Half a dozen MLS teams were in action on Tuesday in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Philadelphia Union, Columbus Crew, FC Dallas, Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers secured safe passage into the next round, but reigning champion DC United crashed and burned without Fabián Espíndola.
The Union needed an 89th minute goal from Maurice Edu to extend the match into extra time. Jason Pelletier gave Harrisburg City Islanders the lead in the 38th minute with a rebound after Andre Blake saved a Coady Andrews’ header.
In extra time, Andrew Wenger scored twice to hand interim manager Jim Curtin his first victory as head coach. In the next round, Philadelphia will face New York Cosmos.
Nine men Columbus Crew held on to secure a 2-1 victory in extra time against Indy Eleven. Columbus was in control early on in the game. Bernardo Anor scored a header in the fourth minute. However, a red card to Adam Bedell in the 34th minute condemned the Crew to 10 men.
Blake Smith drew Indy level in the second half.
Even though Daniel Paladini was sent off in extra time, the Crew still managed to score the winning goal. Ethan Finley was brought down in the box and Jairo Arrieta scored the from the penalty spot.
After the match, Columbus’ head coach Gregg Berhalter said, “”The exercise of playing with ten men and then nine men is going to be helpful to this group. We proved we could do it, and they felt comfortable doing it. For a large part of the game we were down a man and still in control, for the most part.”
FC Dallas will battle rival Huston Dynamo in the round of 16 after eliminating San Antonio Scorpions. Once again, Fabian Castillo proved to be the difference maker. The Colombian scored his third goal in as many game in the 74th minute.
“You look at him, he’s confident,” Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz said while speaking about Castillo. “He is putting in complete performances. He’s taking guys on in the right part of the field and he’s working on both sides of the ball.”
Seven minutes after Castillo broke the deadlock, Andres Escobar wrapped up the victory.
The Rapids defended their home turf with a 5-2 thumping of Orlando City. In-form striker, Deshorn Brown, scored a hat-trick.
Adama Mbengue gave Orlando the lead in the 22nd minute, but Colorado answered with four goals. Luke Boden scored Orlando’s second goal and Nick LaBrocca and Dillon Powers were the other Rapids players who found the back of the net.
The Timbers cruised into the next round with a 3-0 victory against Orlando City U-23. Gaston Fernandez scored two first half goals and Taylor Peay scored his first goal in a Timbers jersey.
Fernandez opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a knuckling shot from distance and added a second from the penalty spot nine minutes from half time.
Peay scored from a tough angle in the 68th minute. The Timbers outshot their opponent 25-5.
Rochester Rhinos ended DC United’s hope of winning a fourth US Open title.
The Rhinos hanged on to an early goal scored by Colin Rolfe. The forward was on the receiving end of a cross from Mike Garzi and he guided the ball past Andrew Dykstra.
DC’s attempt to find an equalizer was dealt a blow when defender Steve Birnbaum received his second yellow card.
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