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2014 Fifth Round
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.