U.S. Open Cup
Chicago Sockers of PDL stun MLS-best Wizards in biggest of three upsets.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Wednesday, June 14, 2000) -- The Kansas City Wizards might have the best record in Major League Soccer, but they are out of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, named after their team's owner-operator, after losing in penalty kicks to the Chicago Sockers of the Division IV Premier Development League before 3,140 at Forest View Park Stadium.
The Sockers will face Chicago’s MLS entry, the Fire, in the third round, which will be played July 25. The Sockers, along with the PDL's Mid Michigan Bucks, who upset the New England Revolution, became the first two amateur teams to beat MLS clubs in formal competition.
Three of 12 MLS teams -- the Wizards, Revolution and Colorado Rapids -- were eliminated in their first Open Cup games.
Though the Wizards held a 23-8 advantage in shots, it was Chicago which used a 7-6 edge in the eight-rounds of penalty kicks to advance to the third round. It was Chicago’s first-ever match against an MLS opponent.
The key play for the Sockers came in the 38th minute when Wizards midfielder Chris Brown hit a header off of a corner kick from nine yards that went past goalkeeper Adam Throop, but was cleared off the goal line by Chicago midfielder Eric Wilson.
The Wizards continued their winless streak in the Open Cup, losing for the third straight year in their first game.
The Wizards started only three regular starters -- Peter Vermes, Nick Garcia and Kerry Zavagnin – but brought on three more as substitutes -- Chris Klein, Chris Henderson and Preki.
Henderson had a breakaway snuffed by Throop in the 68th minute.
In the 105th minute -- sudden death overtime -- Klein had a breakaway thwarted. Then Throop made a spectacular save on Preki.
The Sockers defeated the amateur Milwaukee Bavarians in the first round. Wizards head coach Bob Gansler played for the Bavarians while growing up and then became player\coach for eight years. All four of his sons also played there, including Peter, who is currently on the team.
Dating back to 1914, the 87-year-old U.S. Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in United States soccer and is among the oldest in the world. It is open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States.
Mid Michigan Bucks 1, New England Revolution 0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Chad Schomaker registered the game-winner three minutes into injury time to give the fourth division Mid Michigan Bucks of the PDL a shocking 1-0 upset of the host New England Revolution, MLS’s Eastern Division leader before 1,857 at Foxboro Stadium.
Schomaker capitalized on a turnover by Carlos Parra in his attacking third and split the defense with a quick combination of passes with Paul Snape and Boniventure Maruti before sending a shot past goalkeeper Juergen Sommer.
Sommer had done well to tip Maruti’s shot over the crossbar in the 90th minute.
New England's Shaker Asad had an eighth-minute penalty kick saved by Mid Michigan goalkeeper Eric Pogue.
Rocheser Raging Rhinos 2, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1
BETHEL, Pa. -- Onandi Lowe nailed a header into the top shelf off an assist from Martin Nash in the 74th minute as the Rochester Raging Rhinos, the defending U.S. Open Cup champion, edged A-League rival Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2-1 before 1,626 at Bethel Park Stadium.
The Rhinos will face defending MLS champion D.C. United in the third round.
Nash, fresh off of Canadian national team World Cup qualifying, put Rochester ahead 1-0.
D.C. United 4, Charleston Battery 0
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Jaime Moreno broke a scoreless tie in the 62nd minute and his strike partner Raul Diaz Arce's added three goals to power D.C. United to a 4-0 victory over the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium.
Defending MLS champion United, which next faces the 1999 U.S. Open Cup titlist Rochester Rhinos of the A-League, was eliminated from last year’s competition by the A-League’s Battery 4-3 in the third round. D.C. United captured the Cup in 1996 and lost in the 1997 final.
Tampa Bay Mutiny 1, Uruguay SC 0 (OT)
TAMPA, Fla, -- Mamadou Diallo’s goal in the fourth minute of sudden death gave MLS’s Tampa Bay Mutiny a 1-0 triumph over the amateur Uruguay Soccer Club of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at the University of South Florida Soccer Stadium.
The match took three hours to complete after a 42-minute delay because of lightning and a second-half bench-clearing fight that saw each team have two players ejected, including Mutiny goalkeeper Scott Garlick and defender Chris Houser.
