2019 US Open Cup Round 4 review: Two USL teams left standing as MLS dominates

Posted by | June 14, 2019

The Fourth Round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is one of the biggest events of the American soccer calendar. It puts all the remaining lower division teams on the same field as teams from Major League Soccer and gives fans a round full of “David vs. Goliath” matchups.

The 106th edition of the tournament provided fans with 11 of those matchups to go with five all-MLS games. With the Charleston Battery vs. Atlanta United getting rescheduled and relocated due to weather, there were 10 games played between Tuesday and Wednesday featuring teams from the top division and the lower divisions. Of those games, only two USL Championship (Div. 2 pro) teams survived: Saint Louis FC defeated the Chicago Fire, 2-1 and New Mexico United traveled to Colorado and eliminated the Rapids in penalty kicks.

The tournament’s last remaining Open Division team, Orange County FC (NPSL) also bowed out of the competition, falling 3-0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

When the dust settled, 13 MLS teams will advance to the Round of 16 with two USL Championship clubs, along with the winner of the Charleston Battery and Atlanta United.

The draw for the Fifth Round will take place on Thursday, June 13 at 10 a.m. ET. The draw will be revealed on the United States Soccer Federation’s social media and website.

Below is a brief summary of every Fourth Round game. Links to the full match reports will be made available as they are published.

2019 US Open Cup Schedule/Results (with links to every match report)
Fourth Round fun facts: Notable upsets, things you should know about Round 4

2019 US Open Cup statistical leaders (Goals, Assists, GKs)
2019 US Open Cup Round 1: Game-by-game review
2019 US Open Cup Round 2: Game-by-game review
2019 US Open Cup Round 3: Game-by-game review

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NPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference currently ineligible for 2020 US Open Cup
Every US Open Cup game to stream on ESPN+ in multi-year media rights deal

Round 1: Charles Boateng – Richmond Kickers
Round 2: Bryant Martin – Florida Soccer Soldiers
Round 3: Blake Frischknecht – Orange County FC

2019 US Open Cup qualifying schedule/results
2019 US Open Cup Qualifying Round 1 game-by-game review
2019 US Open Cup Qualifying Round 2 game-by-game review
2019 US Open Cup Qualifying Round 3 game-by-game review
2019 US Open Cup Qualifying Final Round game-by-game review
Florida Soccer Soldiers qualify for first time after America SC withdraws
More pros, less amateurs, an extra sub in 2019 US Open Cup format
Chattanooga FC qualifies for 2019 US Open Cup, but opts out
Bavarian SC qualify for 2019 US Open Cup by winning Amateur Cup title

Milwaukee’s Bavarian Soccer Club, proudly amateur since 1929
West Chester United battle tested from long journey back to US Open Cup
NTX Rayados grooming “new generation” to keep qualifying streak going
Academica SC earns first US Open Cup berth after more than 40 years as a club
FC Denver using US Open Cup to build to “higher level”
First year Florida Soccer Soldiers winning with “respect, pride and commitment”

Columbus Crew (MLS)
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL-C)

David Accam scored his first goal of the season (56th minute) for the Columbus Crew as they eliminated USL Championship side, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and booked a place in the Fifth Round of this year’s tournament. The win by the Crew snapped a three-game winless streak in the tournament, which tied a club record. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

New York Red Bulls (MLS)
2:3 (AET)
New England Revolution (MLS)

A goal 55 seconds in the game by Juan Agudelo, was a great start for the New England Revolution, but the New York Red Bulls would answer back with two goals of their own to take the contest to the wire. Teal Bunbury would hit his seventh US Open Cup goal in the 85th minute to tie the game and send it into extra time. Before the whistle for the end of regulation could be blown New England’s Luis Caicedo received his second yellow card, leaving the Revs down to 10 men for extra time. The Revolution were able to hang on and keep the match level until the 109th minute when Bunbury surprised Red Bulls defense by chipping the goalkeeper to put the Revs in front and sealing the Red Bulls’ elimination from the Open Cup and putting New England into the Round of 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Austin Bold FC (USL-C)

