MLS: US Open Cup fifth round recap

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The fifth round of the US Open Cup didn’t disappoint with several teams giving it their all and two lower tier teams upsetting two MLS sides.

Twelve MLS teams competed in the round, but only six ‒ New England Revolution, Chicago Fire, Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers, FC Dallas and Philadelphia Union – advanced to the quarterfinal.

Philadelphia’s all-time leading scorer Sebastien Le Toux ensured safe passage into the next round with two goals against the New York Cosmos.

The Cosmos scored the first goal of the game in the 56th minute. Alessandro Noselli brilliantly chipped rookie goalkeeper Andre Blake after receiving a delightful pass from Daniel Szetela.

Le Toux answered immediately with calm finish after receiving a cross from Andrew Wenger.

The French forward would score his second from the penalty spot in extra time. Jimmy Ockford took down Maurice Edu inside the box, and Le Toux coolly dispatched his spot kick.

The Union will face the Revolution on July 8 at PPL Park.

Carolina RailHawks returned to haunt LA Galaxy on Tuesday. For the third straight year, the NASL club has eliminated MLS’ biggest franchise from the Open Cup.

In the 105th minute, Daniel Jackson finished a counter-attack to score the game’s only goal.

Even though Robbie Keane, in-form Gyasi Zardes, Landon Donovan and Juninho all featured for LA, Bruce Arenas’ men could not pry open Carolina’s defense.

The Galaxy got off 31 shots (eight on target) and had 11 corner kicks, but Carolina was persistent.

Reigning MLS champion Sporting Kansas City bowed out of the tournament to Portland. The Timbers secured a 3-1 victory on Sporting KC’s home turf.

Gaston Fernandez opened the floodgates in the 11th minute of the game. The Argentine poacher was on the end of a deflected Kalif Alhassan cross, and he made no mistake with his finish.

After Steve Zakuani was fouled inside the box by Aurelien Colin, Will Johnson sneaked the spot kick past Andy Gruenebaum.

Fernandez got his second of the game in the 68th minute. The forward was in the right place at the right time to pounce on a rebound.

Soony Saad scored SKC’s consolation goal from the spot in the 73rd.

Colorado Rapids impressive run of form took a big hit when Atlanta Silverbacks came into town and ruined the party.

Eric Wynalda’s men fought through what was more of a boxing match to advance into the next round. Three Silverbacks players and one Rapids player were sent off after five-minute brawl.

Both head coaches were also dismissed because of the incident.

Jiame Chavez scored two goals before received his marching orders. Despite a Dillon Powers’ goal from the spot, eight-men Silverbacks held on to win the game.

Atlanta will face the Fire on July 8 or 9.

In a thrilling derby, FC Dallas defeated Houston Dynamo 3-2 at the BBVA Compass Stadium. In-form Fabian Castillo was on target again for FCD. However, Andres Ecobar stole the show with a golazo in the 59th minute. The Colombian fired a cracker from outside the box and it swerved past a helpless Tally Hall.

Gile Barnes and Omar Cummings were on target for the Dynamo.

On a night highlighted by Fredy Montero’s return to Seattle, Marcus Hahnemann lifted the Sounders into the quarterfinal.

After Steven Lenhart and Kenny Cooper traded goals during regulation, the game had to be decided by penalty kicks.

Hanhemann stopped three spot kicks to bury San Jose Earthquakes.

Promising midfielder Kelyn Rowe and Saer Sene were influential as the Revolution eliminated the Rochester Rhinos.

Both players put their names on the score sheet in the first half. Sene broke the deadlock with just 11 minutes gone. The forward benefitted from Lee Nguyen’s fantastic individual play.

In the 33rd minute, Nguyen was the provider of New England’s second goal. The midfieder found his partner in crime with a nice cross. Rowe’s first attempt was saved, but his follow up was unstoppable.

Colin Rolfe scored Rochester’s only goal in the second period, but his team couldn’t complete a comeback.

In an entertaining match, Chicago edged out Columbus Crew in extra time. The Fire won 4-2 in front of their fans.

Patrick Ianni made neat contact with a cross to score the first goal in the 34th minute. In the second half, Jairo Arrieta delivered a moment of brilliance. The Costa Rican tucked the ball into the back of the net with a beautiful bicycle kick.

With 20 minutes left in regulation, Bernardo Anor’s close range finish gave Columbus the lead.

Juan Luis Anangono came off the bench to revive Chicago. The forward tied the game up in the 83rd minute, helped setup the winning goal scored by Quincy Amarikwa and secured the result with a volley in the 108th minute.

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