For the first time in the Professional Era the Round of 16 saw no matches go to overtime, but there was plenty of drama as six of the eight contests were decided by one goal. In the end, Major League Soccer teams posted one of their best nights in the tournament versus lower division opposition with seven clubs advancing to the Quarterfinals for only the fifth time in 15 years.
New York Red Bulls/Metrostars
FC New York had been looking forward to this match since they proposed an annual exhibition with the New York Red Bulls during their inaugural announcement back on April 1, 2009. The USL Pro side finally got their chance to take on Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls, but this game counted. It was a Third Round match in the 2011 US Open Cup, and although they scored a stunning opening goal, they couldn’t hold on, as the Red Bulls won 2-1 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
The quarterfinal foursome features the Big Apple derby in the Third Round as USL Pro FC New York travels across the state line to face the New York Red Bulls of MLS. The other Third Round meeting pits the four-time champion versus the only non-MLS tournament winner as the MLS Chicago Fire visit the Rochester Rhinos of USL Pro.
Scoreless after regulation, a shot off the post in the seventh round of penalties sent the first-year USL Pro FC New York side through 6-5 against the New York Pancyprian Freedoms in the tiebreaker to a Third Round US Open Cup contest against the New York Red Bulls of MLS.
In a battle for the Big Apple’s hearts, the New York Pancyprian Freedoms face FC New York for the chance to play the New York Red Bulls in the Third Round.
Beyond the obvious fact that the first two rounds of the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup occur during the current edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup that kicked off Sunday, there is some extended overlap with players. The overlap will come when the Major League Soccer teams enter the competition in the Third Round, set for June 28 – three days after the Gold Cup Final.
For the fifth year in a row, Major League Soccer will conduct a play-in tournament to narrow the number of teams that enter the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Beginning on June 28, eight MLS clubs will join the 98th edition of the tournament in the third round, with the top six MLS teams based on the 2010 league standings automatically qualifying. The 10 remaining US-based clubs are left to fight for the last two spots.
For the second year in a row and the third time in four years, the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Second Division pulled off an upset of an MLS club in the third round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. This year, they added another MLS upset to their US Open Cup resume with a 1-0 overtime win over the New York Red Bulls, as Dominic Oppong scored the game-winning goal in extra time.
They had to take the longest road to get there, but the New York Red Bulls have reached the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup after defeating the Colorado Rapids 3-0 at Red Bull Arena. John Wolyniec scored a pair of goals for the second straight Open Cup play-in game, and Conor Chinn added a third as the Red Bulls eliminated the Rapids.
On a cold night at Red Bull Arena, John Wolyniec scored two goals and Sinisa Ubiparipovic added another as New York advanced to the final game of Major League Soccer’s Open Cup qualifying tournament. With the win, the Red Bulls will host the Colorado Rapids in a “Win & You’re In” match on May 26.