OPEN CUP: 3 USL Pro clubs advance

June, 5, 2012
6/05/12
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The U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals are set after a wild fourth round that provided four overtime games and just one major upset, and the biggest story of the round concerns the USL Pro's unexpected success.

All three third-division teams in action Tuesday pulled out victories, all in overtime, to advance to the June 26 quarterfinals in the 99th edition of American soccer's oldest and most prestigious knockout tournament.

The Charlotte Eagles, Dayton Dutch Lions and Harrisburg City Islanders join five Major League Soccer clubs in the final eight, all of them set to take on first-division opposition.

The Islanders pulled off the upset, booting MLS power New York Red Bulls from the competition for the second time in three years. Sainey Touray, a former Red Bull, scored his second goal of the night in the 94th minute and rookie Lucky Mkosana added another in the 117th for a 3-1 victory.

Harrisburg overcame a three-goal overtime deficit last week to beat the New England Revolution on penalties.

Dayton toppled amateurs Michigan Bucks, 2-1, and Charlotte claimed a 2-1 win at San Antonio, on Mauricio Salles' 116th-minute penalty kick, in the USL Pro's only showdown with the second-division North American Soccer League.

Charlotte will play Chivas USA at Home Depot Center. Dayton has a date at Sporting Kansas City.

The Philadelphia Union also needed overtime to get past D.C. United in one of two all-MLS clashes.

Yorba Linda's Steven Lenhart was the hero for the the San Jose Earthquakes, scoring in the 85th minute to beat the NASL's Minnesota Thunder, 2-1, at Stanford.

Here is a scorelist and schedule:

Fourth round (home teams listed first)
Tuesday
Seattle Sounders (MLS) 5 (Alonso pen. 50, 70, Montero 58, 68, Rose 66), Cal FC (USASA) 0
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 1 (Palacio 78), Chivas USA (MLS) 2 (Agudelo 31, Angel pen. 93+)
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 1 (Lenhart 85), Minnesota Stars (NASL) 0
San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) 1 (Campos 75), Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) 2 (Grousis 28, Salles pen. 116), OT
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro) 3 (Touray 13, 94, Mkosana 117), New York Red Bulls (MLS) 1 (Lade 59), OT
D.C. United (MLS) 1 (Wolff 47+), Philadelphia Union (MLS) 2 (Carroll 46+. Hoppenot 95), OT
Michigan Bucks (PDL) 1 (Grant 55), Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro) 2 (Garner 12, DeLass pen. 97), OT
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 2 (og Pickens 27, Bunbury 79), Colorado Rapids (MLS) 0

Quarterfinals (all times Pacific)
June 26
Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) at Chivas USA (MLS), 7:30 p.m.
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro) at Philadelphia Union (MLS), 4:30 p.m.
Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS), 5:30 p.m.
Seattle Sounders (MLS) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS), 8 p.m.

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