Four of the six North American Soccer League clubs in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup action successfully navigated the second round on Tuesday night to earn the right to face Major League Soccer opposition in the Third Round next week.
The NASL contingent now targets a series of giant-killing acts over their MLS foes in the quest to progress in the centennial edition of the historic competition.
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers won a dramatic penalty shootout 7-6 after a 1-1 draw with Laredo Heat who played much of the second half and extra time a man down. They will now take on FC Dallas at Lockhart Stadium on Tuesday, May 28 after Toni Stahl scored the decisive spot kick.
The Atlanta Silverbacks triumphed 3-2 over NPSL side Georgia Revolution as a pair of goals from Ruben Luna, including a penalty kick, was followed by a strike from midfielder Pablo Cruz, giving the Silverbacks just enough to edge a win. The Silverbacks will head to Rio Tinto Stadium to face Salt Lake City on Tuesday, May 28.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies advanced by defeating VSI Tampa Bay FC 2-1 and will host Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday, May 29 at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg.
"I am proud of the team's effort tonight and I expect to continue on this winning streak," said Rowdies coach Ricky Hill. "It is our duty to first win our match on Saturday and then go and face Seattle for the cup match at home next Wednesday."
NASL league leaders Carolina RailHawksknocked out in-state rivals Carolina Dynamo 3-1 to earn a home clash with MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy – the side they defeated at the Third Round stage last season – at WakeMed Soccer Park on May 29.
The RailHawks got on the board through Ti Shipalane in the 26th minute, but 13 minutes later, Dynamo were level through Martinez. Austen King headed home a cross from Austin da Luz to regin the lead for Carolina then Zach Schilawski put the result beyond doubt with a fine finish from the edge of the six-yard box.
The San Antonio Scorpions lost 4-3 on penalties to FC Tucson after a 2-2 draw. The Scorpions went ahead through a Kevin Harmse header from a Walter Ramirez corner, but Ricardo Velasco’s strike from distance leveled the score and Saeed Robinson earned FC Tucson a 2-1 edge. The underdogs’ lead lasted until the dying seconds when Hans Denissen scored a dramatic penalty in stoppage time to tie the game at 2-2 and forced extra time.
Minnesota Unitedsuffered a shock 1-0 defeat to the Des Moines Menace as a Brandon Fricke header four minutes from time earned the PDL side a surprise win.
Third Round U.S. Open Cup Schedule for NASL Sides
FC Dallas (MLS) at Ft. Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
Tuesday, May 28, 7:30 p.m. ET
Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy Utah
Tuesday, May 28, 7:30 p.m. MT
Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)
WakeMed Soccer Park
Wednesday, May 29, 7:15 p.m. ET
Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) at Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)
Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla.
Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 p.m. ET
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Second Round Results
Carolina RailHawks 3 Carolina Dynamo 2
VSI Tampa Bay 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2
Georgia Revolution 1 Atlanta Silverbacks 3
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 Laredo Heat 1 (Strikers won 7-6 on penalties)
San Antonio Scorpions 2 FC Tucson 2 (FC Tucson won 4-3 on penalties)
Minnesota United FC 0 Des Moines Menace 1
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