Aside from the Cosmos shutout of PDL side Jersey Express on Wednesday night, the league should be pleased by strong Third Round performances in the US Open Cup and Amway Canadian Championship.
After a night to forget in last year’s Open Cup with only the Cosmos and Silverbacks advancing and the rest of the league going 0-7 against USL opposition, the league saw all but the two expansion sides move on to the fourth round going 6-2 against the USL this year.
Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 1-1 Richmond Kickers (Strikers win in PKs 2-0)
The earliest match of the day, held at 11 am, saw Manny Gonzalez give the Strikers a lead early in just the second minute, before Richmond’s Yudai Imura tied it up in the 28th. The score held through the end of regular time, through extra time, and went to penalties with the Strikers converting two of four chances and the Kickers scoring none.
The Strikers will travel to Washington to play DC United in the next round.
Jacksonville Armada 2-1 Charleston Battery (AET)
Patrick Otte’s 17th minute lead was equalized by the Battery’s Chris Tsonis. Alex Dixon set up the winner with a back heel flick to Alhassane Keita in the 108th minute of extra time for the NASL side.
The Armada will play host to Orlando City SC as their next opponent.
Carolina RailHawks 5-0 Charlotte Independence (AET)
A 10-man Independence held the RailHawks scoreless through extra time. The luck ran out as the RailHawks struck thrice in seven minutes behind goals from Billy Schuler, Nazmi Albadawi, and Brian Shriver in the 92nd, 96th, and 99th minutes. A fourth goal came from Jonathon Orlando and Schuler put the final nail in the coffin to end this one.
The RailHawks now host the New England Revolution in the next round.
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0 FC Cincinnati
Georgi Hristov’s 11th minute goal was the difference maker here as the Rowdies hung onto the shutout to advance to the next round.
The Rowdies will travel to Columbus to play the Crew in the fourth round.
Indy Eleven 2-1 Louisville City
Chandler Hoffman gave Louisville the lead in the 21st minute, but Indy found a pair of goals in the second half to undo it. Omar Gordon tied it up in the 59th before Eamon Zayed found a winner in the 68th.
Indy’s next matchup brings two of Peter Wilt’s former clubs together as they travel to face the Chicago Fire.
I guess it'll be like having my two kids compete – if older one was kidnapped by a cult & a decade later was unrecognizable. #stillloveboth
— peter wilt (@PeterWilt1) June 2, 2016
Minnesota United 2-0 St Louis FC
In the only road trip for an NASL side, Kevin Venegas gave United a lead in the 69th minute and newest signing Jack Blake put the game out of reach in stoppage.
The Loons will now host the next round with Sporting Kansas City coming to town.
Miami FC 1-2 Wilmington Hammerheads
Miami just couldn’t put back to back wins together. Before five minutes had elapsed, Rowdies loan Jeff Michaud and Justin Moose had given the visitors a two-goal lead. Jaime Chavez put Miami back in it with a goal in the 52nd, but they lost their chance to equalize when Dario Cvitanich’s penalty kick attempt was saved.
Rayo OKC 1-2 OKC Energy (AET)
The Energy claimed the first ever OKC derby after Billy Forbes gave Rayo the lead just before halftime. Sebastian Daalgard tied it up and the score held until extra time when former Indy Eleven player Kyle Hyland struck in the 107th minute.
Ottawa Fury 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
In the Amway Canadian Championship, the Fury made up for a lackluster performance in the Spring Season facing an MLS side for the first time and beating them. Jonny Steele opened the scoring in the third minute and Paulo Junior added another before halftime. Romuald Peiser held onto the shutout at TD Place for the win.
The Fury will play the return leg on Wednesday, June 8th for a chance to advance and play the winner of Toronto FC v Montreal Impact.