There were eight yellow cards and the four red cards in a contentious affair that exploded with two minutes left in regulation. According to the St. Petersburg Times, Mutiny midfielder Josh Keller was fouled just outside the Uruguay 18-yard box. A Uruguay player then kicked a loose ball that hit Keller in the head.
Both teams went at each other, and players from the Uruguay bench ran on the field. Players from the Mutiny bench eventually followed. Garlick ran from the other side of the field and threw a punch. Houser had a Uruguay player in a headlock.
In the 94th minute, Ritchie Kotschau crossed to Diallo who netted a five-yard header to end the match.
MetroStars 2, Wilmington Hammerheads 1
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- First-half goals by Mark Chung and Clint Mathis were enough for the MetroStars of Major League soccer to defeat the Wilmington Hammerheads of the third-division D3 Pro League 2-1 before a Legion Stadium record crowd of 5,426. The MetroStars will play MLS’s Tampa Bay Mutiny in the third round.
The MetroStars controlled the midfield throughout most of the first half, but were unable to connect on five hard shots before Chung finally beat goalkeeper Micheal Rivera inside the box during the 39th minute to make it 1-0. Midfielder Tab Ramos began the scoring play by stealing a pass at midfield from Drew Perry. He fed the left flank for Chung who hit a low roller inside the left post.
The lead became 2-0 four minutes later when a Steve Jolley throw-in deflected off striker Adolfo Valencia inside the box to an unmarked Mathis who beat Rivera from five yards.
Willie Files scored for the Hammerheads to make it 2-1 in the 67th minute, beating an offside trap on a pass from George Corrie. Wilmington almost tied the game in the 89th minute when James Prosser's chip shot hit the upper right side of the crossbar to the dismay of the audience.
Richmond Kickers 3, Colorado Rapids 0
RICHMOND, Va. -- The A-League’s Richmond Kickers shocked the Colorado Rapids of MLS, 3-0, getting goals from Gregory Messam, Keith Donohue and Tony Williams within an 11-minute span midway through the second half at University of Richmond Stadium.
Next up for Richmond is MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes in the third round.
Played in a constant and heavy downpour, the beginning of the game was delayed 90 minutes by thunderstorms with constant lightning.
Colorado was defeated in last season's U.S. Open Cup championship game 2-0 by the Rochester Raging Rhinos of the A-League.
Colorado striker Junior Agogo had a header cleared off the goal line by Richmond's Donohue in the 24th minute. Eleven minutes later, it was the goalpost denying the Rapids when a Marcelo Balboa free kick from 20 yard deflected off the defensive wall, redirected over helpless goalkeeper Mike McGinty, but hit the right post. McGinty then turned away Agogo's rebound attempt.
In the 66th minute, Kevin Knight, in the right corner, dropped the ball to Chris Fox, who skipped a cross through the penalty area to an unmarked Messam at the far post where he converted an easy tap-in put the home side up 1-0.
In the 74th minute, Donohue made no mistake with a loose ball at the top of the box and hit a low drive that beat keeper David Kramer and tucked inside the left post to make it 2-0.
Three minutes later, the Kickers padded the lead to 3-0 when Dwayne DeRosario sprinted down the right flank and played a low cross into the box. Again there was no Colorado player to defend it and the ball skidded across to Williams who beat Kramer.
Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Seattle Sounders 1
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Striker Cobi Jones found net with 17 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS over the A-League’s Seattle Sounders 2-1 before 3,063 fans.
The Galaxy plays the San Diego Flash in the third round.
On a counterattack, Jones received a pass from Ezra Hendrickson in the right side of the penalty area, faked past defender Kieran Barton and launched a 10-yard left-footer that found the left corner of the net.
Midfielder Greg Vanney put the Galaxy ahead 1-0 in the 22nd minute with a penalty kick after Viet Nguyen fouled Brian Kelly in the box after a great set-up by Luis Hernandez.
Greg Howes tied the score at 1-1 for Seattle in the 48th minute with a low, hard free kick past keeper Mat Reis after Peter Vagenas fouled Dick McCormick outside the penalty area.
