U.S. Open Cup: Upsets mark start of third-round play

Detroit City FC and Union Omaha (photo) rallied to beat MLS teams in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.

In both cases, they were playing MLS teams for the first time.

Tuesday's records:
MLS (7-2)
USL League One (2-1)
USL Championship (1-6)
NISA (1-2)

Detroit City FC, which previously competed in the Open Cup as an amateur team, knocked off the Columbus Crew, 2-1, on a pair of second-half goals by Maxi Rodriguez, the second from the penalty spot with four minutes to play. Le Rouge is in its first season in the USL Championship after dominating NISA.

Union Omaha, the reigning USL League One champion, beat the Chicago Fire in a shootout after their match ended 2-2. The Owls, who are playing in the Open Cup for the first time, appeared to be headed to defeat when Fire captain Rafael Czichos converted his second penalty kick of the game in the 115th minute, but Alexander Touche, a second-year pro out of Penn, equalized in the second minute of stoppage time.

The match was the first that a USL League One team has played against an MLS team in the Open Cup. Three more such matchups are on tap for Tuesday: Greenville Triumph hosts Charlotte FC and Forward Madison is at home against Minnesota United, while Northern Colorado Hailstorm is at Real Salt Lake.

For the second round in a row, USL League One's South Georgia Tormenta FC beat a team from the USL Championship, defeating the Birmingham Legion, 2-0, thanks to a pair of first-half goal. USL League One teams went 5-2 against USL Championship teams in the second round, and

A third USL League One team, FC Tucson fell at home, losing to NISA's Cal United Strikers, 2-1, when Ryotaro Kawashima scored in stoppage time.

Five of the seven MLS winners needed goals in the second half or overtime to advance. The only rout was the San Jose Earthquakes' 5-0 win over Bay Cities FC in Alex Covelo's first game as interim coach.

Photo: Union Omaha

1 comment about "U.S. Open Cup: Upsets mark start of third-round play".
  1. Wallace Wade, April 20, 2022 at 9:43 a.m.

    Love to see real League vs. League competition! Look forward to hearing what certain folks will be saying regarding these so-called upsets. I won big $ on the Detroit victory. It was a lock 

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