Oh boy. Last night was a fun one in the 2013 US Open Cup. More MLS struggles and more questions as to how serious some teams are taking this tournament.
Let’s get down to the upsets first. We nearly had three of them.
Orlando City SC 1, Sporting KC 0
Orlando City SC pulled off one of the biggest upsets in this tournament’s history last night when they went to Kansas City and knocked off the defending Cup champions Sporting KC 1-0. Former Vancouver and D.C. United forward Long Tan had the game’s only goal, scored early in the match.
Orlando frustrated SKC on the night. OCSC was playing without its Sporting KC loan players, including Dom Dwyer, who has already broken the USL PRO single-season scoring record.
That didn’t matter in the end. Now Dwyer will be able to play in another USOC match for the Lions.
The loss for Sporting KC proved just how hard it is to win this tournament in back-to-back years.
Carolina Railhawks 3, Chivas USA 1
Don’t call it an upset. I know it is listed in the upsets but that is merely because it is a lower division team knocking off a top flight squad. But nothing about Carolina beating Chivas at home was an upset to me.
It was a close one though, I’ll give Chivas that. The team traded goals early on before Carolina sent the fans home happy with two late OT goals.
Again I’ll say it, why isn’t Carolina coach Colin Clark coaching again in MLS? Just why?
Real Salt Lake 5, Charleston Battery 3
This was nearly the third upset on the night. The USL-Pro side traveled to Salt Lake, went up 2-0 within the first 20 minutes of the match before dropping the game late.
Early on it looked like this would possibly be a major upset as Charleston got the early advantage but you know what they say about a two goal lead in soccer. It is always the worst one to have and Charleston is feeling it today.
Had Charleston won this one, we’d be talking about a match between them and Carolina in the quarterfinals. Man, that would have been fun.
New England 4, New York 2
D.C. United 3, Philadelphia Union 1
FC Dallas 3, Houston Dynamo 0
Portland Timbers 2, Tampa Bay Rowdies 0