U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal Preview

Today, the longest running tournament in the United States continues as the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals continue as the New York Red Bulls host the Union at 4 p.m. in Harrison, N.J. and the Houston Dynamo visit Sporting Kansas City at 7:30 p.m.

The final quarterfinal game is Orlando City SC traveling to Illinois to take on the Chicago Fire on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

With all of that said, here are some quick notes about each game:

Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy

First things first, the RSL-Galaxy game. This game was played a week before every other quarterfinal, kicking off on July 14 in Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah. The only thing of particular note in this game was that it was Steven Gerrard’s competitive debut with the Galaxy, coming on as a sub in the second half. The game would go almost 90 minutes before Aaron Maund scored the 87th minute header that gave RSL the 1-0 lead and ended up being the only goal in the game.

RSL will now take on the winner of Central bracket which will either be the Houston Dynamo or Sporting KC.

New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union, 4 p.m.

The Union look to continue their run to a second straight Open Cup final. Full game preview here.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo, 7:30 p.m.

In this matchup between two Western Conference opponents, we see a tale of two teams. One team, the Dynamo, have struggled to find a consistent form all season but managed to beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 in order to advance to the Open Cup quarterfinals. On the other hand, Sporting KC is one of the best teams in the MLS, winning seven of their last eight games through all competitions, including a 6-2 stomping of FC Dallas that saw them lead 5-0 at one point in the second half while forward Dom Dwyer finished the game with four goals. Tuesday’s game will be a tough task for Houston, especially since they are playing in Kansas City.

Chicago Fire vs. Orlando City SC, 7:30 p.m.

Orlando City SC will fly up to Chicago on Wednesday to take on the Fire as they look to advance in their first U.S. Open Cup as an MLS team. Chicago has a deep history with the Open Cup, winning in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006 while finishing as runner-ups in 2004 and 2011. Chicago was one of the two MLS teams that played lower division opponents in the Round of 16, the other being the New York Red Bulls. They beat the Charlotte Independence 3-1 behind a brace from Mike Magee. As for Orlando, they beat the Columbus Crew SC 2-0 on June 30 with goals from Kaka and Carlos Rivas.


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