U.S. Open Cup: Lots of drama but just two upsets in third round

The field is complete for the 2023 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup's round of 32.

Thursday's draw will feature 24 MLS teams and eight USL Championship teams. The 10 teams from Division 3 and amateur leagues all lost in the third round, in sharp contrast to 2022 when six Division 3 teams won their third-round games.

Four of eight USL League One teams advanced in 2022 -- and Union Omaha went on to reach the quarterfinals -- but all five USL League One teams lost in this year's third round by a margin of 13-3.

The third round featured lots of drama but just two upsets.

On Tuesday, Frank Yallop's Monterey Bay F.C. knocked off the San Jose Earthquakes, 1-0. He had coached the Quakes for eight and a half years at the helm in MLS, league them to league titles in 2001 and 2003.

The only other USL Championship team to knock off an MLS team was Memphis 901, which rallied to beat Atlanta United, 2-1, in overtime on Wednesday. The 2019 Open Cup champion was on the verge of winning when Phillip Goodrum equalized from the penalty spot in the sixth minute of stoppage time. Memphis won the game in overtime on a goal from 18-year-old Alabaman Nighte Pickering, who was signed out of the FC Dallas academy.

In goal for Memphis was Bill Hamid, who won the 2013 Open Cup with D.C. United. He only needed to make one save. By contrast, Atlanta keeper Clement Diop matched his career-high with eight saves as Memphis finished with a 30-10 edge in shots.

Two MLS teams won in wild matches against USL Championship opposition.

Inter Miami equalized at Miami FC in the 89th minute on a goal by Shanyder Borgelin but appeared to be on the way out after DeAndre Yedlin's own goal in the 116th minute. But two minutes later, the Herons drew even again on a goal by Ryan Sailor and won the shootout 5-3 after the South Florida clash ended 2-2.

The Seattle Sounders led the San Diego Loyal 2-0 and 3-1 before being forced into overtime on Kyle Adams' goal in the third minute of stoppage time. Reed Baker-Whiting, 18, put the Sounders back ahead in 101st minute, but the match at Starfire appeared to be headed to a shootout when Jackson Kasanzu scored for the Loyal in the 115th minute.

The Sounders won 5-4, though, when Fredy Montero (photo) scored his second goal of the game and club-record 10th in his Open Cup career on a penalty pick in the third minute of stoppage time in the second overtime period.

Coach Brian Schmetzer heavily rotated the Sounders' lineup from the team that defeated Minnesota United, 1-0, on Saturday Only Obed Vargas and Léo Chú were holdovers in the starting lineup, while four players were used after being called up from the Tacoma Defiance on short-term agreement.

Real Salt Lake also had to go to overtime at the Las Vegas Lights before advancing, 3-1. Captain Damir Kreilach scored twice in overtime and Las Vegas native Danny Musovski added an insurance goal.

Draw: Round of 32

Group 1
*Austin FC (MLS)
Houston Dynamo (MLS)
New Mexico United (USLC)
Sporting Kansas City (MLS)

Group 2
*FC Dallas (MLS)
Birmingham Legion (USLC)
Memphis 901 (USLC)
Nashville SC (MLS)

Group 3
*LA Galaxy (MLS)
Portland Timbers (MLS)
Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Seattle Sounders (MLS)

Group 4
Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Monterey Bay F.C. (USLC)
Sac Republic FC (USLC)

Group 5
*New York City FC (MLS)
Columbus Crew (MLS)
FC Cincinnati (MLS)
Loudoun United (USLC)

Group 6
*New York Red Bulls (MLS)
D.C. United (MLS)
New England Revolution (MLS)
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USLC)

Group 7
*Orlando City (MLS)
Charleston Battery (USLC)
Charlotte FC (MLS)
Inter Miami (MLS)

Group 8
*Philadelphia Union (MLS)
Chicago Fire (MLS)
Minnesota United (MLS)
St. Louis City (MLS)
*Third-round bye.

