DC United 1, New York City FC 2 | 2019 US Open Cup Recap

After four straight seasons of getting knocked out in the fourth rounds, New York City FC are into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup, beating D.C. United 2-1 on the road to advance.

They had to come from behind at Audi Field. Wayne Rooney opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, a calm two-touch finish after being sent in behind with a defender on his hip. NYCFC, who had already been the better side until the goal, then took control. 

Keaton Parks, earning his second straight start, played Alexandru Mitrita in on a breakaway and the Romanian made no mistakes, rolling the ball into the net. Just three minutes later, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi went on a solo run from just over midfield into the 18-yard box before slotting into the bottom corner.

It wasn't all positive for NYCFC, though. Forward Heber was forced to exit in the 48th minute with an apparent injury. 

Goals

  • 32' – DC – Wayne Rooney | WATCH
  • 38' – NYC – Alexandru Mitrita | WATCH
  • 41' – NYC – Ismael Tajouri-Shradi | WATCH

Three Things 

  • THE BIG PICTURE: How about a cup run for the first time in NYCFC's young history?! The club are into uncharted territory by advancing to the quarterfinals, looking to pick up their first trophy. 
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Tajouri-Shradi took full advantage of a lack of defensive pressure to score the game-winner, gliding forward before finding the back of the net. 
  • MAN OF THE MATCH: Dangerous every time he touched the ball, Mitrita may be disappointed that he didn't score more than just one.

Next Up

  • NYCFC: Sat., June 29 vs. Philadelphia Union (7 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US, DAZN in US)
  • D.C.: Wed., June 26 vs. Orlando City SC (8 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US, DAZN in US)

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