Tuesday, June 26, 2012
OPEN CUP: Sounders next for Goats
By Scott French
Chivas USA has reached the U.S. Open Cup semifinals for the second time in club history. A familiar foe awaits.
The Goats will meet three-time defending champion Seattle Sounders, who won the meeting in the semis two years ago, on July 10 in Tukwila, Wash. The Sounders toppled the San Jose Earthquakes, 1-0, in Tuesday's semifinal in San Francisco.
Jose Erik Correa's second goal of the evening, nearly four minutes into stoppage, lifted Chivas to a 2-1 victory over USL Pro side Charlotte Eagles at Cal State Fullerton.
The Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City will meet in the other all-MLS semifinal after cruising past opposition from the third-division USL Pro.
The Union scored three times in the first half-hour en route to a 5-2 romp over the Harrisburg City Islanders; Sporting received goals three minutes apart early in the second half from Graham Zusi and C.J. Sapong to pull away to a 3-0 victory over the Dayton Dutch Lions.
Philadelphia will be home for the July 11 clash. The U.S. Open Cup final will be played Aug. 7 or 8.
A quick look at the three quarterfinal matches not involving Chivas USA:
Seattle Sounders 1, San Jose Earthquakes 0: Cordell Cato scored from an abrupt angle in the 19th minute, and the Sounders withstood a late onslaught to advance to the final four for the fourth time in four Major League Soccer campaigns. Cato ran onto a ball meant for Riverside's Sammy Ochoa, driving it toward the goal as it reached the end line and splitting goalkeeper David Bingham's legs. The game turned rough at the finish, with San Jose forward Alan Gordon sent off in stoppage and a postgame brawl that erupted after Sounders striker Eddie Johnson struck an Earthquakes player following the final whistle.
Philadelphia Union 5, Harrisburg City Islanders 2: The Union have nine goals in their last two games under new coach John Hackworth and sit 180 minutes from their first trophy. They were in charge from the start, going ahead on a Freddy Adu penalty kick in the fifth minute and Jack McInerney's goal four minutes later. Lionard Pajoy made it 3-0 before a half-hour was complete, and he added a PK after Brian Ombiji and Morgan Langley scored early in the second half for the City Islanders, who knocked two MLS clubs -- New England and New York -- from the competition. Gabriel Gomez added an 81st-minute strike.
Sporting Kansas City 3, Dayton Dutch Lions: Sapong, last year's MLS Rookie of the Year, tallied twice to lead Sporting into the final four. The victory was K.C.'s first in an Open Cup quarterfinal since the club, then known as the Wizards, claimed its only trophy in the competition eight years ago. Sapong provided a fifth-minute lead after two mishit shots -- the second by Seth Sinovic ricocheting off the star striker and into the net -- and scored in the 59th, three minutes after Zusi doubled the advantage.
Wednesday's results (home team listed first) Chivas USA (MLS) 2 (Correa 61, 94+), Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) 1 (Salles 89)
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 0, Seattle Sounders (MLS) 1 (Cato 19)
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 3 (Sapong 5, 59, Zusi 56), Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro) 0
Philadelphia Union (MLS) 5 (Adu pen. 5, McInerney 9, Pajoy 29, pen. 69, Gomez 81), Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro) 2 (Ombiji 51, Langley 54)
(All times Pacific)
Tuesday, July 10
Chivas USA (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (MLS), 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) at Philadelphia Union (MLS), 4:30 p.m.