After Real Salt Lake advanced past the LA Galaxy in last week’s first 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal, the final three matches of the round take place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week to round out the Semifinal field.
For the first time since 2006 and just third time in the Modern Era (1995-present), the Quarterfinal field is made up entirely of clubs from Major League Soccer.
Check out notes and broadcast information for the match and follow along on the competition’s official Twitter account @OpenCup.
Tuesday, July 21
Game #2: New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS)
Time/Location: 4 p.m. ET; Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
New York Red Bulls Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 16 (2003; Finalists)
New York Red Bulls Overall Record: 17-16-1
Philadelphia Union Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 3 (2014; Finalists)
Philadelphia Union Overall Record: 7-3-3
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- The match marks the first meeting between the two sides in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play.
- New York advanced to the Quarterfinals via a pair of wins against NASL sides. The Red Bulls defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks 3-0 in the Fourth Round and got revenge on the New York Cosmos with a 4-1 victory in the Round of 16.
- The Philadelphia Union advanced with a 0-0 draw and 3-1 win on penalty kicks over the Rochester Rhinos in the Fourth Round, before the 10-man side earned a 2-1 come-back victory over D.C. United in the Round of 16.
- The two MLS Eastern Conference sides have met once before in the league this season, with the Union using goals from Vincent Nogueira and C.J. Sapong to earn a 2-0 win at Red Bull Arena on May 24.
- After picking up a red card in the team’s 2-1 win against D.C. United, Union forward C.J. Sapong will serve a one-game suspension during the match.
- Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch and Union head coach Jim Curtin won the U.S. Open Cup together as teammates with the Chicago Fire in 2003. Marsch has won four U.S. Open Cups (1996 with D.C. United and 1998, 2000, 2003 with the Fire), while Curtin has won two (2003 and 2006 with the Chicago Fire).
- Additionally, both teams’ assistant coaches were part of Fire Open Cup success. Red Bulls assistant coaches Denis Hamlett and Chris Armas were part of all four of the side’s Open Cup championships, while Union assistant Mike Sorber won with the side in 2000.
- Though he hasn’t found the back of the net in this year’s competition, Philadelphia Union striker Sebastien Le Toux is the all-time leading scorer in the tournament’s modern era with 14 goals. Le Toux scored 11 with Seattle Sounders from 2007-2011 and three with the Union since 2013.
- The Philadelphia Union are 3-3-1 while the New York Red Bulls are 5-7-1 all-time against MLS opposition in the U.S. Open Cup.
- The match marks New York’s eighth U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal appearance and first since 2011. The game is Philadelphia’s third Quarterfinal appearance in four years.
- The Union are 2-0-0, while the Red Bulls are 3-3-1 all-time in U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal matches.
- New York used goals from Sacha Kljestan and Mike Grella to down Orlando City 2-0 on Saturday night, while Conor Casey’s 91st minute strike wasn’t enough for Philadelphia in their 2-1 defeat to Toronto FC. With the results, the Red Bulls sit third in the Eastern Conference with an 8-6-5 record (29 points) while the Union are seventh in the East with a 6-11-4 record (22 points).
- Philadelphia vs. Toronto, Orlando vs. New York…Saturday
- LEADING SCORERS: New York Red Bulls – Bradley Wright-Phillips – 8 goals (MLS), Lloyd Sam, Ronald Zubar, Sean Davis, Sal Zizzo, Anatole Abang, Sacha Kljestan, Mike Grella – 1 goal (USOC); Philadelphia Union – C.J. Sapong – 6 goals (MLS); Eric Ayuk, Fabinho – 1 goal (USOC).
- The winner of the match will host the winner of Thursday’s Chicago Fire vs. Orlando City SC match in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinals.
Game #3: Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. CT; Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Sporting Kansas City Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 16 (2004, 2012; Champions)
Sporting Kansas City Overall Record: 19-11-4
Houston Dynamo Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 3 (2006, 2009; Semifinalists)
Houston Dynamo Overall Record: 7-3-3
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- This is the first meeting between the two sides in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play.
- Sporting KC advanced to the Quarterfinals following a 1-0 victory over Saint Louis FC in the Fourth Round and a 6-2 blowout of FC Dallas in the Round of 16. Both matches were played at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
- Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer sits tied for the tournament lead in goals thanks to the four he scored in the 6-2 win over FC Dallas. Dwyer has seven career goals in the U.S. Open Cup, tallying three with Orlando City in their Quarterfinal run of 2013.
- Houston Dynamo advanced by virtue of a 2-0 victory over the Austin Aztex in Round Four play before a 1-0 defeat of the Colorado Rapids in the Round of 16. Both matches were played at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.
