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FCC, Sacramento Make Statements, Upset #MLS Sides in #USOC2017


Over 30,000 fans packed Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati for a non-final U.S. Open Cup record on Wednesday.  (photo courtesy USL/FC Cincinnati) 

While Pittsburgh sports fans were celebrating another Championship parade, two other cities with huge soccer aspirations, Cincinnati and Sacramento, made cases that they’re ready for Major League Soccer.
FC Cincinnati and Sacramento Republic FC scored wins over MLS clubs before big crowds in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup.
FC Cincinnati drew a crowd of 30,160 at Nippert Stadium — a new record for a non-final Open Cup match — for its 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew, while Sac Republic attracted a sellout crowd of 11,569 at Papa Murphy’s Park for its 4-1 win over Real Salt Lake, its first ever win over an MLS club in a competitive match.
Of the two performances, FC Cincinnati’s was the more impressive. Senegalese globetrotter Djiby Fall broke a scoreless tie in the 64th minute to give FC Cincinnati’ the victory in its first meeting with the Crew, which started such stars as Federico Higuain, Justin Meram and captain Wil Trapp.

Struggling RSL, on the other hand, started a combination of first-team youngsters and three players called up for the USL Real Monarchs, and it showed as Sac Republic raced out to a 3-1 lead at the half on goals by
Trevin Caesar, Agustin Cazarez and former MLS player Jeremy Hall.
The win was the first for Sac Republic against MLS opposition after a pair of losses to the San Jose Earthquakes.
RSL coach Mike Petke said the goal was to give first-team players and Monarchs players a chance ahead of Saturday’s MLS game against Minnesota United.
“And how do I think they did? We lost 4-1,” he said. “So they weren’t up for it like Sacramento was. We talked all week about how this is Sacramento’s World Cup. We have to match them there. We talked about specifics and it played out the way we said we don’t want it to play out.”
ROUND OF 16. The draw for the round of 16 (which will set the bracket for the rest of the tournament) takes place Thursday at 11 a.m. ET. it will be streamed live on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page.
Minnesota FC United defender Joe Greenspan, who played for the Riverhounds on loan for eight games in April and May, suffered a head injury in MUFC’s 4-0 loss to Sporting KC.   He was carted off the field on a stretcher, and gave a thumbs up as he was leaving.
Although Lalas Abubaker, Marshall Hollingsworth and Abuchi Obinwa were called back to Columbus, none of them saw action in the Crew’s loss at Cincinnati.   All are expected to be back with the Riverhounds for their game at Louisville on Saturday.


June 13 in Boyds, Md.
D.C. United (MLS) 4 Christos FC (Md.) 1. Goals: Buescher 32, 90, Sam 82, Harkes 90+2; Kansaye 22.
D.C. United — Worra; Korb, Boswell (Opare, 88), Robinson, Odoi-Atsem, Durkin (Harkes, 57), Sarvas, Neagle, Buescher, Le Toux, Ortiz (Sam, 77).
Christos FC — Saunders; Kansaye (Caltabiano 83), Taylor, Glos, Fisher, Albrecht, Houapeu, Forbess (Ports 62), Baxter,  Joe, Caringi (Graham 38).
Att.: 5,286.
June 14 in Commerce City, Colo.
Colorado Rapids (MLS) 3 OKC Energy FC (USL) 2. Goals: Badji 49 Miller 66, Castillo 89; Gonzalez 38, Rasmussen 45+1.
Colorado — MacMath, Miller, Watts (Hairston 61), Burling (Badji 45+1), Castillo, Serna, Hamilton, Perez, Powers, Gatt, Gordon (Doyle 67).
OKC Energy FC — Cochran; Hyland, Daly, Wallace, Dixon, Andrews, Barril (Guzman 78), Rasmussen, Bond, Gonzalez (Dixon 66), Jackson (Craven 73).
June 13 in Tukwila, Wash.
Seattle Sounders (MLS) 2 Portland Timbers (MLS) 1.
Goals: Kovar 3, Mathers pen. 54; Williams 38.
Seattle —
Miller, Delem, Ele, Rogers, Tolo, Saari, Narbon, Kovar (Wingo 74), Mathers (Fernandez 72), Parra,  Chenkam (Adekoya 74).
Portland — Attinella, Hanson, Clarke, Batista, Farfan, Mohamed (Cicerone 60), Lewis, Zemanski, Arboleda, Williams, Ebobisse (Bijev 71).
Att.: 3,937.
June 14 in Cincinnati, Ohio

