Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup roundup: Union, Orlando, Chicago move on as Charlotte bounced


For 32 glorious minutes, we thought there was a good chance we’d see a third-tier side in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s quarterfinals.

Tomasz Zahorski’s fifth minute goal gave the Charlotte Independence of the USL a 1-0 lead, but the Chicago Fire ended the fairytale with a trio of goals beginning in the 37th minute. Mike Magee had two of them, and Lovel Palmer scored as well as Chicago advanced with a 3-1 win.

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Orlando City struck twice early before cruising to a 2-0 home win over the Columbus Crew. Kaka started the scoring in the 21st minute before Carlos Rivas joined Sacramento Republic forward Thomas Stewart and Charlotte’s Zahorski as the leading scorers in the tournament. Rivas is the lone player capable of adding to his total of four goals. Glancing at the photo above, perhaps Columbus’ defensive strategy of lying down on the pitch played a part in the loss.

CJ Sapong’s 26th minute red card for a head-on collision with Kofi Opare had the Philadelphia Union playing with 10 men against a weakened DC United lineup, but last year’s finalists came back to post a 2-1 win. Jairo Arrieta put the visitors up in the 27th minute, but 18-year-old Eric Mbu equalized in the 56th minute before Fabinho grabbed the winner 23 minutes later. The game had a 47-minute lightning delay.

Speaking of weather delays, a flooded pitch and continued rain delayed the match between Houston and Colorado until nearly 10:30 p.m. local time. Mauro Manotas scored the match’s only goal in the Dynamo’s win.