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U.S. Open Cup: RBNY thumps NYCFC; Nashville knocks Colorado out

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The New York Red Bulls have resumed residence in their derby rivals’ heads.

The Hudson River Derby was decidedly one-sided as RBNY buried NYCFC at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday, moving onto the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

[ MORE: Tuesday’s results ]

But first: a Cupset.

Nashville SC 2-0 Colorado Rapids

A Michael Azira own goal and Ropapa Mensah insurance marker sent Anthony Hudson’s Rapids crashing out of the Open Cup at USL competition.

New York City FC 0-4 New York Red Bulls

Woof, Mr. Vieira. This is the sort of loss that drives you to Nice.

One month and one day since the Red Bulls crushed their derby rivals 4-0 at home, they duplicated the score line.

Vincent Bezecourt scored in the second minute, Aaron Long just after halftime, and Daniel Royer twice in the final three minutes to give RBNY a four-star win.

Atlanta United 3-0 Charleston Battery

Tata’s kids didn’t have any problem with their USL visitors, as Andrew Carleton, Ezequiel Barco, and Romario Williams all scored to set up a fourth round date with Orlando City.

Columbus Crew 2-2 Chicago Fire (Chicago wins 10-9 in PKs)

An entertaining 120 minutes led to a wild, 11-round penalty kick shootout. Richard Sanchez saved Logan Ketterer’s 11th round effort after scoring his own effort, a 17th-straight conversion between the two teams.

In regulation, Nemanja Nikolic scored twice for the Fire while Cristian Martinez had a goal and assisted on Adam Jahn’s marker for Columbus.

FC Cincinnati 0-0 Minnesota United (Loons win 3-1 in PKs)

One of MLS’ new boys visited next season’s debutants, and there was little to separate the two at Nippert Stadium. Cincy hit the bar with its first effort and Bobby Shuttleworth stopped the second. Spencer Richey made a save on the Loons’ third effort to give Cincy hope, but Shuttleworth made another save to send Minnesota through.

Elsewhere
Miami United 0-3 Orlando City SC
Houston Dynamo 5-0 NTX Rayados
San Antonio FC 0-1 FC Dallas

Sporting KC reclaim West’s top spot with 4-1 win over MNUFC

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KANSAS CITY, KAN. — The game in 100 words (or less): Sporting Kansas City lost their hold on the Western Conference’s top spot barely 24 hours ago, and Peter Vermes’ side is already already back on top after throttling Minnesota United to the tune of 4-1 on Sunday. Daniel Salloi’s ascendancy to MLS stardom continued, as the 21-year-old opened the scoring with a stunning strike from 22 yards out (his 4th of the season, to go with 4 assists) in the 9th minute. It was 1-1 just two minutes later before the floodgates opened and Sporting KC made it 3-1 before halftime. Diego Rubio added a late insurance goal The victory pushes Sporting back to within one point of Atlanta United (29 points) in the Supporters’ Shield race and extends their unbeaten run to five games (three wins), while Minnesota have lost three of their last five games and eight in total on the season.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Salloi turns into acres of space, makes it 1-0 — Forced in the center forward spot in Khiry Shelton’s absence, Salloi brought a different dimension to the SKC attack _ a directness and eye for goal — that’s been absent since Dom Dwyer’s best days in Sporting blue.

35′ — Wan Kuzain scores his first SKC goal to make it 2-1 — A night to remember 19-year-old Wan Kuzain, dubbed “the Malaysian Messi” in his homeland and forced into his second appearance in as many game by an early injury to Yohan Croizet.

81′ — Rubio slots home from a tough angle for 4-1 — It’s been a tough year for Rubio, who lost the starting center forward spot in the preseason and has played very little through the first three months, but he took his one chance — with his weaker left foot — very well.

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Man of the match: Cristian Lobato

Goalscorers: Salloi (9′), Mears (11′), Wan Kuzain (35′), Lobato (38′), Rubio (81′)

FOLLOW LIVE: SKC aim to reclaim West’s top spot vs. MIN

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Sporting Kansas City were knocked from their perch atop the Western Conference on Saturday, as FC Dallas (26 points) topped Los Angeles FC to take over the top spot which Sporting KC (25) had held for much of the season.

