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Carolina and Tampa Bay knock off MLS powers
May 29th, 2013 10:13PM

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[U.S. OPEN CUP REWIND: Third Round] On Tuesday, it was Orlando City and Charleston from USL PRO that pulled upsets in third-round play in the centennial edition of the U.S. Open Cup. On Wednesday, the NASL's Tampa Bay and Carolina beat MLS clubs.

The Rowdies surprised the Seattle Sounders, winners in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and runners-up in 2012, 1-0  on Bulgarian forward Georgi Hristov's goal in the 75th minute. Goalkeeper Diego Restrepo made a game-changing save in the 86th minute, denying forward Obafemi Martins from the penalty spot.

The RailHawks downed the LA Galaxy, 2-0, on goals by Austin da Luz and Brian Shriver two minutes apart in the second half before record crowd of 8,121 at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Carolina knocked out the Galaxy for the second year in a row. The two-time MLS defending champions traveled without most of their stars as well as head coach Bruce Arena and top assistant coach Dave Sarachan.

MLS winners included the Chicago Fire, for which Mike Magee scored in his debut, and the Portland Timbers, for whom Frenchman Frederic Piquionne had four goals in the first 47 minutes.

U.S. OPEN CUP SCHEDULE, Third Round
May 29 in Harrison, N.J.
New York Red Bulls (MLS) 2 Reading United AC (PDL) 0
NY: Fabian Espindola 61
NY: Lloyd Sam 67
Att.: 3,867.

May 29 in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus Crew (MLS) 2 Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) 1
CLB: Eddie Gaven 52
DAY: Shane Smith 78
CLB: Justin Meram 84
Red card: Dayton -- Brock Granger 14.
Att.: 1,302.

May 29 in Cary, N.C.

Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 2 LA Galaxy (MLS) 0
CAR: Austin da Luz 59
CAR: Brian Shriver 61
Att.: 8,121.

May 29 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 1 Seattle Sounders (MLS) 0
TB: Georgi Hristov 75
Red card: Tampa Bay -- Jordan Gafa 84.
Att.: 4,124.

May 29 in Rock Hill, S.C.

Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) 0 Chicago Fire (MLS) 2
CHI: Mike Magee 11
CHI: Chris Rolfe 57
Att.: 1,562.

May 29 in Houston

Houston Dynamo (MLS) 2 FC Tucson (PDL) 0
HOU: Alex Dixon 26
HOU: Giles Barnes 85
Att.: 2,917.

May 29 in Portland, Ore.

Portland Timbers (MLS) 5 Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) 1
POR: Frederic Piquionne 2
POR: Frederic Piquionne 17
POR: Frederic Piquionne 34
POR: Frederic Piquionne 47
WIL: Paul Nicholson 61
POR: Mamadou Danso 73

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.
Att.: 4,128.

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.
Att.: 1,954.

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, Fourth Round
June 12 in Boyds, Md.
D.C. United (MLS) vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS)
June 12 in Cambridge, Mass.
New England Revolution (MLS) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS)
June 12 in Kansas City, Kan.
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. Orlando City SC (USL PRO)
June 12 in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Columbus Crew (MLS)
June 12 in Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas (MLS) vs. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
June 12 in Cary, N.C.
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) vs, Chivas USA (MLS)
June 12 in Sandy, Utah
Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Charleston Battery (USL PRO)
June 12 in Portland, Ore.
Portland Timbers (MLS) vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)



3 comments
  1. Peter Skouras
    commented on: May 29, 2013 at 11:06 p.m.
    Upsets? THEY'RE ALL AT THE SAME LEVEL!!!! O dear!

  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: May 30, 2013 at 8:12 a.m.
    It is a joke that West coast MLS teams are forced to travel across the continent to play a US Open Cup match in the middle of a busy MLS schedule, while the rest of MLS teams enjoy short travel times. I understand it's because of the lack of lower division teams in the West. Then, why doesn't US soccer abandon it's policy of playing MLS teams vs. lower division teams in the third round and focus only on regional proximity? I bet LA Galaxy and Seattle would prefer playing each other in the third round instead of travelling coast to coast.

  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: May 30, 2013 at 11 a.m.
    Peter you are right. There is not a whole lot of difference in the level of play in the MLS and the top teams in these so called lower tiers.


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