FC Cincinnati (USL) 1 Columbus Crew (MLS) 0. Goal: Fall 64.
FC Cincinnati — Hildebrant; Delbridge, Nicholson, Berry; Bahner, (Hoyte 59) Quinn, Wiedeman (Dominguez 90), Walker, Polak; Fall, Konig (Stevenson 75).
Columbus —
Stuver; Jimenez (Duka 76), Crognale, Naess (Williams 46), Francis; Trapp, Artur; Finlay (Hansen 68), Higuain, Meram; Jahn.
June 14 in Cary, N.C.
North Carolina FC (NASL) 2 Houston Dynamo (MLS) 3. Goals: Miller 6, Laing 69; Wenger 25, Remick 62, Rodriguez 109.
North Carolina FC — Sylvestre; Miller, Ibeagha, Rhuaak, Black; Robinson (Fondy 46), Da Luz (Akinyode 88), Albadawi, Laing; Shipalane (Shriver 110); Schuler.
Houston — Willis; Garcia, Hunter, Anibaba, Remick; Bird, Holland (Escalante 82), Rodriguez (James 111), Ward; Sanchez (Luna 78), Wenger.
Att.: 4,325.
June 14 in Providence, R.I.
New England Revolution (MLS) 3 Rochester Rhinos (USL) 0.
Goals: Bunbury pen. 44, D.Smith 50, Herivaux 51.
New England — Knighton, A.Farrell (Rowe 61), J.Smith, Woodberry, D.Smith, Herivaux, Caldwell (Koffie 61), Bunbury, Kobayashi (Fagundez 73), Hollinger-Janzen, Wright.
Rochester — Gomez; Dover, J.Farrell, Felix, Pratzner; James (Fewo 69), Fall, Forbes (Garzi 72), Tergou; Beresford (Defregger 61), Madison.
Att.: 1,663.
June 14 in Harrison, N.J.
New York Red Bulls (MLS) 1 New York City FC (MLS) 0. Goal: Royer 67.
NY Red Bulls — Meara; Zizzo, Collin, Perrinelle, Long; Felipe, Adams; Grella (Royer 46), Kljestan (Davis 90), Muyl; Wright-Phillips (Veron 90+3).
NYCFC — Johnson; White (Okoli 78), Brillant, Callens, Sweat; Ring, Lopez, Moralez (Stertzer 46; Lewis 69); Harrison, Villa, McNamara.
Att.: 11,311.
June 14 in Chester, Pa.