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Peter Vermes’ side’s first chance to reclaim supremacy in the West comes on Sunday with ninth-place Minnesota United visit Children’s Mercy Park.

With Johnny Russell away on international duty for Scotland, Cristian Lobato has been called into the starting lineup alongside Daniel Salloi, who’s starting up top for Khiry Shelton, and Gerso Fernandes.

Hit the link above to follow along throughout the afternoon, and check back with PST for coverage after the final whistle.

MLS Things: Shuttleworth, Quintero somehow get Loons a point vs. SKC

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Entering the day, no one was arguing that hosts Minnesota United were a better side than Sporting KC.

The Loons were 11 points and 19 goals worth of differential behind Western Conference-leading KC.

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They still are, despite a 1-1 Sunday match which carried a fitting disparity on the pitch but nothing to separate the two on the scoreboard.

Khiry gets his just desserts

Oregon State product Khiry Shelton has been wonderful for Sporting KC this season, but the striker just hasn’t found the back of the goal.

That finally changed Sunday, when his downbound header got the better of Bobby Shuttleworth — more on him later — and allowed him a richly-deserved first SKC goal which could well break down the dam.

The eighth minute saw Shelton score his goal on one of just six Loons shot attempts.

Shuttleworth back in business

It’s not always sexy to go to the veteran backstop, but it looks like Adrian Heath should’ve called Bobby Shuttleworth’s name a long time ago.

Entering the day, Shuttleworth had the second-best WhoScored.com rating of any goalkeeper to appear in more than five matches (Evan Bush).

While certainly part of that has to do with the defensive actions foisted upon him, Shuttleworth was the main reason SKC’s 24-6 advantage in attempts failed to turn into anything other than a point.

Darwin

Darwin Quintero has had more good matches than bad ones since joining the Loons, and added his third goal in seven matches with this rebound finish on Sunday.

Quintero had two goals and four assists in 17 Liga MX matches, but has been perfectly revitalized by the Minnesota air.

MLS Three Things: NY is red, Piatti is good, Vancouver is unlucky (video)

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A busy early afternoon in Major League Soccer has put three results in the books, and it’s fair to say at least two of the three score lines will raise eyebrows around the league.

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New York is red

Kaku scored a goal and registered two assists as the New York Red Bulls worked New York City FC 4-0 in the New York Derby on Saturday.

Patrick Vieira will be livid with his NYCFC squad, who was totally outplayed at Red Bull Arena. Kaku scored in the second minute and assisted on Florian Valot’s fourth minute goal.

Bradley Wright-Phillips nodded home in the 35th minute before Derrick Etienne Jr. rounded out the scoring with 11 minutes to play. The Red Bulls pull five points behind first place NYCFC with the win.

Check out BWP’s goal: It’s a passing and crossing drill.

Piatti stems the bleeding

Maybe it’s his station in Quebec, but Ignacio Piatti has oh-so-quietly become the most overlooked superstar in Major League Soccer.

As bad as Montreal has been this year, Piatti grabbed them by the scruff of the neck and dragged the Impact to a 4-2 win over a very decent New England Revolution side on Saturday.

Piatti had a goal and three assists, all of them primary helpers, and Anthony Jackson-Hamel scored twice in Montreal’s 4-2 win.

Jackson-Hamel was called out by coach Remi Garde earlier this week for his performances in the absence of Matteo Mancosu, and he did quite well in the wake of his boss’ criticism.

Shuttling the door

Vancouver Whitecaps are one of the best teams in the West, and Minnesota United is… not quite there yet. But Miguel Ibarra scored a 60th minute goal and veteran backstop Bobby Shuttleworth was on his game to steal all three points at home on Saturday.

Minnesota was down a man for 40 minutes, and scored their goal with 30 minutes to play. The Caps  outshot Montreal 19-4, but Shuttleworth was there with seven saves in the win.

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