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FINAL: Philadelphia Union 2, New York Cosmos 1

CHESTER, Pa. – Sebastien Le Toux scored two goals, including the game-winning penalty kick in the 115th minute, to lead the Philadelphia Union to a 2-1 extra-time win over the New York Cosmos in the fifth round of the US Open Cup on Tuesday at PPL Park.

Le Toux, who’s a perfect 10-for-10 from the penalty spot in all competitions for the Union, scored the winner after Cosmos sub and Philly-area native Jimmy Ockford was called for a penalty when he took down Maurice Edu in the box.

Ockford was later shown a straight red, along with New York’s Ayoze and Philly’s Michael Lahoud, in a physical and chippy contest that spiraled out of control in the final minutes. Two Cosmos assistants were also ejected, including former Union coach Alecko Eskandarian.

After an offensively bleak first half, the game heated up shortly after the break. The Cosmos got on the board first in the 56th minute when Alessandro Noselli chipped one in over rookie goalkeeper Andre Blake following a feed from Daniel Szetela.

Less than 30 seconds later, the Union struck right back when Le Toux deposited a low cross from Andrew Wenger into the back of the net.

The Union, who have needed extra time for both of their Open Cup wins, advance to face the winner of Wednesday’s Rochester Rhinos-New England Revolution clash on July 8 at PPL Park.

DAVE ZEITLIN


 

FINAL: Carolina RailHawks 1, LA Galaxy 0 (after extra time)

The LA Galaxy dictated terms from start to finish, created more than a dozen good scoring chances, but couldn't put the ball in the net, and their US Open Cup campaign ended for the third straight year against the Carolina RailHawks.

Daniel Jackson finished a 105th-minute breakaway and the NASL club survived a nearly constant onslaught afterward to post a 1-0 overtime victory in the fifth round on a muggy Tuesday evening at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

The RailHawks, who beat LA in third-round clashes in 2012 and 2013, advance to host a July 8 quarterfinal against FC Dallas.

Robbie Keane went the full 120 minutes for LA, and Landon Donovan came off the bench in the 64th minute as the Galaxy, as in last week's fourth-round win at Arizona United, fielded something close to a first-choice lineup.

They held nearly constant possession and were dominant everywhere except in the RailHawks box, and Carolina posted their second straight shutout over the Galaxy thanks to inspirational play from goalkeeper Scott Goodwin and center back Daniel Scott.

The Galaxy might have scored a half-dozen goals, but Goodwin made sparkling stops on Juninho in the 24th and 30th minutes, on Robbie Rogers in the 75th, one-on-one against Donovan in the 83rd, Keane in second-half stoppage and Juninho again in the 114th.

Jackson, who came off the bench in the 54th minute to add speed to Carolina's unfamiliar 4-1-4-1 formation, tallied from Nick Zimmerman's through ball after a Keane turnover, racing past Leonardo to fire past goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.

Carolina had just two good opportunities before the goal, but Zack Schilawski couldn't handle Connor Tobin's cross in the 57th minute, and Penedo did well to turn aside a Jackson shot deep into second-half stoppage.

SCOTT FRENCH


 

FINAL: Sporting KC 1, Portland Timbers 3

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Portland Timbers moved on to the quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory at Sporting Kansas City, behind a brace from Gaston Fernandez and a penalty conversion from Will Johnson.

Kalif Alhassan's deflected cross fell to Fernandez just before the half-hour mark, and he drove it inside the left post to put the Timbers up 1-0. Johnson doubled that from the spot in the 57th minute, after Aurelien Collin brought down Steve Zakuani in the box.

Andy Gruenebaum guessed correctly on Johnson's spot kick, diving to his right, and got to the ball but couldn't keep it out. Gruenebaum also saved Maximiliano Urruti's shot in the 68th, but the ball fell to Fernandez again and he put it away for his second goal.

Soony Saad pulled one back for the hosts in the 73rd minute, converting from the spot after a handball in the box by Danny O'Rourke. It was Saad's third goal in three matches across all competitions.

