The Fifth Round of the 2014 US Open Cup began on Tuesday night, with 4 MLS teams and 2 NASL teams advancing to the quarterfinals. Two games remain in the Fifth Round. In the biggest surprise of the Fifth Round, the LA Galaxy exited the US Open Cup to the NASL's Carolina RailHawks while the NY Cosmos ended their Open Cup run with a loss to the Philadelphia Union.
Carolina RailHawks 1 - LA Galaxy 0 (after extra time)
The LA Galaxy made a cross-country trip to play the Carolina RailHawks at an auxiliary field at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC that ended in disappointment for the MLS team. Daniel Jackson scored the game's only goal in the 105th minute to win in extra time. Robbie Keane started and Landon Donovan subbed on in the 64th minute for the LA Galaxy. The game was held at Field 2 at WakeMed with the main stadium unavailable due to maintenance during the NASL offseason. The Carolina RailHawks advance to play FC Dallas in the quarterfinals.
Philadelphia Union 2 - NY Cosmos 1 (after extra time)
With the NY Cosmos prioritizing the US Open Cup, things looked good for a moment at PPL Park. Alessandro Noselli opened the scoring for the NY Cosmos in the 56th minute, but Sebastien Le Toux equalized a minute later. Le Toux won the game from the penalty spot in the 114th minute. A fight broke out just after the goal with the referee sending off Cosmos players Ayoze Perez and Jimmy Ockford and Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Lahoud. The Philadelphia Union plays the winner of the New England Revolution vs Rochester Rhinos game in the quarterfinals.
“This club needs a trophy and now we’re three wins away from a trophy, which is a big thing,” Philadelphia Union interim coach Jim Curtin said. “The front office and ownership did a great job getting us home games. If you look through the history of this competition, the team that plays at home usually is the one that comes through."
Sporting Kansas City 1 - Portland Timbers 3
The Portland Timbers won a meeting of MLS teams in the US Open Cup Fifth Round, beating Sporting Kansas City on the road at Sporting Park. Gaston Fernandez opened the scoring for Portland in the 30th minute. Will Johnson converted a penalty in the 58th and Fernandez scored again to make 3-0 Timbers in the 68th minute. Soony Saad pulled a goal back for Sporting Kansas City from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute. Portland advances to play the Seattle Sounders in an Open Cup version of the Cascadia derby.
"From our standpoint, it looked like a tournament-type match," Portland coach Caleb Porter said. "When you're playing in games and it's "lose or go home," it becomes more of a chess match. The conditions also played into that-it was very hot. We knew we had to be organized. We knew Kansas City is a very good team that likes to have the ball. They get a lot of numbers forward and their movement is good. We came up with a plan of absorbing a little bit and then being a bit more lethal on the counter attack, and I think we did that to a tee."
Houston Dynamo 2 - FC Dallas 3 (after extra time)
FC Dallas won the Texas derby in the US Open Cup Fifth Round, beating the Houston Dynamo in extra time at BBVA Compass Stadium. Fabian Castillo opened the scoring in the 35th minute for FC Dallas, with Houston's Giles Barnes equalizing from the penalty spot in the 43rd minute. Andres Escobar put Dallas up again in the 59th, but Houston's Omar Cummings leveled the score in the 62nd minute. With the game in extra time, Tesho Akindele scored FC Dallas's winner in the 98th minute. FC Dallas advances to play the Carolina RailHawks in the quarterfinals.
"This group has been built through adversity and the fight that they showed today was great," FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja said. "Everyone involved in the organization should be proud because the best thing that can happen for a club is to have passion, heart, determination and character, and the players have that. I’m sure we will continue with this fight and keep putting ourselves in good spots in the league and obviously here in the Cup."
Colorado Rapids 1 - Atlanta Silverbacks 2
The NASL picked up another US Open Cup win over an MLS opponent, with the Atlanta Silverbacks advancing to the quarterfinals at the expense of the Colorado Rapids. Jaime Chaves scored for the Silverbacks in the 22nd and 58th minutes. the game turned ugly in the 62nd with Chaves and Silverbakcs teammate Kwadwo Poku shown red cards for fighting. Colorado's Marc Burch joined them in the early exit. Atlanta's Borfor Carr also saw red following the fight for foul and abusive language. Colorado pulled a goal back when Dillon Powers converted a 75th minute penalty. Atlanta advances to play the winner of the Chicago Fire vs Columbus Crew game.
Seattle Sounders 1 - San Jose Earthquakes 1 (4-1 on penalties)
The Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes US Open Cup Fifth Round game went to penalties at the Starfire Soccer Stadium in Tukwila, Washington. Steven Lenhart scored for the San Jose Earthquakes in the 24th minute with Kenny Cooper equalizing for the Seattle Sounders two minutes later. With the score holding through extra time, San Jose's Alan Gordon missed his penalty and teammate JJ Koval's attempt was saved. Seattle's Lamar Neagle converted their 5th penalty to send the Sounders through to the quarterfinals and a meeting with the Portland Timbers.