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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
OPEN CUP: Bad day for MLS

By Scott French

Seven of 14 Major League Soccer clubs in action Tuesday night dropped their U.S. Open Cup openers, including the Galaxy, Real Salt Lake and Houston Dynamo.

FC Dallas, Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire also were beaten, and the New England Revolution were beaten on penalties.

Cal State Fullerton alum Kevin Venegas (Lakewood/Los Alamitos HS) scored for the NASL's Minnesota Stars in a 3-1 victory at RSL, which got its goal from Luis Gil (Garden Grove/Santiago HS). Fellow rookie Sam Garza, from UC Santa Barbara, tallied twice in the second half as the San Jose Earthquakes avoided defeat, rallying for a 2-1 win over the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Former Chivas USA defender Heath Pearce tallied in New York's win, and UCLA products Kelyn Rowe and Benny Feilhaber (Irvine/Northwood HS) tallied for New England, which let a three-goal lead slip away in overtime.

Two games remain Wednesday, including Thousand Oaks-based amateurs Cal FC's showdown against the Timbers in Portland.

Here's a full scorelist and next week's schedule:

Tuesday's results (home teams listed first)

Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 0, Chivas USA (MLS) 1
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 2, Galaxy (MLS) 1
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 2, Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 0
Real Salt Lake (MLS) 1, Minnesota Stars (NASL) 3
San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) 1, Houston Dynamo (MLS) 0
FC Dallas (MLS) 0, Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) 2
Charleston Battery (USL Pro) 0, New York Red Bulls (MLS) 3
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro) 3, New England Revolution (MLS) 3, OT (Harrisburg advances on penalties, 4-3)
Philadelphia Union (MLS) 3, Rochester Rhinos (USL Pro) 0
Richmond Kickers (USL Pro) 1, D.C. United (MLS) 2, OT
Columbus Crew (MLS) 1, Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro) 2
Michigan Bucks (PDL) 3, Chicago Fire (MLS) 2, OT
Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 1, Colorado Rapids (MLS) 3
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 3, Orlando City SC (USL Pro) 2
Wednesday (all times Pacific)
Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Seattle Sounders (MLS), 7 p.m.
Cal FC (USASA) at Portland Timbers (MLS), 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 5 (all times Pacific)