U.S. OPEN CUP ROUNDUP Four MLS teams advance to semis
Four Major League Soccer teams will make up the semifinal round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
MLS sides Philadelphia Union, Sporting Kansas City, Chivas USA and three-time defending champion Seattle Sounders FC each won their quarterfinal matches on Tuesday, June 26, as the tournament returned to play following a three-week break after the fourth round.
The Union scored two goals in the first nine minutes and defeated USL PRO's Harrisburg City Islanders 5-2 on Tuesday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., ending Harrisburg's string of back-to-back wins against MLS clubs New England Revolution and the New York Red Bulls in the third and fourth rounds.
Philadelphia will face Sporting in a semifinal at 7:30 p.m. ET on July 11 at PPL Park. Kansas City shut out USL PRO's Dayton Dutch Lions 3-0 on Tuesday.
The other semifinal will feature Seattle hosting Chivas USA at 7 p.m. PT on July 10 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. The Sounders scored an early goal and held on for a 1-0 quarterfinal victory against the San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, Calif. Chivas advanced with a 2-1 win against USL PRO team Charlotte Eagles in Tuesday's other quarterfinal in Fullerton, Calif.
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QUARTERFINAL RESULTS - Tuesday, June 26
PHILADELPHIA UNION (MLS) 5, HARRISBURG CITY ISLANDERS (USL PRO) 2: CHESTER, Pa. Lionard Pajoy scored two goals and the host Union toppled Harrisburg at PPL Park. Freddy Adu and Jack McInerney each scored a goal in the opening 10 minutes and Gabriel Gomez added an 81st-minute goal. Harrisburg, which had won earlier-round matches against MLS sides New York Red Bulls and the New England Revolution, had back-to-back goals from Brian Ombiji and Morgan Langley in the 51st and 54th minutes, respectively, to cut Philadelphia's lead to 3-2 at the time. Fulll story from Philly Soccer News
SPORTING KANSAS CITY (MLS) 3, DAYTON DUTCH LIONS (USL PRO) 0: KANSAS CITY, Kan. CJ Sapong's two goals carried Sporting to a shutout victory against Dayton at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.
Sapong opened the scoring in fifth minute finding himself in the right place at the right time to redirect Seth Sinovicís long-range shot mid-route. The deflection shifted Sinovicís shot to the opposite side of the goal, leaving Dayton goalkeeper Matt Williams out of position and unable to recover in time.
Sporting Kansas City notched their second goal of the match in the 56th minute when Peterson received a cross from Sinovic and tapped the ball back to Zusi, who took a curling shot from 20 yards out that sailed around Williams and into the net.
Just three minutes later, Sapong scored his second goal of the match with a precise header off of a corner kick from Soony Saad. The goal, Sapongís fifth in U.S. Open Cup competition, moves him into a tie atop the teamís all-time chart for goals in U.S. Open Cup play and the club improves to 13-0-0 in all competition when Sapong scores.
CHIVAS USA (MLS) 2, CHARLOTTE EAGLES (USL PRO) 1: FULLERTON, Calif.---Jose Correa scored two goals, including a dramatic game-winner four minutes into stoppage time to lead Chivas to a win against Charlotte at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif. Correa's 64th-minute goal originally looked like it would be all the necessary offense, but the Eagles' Mauricio Salles scored an equalizer in the 89th minute to tie the score at 1-1. Full story from LA Soccer News
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (MLS) 1, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (MLS) 0: SAN FRANCISCO---Seattle's Cordell Cato scored a goal in the 19th minute and three-time defending champion Seattle topped San Jose at Kezar Stadium. Seattle advanced to its sixth straight U.S. Open Cup semifinal.
--- SEMIFINALS - Tuesday, July 10 or Wednesday, July 11
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) at Philadelphia Union (MLS): PPL Park; Chester, Pa.; 7:30 p.m. ET, July 11 Chivas USA (MLS) at Seattle Sounders FC (MLS): Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.; 7 p.m. PT, July 10