Rookie Marcus Epps’ first professional goal restored a two-goal lead two minutes after halftime to help the Philadelphia Union (MLS) knock off the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) for the fourth time in US Open Cup play at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. on Wednesday night. Epps, drafted out of the University of South Florida […]
Harrisburg City Islanders
The City Islanders cruised to a 3-0 victory, setting the stage for its fourth Open Cup game against MLS’ Philadelphia Union in the past six years on June 14.
At least one save. That’s what Harrisburg City Islanders head coach Bill Becher predicted his goalkeeper would make when he gathered his players for a huddle on the field before a penalty shootout in a Third Round Lamar Hunt US Open Cup match in Ocean City on Wednesday night. That save came when Brandon Miller dove to his left to stop Ocean City Nor’easters defender Fraser Colmer’s penalty attempt in the fourth round of kicks after a scoreless draw and 6-5 Islanders win on penalties.
The Union extend the club’s US Open Cup unbeaten streak to six games, dating back to last year.
The City Islanders scored two second-half goals to advance to play the Philadelphia Union in Round 4.
Since the expanded format in 1997, a PDL team has failed to reach the third round only four times (1998, 2002, 2007, 2008). The recent struggles can be attributed to the fact that in 2007, the format was changed so that all non-MLS teams began the tournament in the first round, unlike previous tournaments where PDL teams were matched up with USASA or other PDL clubs.
The City Islanders are known for eliminating five MLS teams, but their record against amateur teams is worth noting as well at 12-1-0.
Asani Samuels only played 32 minutes in the Rochester Rhinos’ US Open Cup Third Round win over the Harrisburg City Islanders, but that was plenty of time to turn in a man-of-the-match performance.
The USL’s Harrisburg City Islanders avenged last year’s loss to Reading United AC with an emphatic 3-0 victory in the 2nd round in the US Open Cup.
Harrisburg’s Brian Sylvestre nearly single-handedly won the match for the third-division City Islanders, making 10 saves, but Maurice Edu canceled out a 39th-minute Harrisburg goal in the 89th minute, and Andrew Wenger added two more in extra time for a 3-1 win in Chester, Pa.