There was good news as well as bad for Real Salt Lake as the Utah side entered the Lamar Hunt Open Cup tournament against Minnesota Stars FC. The good news was the fanatical supporters of the Claret and Cobalt set an attendance record for the Open Cup tournament as 17,212 packed Rio Tinto Stadium on a Tuesday night with short notice. Unfortunately for the RSL faithful, that was the only good news of the night.
The RailHawks beat the Elite to book a home date with defending MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy in the process.
In a showdown of two Texas clubs, powerhouses in their leagues, familiar with one another through player movement, it was no surprise that it came down to overtime to decide the outcome. The Laredo Heat prevailed, 4-2 in extra time, over a valiant ASC New Stars side that fought well after being reduced to 10 men.