- The MLS Western Conference foes have met once this season, playing to a wild 4-4 draw on April 25 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
- The two clubs have met three of the last four years in the MLS Cup playoffs, with Houston advancing past Sporting KC in 2011 and 2012 and Sporting besting the Dynamo in 2013, en route to that year’s MLS Cup.
- Sporting KC makes their eighth appearance in the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals while Houston is making their fourth appearance at this stage and first since 2010.
- Sporting KC is 3-3-1 and the Dynamo are 2-1-0 all-time in U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals
- The Houston Dynamo are 2-5-0 and Sporting KC is 6-7-1 all-time against MLS opposition in the U.S. Open Cup.
- Five of Sporting KC’s six wins against MLS opponents came in years they won the U.S. Open Cup. The other was this year’s 6-2 drubbing of FC Dallas.
- Sporting KC used goals from Benny Feilhaber and Dom Dwyer to down the Montreal Impact 2-1 at Sporting Park, while Houston fell 2-0 at Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. With the results, Sporting sits fourth in the MLS Western Conference (9-3-6; 33 points), just two points back of first place FC Dallas. Meanwhile, Houston sit ninth with a 6-8-6 record (24 points).
- LEADING SCORERS: Sporting KC – Krisztian Nemeth – 7 goals (MLS), Dom Dwyer – 4 goals (USOC); Houston Dynamo – Will Bruin – 8 goals (MLS); Ricardo Clark, Mauro Manoutos, Leonel Miranda – 1 goal (USOC).
- The winner of the match will host Real Salt Lake in the U.S. Open Cup Semifinals on August 11/12. RSL defeated the Galaxy 1-0 in their Open Cup Quarterfinal match on July 14.
Wednesday, July 22
Game #4: Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Orlando City SC (MLS)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. CT; Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago Fire Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 17 (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006; Champions)
Chicago Fire Overall Record: 36-12-3
Orlando City SC Previous Appearances/Best Finish: 4 (2013; Quarterfinalists)
Orlando City SC Overall Record: 9-4-1
Broadcast: U.S. Soccer YouTube
- The game is a re-match of when the two teams met in the Quarterfinal stage at Toyota Park in 2013. After a tight beginning, the Chicago Fire ran out 5-1 winners over then USL side Orlando City.
- Chicago advanced to the Quarterfinals with wins over two USL sides. The team needed extra time to get past Louisville City FC 1-0 in the Fourth Round before a comeback victory saw them down the Charlotte Independence 3-1 in the Round of 16. Both matches were played at Toyota Park.
- Orlando City advanced to the Quarterfinals by way of a 4-4 draw and eventual 8-7 win on penalties away to the Charleston Battery in the Fourth Round, before defeating Columbus Crew SC 2-0 in the Round of 16.
- Orlando’s Carlos Rivas sits tied for the tournament’s Golden Boot lead with four goals. Designated Player and former FIFA World Player of the Year Kaka also scored in Orlando’s 2-0 win against Columbus.
- The MLS Eastern Conference sides have met once this year, with Orlando scoring two goals in the final eight minutes to earn a 3-2 comeback victory on June 6 at Toyota Park.
- Orlando City assistant coach Mark Watson served as an assistant under Chicago Fire head coach at the San Jose Earthquakes from 2010-2013. Watson replaced Yallop as head coach when the latter resigned in June 2013.
- The Chicago Fire will make an MLS record 12th appearance in the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals. The team has never been eliminated at the Quarterfinal stage, going 11-0-1 all-time.
- Orlando City is making their second Quarterfinal appearance and first as an MLS club. The side is 0-1-0, falling 5-1 to the Fire in 2013.
- The Chicago Fire are 20-7-2 and Orlando City is 3-4-0 all-time against MLS opposition in the Open Cup.
- Most recently, Orlando City fell 2-0 on Saturday to the New York Red Bulls while a 10-man Chicago Fire side fell 3-1 at Columbus Crew SC.
- With the results, Orlando City sits sixth in the MLS Eastern Conference with a 6-8-6 record (24 points) while the Fire sit 10th in the Eastern Conference with a 5-11-3 record (18 points). Sporting KC vs. Montreal…Real Salt Lake vs. Houston Dynamo
- LEADING SCORERS: Chicago Fire – David Accam – 5 goals (MLS), Mike Magee – 2 goals (USOC); Orlando City – Kaká – 9 goals (MLS); Carlos Rivas – 4 goals (USOC).
- The winner of the match will visit the winner of the New York Red Bulls/Philadelphia Union match in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinals on August 11/12.