Twelve MLS teams will compete in US Open Cup round of 16

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On Wednesday, five MLS teams advanced into the fifth round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Chicago Fire, LA Galaxy, New England Revolution, Sporting Kansas City and Seattle Sounders join seven compatriots in the round of 16.

New England survived a late rally by Richmond Kickers to secure a 3-2 victory. Stephen McCarthy broke the deadlock in the eight minute. The 6-foot-5 defender headed home a Steve Neumann corner kick.

With 20 minutes left in the first half, Richmond scored an equalizer. George Davies IV received the ball from Jason Yeisley and he fired it into the back of the net.

Neumann and Patrick Mullins scored in the first half to give the Revolution the lead.

Matthew Delicate scored in the 73rd minute, but the Kickers couldn’t find a late equalizer.

In a bizarre match, Chicago dispatched the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Due to heavy rainfalls, thunder and lightning, the teams only played 49 minutes. The referee ended the game prematurely and because the Fire was leading by two goals to one, Chicago advance to the next round.

Grant Ward and Mike Magee scored Chicago’s goals, and Andrew Marshall scored Pittsburgh’s consolation goal.

Without their creative gem, Graham Zusi, Kansas City struggled to break down Minnesota United’s defense. Even though the NASL side was reduced to ten men in the 50th minute, it took the reigning MLS champion 76 minutes to find the back of the net.

Soony Saad scored his second goal in as many games with a long range effort that skipped past Minnesota’s goalkeeper.

Alex Martinez secured the victory with his first goal as a professional. After Sal Zizzo’s excellent effort to get the ball into the box, Martinez buried it past a helpless goalkeeper.

Even though the Sigi Schmid elected to use multiple reserve players, Seattle fired five unanswered goals past PSA Elite.

Brad Evans started the rout from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute. After Homegrown player Aaron Kover was taken down in the box, the US international stepped up and calmly finished.

Kover was also involved in Seattle’s second goal. Zach Scott was on the receiving end of the rookie’s corner kick.

Kenny Cooper scored a goal in both halves to secure the victory. His second goal was something for the highlight reel. The powerful forward acrobatically scored a bicycle kick. Sean Okoli scored Seattle’s fifth goal.

Gyasi Zardes continued his goal scoring streak with a brace against Arizona United. The bright prospect’s goals ended LA’s three-game losing streak in this competition.

Without Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, Bruce Arena needed his young forward to deliver.

Zardes used his size to score both goals. The forward headed home twice in the second half.

The 22-year-old thanked his teammates after the game. He said. “I thank my teammates, because my teammates are the ones that got the ball in the box, and all I had to do was put the ball on target both times.”

Matt Kassel gave Arizona the lead in the 36th minute, but the home side couldn’t hold onto to it.

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