Eastern Conference doormat D.C. United pulled the plug on the Revolution’s U.S. Open Cup run with a 3-1 quarterfinal win in front of 2,918 at Maryland SoccerPlex on Wednesday.
Chris Pontius opened the scoring in the 45th minute, while Dwayne DeRosario’s 69th-minute strike proved to be the game-winner. Leonard Pajoy put it out of reach with an 86th-minute strike from the spot. Juan Toja scored the lone Revolution goal in the 53rd minute.
Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez and forward Juan Agudelo both cracked the woodwork, but the guests could only muster a single goal after collecting nine goals in their previous two tournament tilts.
The win sends D.C. to the Open Cup semifinals, where it will face the winner of Wednesday’s Chicago Fire-Orlando City quarterfinal match.
Incidentally, the last time D.C. knocked the Revolution out of the Open Cup, they did it with a 3-1 win on Aug. 12, 2008 in the tournament semifinals.
What it means: Aside from the Revolution’s elimination from Open Cup play, Wednesday’s match should serve as a wake-up call to the attack. Much has been written about the club’s rejuvenated form up front, but the fact is, the Revolution have struggled to score against the worst defense in MLS not once, but twice in the past three weeks. One goal in 180 combined minutes against a club that’s allowed a conference-worst 26 goals is a sign that, perhaps, the Revolution still haven’t figured out what it takes to score goals on a regular basis -- or to show up against weaker opposition.
Rowe limited to cameo: Kelyn Rowe, who scored four goals in his last two Open Cup games, came into the match in the 61st minute for Andy Dorman. Going into Wednesday’s game, the sophomore midfielder had accumulated five goals and two assists in the past three Open Cup games going back to 2012.
Rare goal from Toja: Toja’s 53rd-minute goal was the first for the Colombian International in a Revolution uniform. He was acquired by the Revolution last August via the league’s allocation process.
Next up: The Revolution will look to put Wednesday’s loss behind them when they head west to face Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 10:30 p.m.