Open Cup: USL's Louisville City falls, defending champ SKC ousted

Louisville City, the sole surviving team from the lower divisions, was no match for the Chicago Fire, which advanced to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinals for the 13th time in 21 appearances with a 4-0 win in Wednesday's quarterfinals.

Nemanja Nikolic and Aleksandar Katai gave the Fire a 2-0 lead before halftime. Any chance of a Lou City comeback ended when two players were red carded late in the game. Rookies Diego Campos and Elliot Collier added late goals for the Fire, which will face the Philadelphia Union in the semifinals on Aug. 8.

July 18 in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago Fire 4 Louisville City 0. Goals: Nikolic 16, Katai 32, Campos 90, Collier 90+2.
Chicago Fire -- Sanchez; Campos, Kappelhof, Vincent, Campos; Bronico, McCarty (Tchani 70); Collier, Schweinsteiger (Campbell 83), Katai (Ramos 74); Nikolic.
Louisville City -- Dobrowolski; Craig, Totsch, McMahon (Francis 73), DelPiccolo, Jimenez, Williams, Smith, Ownby, Davis (llic 58), Lancaster (Rasmussen 61).
Red Cards: Louisville City -- Smith 84, Rasmussen 90+3.
Att.: 3,322.

Philadelphia Union 1 Orlando City 0. Alejandro Bedoya's fourth-minute goal held up for Union, which moved into the semifinals for the fourth time in its eight-year history.

“Bitterly disappointed to be honest,” said Lions head coach James O’Connor, who had coached Louisville City through the round of 16. “We expected a lot more given the performance level at the weekend against Toronto, I thought that was really encouraging. When we look at tonight, I don’t think we really got into the game."
July 18 in Chester, Pa.
Philadelphia Union 1 Orlando City 0. Goal: Bedoya 4.
Philadelphia Union -- Blake, Gaddis, Trusty, McKenzie, Rosenberry, Bedoya, Dockal (Creavalle 84), Medunjanin, Picault, Burke (Sapong 63), Accam (Epps 59)
Orlando City -- Edwards, El-Munir, Tarek, O’Neill, Toia, Johnson, Rosell (Lindley 70), Colman (Pinho 61), Kljestan, Mueller (Powers 46), Dwyer.
Att.: 7,176.

Houston Dynamo 4 Sporting KC 2. The Houston Dynamo rattled off four consecutive goals, two each from forwards Romell Quioto and Mauro Manotas, to overcome an early 1-0 deficit and defeat defending champion Sporting Kansas City, 4-2. The win moved the Dynamo into the semifinals first time since 2009.

Sporting KC, which has won three of the last six Open Cup titles, is now winless in its last five games and conceded 15 goals.

July 18 in Houston
Houston Dynamo 4 Sporting KC 2. Goals: Quioto 34, 66, Manotas 69, 88; Russell 2, Croizet 90+3.
Houston Dynamo -- Seitz; Machado, Fuenmayor, Senderos (Leonardo 68), Beasley; B.Garcia (Alexander 76), Martinez, Ceren; Elis, Manotas, Quioto (Rodriguez 73)
Sporting KC -- Melia; Zusi, Smith, Amor, Sinovic (Lindsey 65); Ilie, Espinoza, Russell, Rubio (Gutierrez 71), Gerso (Croizet 71);  Salloi.

LAFC 3 Portland Timbers 2. Expansion LAFC moved into the semifinals with a 3-2 win over the Portland Timbers.

LAFC is bidding to become the fourth MLS team to win the Open in its first season after D.C. United in 1996, the Chicago Fire in 1998 and Seattle Sounders in 2009.

LAFC coach Bob Bradley was an assistant at United and head coach of the Fire when they won.

July 18 in Los Angeles
LAFC 3 Portland Timbers 2. Goals: Own goal 33, Vela 38, Urena 51; Cascante 45+2, Vytas 52.
LAFC -- Miller, Harvey, Ciman, Beitashour, Zimmerman, Blessing, Kaye, Nguyen (Feilhaber 64), Rossi (Jakovic 90), Urena (Diomande 69), Vela.
Portland -- Attinella, Tuiloma (Valeri 81), Mabiala, Cascante, Valentin (Olum 73), Polo, Guzman, Paredes, Chara, Blanco (Armenteros 71), Asprilla.
Att.: 17,898.

1 comment about "Open Cup: USL's Louisville City falls, defending champ SKC ousted".
  1. s fatschel, July 20, 2018 at 3:25 p.m.

    Wow, Louisville City looked like a Sunday morning over 40 team.  Is the best USL has to offer?

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