Seven MLS Clubs Stumble In Wild USOC Third Round

Seven MLS Clubs Stumble In Wild USOC Third Round

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 30, 2012
  • 2012 US Open Cup, Features, North American Soccer League, USL Pro

Seven MLS sides stumbled on Tuesday in the third round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Some were shocking, others were surprising and a couple were kind of expected.

New England, LA, Chicago, Columbus, FC Dallas, Houston and Real Salt Lake all fell on Tuesday making this year’s third round one of the more exciting rounds in USOC history.

The 2011 U.S. Open Cup runner-up and four-time U.S. Open Cup champion Chicago Fire was upended by the PDL’s Michigan Bucks 4-3 in overtime in Pontiac, Mich. The two clubs exchanged leads several times in this one with the Fire stumbling in the extra period. The proud history of the Fire in the USOC will certainly take a hit with this loss.

The game of the evening had to be between Harrisburg City and the New England Revolution. The game was scoreless going into overtime but the extra 30 minutes proved to be all both sides needed to get the goals flowing. Harrisburg City came back from being down 3-0 to win in penalty kicks.

Defending MLS champion LA Galaxy continued its recent struggles with a 2-1 loss to the Carolina RailHawks – a team that has not posted a win this year in the North American Soccer League (Division II). LA was playing their forth game in a matter of two weeks – a tough spell for any club.

Both Texan MLS sides struggled as the Houston Dynamo fell on the road to San Antonio and FC Dallas lost at home to the Charlotte Eagles. Dallas struggled as both Zach Loyd and George John went down with first half injuries and Jackson was red carded late. FCD also played without Brek Shea who was still out with a turf toe injury.

In Ohio, the Columbus Crew fell to the Dayton Dutch Lions. Gibson Bardsley scored an 81st-minute goal to lift Dayton past the Crew.

The most costly loss of all had to be with Real Salt Lake – who paid to get the game in their building from NASL’s Minnesota – lost 3-1 in front a massive USOC crowd of 17,000 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Ouch. RSL was missing several starters and had their depth tested in a big way for this game. It should be noted that Minnesota is one of the better NASL clubs out there – nice to see them stepping up on the road.

All was not so bad for MLS on the night though. Both the New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union went on to comfortable wins in their games; Chivas USA won on the road; Sporting Kansas City downed Orlando City; D.C. United edged Richmond; San Jose Earthquakes moved on with a win over Fort Lauderdale; and the Colorado Rapids beat Tampa Bay.

The wins for MLS were good but the losses certainly took the headlines. Two more MLS teams play tonight – both at home – as the Sounders and Timbers hope to move on to face each other in the 4th round. Could one more upset be on the way? 


FOURTH ROUND – Tuesday, June 5
New York Red Bulls (MLS) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO): Hershey Park Stadium; Hershey, Pa.; 7:30 p.m. ET

Philadelphia Union (MLS) at D.C. United (MLS): Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.; 7:30 p.m. ET

Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) at Michigan Bucks (PDL): Ultimate Soccer Arena; Pontiac, Mich.; 7:30 p.m. ET

Colorado Rapids (MLS) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS): LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.; 7:30 p.m. CT

Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL): Heroes Stadium; San Antonio, Texas; 7:30 p.m. CT

Minnesota Stars FC (NASL) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS): Cagan Stadium, Stanford University; Stanford, Calif.; 7:30 p.m. PT

Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)/Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) Winner at Portland Timbers (MLS): JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.; 7:30 p.m. PT


Cal FC (USASA) at Seattle Sounders FC (MLS): Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.; 7:30 p.m. PT


Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) vs. Cal FC (USASA): Venue TBD; Time TBD

Chivas USA (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL): WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.; 7:07 p.m. ET

  • emg117

    Lets put this to bed. RSL wasn’t the biggest loss just because “they paid” for the game. They had 17k in attendance. So I think management is just fine. Should they have won? Yes. But when you have have the first team gone and lets face it, the players just didn’t care, its going to effect them. Especially when they are playing arguably the best team in the NASL.