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.