[U.S. OPEN CUP REWIND: Third Round] Orlando City and the Charleston Battery showed why they are the top two teams in USL PRO, knocking off MLS clubs Colorado and San Jose, respectively, in third-round play in the centennial edition of the U.S. Open Cup.
Forward Dom Dwyer, who has already tied the USL PRO single-season scoring record with 13 goals in 11 games, notched two goals in the second half to lead first-place Orlando City to its first-ever win over an MLS club in Open Cup play.
“I think just before and during the second half we were far and away the better team,” said Orlando City coach Adrian Heath. “I thought we were worthy winners and it would have been a travesty if we didn’t take home the win.”
Bryan Burkeput Orlando on the board early with a goal in the 4th minute, but Colorado quickly responded when midfielder Kamani Hilljumped on a bad pass and scored in the 17th minute. Colorado goalkeeperSteward Ceuswas sent off in the 57th minute.
Next up for Orlando City will be Sporting Kansas City, which loaned Dwyer and three other players to the USL PRO for the 2013 season.
-- The Battery defeated the Earthquakes, 1-0, on captain Colin Falvey's header in the 74th minute. It was the Battery's ninth win over an MLS club. It previously beat D.C. United (1999), the MetroStars (2001, 2004), Houston Dynamo (2007, 2008), FC Dallas (2008), Chivas USA (2009) and Chicago Fire (2010).
-- There were several other close calls for lower-tiered teams. The Philadelphia Union beat the PDL's Ocean City Nor'easters, 2-1, on Brian Carroll's goal in the third minute of stoppage time, two minutes after Emanuel Kollietied the score for the Nor'easters. Chivas USA rallied from a goal down to beat USL PRO's LA Blues, 2-1, on goalie Dan Kennedy's second-half penalty kick.Chicago Fire loan player Kellen Gulley scored in the 86th minute to send the Atlanta Silverbacks game at Real Salt Lake to overtime, where the home team prevailed, 3-2. D.C. United lost two players to red cards in overtime but beat its affiliate, the Richmond Kickers, in a shootout.
U.S. OPEN CUP RESULTS, Third Round
May 28 in Richmond, Va.
Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) 0 D.C. United (MLS) 0
(D.C. United wins 4-2 on penalties.)
Red cards:D.C. United -- Chris Korb 113, Carlos Ruiz 117.
May 28 in Chester, Pa.
Philadelphia Union (MLS) 2 Ocean City Nor'easters (PDL) 1
PHI: Jack McInerney 48
OC: Emanuel Kollie 91+
PHI: Brian Carroll 93+
May 28 in Orlando, Fla.
Orlando City (USL PRO) 3 Colorado Rapids (MLS) 1
ORL: Bryan Burke 4
COL: Kamani Hill 18
ORL: Dom Dwyer 48
ORL: Dom Dwyer 63
Red card:Colorado -- Steward Ceus 56.
May 28 in Charleston, S.C.
Charleston Battery (USL PRO) 1 San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 0
CHL: Colin Falvey 74
Red card:San Jose -- Brad Ring 74.
May 28 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 0 FC Dallas (MLS) 2
DAL: Blas Perez 54
DAL: Matt Hedges 66
May 28 in Rochester, N.Y.
Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) 1 New England Revolution (MLS) 5
NE: Kelyn Rowe 23
NE: Andy Dorman 53
NE: Jerry Bengtson 54
NE: Kelyn Rowe 64
ROC: Kendell McFayden 77
NE: Chad Barrett 82
Red card:Rochester -- Kendell McFayden 91+.
May 28 in Kansas City, Kan.
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 2 Des Moines Menace (PDL) 0
KC: Kei Kamara 12
KC: Claudio Bieler 73
May 28 in Sandy, Utah
Real Salt Lake (MLS) 3 Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) 2
RSL: Kyle Beckerman 3
ATL: Kellen Gulley 86
RSL: Devon Sandoval 98
RSL: Khari Stephenson 101
ATL: Pablo Cruz 121+
May 28 in Fullerton, Calif.
L.A. Blues (USL PRO) 1 Chivas USA (MLS) 2
LA: George Davis IV 11
CHV: Carlos Alvarez 53
CHV: Dan Kennedy (pen.) 62
U.S. OPEN CUP SCHEDULE, Third Round
May 29 in Harrison, N.J.
New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. Reading United AC (PDL)
May 29 in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus Crew (MLS) vs. Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO)
May 29 in Cary, N.C.
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) vs. LA Galaxy (MLS)
May 29 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) vs. Seattle Sounders (MLS)
May 29 in Houston
Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. FC Tucson (PDL)
May 29 in Portland, Ore.
Portland Timbers (MLS) vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO)
May 29 in Rock Hill, S.C.
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS)