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Seven of 14 MLS clubs bounced from Open Cup; Sounders and Timbers join the party Wednesday

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on May 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm with 1 Comment »
May 29, 2012 10:18 pm

The third round of the U.S. Open Cup got off to a fascinating start tonight as 14 MLS clubs joined the tournament in the third round, and half of them won’t live to see the fourth round.

The results:

Richmond Kickers 1, D.C. United 2
Harrisburg City Islanders 3, New England Revolution 3 (Harrisburg advances on PKs.)
Carolina RailHawks 2, LA Galaxy 1
Michigan Bucks 3, Chicago Fire 2
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1, Colorado Rapids 3
Columbus Crew 1, Dayton Dutch Lions 2
Charleston Battery 0, New York Red Bulls 3
Philadelphia Union 3, Rochester Rhinos 0
FC Dallas 0, Charlotte Eagles 2
San Antonio Scorpions 1, Houston Dynamo 0
Sporting Kansas City 3, Orlando City 2
Real Salt Lake 1, Minnesota Stars FC 3
Ventura County Fusion 0, Chivas USA 1
San Jose Earthquakes 2, Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 1

Details available at and the U.S. Soccer website.

Two more MLS teams enter the tournament Wednesday: Portland Timbers, who will host Cal FC at 7:30 p.m.; and, of course, Sounders FC, which will meet the Atlanta Silverbacks at Starfire Sports Stadium at 7 p.m.

Here is something Sounders coach Sigi Schimd said earlier in the day when asked if MLS teams were taking the tournament more seriously:

“I think more are taking it seriously from the standpoint that they know it gets you into the Champions League…Now that people see that it’s a vehicle to get in to the Champions League, I think teams look at it a little more seriously. Each team has to manage it as to where their players are at this present moment, and that will determine the team they put on the field.”

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  1. derekyoung says:

    Just caught the end of them after a way too long meeting. The craziest was the Harrisburg Islanders over Revs. All 6 goals in ET. Goes to penalties & they take down NE.

    Love this tournament although I still think it was more fun in the early rounds being the minnow club knocking off MLS teams.

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