Neco Brett scored twice in a 12-minute span in the second half and Anthony Velarde added an assist and a late goal to spoil the USL League Two club’s upset bid, as the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC turned things up a notch to defeat Dayton, 3-0, in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match.
Dayton Dutch Lions
Maybe the most important turning point in the Dayton Dutch Lions’ 2-1 win over Erie Commodores in the First Round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on a windy night at McConnell Family Stadium in Erie took place a few moments before the game actually began.
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.
The USL Pro side was treated to a cold spring day in Illinois as the hosts were just ready to give their best shot after a 50-year absence from the tournament.
Exactly one year ago to the day, the Dayton Dutch Lions went into Columbus Crew Stadium and shocked Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew with two goals in the last 11 minutes on way to a 2-1 win. This year, Columbus would start five regulars including Eddie Gaven and 2012’s MLS Newcomer of the Year, Federico Higuain to ensure it wouldn’t happen again.
A year ago the Dayton Dutch Lions were still winless in league play as they narrowly advanced in the Second Round and stunned the Columbus Crew in the Third Round en route to a surprising run to the tournament Quarterfinals. This year the side is much improved and have a pair of three-goal wins in the tournament heading into their rematch with the Crew in the Third Round, but the hosts needed overtime before the amateur Dearborn Stars from the USASA collapsed under the weight of several red cards and three unanswered tallies at Dayton’s Miami Valley Hospital Stadium.
On a night when the most of the four USL Pro clubs struggled against amateur opposition (1-1-2 with two advancing in penalties), the Dayton Dutch Lions were the only club to earn an outright victory, downing River City Rovers of the PDL Great Lakes Division 3-0 on goals from three different players.
Sporting Kansas City struck early and held on, tacking on a couple more as the Cinderella run for the until-recently-winless Dayton Dutch Lions ended in a 3-0 win for the hosts at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.
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Some nights, the ball just won’t go in, no matter how well it’s hit or how open the net is. For the Michigan Bucks, it summed up their night in general, losing 2-1at home in extra time to the Dayton Dutch Lions, still winless in USL Pro, in the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup.