Alex Harlley of the Atlanta Silverbacks, the nephew of former English Premier League star Emmanuel Adebayor, scored from midfield to put a bow on a 4-1 win over the SC United Bantams.
The US Open Cup tends to catch many amateur teams at the wrong time, with the First Round usually also serving as the first competitive game for those teams.
As promised, Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch fielded a team full of starters as New York proved to be too much for the Silverbacks, winning the game comfortably, 3-0.
Chattanooga FC nearly got revenge for a 5-0 thumping they suffered at the hands of the Silverbacks, but in the end, Atlanta prevailed 2-1 in extra time.
Chicago’s Quincy Amarikwa, Jeff Larentowicz, and Alex all scored second half goals to lead the visitors to the Semifinals for a record 10th time where they will face the Seattle Sounders on Aug. 13.
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.
The NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks overcame a shaky start to dominate and defeat Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake 2-1 in the Fourth Round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. For the Silverbacks, it was their first-ever upset of an MLS team, and earning them their first trip beyond Round 4.
For the first time since 2003, the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup will feature tournament games on a Saturday. Fans can follow and use the hashtag #USOC2014 on Twitter for the latest updates and discussion from all three games tonight. Be sure to follow all the latest news with the tournament on Twitter at @USOpenCup.
After making history in Round 2, Chattanooga FC’s dreams came to an end as Eric Wynalda’s Atlanta Silverbacks brought the amateurs down to earth with a convincing 5-0 victory in Chattanooga.
For all of you who ever wanted the #16 seed to win in the NCAA basketball tournament, we hope you are soccer fans!