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2014 Fifth Round
2014 US Open Cup Round 5 review: Champions, Cinderellas advance in wild round (video)
The Fifth Round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup closed out on Wednesday night, capping two wild days of competition. Shootouts, fights, more lightning, and history were in abundance for Round 5, featuring six games on Tuesday and two on Wednesday. Two of the three NASL teams survived, while USL Pro’s tournament run ended as Rochester Rhinos crashed out.
2014 US Open Cup Round 5: New England Revolution continue dominance of Rochester Rhinos, 2-1 (video)
This would be the sixth meeting all-time between the two clubs, with New England taking 4 of the 5 previous matches. Rochester was surely angling to enact a bit of revenge on the Revs after last year’s 5-2 loss.
2014 US Open Cup Round 5: Chicago Fire need extra time to keep perfect record vs. rival Columbus Crew (video)
For the second time in as many years the Chicago Fire ended the Columbus Crew’s U.S. Open Cup campaign, this time led by a brace from Juan Luis Anangono during a 4-2 victory in extra time.
2014 US Open Cup Round 5: Atlanta Silverbacks’ upset of Colorado Rapids marred by chaos, 7 red cards
Between the chaos and emotion, and the hail and lightning, the eight man Atlanta Silverbacks defended their lead and won the Fifth Round matchup verses the Colorado Rapids by a score of 2-1.
2014 US Open Cup Round 5: Seattle Sounders remain unbeaten at Starfire, edge San Jose Earthquakes in penalty kicks (video)
It took extra time, a penalty shootout and a couple of local heroes to send the Seattle Sounders to the Quarterfinals of the US Open Cup for the fifth time in the last six years.
2014 US Open Cup Round 5: Rookie GK leads Carolina RailHawks to 3rd straight win over full-strength LA Galaxy
It was the third consecutive year the RailHawks have hosted and now dispatched the Galaxy from the U.S. Open Cup. But unlike the previous two tournaments, this year was supposed to be different.
2015 US Open Cup Round 5: Sebastien Le Toux’s historic brace leads Philadelphia Union past New York Cosmos, 2-1 (video)
Sebastian Le Toux scored his 12th and 13th US Open Cup goals, tying him for most in the Modern Professional Era (1995-present) in a 2-1 Philadelphia Union victory over the New York Cosmos.
2014 US Open Cup Round 5: FC Dallas wins Texas-size extra time battle with Houston Dynamo, 3-2 (video)
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.
2014 US Open Cup Round 5: Portland Timbers counter-attack their way past Sporting Kansas City, 3-1 (video)
A brace by Gaston Fernandez sandwiched a Will Johnson penalty as the Portland Timbers beat Sporting Kansas City 3-1 in the US Open Cup Fifth Round.