[U.S. OPEN CUP]The Seattle Sounders needed overtime to beat their archrival Portland Timbers, 3-1, after a dramatic goal by Darlington Nagbe had evened the score in stoppage time, while the Chicago Fire and FC Dallas burst the bubble of the remaining NASL teams, setting up an all-MLS semifinal in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Kenny Cooper scored the game-winning goal in the 111th minute, and Marco Pappa added a third goal five minutes later to lead Seattle past the Timbers at the Starfire Sports Complex in suburban Tukwila. The Sounders' goals came after Diego Chara was shown a red card for a two-footed tackle on Pappa in the first 15-minute overtime.
Jeff Larentowiczbroke a 1-1 deadlock with a penalty kick in the 80th minute and Alex added an insurance goal as Chicago beat the Atlanta Silverbacks, 3-1, at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. Quincy Amarikwa had put Chicago ahead in the first half, but Belizean Deon McCaulay evened the score for Atlanta early in the second half.
Blas Perez's hat trick was the difference as the FC Dallas won, 5-2, at the NASL's Carolina RailHawks in another MLS-NASL match that was close until the end. Carolina briefly led on Zack Schilawski's goal in the ninth minute, but Perez scored back-to-back goals for a 2-1 Dallas lead. Carolina's Enzo Martinez equalized in the 37th minute on a penalty kick, but Fabian Castillo scored in the 44th minute to give Dallas a lead it never relinquished. Mauro Diaz and Perez put the game away with goals late in regulation.
TUESDAY. The Philadelphia Union moved into the semifinals with a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution on goals by Conor Casey andSebastien Le Toux, who has now scored 14 goals in the competition, the most by a player in the modern era of the competitions, now in its 101st year. Casey scored in the 9th minute, and Le Toux converted a free kick two minutes after the break for his seventh goal in his last seven games in all competitions. The match at PPL Park was delayed an hour after play was halted in the 61st minute due to a heavy thunderstorm.
2014 U.S. Open Cup:
July 8 in Chester, Pa.
Philadelphia Union 2 New England Revolution 0
July 9 inTukwila, Wash.
Seattle Sounders 3Portland Timbers 1 (OT)
July 9 in Chamblee, Ga.
Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) 1 Chicago Fire 3
July 9 in Cary, N.C.
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 2FC Dallas 5
Aug. 12 in Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia Union
Aug. 13 inTukwila, Wash.
Seattle Sounders vs. Chicago
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