Philadelphia Union (MLS) 3 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) 1. Goals: Jones 18, Sapong 33, Epps 47; Mendoza 37.
Philadelphia — McCarthy; Wijnaldum (Gaddis 83), Elliott, Yaro, Rosenberry; Medunjanin,  Jones, Sapong (Pontius 65), Alberg, Epps (Picault 73), Simpson.
Harrisburg — Lewis; Mohammed (Bond 80), Nishanian, Brent, McLaws; Olabiyi (DiPrima 86), Dabo (Gross 62), Thomas, Wilson, Mendoza, Ribeiro.
June 14 in Orlando, Fla.
Orlando City (MLS) 1 Miami FC (NASL) 3.
Goals: Barnes 79; Pinho 30, 36, 55.
Orlando City —
Saunders, Ramos, Spector (Kaka 63),  Pereira, PC; Gil, Nocerino, Carrasco, da Silva (Redding 46), Barnes, Barry (Rivas 69).
Miami FC —
Vega; Freeman, Bernstein, Trafford, Kcira, Lahoud, Ryan, Mares (Farfan, 66), Pinho (Chavez 87),  Poku (Smith 77), Rennella.
June 14 in Kennesaw, Ga.
Atlanta United FC (MLS) 3 Charleston Battery (USL) 2. Goals: Kratz 30, Martinez 48, Vazquez 72; Lasso 3, Marini 31.
Atlanta United — Kann; Bloom, Walkes (Wheeler-Omiunu 60), M.Robinson (Gressel 46), Loyd (Ambrose 46); McCann, Larentowicz; Almiron, Kratz, Vazquez; Martinez.
Charleston — Cooper; Woodbine (R.Robinson 88), Lasso, Mueller, Griffith; Marini, Hackshaw (Rittmeyer 82), Anunga, Chang; Cordoves, Garbanzo (Higashi 67).
Att.: 9,458.
June 14 in Fenton, Mo.
Saint Louis FC (USL) 0 Chicago Fire (MLS) 1. Goal: Solignac 27.
Saint Louis FC — Grinwis; Guzman (David, 76), Cabalceta, Cochran, Charpie; Bjurman (Ahmetovic 89), Stojkov, Alihidivoc, Dalgaard (Alvarez 63);  Volesky, Angulo.
Chicago — Lampson; Conner, Kappelhof, Campbell, Vincent; Juninho, McCarty (Polster 58), de Leeuw, Alvarez; Solignac (Dekovic 86), Johnson (Mihailovic 57).
Att.: 5,786.
June 14 in Dallas
FC Dallas (MLS) 2 Tulsa Roughnecks (USL) 1.
Goals: Craft 31, own goal 90+2; Kimura 59.
FC Dallas — Seitz; Hollingshead, Hedges, Hume, Cannon; Morales (Cermeno 59), Ulloa, Craft (Akindele 64), Diaz, Pomykal (Barrios 64); Colman.
Tulsa — Cerda; Corrales, Ugarte, Jadama, Kimura; Bourgeois, Fernandez (Gee 68), Rivas (Ballew 84), Caffa, Calistri; Svantesson.
June 14 in Kansas City, Kan.
Sporting KC (MLS) 4 Minnesota United (MLS) 0. Goals: Opara 43, Gerso 45+1, Dwyer 72, Salloi 83.
Sporting KC — Melia; Zusi, Opara (Ellis 89), Besler, Sinovic; Espinoza, Ilie, Medranda (Feilhaber 75); Gerso (Blessing 79), Dwyer, Salloi.
Minnesota United — McClain; Venegas, Greenspan (Burch 68), Kallman, Davis, Jome (Thiesson 76); Warner, Martin, Schuller (Ibson 46); Danladi, Kadrii.
Att.: 15,260.
June 14 in Sacramento, Calif.
Sacramento Republic FC (USL) 4 Real Salt Lake (MLS) 1.
Goals: Caesar 29, Cazarez 43, Hall pen. 45+1, Barrera 71; Velazco 35.
Sacramento — Newton; Hord, Klimenta, Christian, Kiffe; Barrera, Hall, Cazarez, Blackwood (Chaney 87), Caesar (Kneeshaw 67), Williams (Gissie 85).
Real Salt Lake — Fernandez; Dunk (Brody, 82), Schmidt, Moberg, Lachowecki; Holness, Besler, Hernandez (Haber, 67); Allen (Lennon, 46), Velazco, Saucedo.
Att.: 11,569.
June 14 in Carson, Calif.
LA Galaxy (MLS) 3 Orange County SC (USL) 1. Goals: Jose Villarreal 7, McBean pen. 36, Lassiter 73; Meeus 26.
LA Galaxy — Kempin; Romney, Arellano, Van Damme, Smith, Lassiter (Boateng 82), Jamison, Jaime Villarreal, Jose Villarreal, Garcia (McInerney 78), McBean.
Orane County — Lyon, Franco, Sorto, Meeus, Wbias, Pineda, Alvarez, Stevanovic (Etim 69), Chaplow, Pineda (Fernandes 60) van Ewijk.
Att.: 2,408.
June 14 in San Jose, Calif.
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 2 San Francisco Deltas (NASL) 0.
Yueill 4, Cato 6.
San Jose — Tarbell; Lima, Jungwirth (Janjigian 73), Imperiale, Bernardez; Cato, Dawkins, Yueill, Thompson; Hoesen (Salinas 68), Wondolowski.
San Francisco — Ceus; Jackson, Attakora, Ferreira, Teijsse (Hopkins 63), Gibson (Sandoval 46), Portilla, Bekker; Cruz (Lubahn 73), Heinemann, Stephens.
Att.: 12,524.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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