[U.S. OPEN CUP] The 2012 season could not get any worse for the defending MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy. It fell to the Carolina RailHawks,
winless in nine games in the NASL, 2-1, in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup. Six other MLS teams also fell to minor-league teams.
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 2 Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) 1.
Ty Shipilane scored the tying goal, then set up Brian Shriver for the late winner for the RailHawks, who are 0-4-5 in NASL play. The loss extended the Galaxy's winless streak to eight games and was its ninth of the season -- one more than it lost the entire 2011 campaign. Hector Jimenez and Chad Barrett teamed up to feed Pat Noonan for the Galaxy goal, but Jimenez, Barrett and Bryan Gaul all later left the game with injuries.
Real Salt Lake (MLS) 1 Minnesota Stars (NASL) 3.
RSL bought the rights to host the game, which drew 17,212 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium, but it fell to the defending NASL champions. The game turned on a hand-ball called on Jamison Olave in the penalty area just before halftime. Neil Hlavaty converted to give the Stars a 2-1 lead and they extended it on substitute Simone Bracalello's goal in the 58th minute. Afterwards, RSL coach Jason Kreis apologized to management and his club's fans for the performance.
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 3 New England Revolution (MLS) 3 (4-3 on penalties.)
The City Islanders prevailed after an epic 30 minutes of overtime. The Revs scored three times in the first 15 minutes, but Harrisburg came back with goals by Brian Ombiji, J.T. Noone and Sainey Touray in the final nine minutes of the second stanza to force penalties. Kelyn Rowe and Benny Feilhaber missed for New England in the shootout.
Columbus Crew (MLS) 1 Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) 2.
The Dutch Lions are in last place in USL PRO without a win in eight games, but they are the kings of the Buckeye State after winning thanks to two late goals. The heroes were goalie Matthew Williams, who held off a Crew onslaught, and sub Daniel Holowaty, who set up Jan Gerrit Bartels and Gibson Bardsley for goals two minutes apart late in the game. Columbus finished with an 18-3 edge in shots.
Michigan Bucks (PDL) 3 Chicago Fire (MLS) 2.
Nermin Crnkic scored in the third minute of overtime to give the Bucks, the last team from the amateur PDL now still alive in the competition, the win over the four-time Open Cup champion Fire. Crnkic had done all the work to set up Nathaniel Boyden on the tying goal with 11 minutes remaining in regulation. The game was played at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, Mich., making it the first ever game played indoors in the history of the Open Cup.
San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) 1 Houston Dynamo (MLS) 0.
Midfielder Hans Denissen converted a penalty in the 51st minute for the winning goal for the NASL expansion Scorpions, who are now unbeaten in their last eight games. The penalty kick was awarded after Dynamo defender Warren Creavalle took down Pablo Campos in the penalty area. The game drew 7,164 fans at Heroes Stadium.
FC Dallas 0 Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) 2.
Like the Galaxy, Dallas suffered a painful loss as Zach Loyd and George John went off with injuries six minutes apart in the first half. Trinidadian Darryl Roberts put the Eagles ahead in the 43rd minute, and Nate Thornton clinched the win with an insurance goal in stoppage time. By then, Jackson had been sent off, forcing Dallas to play with 10 men. The Eagles' win was another improbable result as they are only 2-9-2 in USL PRO play.
Sporting KC (MLS) 3 Orlando City (USL PRO) 2.
Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) 1 D.C. United (MLS) 2
Philadelphia Union (MLS) 3 Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) 0.
Charleston Battery (USL PRO) 0 New York Red Bulls (MLS) 3.
Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 0 Chivas USA (MLS) 1.
Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 1 Colorado Rapids (MLS) 3.
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 1.
Portland Timbers (MLS) vs. Cal FC (USASA)
Seattle Sounders (MLS) vs. Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)