashville to advance. With the win, Louisville City became the first team from Kentucky to make the Open Cup Quarterfinals in tournament history, thus ensuring a lower division club shall reach the final eight for the third year in a row, as well as for the 11th time in 12 years. The boys in purple will next face Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire away on July 18. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Atlanta United (MLS) 0:1 Chicago Fire (MLS)
No game in the 105-year history of the US Open Cup had more fans watching in person than the 41,012 that showed up to watch Atlanta United host the Chicago Fire. Unfortunately for the vast majority of those fans, they went home disappointed. The four-time US Open Cup champion Fire won the game 1-0 on a Nemanja Nikolic goal in the 54th minute. For the Fire, they clinch a spot in the Quarterfinals for the 14th time in club history, which ranks third-most in US Open Cup history. They will host their next game in the tournament on July 18, when they take on Louisville City FC (USL). [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Los Angeles FC (MLS) 3:2 Sacramento Republic (USL)
The last game of the Round of 16 might well have been one of the best of the competition, as MLS expansion side Los Angeles FC came back twice from a goal down to tie the game, and then won the game in the 89th minute. Diego Rossi scored the equalizing goal in the 67th minute, then assisted on Latif Blessing’s late game-winner to send LAFC into the Quarterfinals. Los Angeles will now host the Portland Timbers in the Quarterfinals on July 18. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT