There were several exceptional individual performances in the Quarterfinals of the 2018 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. This should make for a challenge when the staff of TheCup.us and a select panel from the North American Soccer Reporters cast their votes for TheCup.us Player of the Round.
While the votes are being tallied up, check out the list of nominees below (in alphabetical order) and tell us who YOU think deserves to win on Facebook or Twitter:
MORE: 2018 TheCup.us Player of the Round winners (so far)
Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union, MLS): Bedoya scored the lone goal of the game in the 4th minute and played a great overall game in a 1-0 home win over Orlando City SC (MLS)
Aleksandar Katia (Chicago Fire, MLS): Katai assisted on the opening goal and scored the second in Chicago’s 4-0 home win over Louisville City FC.
Mauro Manotas (Houston Dynamo, MLS): Manotas scored what would prove to be the game-winning (third) goal in the 69th minute and put the game away with the final goal in the 88th minute in a 4-2 home win over Sporting Kansas City (MLS).
Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union, MLS): McKenzie was the star of the Philadelphia defense in a 1-0 home win over Orlando City SC (MLS). The Union defender snuffed out numerous attacks from Orlando, holding them to just 10 total shots with only four of them ending up on net. McKenzie also headed the shot that forced a save from the goalkeeper that led directly to Bedoya’s goal in the 4th minute.
Romell Quioto (Houston Dynamo, MLS): Quioto’s free kick from 22 yards out in the 35th minute tied the match at 1-1 for the Houston Dynamo against Sporting Kansas City (MLS). Quioto then put the Dynamo ahead in the 66th minute when he chested down a long pass and hit a one-timer to put Houston up 2-1. Houston won the game at home, 4-2.
Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC, MLS): Vela scored the second goal of the game and delivered the ball that led to Portland’s own goal in LAFC’s 3-2 home win over the Portland Timbers (MLS).