On the first day of Round Four of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, four of the sixteen fixtures were played.
Though not known to many thanks to Argentina and Messi working wonders in Seattle, Round Four of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup had four of the sixteen games play tonight. Five MLS teams, two USL teams, and a UPSL team were all involved in what ended up being a pretty crazy night of Open Cup action.
This was a game mostly controlled by the Rapids but they couldn’t convert on any of their chances. The came close many times but it wasn’t until the 84th minute when former Sounder Marco Pappa, who returned to the pitch for the first time since April 26th from a knee injury, sent in a corner that was cleared towards Serna at the top of the box who’s shot deflected into the goal off a Switchback’s defender. The game ended 1-0 to see the Rapids move on to the next round.
Portland beat out San Jose 2-0 from two first half goals from Asprilla and McInerney. In the 35th minute, San Jose keeper Bryan Meredith made a save off a Timber’s shot but could only push the ball into the path of Dairon Asprilla who put his team up 1-0. Just 5 minutes later Jack McInerney scored off a free kick about 20 yards away from goal. This means the Timbers move on to the next round of the Open Cup.
Real Salt Lake dodged a bullet after going 2 goals down to advance past the USL side on penalty kicks. The Hammerheads started the scoring in the 34th minute after Mael Corboz finished off an Austin Martz cross. Wilmington then found their second of the game in the 59th minute off a deflected shot from Jeff Michaud. RSL brought on Joao Plata and Yura Movsisyan to bring some flare in the attack and that is exactly what happened. Plata pulled a goal back in the 65th minute with a shot from distance. Just minutes later, Martinez scored off a sweet curling shot to tie it up at two goals a piece. Though both teams had some chances, it stayed 2-2 until penalty kicks, where RSL won on a score of 3-1, moving on to Round Five.
This game doesn’t look as one sided as the score line might suggest. La Máquina took LA all the way to extra time, where eventually the Galaxy were just too much for the semiprofessional team. Though LA took the lead in the 15th minute, Galaxy’s Rafael Garcia received a red card for a two footed challenge and LA had to play the rest of the match with 10 men with more than 70 minutes until full time. La Máquina soon equalized and the game reached full time at 1-1, pushing it into extra time. In a ridiculous turn of events, the Galaxy’s own man, Jose Villareal, was writing in pain on the ground in the 96th minute and the players from La Máquina were trying to help him. The Galaxy took advantage of La Máquina’s sympathetic efforts and played the ball in and score when no one on the other team was paying attention. The game ended at 4-1 and the Galaxy followed suit with the three out of the four other MLS teams that advanced to the next round.
Tomorrow there are twelve more Round Four Open Cup games, including the Seattle Sounders taking on the Kitsap Pumas at Starfire with kickoff set at 7:30. You can watch the game on YouTube or buy tickets for the game here.