Wednesday night in the US Open Cup was good for MLS teams, with all 5 advancing to the Fifth Round. The Fifth Round is now set, with games scheduled for Tuesday, June 24th and Wednesday, June 25th. In all, 12 MLS teams advanced to the Fifth Round, along with 3 NASL teams and 1 USL Pro team. The last amateur team left in the 2014 US Open Cup exited in the Fourth Round.
Richmond Kickers 2 - New England Revolution 3
The New England Revolution took the lead in the 8th minute when Stephen McCarthy scored at Richmond's City Stadium. George Davis equalized for the Richmond Kickers, but goals from Steve Neumann (35th) and Patrick Mullins (40th) put New England up for good before halftime. Matthew Delicate scored for Richmond in the 73rd minute. New England has a meeting with their affiliate club the Rochester Rhinos in the Fifth Round of the US Open Cup.
Chicago Fire 2 - Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1
In a game that started two hours late due to rain storms and ended after another hour delay just after halftime, the Chicago Fire advanced to the Fifth Round of the US Open Cup. Any game that lasts to halftime counts in the US Open Cup, with regulations also making it clear that even with bad weather moving a game to another date is a last resort. Grant Ward opened the scoring for Chicago in the 22nd minute at Toyota Park, with Mike Magee doubling the lead in the 40th. Andrew Marshall pulled a goal back in the 42nd. Chicago advances to host Columbus in the Fifth Round of the US Open Cup.
“We were looking at the weather patterns," Chicago Fire coach Frank Yallop said. "Obviously, lightning was the problem. Then, basically as the big storm is coming through, the referee said to me that they’re going to try to play it, continue the game. If there’s any endangerment to the players, then they’re going to call it. So, they told us that sort of in the break. So we came out for our warm-up, started the game again in the second half, and then I think there were a couple flashes of lightning, and that was it."
Sporting Kansas City 2 - Minnesota United FC 0
Another odd game in the US Open Cup, with Sporting Kansas City switching their shirts at halftime due to similarities with what Minnesota United was wearing. Training tops for the final 45, with Sporting Kansas scoring twice after the switch. It wasn't just the different shirts. Sporting Kansas City played from the 50th minute a man up after Minnesota United's Cristiano Dias saw red and made an early exit for fighting. Soony Saad opened the scoring for Sporting Kansas City in the 76th minute with Alex Martinez scoring in the 87th. Sporting Kansas City advances to play Portland in the Fifth Round of the US Open Cup.
"I thought we did all right," Minnesota United coach Manny Lagos said. "I think it was the worst time to get a red card like that because you are putting a lot of energy into the game. This was really our hottest night of soccer this year. So I think that really affected the way we could have defended. I'm very proud of the guys. But considering the environment, I thought we really responded well. We have a lot of pride in or club, and we really showed it tonight."
Seattle Sounders 5 - PSA Elite 0
The Fourth Round was a step too far for the amateur club PSA Elite, shutout 5-0 by the Seattle Sounders 5-0 at Starfire Soccer Stadium in Tukwila, Washington. Brad Evans opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute with Zach Scott scoring in the 40th. Kenny Cooper scored two goals in the 45th and 56th. Sean Okoli finished off the scoring for Seattle in the 84th minute. Seattle advances to play San Jose in the Fifth Round.
Arizona United 1 - LA Galaxy 2
The Galaxy went with a makeshift lineup on the road at the Peoria Sports Complex and needed a come from behind win to advance in the US Open Cup. Arizona United's Matt Kessel opened the scoring in the 37th minute. Gyasi Zardes responded for the Galaxy, equalizing in the 51st and scoring their winner in the 53rd. The LA Galaxy advances to play the Carolina Railhawks in Cary, North Carolina.