The Houston Dynamo got their US Open Cup title defense off to a great start against the USL Championship’s Austin Bold FC. The Dynamo scored three first half goals and appeared to be cruising to an easy opening round win. Austin answered with two goals early in the second half by Xavi Baez and Issac Promise, which forced the defending champs to hold on for dear life for the last 30 minutes of the match. The current Cup holders advance to the Round of 16 for the seventh year in a row. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Saint Louis FC (USL-C)
Chicago Fire (MLS)

Two first half goals by Austin Martz and Guy Abend (17
th and 20th minutes, respectively) would be enough to see USL Championship side Saint Louis FC pull off the #Cupset over the four-time US Open Cup champion Chicago Fire, by a score of 2-1. Abend’s goal was his third career US Open Cup goal and his second in this tournament. Nemanja Nikolic cut the deficit in half from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute, but the Fire would not be able to find an equalizer it would not be enough. With the win, STLFC earns the club’s first MLS upset, and reaches the Round of 16 for the first time. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Los Angeles FC (MLS)

Los Angeles FC’s Carlos Vela would set the tone early with a goal in the 8th minute which would prove to be the game-winner as Real Salt Lake would be unable to find an answer. Lee Nguyen would score his first US Open Cup goal in seven years and after Adama Diomande added a stoppage time goal, RSL’s tournament winless streak was extended to six games by the score of 3-0. LAFC advance to Fifth Round for the second year in a row after losing in penalty kicks in last year’s Semifinals. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Sacramento Republic (USL-C)

Second half sub Vako scored a late winner as part of a brace for San Jose against nearby rivals Sacramento Republic. Vako’s first goal gave San Jose their first lead of the game. Sacramento did not make it easy for the hosts, taking the lead two minutes into the game and again in the 14th minute. With the win, the Earthquakes eliminate Sacramento in the Fourth Round for the third time and advances to the Round of 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

D.C. United (MLS)
2:1 (AET)
Philadelphia Union (MLS)

The Philadelphia Union appeared to be headed on their way to the Round of 16 when Anthony Fontana gave them a 1-0 lead in the 113th minute of extra time. D.C. United had other ideas, with Chris McCann tying the game with two minutes to play and Wayne Rooney scoring a game-winning penalty kick in the 120th minute. Instead, on a rainy night in front of their home fans, United won their first US Open Cup game against a Major League Soccer team since they upset Real Salt Lake in the 2013 US Open Cup Final when they lifted the trophy for the third time. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

New York City FC (MLS)
North Carolina FC (USL-C)

For the first time in their history, New York City FC won a game in regulation in the US Open Cup and advanced beyond the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup defeating North Carolina FC 4-0. NYCFC got a break in the 25th minute with an own goal from North Carolina FC Aaron Guillen. Before halftime around the 45th minute, NYCFC strike again with a goal from Jesus Medina, getting his first goal with an assist from Tony Rocha. Keaton Parks gets a header in the 52nd minute to extend the lead in the second half and then follow up with a breakaway goal in the 76th minute to put the game away for NYCFC to advance. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

FC Cincinnati (MLS)
2:1 (AET)
Louisville City FC (USL-C)

Kekuta Manneh would prove to be the difference maker in the latest edition of the River City Rivalry, slotting home a cross while unmarked to give FC Cincinnati a place in the Fifth Round. Cincy’s Fanendo Adi opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, but Louisville’s Lucky Mkosana converted a Cincinnati giveaway just seven minutes later. It was the first US Open Cup win for FC Cincinnati since joining Major League Soccer. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

FC Dallas (MLS)
Oklahoma City Energy FC (USL-C)

For the third time, FC Dallas and Oklahoma City Energy met in the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup, and for the third time, FC Dallas eliminated the USL Championship side in front of a largely pro-Dallasl crowd. There were four different goalscorers for FCD, including Matt Hedges, Michael Barrios, Dominique Badji and Reto Ziegler. Highly-touted 16-year-old prospect Ricardo Pepi made his FC Dallas debut and assisted on Barrios’ goal in the 52nd minute. With the win, the two-time US Open Cup champions (1997, 2016) advance to the Round of 16 for the seventh year in a row. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Minnesota United FC (MLS)
Sporting Kansas City (MLS)

