US Open Cup 4th Round: Four MLS teams advance despite underdog drama

Five MLS clubs entered the 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup fray on Tuesday night.

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USOC 4th Round - Tuesday, June 14

Colorado Rapids 1

Colorado Springs Switchbacks 0

Tuesday, June 14 (MATCH AUDIO)

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Colorado Rapids punched their ticket to the Fifth Round of the US Open Cup with a 1-0 victory over their USL counterparts the Colorado Springs Switchbacks on Tuesday night.

Rapids Homegrown Dillon Serna, who scored a brace in the teams’ matchup in last year’s edition of the tournament, again proved to be the deciding factor this time around. Serna scored the winning goal in the 84th minute, finishing low and true into the Colorado Springs net after a Marco Pappa corner was deflected into the air by Dominique Badji.

The goal highlighted a match in which the Rapids carved out more chances, but struggled to unlock a Switchbacks defense with numbers behind the ball. 

Colorado Rapids (4-2-3-1, left to right): Zac MacMath — Dennis Castillo, Eric Miller, Axel Sjoberg, Mekeil Williams — Dillon Powers, Sam Cronin — Dillon Serna, Marco Pappa, Dominique Badji — Conor Doyle (Luis Solignac 80')
SUBS: Chris Froschauer, Marlon Hairston

Switchbacks (4-3-3, left to right): William Thompson — Josh Suggs, JJ Greer, Christian Ibeagha, Jordan Burt — Luke Vercollone (Mike Seth 72'), Rony Argueta, Davy Armstrong — Saeed Robinson, Miguel Gonzalez, Aaron King (Martin Maybin 61')
SUBS: Devala Gorrick, Nate Robinson, Jacob Cawsey, Shintaro Harada, Taeseong Kim


Real Salt Lake 2 (3)

Wilmington Hammerheads 2 (1) (aet/PKs)


SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake roared back from a 2-0 second-half deficit to advance in the US Open Cup thanks to a 3-1 penalty-kick shootout win over the Wilmington Hammerheads on Tuesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Wilmington outhustled Salt Lake to a 1-0 halftime advantage before adding another early in the second half. But the USL side were pegged back by a 64th-minute goal from substitute Joao Plata. "Burrito" Martinez found the equalizer in the 87th minute, and neither side was able to score during extra time.

In the shootout, Wilmington missed twice and had another saved by RSL goalkeeper Jeff Attinella. Real Salt Lake finished off three of their four spot kicks to advance to the Fifth Round of the US Open Cup.

Real Salt Lake (4-3-3, left to right): Jeff Attinella — Chris Wingert, Aaron Maund, Jamison Olave, Boyd Okwyonu (Joao Plata 56') — John Stertzer (Omar Holness 117'), Javier Morales, Luke Mulholland — Jordan Allen, Devon Sandoval (Yura Movsisyan 56'), Juan Manuel "Burrito" Martinez
SUBS: Lalo Fernandez, Justen Glad, Phanuel Kavita, Danilo Acosta

Wilmington (4-2-3-1, left to right): John Smits — Peabo Doue, Bruno Perone, Ashani Fairclough, Michael Mecham (Tom Parratt 81') — Mael Corboz, Liam Miller — Jeff Michaud, Justin Moose (Logan Miller 74'), Austin Martz — Kyle Parker (Matthew Barnes-Homer 67')
SUBS: Eric Ati, Bryce Taylor, Stefan Defregger, Zev Taublieb


Portland Timbers 2

San Jose Earthquakes 0


PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers grabbed an early 2-0 lead on the San Jose Earthquakes via a pair of first-half goals before grinding out a win in the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup on Tuesday night. 

Playing in front of a crowd of 16,834 at Providence Park, the defending MLS Cup champions notched their second shutout in as many matches.

Dairon Asprilla opened the scoring for the Timbers in the 34th minute, but it was Jack McInerney's thumping free kick that was the highlight of the match as the Timbers advanced to the next round.

Portland Timbers (4-2-3-1, left to right): Jake Gleeson — Zarek Valentin, Liam Ridgewell, Amobi Okugo, Taylor Peay — Jack Jewsbury, Ben Zemanski — Jack Barmby (Ned Grabavoy 62'), Diego Valeri (Darren Mattocks 72'), Dairon Asprilla — Jack McInerney (Neco Brett 86')
SUBS: Wade Hamilton, Alvas Powell, Chris Klute, Fanendo Adi

San Jose Earthquakes (4-4-2, left to right): Bryan Meredith — Cordell Cato, Matheus Silva, Victor Bernardez (Marvell Wynne 61'), Kofi Sarkodie — Chad Barrett (Jordan Stewart 78'), Fatai Alashe, Tommy Thompson, Shea Salinas — Innocent Emegheara (Matias Perez Garcia 69'), Adam Jahn
SUBS: David Bingham, Andrew Tarbell, Clarence Goodson, Quincy Amarikwa

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LA Galaxy 4

La Maquina FC 1 (aet)


CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy began their 2016 US Open Cup campaign on the front foot, taking a 1-0 lead on semipro side La Maquina FC after 15 minutes thanks to a Jose Villarreal goal. Two minutes later, however, the Galaxy were reduced to 10 men thanks to a straight red card for Rafael Garcia, and the tide turned. La Maquina equalized later in the half, and the sides entered the break at 1-1. 

After neither side could find the net in the second half, the match moved to extra time, where a crafty goal by Dave Romney and a brace from substitute Sebastian Lletget led LA to a 4-1 win and passage to the Fifth Round of the tournament. 

LA Galaxy (4-4-2, right to left): Clement Diop — Oscar Sorto, A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Dave Romney — Raul Mendiola, Rafael Garcia, Jeff Larentowicz (Baggio Husidic 66'), Emmanuel Boateng (Sebastian Lletget 76') — Jose Villarreal, Alan Gordon (Jack McBean 61')
SUBS: Brian Rowe, Daniel Steres, Alejandro Covarrubias, Mike Magee

La Maquina (4-4-2, right to left): Luis Sosa — David Paniagua, Jonathan Canales (Julio Madrigal 67'), Ricardo Ramirez, Victor Vazquez — Alejandro Velasquez, Rosendo Castro (Rolando Pinedo 22'), Jose Castro, Edgar Orozco — Jorge Pineda (Rodolfo Godinez, Jr. 57'), Edwin Barboa
SUBS: Christian Cuche, Ricardo Caino, Carlos Aguilar, Carlos Godinez, Joel Palomares