Results: Third Round

Wednesday, April 26
Loudoun United 5 Flower City Union 0. (Goals: Williamson 6, 35, Ryan 39, Zanne 49, ElMedkhar 61.)
D.C. United 1 Richmond Kickers 0. (Goal: Asad pen. 82.)
Atlanta United 1 Memphis 901 2. (Goals: Wolff 3; Goodrum 90+6 pen., Pickering 100.)
Birmingham Legion 1 Chattanooga FC 1. (Goals: Kasim 31; Naglestad pen. 68.)
(Birmingham Legion wins 4-3 on penalty kicks.)
Nashville SC 1 San Antonio FC 0. (Goal: Zubak 71.)
Tampa Bay Rowdies 0 Houston Dynamo 1. (Goal: Raines 44.)
Miami FC 2 Inter Miami 2. (Goals: Sorto 2, own goal 116; Borgelin 89, Sailor 118.)
(Inter Miami wins 5-3 on penalty kicks.)
Chicago Fire 3 Chicago House AC 0. (Goals: Przybylko 26, Burks 37, 70.)
Columbus Crew 1 Indy Eleven 0. (Goal: Farsi 83.)
FC Cincinnati 1 Louisville City 0. (Goals: Ordonez 85.)
Colorado Rapids 3 Northern Colorado Hailstorm 1. (Goals: Lewis 5, 55, Max 65; Dietrich 40.)
Las Vegas Lights 1 Real Salt Lake 3. (Goal: Stauffer 112; Kreilach 105+1, 116, Musovski 120+1.)
New Mexico United 2 Phoenix Rising 1. (Goals: Hurst 42, Dolling 87; Harvey 77.)
Sac Republic FC 1 Oakland Roots 0. (Goal: Ross 49.)
Portland Timbers 3 Orange County SC 1. (Goals:  Loría 37, Clegg 48, Niezgoda 90+2; Iloski 54.)
Seattle Sounders 5 San Diego Loyal 4. (Goals: Montero 15, 120+3 pen., Dobbelaere 26, Rothrock 55, Baker-Whiting 101; Corona 53 pen., 73, Adams 90+3, Kasanzu 115.)

Tuesday, April 25
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2 Maryland Bobcats 0. (Goals: Kizza 81, Fahling 90+1.)
Charleston Battery 1 Charlotte Independence 0. (Goal: Markanich 113.)
New England Revolution 2 Hartford Athletic 1. (Goals: Rennicks 13, Romney 76; Hoppenot 52.)
Detroit City 1 Minnesota United 3. (Goals: Matthews 3; Fragapane 60, Iwe 63, Amarilla 66.)
Charlotte FC 4 South Georgia Tormenta 1. (Goals: Jozwiak 25, Copetti 56, Jones 66, Swiderski 85; Cambridge 90+5.)
St. Louis City 5 Union Omaha 1. (Goals: Jackson 3, 66, own goal 48, Watts 62, Loewen 86; Dolabella 79.)
Sporting KC 3 Tulsa Athletic 0. (Goals: Salloi 32, Pulido 54, Tzionis 68.)
Monterey Bay 1 San Jose Earthquakes 0. (Goal: Volesky 26.)

Memphis-Atlanta United Photo: Atlanta United. Montero Photo: Mike Fiechtner / Sounders FC.

2 comments about "U.S. Open Cup: Lots of drama but just two upsets in third round".
  1. Wallace Wade, April 27, 2023 at 8:09 a.m.

    I wonder what kind of arrangement FC Dallas has with any talented player coming out of Alabama? Could it just be a coincidence? Is there some sort of arrangement? Curious 

  2. humble 1 replied, April 27, 2023 at 10:35 a.m.

    Yes there probably is a dottig line link - via a former player / and the coach who recruited him to Houston then moved with him to Dallas and helped him grow and move cross the pond.  I don't know the story personally, but I do know that coach will know the Alabama landscape and is a exceptional, identifier and developer of talent. 

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