It was a jampacked night of Third Round action in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Wednesday, as a couple of MLS clubs advanced drama-free, while others found themselves locked in tough battles against their lower-division opponents.
When the dust settled, two clubs couldn't avoid the Cupset fate that spelled doom for the Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire FC on Tuesday, while six others will see their USOC campaigns continue onward.
Here's your Wednesday rundown:
Hartford Athletic 1, New York Red Bulls 2
The New York Red Bulls took an early two-goal lead then fended off a comeback bid from USL Championship side Hartford Athletic at Trinity Health Stadium in Hartford, Connecticut to take a 2-1 victory and advance to the Round of 32.
HIGHLIGHTS: Hartford Athletic vs. New York Red Bulls | April 20, 2022
RBNY jumped on top in the first half through an 18th-minute strike from Lewis Morgan. The Scottish attacker made a stellar individual effort to dribble his way into space near the top of the area, then uncorked a laser shot across his body to deposit the finish in the bottom left corner. Aaron Long then doubled the advantage just seven minutes later, converting a tap-in finish after Frankie Amaya's initial shot deflected off the post.
Hartford pulled one back, however, as Conor McGlynn cut the deficit to 2-1 with a strike in the 52nd minute, keeping the Championship's side's upset bid alive. It made for an interesting finish, especially after RBNY were reduced to 10 men following a red card to Cristian Casseres Jr. in second-half stoppage time, but the MLS side was able to hang on and see out the 2-1 final.
Forward Madison FC 0, Minnesota United 2
Two second-half goals from Adrien Hunou and Brent Kallman were enough for Minnesota United to get past USL League One side Forward Madison FC on a rain-soaked evening at Breese Stevens Field in Madison, Wisconsin.
HIGHLIGHTS: Forward Madison FC vs. Minnesota United FC
The Loons broke through with the first goal of the match in the 51st minute from Hunou. The Frenchman rose in the box to meet a pinpoint corner kick from Joseph Rosales and cashed home the headed finish.
Kallman would double Minnesota's lead in the final minutes to see out a comfortable victory.
Orlando City SC 2, Tampa Bay Rowdies 1
Orlando City SC got all they could handle from the USL Championship's Tampa Bay Rowdies, but hung on for a 2-1 victory at Exploria Stadium courtesy of second-half goals from Alexandre Pato and Junior Urso.
HIGHLIGHTS: Orlando City SC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
After a hard-fought scoreless first half, Orlando City finally found the opener in the 52nd minute via a penalty kick that was won by Benji Michel that allowed Pato to step to the spot, where he converted past Raiko Arozarena.
Orlando added a second in the 63rd minute, as Urso pounced on an attempted clearance that popped free in front of goal, allowing for a simple tap-in finish.
But the Rowdies struck back almost immediately after Urso's goal, getting a close-range finish of their own from Lucky Mkosana, giving life to the visitors' upset bid and setting up a nervy finish for Orlando. Tampa Bay would press for an equalizer, but could never find an elusive goal that would have given them a chance at upsetting their in-state rivals.
Atlanta United 6, Chattanooga 0
Atlanta United took a lopsided result to pass their first Open Cup test, cruising to a 6-0 victory over NISA side Chattanooga FC at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
HIGHLIGHTS: Atlanta United FC vs. Chattanooga FC | April 20, 2022
The Five Stripes got on top through a pair of goals in the first half scored just four minutes apart. Ronald Hernandez netted the first in the 21st minute, with Dom Dwyer doubling the advantage in the 25th.
After Dwyer added another for the brace in the 35th minute, Marcelino Moreno put the contest to bed for all intents and purposes, cashing home a 53rd-minute penalty kick to make it 4-0.
Atlanta added two more insurance goals for good measure, first from DP attacker Luiz Araujo, who added another tally in the 67th minute after entering as a second-half substitute. Brooks Lennon then piled on Atlanta’s sixth and final goal of the match in the 84th minute.
Greenville Triumph SC 1, Charlotte FC 2 (ET)
Charlotte FC got taken to extra time by USL League One’s Greenville Triumph SC, but managed to survive and advance on a dramatic 105th-minute game-winner from Harrison Afful at Triumph Stadium at Legacy Early College.
HIGHLIGHTS: Greenville Triumph vs. Charlotte FC | April 20, 2022
Charlotte took the lead six minutes from first-half stoppage time, as Christian Ortiz struck for the opener after Greenville goalkeeper Paul Christensen couldn't corral a shot on target that spilled in front of goal. That allowed Ortiz to pounce for the close-range finish for Charlotte's first-ever Open Cup goal.
That lead would hold until just before the hour mark when Greenville equalized courtesy of a class strike. Jake Keegan applied the finish, slotting home a perfectly placed distance shot from just outside the penalty box.
Neither side managed to win in regulation, but Charlotte found their winner just before the conclusion of the first period of extra time. The veteran finished off a nifty combination sequence with Kamil Józwiak, punching Charlotte’s ticket to the next round.
Real Salt Lake 0, Northern Colorado Hailstorm 1
Real Salt Lake’s Open Cup campaign came to an abrupt end, as they fell 1-0 to USL League One side Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC at Rio Tinto Stadium thanks to a second-half stunner from Robert Cornwall.
HIGHLIGHTS: Real Salt Lake vs. Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC
The match stayed scoreless all the way until the 70th minute, when Northern Colorado struck for a shock opener. It was a highlight-reel strike that saw Cornwall get under the ball from just outside the area and unleash an unstoppable first-time volley.
RSL’s frantic push for an equalizer down the stretch resulted in a flurry of chances, as the MLS side ended the match out-shooting their League One counterpart 15-5. But none of them were converted and Northern Colorado held on to score the huge upset in just the club's fourth-ever match.
- 70’ - NC - Robert Cornwall | WATCH
San Antonio FC 2, Austin FC 1 (ET)
Austin FC also fell victim to an early-round upset, falling 2-1 to USL Championship side San Antonio FC in a wild matchup at Toyota Field.
HIGHLIGHTS: San Antonio FC vs. Austin FC
Austin FC jumped on top immediately after a scoreless first half, as Diego Fagundez found the opener in the 47th minute, rifling home a clinical finish from inside the area after collecting a feed from Sebastián Driussi.
The MLS side couldn’t add to the lead in the aftermath of the go-ahead goal, opening the door for San Antonio’s equalizer, which they found in the 82nd minute. Elliot Collier drew the contest level with a first-time finish of a low cross into the box from Justin Dhillon.
The match would head to extra time, where San Antonio stunned Austin with the winner in the 96th minute. It was delivered by Carter Manley, who snuck a headed finish into the net off an assist from Mitchell Taintor.
Austin had multiple good looks at an equalizer, but were denied both by a shot off the post from Felipe Martins and an epic save from San Antonio goalkeeper Jordan Farr on the final play of the match after a frantic scramble in the box.
LAFC 5, Orange County SC 1
It was smooth sailing for LAFC, as the Black & Gold cruised to a 5-1 victory over USL Championship foe Orange County SC at Banc of California Stadium, powered by braces from Cristian Arango and Danny Musovski.
HIGHLIGHTS: Los Angeles Football Club vs. Orange County SC | April 20, 2022
Musovski started the onslaught in the 13th minute, with Arango scoring his first of two in the 34th.
Arango added his second right on the stroke of halftime, poking home the finish into an open net off a gorgeous backheel assist from Musovski to effectively put the match out of reach for the visitors.
LAFC added two more insurance goals before it was over to push their final goal total to five. Cal Jennings scored the first in the 68th minute, with Musovski completing his brace just three minutes later.