STEVE BRISENDINE


 

FINAL: Colorado Rapids 1, Atlanta Silverbacks 2

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Insanity ensued as the Atlanta Silverbacks knocked the Colorado Rapids out of the US Open Cup by a 2-1 count on Tuesday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. But soccer was far from the story.

Four red cards were handed out by referee Juan Guzman as absolute chaos broke out at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Tuesday night in the 64th minute. After Drew Moor went down on a hard challenge, he appeared to be stomped on by Silverbacks forward Kwadwo Poku, setting off a five-minute brawl that ended with Colorado’s Marc Burch and Atlanta’s Poku, Borfor Carr and Jaime Chavez all being sent off.

Coaches Eric Wynalda (who also argued with a fan) and Pablo Mastroeni were also dismissed in the ugly incident, which featured what appeared to be punches and plenty of shoving and yelling.

On the field, Chavez had a brace for Atlanta as they progressed on the road over an MLS side for the second straight match.

Dillon Powers converted from the penalty spot in the 75th minute, but the Rapids couldn’t convert on a slew of opportunities in the game’s waning minutes.

The Silverbacks now play the winner of Wednesday’s Columbus-Chicago match on July 8 or 9.

CHRIS BIANCHI


 

FINAL: Houston Dynamo 2, FC Dallas 3 (after extra time)

HOUSTON – FC Dallas claimed their second win in Houston in 2014, besting the Dynamo 3-2 to move on in the US Open Cup.

In extra time, Tesho Akindele made Houston pay for a Warren Creavalle turnover to score a 98th-minute winner. Akindele took the giveaway, worked through the right side, and hit a low liner to give Dallas the win. FCD move on to the quarterfinals and will travel to North Carolina to face the Carolina RailHawks.

After Giles Barnes and Fabian Castillo traded first-half goals, the game was wide open in the second half. Midfielder Andres Escobar gave Dallas a 2-1 lead with a sterling shot in the 59th minute. From the top of the box, the Colombian hit a swerving shot that zipped past goalkeeper Tally Hall and give the visitors a one goal lead.

It didn’t last long.

Three minutes later Omar Cummings pounced on an Adam Moffat giveaway, bending his run through the Dallas defense and finishing to the far post to pull the score even at 2-2 with 28 minutes to go, but the Dynamo would be frustrated in their attempts to find a lead before Akindele finished them off.

DARRELL LOVELL


 

FINAL: Seattle Sounders 1 (4), San Jose Earthquakes 1 (1)

TUKWILA, Wash. – Marcus Hahnemann came up big when the Seattle Sounders needed him most.

The veteran goalkeeper stopped JJ Koval in a penalty shootout to lift the Sounders to a win over the San Jose Earthquakes in the fifth round of the US Open Cup on Tuesday.

The Earthquakes were able strike first, scoring on a well-taken strike from Steven Lenhart. The Earthquakes forward was able to out-battle Zach Scott for a long pass at the edge of the penalty area, turned a let loose a left-footed rocket that froze Hahnemann to beat him at the near post.

San Jose’s lead was short-lived, though. Just a couple minutes later, Lamar Neagle was able to fend off a couple defenders in the penalty area and slip a pass to Kenny Cooper, who beat David Bingham to the far post.

The Sounders dominated the chances from there on out, but couldn’t keep the match from getting to overtime.

That was mostly due to the play of Bingham and a bit of help from the woodwork. The fifth-year professional with just 405 minutes of regular-season playing time had a stellar match. Among the nine saves he made were point-blank stop of a Neagle header in the 13th minute, a sprawling stop of a Chad Barrett header in the 79th minute, and shutting down Neagle’s breakaway in the 105th minute.

Bingham also benefitted from a couple balls that hit the post, one from an attempted Clarence Goodson clearance in the 43rd minute and the other off a Barrett rocket in the 82nd minute.

The Earthquakes didn’t threaten much after scoring, but did get one outstanding look in the 53rd minute. Khari Stephenson slipped Goodson in for a one-on-one opportunity but the center back’s shot went wide. 

JEREMIAH OSHAN

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