It took withstanding a barrage of attacks late, but San Antonio FC got the job done, winning 2-1 over Austin FC after extra-time in front of a sold-out and loud Toyota Field.
The US Open Cup has been making mainstream media headlines this week, but unfortunately for fans of the competition, it wasn’t the exciting extra time games or the dramatic finishes. The Open Cup video clip that fans saw on ESPN’s Sportscenter was Clint Dempsey of the Seattle Sounders making the bizarre decision to rip up the referee’s notebook and unsurprisingly was shown a red card.
A Texas Hill Country derby was in store for fans in the third round of the US Open Cup and it was the Austin Aztex who advanced following a tense 2-0 Third Round win over the San Antonio Scorpions at Toyota Field.
The first ever FFA Cup final took place on Tuesday night in Adelaide and it was the home side, Adelaide United who lifted the inaugural trophy as they managed a 1-0 win over Perth Glory.
The second week of competition saw the A-League sides join the competition as the Newcastle Jets took on Perth Glory and Adelaide United hosted Wellington Phoenix, the lone non-Australian team in the competition.
Australia’s version of the US Open Cup, the Westfield FFA Cup, had its first-ever match day on Tuesday night (local time) and it was a thrilling start to the tournament’s history as two matches went to extra time, one forced a shootout and four teams advanced to the Round of 16.
Australia’s version of the US Open Cup gets underway today as the FFA Cup commences its first season, completing a long wait for Australia’s football fans for a national knock-out competition.
Houston Dynamo twice came from behind but it wasn’t enough in a thrilling Texas derby as FC Dallas advanced in the US Open Cup following a 3-2 extra-time win.
A week after a stunning rally at home to knock off a third division USL Pro club, FC Tucson proved it was no fluke in the Second Round by taking the lead on the road against the second-tier NASL San Antonio Scorpions in a 2-2 draw and advancing via penalties by a 4-3 tiebreaker decision. The result means FC Tucson a return trip to the Lone Star State next week to face the reigning two-time MLS Cup runners-up Houston Dynamo.
The 100th edition of the US Open Cup had its first round on Tuesday and Austin Aztex won their first US Open Cup game since the squad’s rebirth thanks to a 3-0 win against amateurs NTX Rayados despite playing with 10 men for a majority of the contest.