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Rounding up Major League Soccer in U.S. Open Cup

May 29, 2013, 5:00 AM EDT

Kelyn Rowe

This is looking like it’s just not the San Jose Earthquakes’ year. Just a few months after capturing Major League Soccer’s Supporters Shield for best regular season record, the ‘Quakes are two spots out of playoff spot. And …

Tuesday they became a “quick out” in the Lamar Hunt U.S. OpenCup.

The Charleston Battery on the USL Pro League (U.S. soccer’s third tier) eliminated San Jose in a third round Open Cup contest Tuesday at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C., 1-0.  The Battery’s Colin Falvey supplied the game-winner in the 73rd minute, not long after Earthquakes defender Brad Ring was sent for a second yellow card.

Major League Soccer’s other upset came in Orlando, where Orlando City SC prevailed in its third round match over Colorado. Dom Dwyer, who spent last year with Sporting Kansas City, scored twice in the 3-1 win at Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Rapids manager Oscar Pareja played a strong lineup, using most of the same regulars who have seen his team go unbeaten over their last five MLS matches. The Rapids were down a goal (2-1) when goalkeeper Stew Ceus was shown a red card in the 56th minute.

D.C. United, Philadelphia, FC Dallas, New England, Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA all survived to move into the fourth round.

United, desperate for something good to happen with things going so poorly in league play, needed penalty kicks to squeeze past Richmond after 120 minutes of scoreless soccer.

Goalkeeper Joe Willis saved two of the Kickers efforts from the 12-yard spot, moving United into a fourth-round contest against Philadelphia. Jack McInerney opened the scoring for Philly, which rolled out its top lineup for a 2-1 win over USL-PDL side Ocean City.

League-leading Dallas got past the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 2-0, on goals by Blas Perez and Matt Hedges.

Kelyn Rowe (pictured) had two goals and an assist as New England comfortably advanced, 5-1, over the Rochester Rhinos.

A largely second-choice lineup was enough for Sporting Kansas City to get past the Des Moines Menace of soccer’s fourth tier. Even though Peter Vermes used mostly reservists, Claudio Bieler and Kei Kamara were around to supply the goals in the 2-0 win at Sporting Park.

Real Salt Lake needed extra time to survive a challenge from Atlanta, the current leaders in soccer’s second division, the North American Soccer League. Manager Jason Kreis chose a mostly first-team lineup for the 3-2 win in Utah.

Finally, Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy went forward to convert a second-half penalty kick in a 2-1 win over the third-tier LA Blues.

Six MLS teams are in Open Cup action Wednesday night; the full schedule and complete results are here.

  1. tylerbetts - May 29, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Almost a perfect opening night for the MLS round of USOC. A couple of upsets – enough to remind you that they can and do happen thanks to the Cup – but not too many so that later rounds will be devoid of MLS teams. A couple other teams pushing MLS sides to the brink before just barely falling. That’s the magic of the cup, right?

    It is interesting that the two MLS sides that lost, Colorado and San Jose, are the two MLS sides that had to travel across the country. That makes for an interesting prediction tonight, Seattle, the team that treats the USOC like a first choice prize, travels across the country to take on Tampa Bay. It’ll be interesting to see how Sigi handles it. The other team traveling across the country, LA galaxy, probably wouldn’t be heartbroken with a loss. They have little to gain from winning USOC, and have not only league games but CCL games to worry about. They’d like the schedule congestion relief.

    And, finally, I’m still a bit disappointed that the Crew play tonight, when many of their supporters will be a few hours up the road in Cleveland cheering on the National Team against Belgium.

  2. drewvt6 - May 29, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Remember the good old days when Rochester were a threat to MLS teams? What a sad state that organization is in.

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