Had the New England Revolution lost to the Richmond Kickers in this Third Round matchup in New Britain, Conn., they may have blamed their poor choice of a stadium, as a nearly two-hour lightning delay pushed the start of the game close to 9:00. Strangely, no rain fell at their other prospective US Open Cup homes: Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, and Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass., home of the Kickers’ USL-2 rival Western Mass but used often by New England for Open Cup home games. However, the performance of two players making their professional debut helped to kick-start the Revolution’s defense of their 2007 title by defeating Richmond 3-0.
Pat Noonan scored a goal and assisted on two others to help the New England Revolution win their first U.S. Open Cup title, and their first championship of any kind in the club’s 12-year history. The Revolution defeated FC Dallas 3-2 to win the Open Cup at Pizza Hut Park, a stadium where they’ve lost the last two MLS Cup championships.
The New England Revolution returned to the US Open Cup Semifinals for the first time since 2001 with a 2-1 win over the Harrisburg City Islanders.
Andy Dorman and Taylor Twellman each scored early first half goals, but the underdogs from the USL Second Division would make it interesting in the final fifteen minutes.
The New England Revolution and the Rochester Raging Rhinos met for the fourth time in the last five Open Cups and for the third time, the Revs escaped with a narrow victory. A Steve Ralston free kick in the first half and a 67th minute goal by Taylor Twellman put the MLS club up 2-0, but the Rhinos’ Hamed Diallo answered with goals in the 76th and the 85th minute to bring the game level. However, it was Taylor Twellman to the rescue with the game-winner in the 90th minute and Ralston with a penalty kick in stoppage time to put the game away at 4-2.