U.S. Open Cup Semifinals recap: Union, Sporting KC Final

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by RYAN BRISTER
MLS Writer

This year’s U.S. Open Cup final is set. Wednesday night’s results mean that the Philadelphia Union will host Sporting Kansas City on September 30th.

Sporting Kansas City 3-1 Real Salt Lake

A pair of late goals secured SKC’s place in the final after some early worries.

Real Salt Lake took the lead in the first half, when Olmes Garcia was onside and behind the defense for a ball from Tony Beltran. That lead would last just 11 minutes before Soni Mustivar headed in a set piece from Benny Feilhaber.

The game would remain tied until the 80th minute, when Dom Dwyer opened up the RSL defense with a strong individual run on the ball. His shot hit the post, but Feilhaber followed up to put the rebound in the net. Sloppy RSL defending led to Krisztian Nemeth’s goal that sealed the match.

Frustration took over late in this match between rivals. There was a large confrontation near KC’s goalline after a collision between Tim Melia and Olmes Garcia, who would earn himself a straight red with a forearm dealt out in stoppage time.

Kansas City has won the Open Cup twice before, most recently in 2012.

Philadelphia Union 1-0 Chicago Fire

Philadelphia will host their second straight Open Cup final after the Union prevailed over the Fire. It was a sloppy, ugly match brightened only by Sebastien Le Toux’s goal in the 74th minute. Le Toux holds the modern record for goals scored in the tournament, now at 15.

It’s the second year in a row where the Fire have lost in the semifinals, and they will not be able to win a modern- record fifth Open Cup. The Union, meanwhile, are seeking their first trophy in their sixth season.

The Union and Fire will play again in MLS on Sunday.


 

Montreal Impact 2-2 Vancouver Whitecaps (First leg, Canadian Championship)

The first leg of the Canadian Championship final came to life in a frantic second half.

After a lethargic first half, Vancouver took the lead on a Darren Mattocks goal in the 65th minute. APedro Morales free kick doubled their advantage in first leg. The Whitecaps had a majority of possession and a large majority of the shots, and the scoreline would have been a just reward for their performance in a first leg on the road.

But things rather rapidly fell apart

For the Whitecaps, who have failed to win the Voyaguers’ Cup in 13 previous tries, that late collapse will feel all too familiar for their supporters. The away goals rule gives them a slight advantage heading into the second leg in two weeks time, but it could have been much more.

  • Ned

    Darn. There’s really no good side to choose here.