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2014 Third Round
The Third Round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup took place on May 28 and 29 with 16 games on the schedule. NASL entered the fray in this round, with all 32 competitors hoping for a chance to take on an MLS side in Round 4.
Arizona United SC has only been a USL PRO franchise for about two months. But it secured the most important win in club history to date on Wednesday night in the U.S. Open Cup third round, and earned the right to go after an even bigger victory in a few weeks.
For the second year in a row, Chicago’s RWB Adria traveled to Pittsburgh’s Highmark Stadium and took the home team to extra time. And for the second year in a row, the Riverhounds survived and advanced.
In a showdown of central Florida foes, the future MLS side Orlando City of USL Pro dominated from the opening and cruised to a 4-1 victory over the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Sacramento Republic FC managed to post the largest margin of victory so far in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 6-0 win over Fresno Fuego Wednesday night at Cosumnes River College.
For the second time this year, PSA Elite advance to the next round by way of penalty kicks against a Los Angeles-based USL club, downing LA Galaxy II from the spot after a scoreless draw.
With the game tied at 2-2 in the finals minute of stoppage time, Orlando Bayona coolly put a penalty kick past veteran Oka Nikolov to give the Laredo Heat of the Premier Development League a 3-2 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League.
Expansion NASL club Indy Eleven exorcised nearly two months worth of demons Wednesday night, brushing aside USL PRO side Dayton Dutch Lions 5-2 in front of 9,181 fans at Michael A. Carroll Stadium to earn a historic first US Open Cup win in club history.
Orlando City U-23s became the first amateur team in Open Cup history to defeat the Charleston Battery at home, advancing Wednesday night via a Modern Professional Era record 14-round shootout after 120 minutes of play ended in a 2-2 draw.