[U.S. OPEN CUP]
The Chicago Fire ended Orlando City's Cinderella season in the 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 5-1 win over the USL PRO leader
in Wednesday's quarterfinals. The match featured a goal from Mike Magee
-- his seventh game in a row with a goal since coming over from the LA Galaxy. Also
advancing to the semifinals were D.C. United, Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers. Chris Rolfe
put Chicago ahead in the first half, though a
goal by former MLS player Rob Valentino
early in the second half gave Orlando hope.
But goals from Patrick
and Rolfe, his second of the game, gave Chicago a 3-1 lead.
And Magee, with his third goal in three Open Cup matches,
the ejection of Orlando defender Yann Songo'o
to give the Fire a 4-1 lead and Joel Lindpere
made it 5-1 after Adama Mbengue
was sent off in the 87th minute.
The win was the third in eight days for the Fire, which will host D.C. United, a 3-1 winner over the New
England Revolution, in the Open Cup semifinals on Aug. 7. Chris Pontius
scored the first goal and set up Dwayne De
for the go-ahead goal as D.C. cruised past the Revs at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
The Fire and D.C. United have won six Open Cup titles between them, while RSL and the
Timbers have never even reached the final.
The other semifinal will pit the current Western Conference leaders against each other.
The Timbers held off FC Dallas, 3-2,
winning thanks a three-goal blitz midway through the second half. The victory increased Portland's unbeaten streak in all competitions to 18 games and kept it unbeaten on the road this season.
Real Salt Lake ended the run of the other remaining lower-division club, the NASL's Carolina RailHawks, with a 3-0 victory.
The Aug. 7 meeting between Portland and RSL at Rio Tinto
Stadium will be the first of three between the teams in August. Portland will host in MLS action on Aug. 21 and RSL will be at home nine days later. The Timbers will host RSL in their third league
meeting on Oct. 19. 2013 U.S. Open Cup:
Quarterfinals: June 26 in Boyds, Md. D.C. United (MLS) 3 New England Revolution (MLS) 1
DC: Chris Pontius 45
NE: Juan Carlos Toja 52
DC: Dwayne De Rosario 69
DC: Lionard Pajoy 87 June 26 in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago Fire (MLS) 5 Orlando City (USL PRO) 1.
CHI: Chris Rolfe 6
ORL: Rob Valentino 51
CHI: Patrick Nyarko 59
CHI: Chris Rolfe 63
CHI: Mike Magee 83
CHI: Joel Lindpere 90 Red Card:
Orlando City -- Yann Songo'o 71, Adama Mbengue
87. June 26 in Frisco, Texas FC Dallas (MLS) 2 Portland Timbers (MLS) 3
PIT: Darlington Nagbe 61
PIT: Diego Valeri 63
PIT: Frederic Piquionne 72
DAL: Blas Perez 86 June 26 in
Sandy, Utah Real Salt Lake (MLS) 3 Carolina Railhawks (NASL) 0
RSL: Tony Beltran 35
RSL: Chris Wingert 50
RSL Alvaro Saborio
86 Semifinals: Aug. 7 in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. D.C. United (MLS) Aug. 7 in Sandy, Utah
Real Salt Lake
(MLS) vs. Portland Timbers (MLS) First Round: Results Second Round: Results Third Round: Results Fourth Round: Results