Chicago Fire 4, Texas Rattlers 0
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Ante Razov had a goal in each half, Dema Kovalenko added a tally and Chicago also profited from an own goal as MLS's Fire blanked the D3 Pro League Texas Rattlers 4-0. The Fire next faces the PDL's Chicago Sockers, upset winners over MLS's Kansas City Wizards.
Columbus Crew 2, Cape Cod Crusaders 0
SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass. -- Striker Brian West was in the game for 45 seconds when he netted the decisive goal to help the Columbus Crew of MLS to a hard-fought 2-0 over the third-division Cape Cod Crusaders of the D3 Pro League.
A halftime substitution at forward for Jeff Cunningham, West collected a Dominic Shell through pass deep in the left side of the box and slotted a left-footed shot past Crusaders goalkeeper Matt Nelson for a 1-0 advantage in the 46th minute.
The 22-year-old West added an assist on a Roland Aguilera goal in the 55th minute to lead Columbus, which dominated and outshot the Crusaders 15-3, into the round of 16 against the A-League's Hampton Roads Mariners.
Cape Cod goalkeeper Matt Nelson kept his side in the game by making 13 saves in the game, many in spectacular fashion.
Dallas Burn 3, Tennessee Rhythm 0
DALLAS -- Chad Deering scored a pair of goals, Jason Kreis had two assists and Johann Noetzel was required to make just one save for the Dallas Burn of MLS which dispatched the A-League’s Tennessee Rhythm 3-0 at the Cotton Bowl.
Dallas will face the A-League’s Minnesota Thunder in the third round.
The game was played in a driving thunderstorm and was suspended by lightning for 25 minute with one minute to go in the first half.
Dallas went ahead 1-0 in the 27th minute when Kreis played a through ball to Deering who dribbled past keeper Brian Covey to score,
Alavanja made it 2-0 with an assist from Kreis in the 72nd minute. Three minutes later, Deering netted an unassisted goal.
Miami Fusion 6, New Jersey Stallions 1
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Brazilian forward Welton exploded for four goals for the Miami Fusion of MLS which recorded a 6-1 rout of the D3 Pro League’s New Jersey Stallions at Lockhart Stadium.
Nelson Vargas and Diego Serna also found net for Miami which next faces the Mid Michigan Bucks in the third round.
San Jose Earthquakes 5, Stanislaus United Cruisers 0
MODESTO, Calif. -- Ian Russell and Abdul Thompson Conteh both scored a pair of second-half goals to help the San Jose Earthquakes of MLS to post a 5-0 victory over the D3 Pro League’s Stanislaus United Cruisers before an estimated 3,600 at Central Catholic High School.
Harut Karapetyan scored a first-half goal to send he Earthquakes into intermission ahead 1-0.
With the victory, the Earthquakes won a road match for the first time in 2000 after going 0-7-2 away from Spartan Stadium in MLS.
Hampton Road Mariners 3, Northern Virginia Royals 2
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Underdogs, the Northern Virginia Royals of the D3 Pro League scored early and late, but it was the three goals in between that propelled the A-League’s Hampton Roads Mariners to a 3-2 victory before 680 at the Virginia Beach Soccerplex.
Next for Hampton Roads is MLS’s Columbus Crew.
Northern Virginia opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a goal by Ricky Engelfried, but the Mariners went ahead 3-1 on goals by Jeff Dominguez, Jeff Clarke and Chris Scrofani within the first 19 minutes of the second half.
In the 88th minute, Northern Virginia's Mark Vita closed the gap to 3-2.
Minnesota Thunder 7, Mexico SC 0
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Johnny Menyongar's hat trick led the A-League's Minnesota Thunder to a 7-0 rout of the amateur Mexico S.C. at Macalester College.
The Thunder advanced to a third-round meeting with the Dallas Burn of MLS.
San Diego Flash 2, Riverside County Elite 1
HEMET, Calif. -- On Saturday, Carlos Farias had a full evening. After missing a penalty kick, the San Diego Flash forward tied the game with an unassisted goal in the 56th minute, assisted the winner four minutes later and was ejected in the 72nd minute of the A-League team’s 2-1 victory over the Riverside County Elite of the D3 Pro League.
San Diego plays MLS’s Los Angeles Galaxy in the third round.
Second-round scoreboardWednesday, June 14
Uruguay (USASA) 0
Mexico S.C. (USASA) 0