Minnesota United won a US Open Cup match in regulation as a MLS team for the first time thanks to three unanswered goals in the second half. They defeated four-time champion Sporting Kansas City by the score of 4-1. Ethan Finlay broke a 1-1 deadlock just after halftime and Darwin Quintero added two more to break the game open and hand Sporting their first opening-round exit in 16 years. It was tied for the most goals ever scored by Minnesota in team history and they advance to the Round of 16 for the second year in a row. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT 

Memphis 901 FC (USL-C)
Orlando City SC (MLS)

Sacha Kljestan scored a first half penalty kick and added another goal in the second half to push Orlando City SC to a 3-1 win over Memphis 901 FC (USL Championship). For Kljestan it was his fourth and fifth career Open Cup goals. Robin Jansson scored Orlando’s third goal in the 71st minute to break the game open and send Orlando to the Round of 16 for the fourth time in the last five years. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT 

Colorado Rapids (MLS)
2:2 (AET)
New Mexico United (USL-C)
New Mexico United advances, 4-2 on PKs

New Mexico United gathered their first MLS scalp after travelling to Commerce City to take on the Colorado Rapids. The game started brightly for both sides. with NMU opening the scoring in the 3rd minute through Devon Sandoval. The lead would last about a half hour before Diego Rubio equalized with a ball from Lalas Abubakar.

The hosts would find their second almost from the second half whistle. Rubio turned provider for Nicolas Mezquida in the 46th to level the score. Axel Sjoberg was shown a second yellow for a challenge on NMU’s Kevaughn Frater on a breakaway. In spite of the man advantage, NMU would not find their equalizer until the final ticks of second hand stoppage time (90+4), when Kevaughn Frater found the back of the net on a determined run into the penalty area.

Extra time saw the visitors dominate the play, Colorado often having seven or eight players behind the ball. The extra periods would not see a goal, so it was off to penalty kicks to decide who would advance. It took just 4 of the 5 rounds to decide it. Chris Wehan’s spot kick was the final kick of the game. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT 

Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Orange County FC (NPSL)

The two-time US Open Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy eliminated the tournament’s last remaining Open Division team when they defeated the NPSL’s Orange County FC, 3-0. The game was scoreless into the second half before Efrain Álvarez scored a pair of goals to put the MLS side in front. Last year’s first round pick Emil Cuello came off the bench late to put the game away with a goal in the 90th minute as the Galaxy improve their impressive home record in US Open Cup play to 23-3-0 and advance to the Round of 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)
Portland Timbers FC (MLS)

For a Modern Era-record eighth time, the Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders brought their decades-old rivalry to the US Open Cup. This year, it was the Timbers that eliminated the four-time US Open Cup champions, 2-1. The hero for the visitors was Brian Fernandez who scored an early goal in each half to send Portland to the Round of 16 as they seek their first US Open Cup title in franchise history. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Atlanta United (MLS)
3:1 (AET)
Charleston Battery (USL-C)
Original match on Tuesday, June 11 was postponed due to poor field conditions

When Atlanta United and the Charleston Battery arrived at MUSC Health Stadium to play each other for the third year in a row on Tuesday night, the field was in bad shape. This was the result of heavy rain and with more of it in the forcast, a new venue was needed. According to statement issued by the Charleston Battery, the club attempted to find an alternate venue, but they were unsuccessful so the United States Soccer Federation decided to move the game to the Atlanta area. The game was played on Thursday in Kennesaw, Georgia at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on the campus of Kenneshaw State University, the site of the first two meetings between the clubs in 2017 and 2018. The game was closed to the public so no fans were there to see the Battery take an early lead on a goal by Ian Svantesson in the 20th minute. Atlanta would not find an equalizer until the 79th minute when Romario Williams, a former Battery player, would score his third career Open Cup goal. In extra time, it was Brandon Vasquez who was the hero, scoring the go-ahead goal in the 110th minute, and icing the game with another one in stoppage time. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

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