Sporting, United Advance In USOC Play

Sporting, United Advance In USOC Play

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 7, 2011
  • 2011 US Open Cup, US Open Cup

MLS qualifying bracket. (Photo via TheCup.US)


Love or hate the MLS qualifying, last night the two games proved to be good ones in the US Open Cup. All four MLS sides involved put out mostly starters instead of going with the heavy reserves for this game like the Colorado Rapids did a few days ago in their loss to the Chicago Fire.

Rookie CJ Sapong continues to impress his club as he scored the game’s only goal to drive Sporting Kansas City on to the next round of qualifying. What was more impressive was the Sporting defense, who held Houston scoreless in this one after giving up eight goals in their first three MLS contest this season.

This further fuels my thoughts from earlier that Houston may not be all that great this season after all.

D.C. United rode the quality keeping of academy standout Bill Hamid in a penalty kick win over Philadelphia. Both teams traded goals in regulation and then again in overtime before heading to kicks. Impressive stuff out of Hamid in the shootout too, while he only stopped one, he was able to correctly guess the direction of each kick by Philly. You don’t see too many keepers guess the right way in shootouts.

D.C. moves on to face the New England Revolution next, with the winner of that to play Sporting Kansas City. Chicago is awaiting the winner of the San Jose/Portland contest that is still yet to be played.