[U.S. OPEN CUP REWIND: Fourth Round]Orlando City pulled one of the biggest upsets in the recent history of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup when it beat the defending champion Sporting Kansas City, 1-0, on the road thanks to a second-minute goal from Chinese forward Long Tan. The NASL league-leading Carolina RailHawks beat Chivas USA, 3-1, in overtime to gain revenge for their loss in the same stage last year. The other six quarterfinalists in the cup's centennial edition will all be from MLS.
Orlando City, first in USL PRO, was playing without its Sporting KC loan player, including Dom Dwyer, who has already broken the USL PRO single-season scoring record.
But Senegalese teenager Adama Mbengue found Tan, the former Vancouver Whitecaps and D.C. United striker, and he scored to give the Lions the lead that held up thanks to the Orlando City led by veteran keeper Miguel Gallardo, the 2011 USL PRO Goalkeeper of the Year.
“It’s a really big result and something the players can be proud of,” said Orlando City coach Adrian Heath. “All of a sudden we are a couple games from something really special."
Orlando City should get back Dwyer, as well as Christian Duke, Yann Songo’o and Jon Kempin, who were kept out of the game as part of the loan arrangement it had with Sporting KC.
The RailHawks got goals in the first overtime from Cesar Elizondo and Brian Ackley to beat visiting Chivas USA, which had almost won in stoppage time when Peruvian Walter Vilchez’s shot hit the crossbar and the rebound shot was cleared off the line by Carolina midfielder Nick Millington.
“I thought we were the better team and deserved the victory,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “They almost won it on the last kick of regulation, but Akira [Fitzgerald] and the defenders came up big. It was a tough game tonight with the heat and humidity, but our boys pulled through and worked hard for the win.”
USL PRO's Charleston Battery jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 18 minutes and led by the same score into the second half before losing at Real Salt Lake, 5-2, in overtime.
The star of the evening was Dwayne De Rosario, who returned to action after being benched on Saturday with a hat trick in D.C. United's 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Union.
June 12 in Kansas City, Kan.
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 0 Orlando City (USL PRO) 1.
ORL: Long Tan 2
June 12 in Boyds, Md.
D.C. United (MLS) 3 Philadelphia Union (MLS) 1.
DC: Dwayne De Rosario 25
DC: Dwayne De Rosario 75
PHI: Jack McInerney 76
DC: Dwayne De Rosario 85
May 12 in Cambridge, Mass.
New England Revolution (MLS) 4 New York Red Bulls (MLS) 2.
NE: Kelyn Rowe 4
NY: Fabian Espindola 30
NE: Kelyn Rowe 37
NE: Dimitry Imbongo 51
NY: Jonny Steele 61
NE: Chris Tierney 87
June 12 in Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas (MLS) 3 Houston Dynamo (MLS) 0.
DAL: Kenny Cooper 37
DAL: Kenny Cooper 59
DAL: Zach Loyd 76
June 12 in Cary, N.C.
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 3 Chivas USA (MLS) 1.
CAR: Tiyiselani Shipalane 13
CHV: Carlos Alvarez 57
CAR: Cesar Elizondo 92
CAR: Brian Ackley 98
June 12 in Sandy, Utah
Real Salt Lake (MLS) 5 Charleston Battery (USL PRO) 2.
CHB: Dane Kelly 15
CHB: Nicki Paterson 18
RSL: Devon Sandoval 66
RSL: Joao Plata 79
RSL: Devon Sandoval 97
RSL: Khari Stephenson 105
RSL: Javier Morales pen. 107
June 12 in Portland, Ore.
Portland Timbers (MLS) 2 Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 0
POR: Michael Nanchoff 9
POR: Jack Jewsbury 55
June 12 in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Columbus Crew (MLS)
(postponed -- inclement weather)
June 26 in Sandy, Utah
Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Carolina Railhawks (NASL)
June 26 in Boyds, Md.
D.C. United (MLS) vs. New England Revolution (MLS)
June 26 at site TBA
Chicago Fire/Columbus Crew winner vs. Orlando City (MLS)
June 26 in Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas (MLS) vs. Portland Timbers (MLS)