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Harrisburg Hopes to Topple Another MLS Side During Fourth Round of 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup



City Islanders Host MLS’s New York Red Bulls Among Tuesday’s Eight Games



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City Islanders Host MLS’s New York Red Bulls Among Tuesday’s Eight Games

The USL PRO’s Harrisburg City Islanders have earned the reputation for regularly coming through with a big upset victory during the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Harrisburg held form with a remarkable come-from-behind win against Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution during the tournament’s third round on May 29.

The City Islanders looked like their 2012 U.S. Open Cup was nearing an end when they trailed 3-0 through the first 15-minute overtime. Then the incredible happened: three goals over the final 15 minutes, followed by a shootout victory that was capped off by a diving save from Harrisburg goalkeeper Nick Noble.

“We’ve had some big wins over the last five years, but nothing as dramatic and crazy as we had last Tuesday,” Harrisburg head coach Bill Becher said. “To go down three goals and come back to tie it and win in penalties – when you go down three goals at any point of a game, you’re in trouble. But we kept fighting and battling.

“For our sake, there was a break in between the overtime,” Becher said. “We got a couple words in, brought the team together and we regained our composure.”

Harrisburg hopes to repeat that success on Tuesday, June 5, when it hosts MLS’s New York Red Bulls at 7 p.m. ET at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa.

“We’ve seen them and have talked to some people about them. They have a very talented team,” Becher said of the Red Bulls. “They’re toward the top of their standings and scoring a lot of goals. They played a good team in the Charleston Battery [in the third round], and that’s not an easy win.”

Since Harrisburg’s first U.S. Open Cup in 2007, the club has posted a 4-3 record against MLS teams. The City Islanders blanked D.C. United 1-0 to reach the quarterfinals in 2007. They edged the Revolution 2-1 to advance to the 2009 quarterfinals. Harrisburg notched a 1-0 victory in 2010 against the Red Bulls to move onto the quarterfinals stage. And this year the City Islanders orchestrated the biggest comeback of the 2012 tournament.

This year’s event is a bigger challenge, though, as the City Islanders will need to defeat another MLS club just to get to the quarterfinals. Becher’s side came through in the clutch against New England, but lost in the talk was how the USL PRO team played through regulation against the Revolution.

“I thought we were in a little bit better control of the game through the first 90,” Becher said. “We created some decent chances and I thought we were the better team. In the first overtime, we were not the better team.”

Another anticipated matchup for this week’s fourth round features three-time defending champion Seattle Sounders FC against the USASA’s Cal FC, which is coming off a 1-0 overtime victory on the road against the Portland Timbers. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. PT on Tuesday, June 5, at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. Fox Soccer is providing live coverage of the matchup between the tournament’s remaining amateur team and the Open Cup’s heavyweight champ in recent years.

The remaining 16-team field consists of eight Major League Soccer (Division I) teams, three clubs from the North American Soccer League (Division II), three from the USL PRO (Division III), one Premier Development League (amateur) team and one USASA (amateur) squad.

The 99th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup includes a random selection process for determining home teams from the first round through the quarterfinals among clubs that have applied to host. The process, conducted by a coin flip, gives participating teams with venues meeting tournament standards an equal chance at hosting their possible opponent for these rounds.


Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
FOURTH ROUND – Tuesday, June 5
New York Red Bulls (MLS) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO): Skyline Sports Complex*; Harrisburg, Pa.*; 7 p.m. ET


Philadelphia Union (MLS) at D.C. United (MLS): Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.; 7:30 p.m. ET


Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) at Michigan Bucks (PDL): Oakland University Soccer Field*; Rochester, Mich.*; 7:30 p.m. ET


Colorado Rapids (MLS) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS): LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.; 7:30 p.m. CT


Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL): Heroes Stadium; San Antonio, Texas; 7:30 p.m. CT


Minnesota Stars FC (NASL) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS): Cagan Stadium, Stanford University; Stanford, Calif.; 8 p.m. PT*


Cal FC (USASA) at Seattle Sounders FC (MLS): Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.; 7 p.m. PT


Chivas USA (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL): WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.; 7:07 p.m. ET




* Note: Changed from original May 23 announcement







QUARTERFINALS – Tuesday, June 26
New York Red Bulls (MLS)/Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) Winner at D.C. United (MLS): RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.; 7:30 p.m. ET


OR




New York Red Bulls (MLS)/Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) Winner at Philadelphia Union: PPL Park; Chester, Pa.; 7:30 p.m. ET


Michigan Bucks (PDL)/Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) Winner at Sporting Kansas City (MLS): LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.; 7:30 p.m. CT


OR




Michigan Bucks (PDL)/Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) Winner at Colorado Rapids (MLS): Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.; 7 p.m. MT




Chivas USA (MLS)/Carolina RailHawks (NASL) Winner at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL): Heroes Stadium; San Antonio, Texas; 7:30 p.m. CT


OR




Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) at Chivas USA (MLS): Home Depot Center Track & Field Stadium; Carson, Calif.; 7:30 p.m. PT


OR




Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL): WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.; 7:07 p.m. ET


Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)/Cal FC (USASA) Winner at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS): Kezar Stadium; San Francisco, Calif.; 7:30 p.m. PT


OR




Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)/Cal FC (USASA) Winner at Minnesota Stars FC (NASL): National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.; 7:30 p.m. CT




THIRD-ROUND RESULTS – Tuesday, May 29, and Wednesday, May 30
San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) 1, Houston Dynamo (MLS) 0: Heroes Stadium; San Antonio, Texas; May 29


Michigan Bucks (PDL) 3, Chicago Fire (MLS) 2 (OT): Ultimate Soccer Arena; Pontiac, Mich.; May 29


Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 3, Orlando City Soccer Club (USL PRO) 2: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.; May 29


D.C. United (MLS) 2, Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) 1 (OT): Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.; May 29


Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) 2, Columbus Crew (MLS) 1: Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio; May 29


Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) 2, FC Dallas (MLS) 0: FC Dallas Stadium; Frisco, Texas; May 29


San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) 2, Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 1: Cagan Stadium, Stanford University; Stanford, Calif.; May 29


Philadelphia Union (MLS) 3, Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) 0: PPL Park; Chester, Pa.; May 29


Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 4, New England Revolution (MLS) 3 (PKs): Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.; May 29


New York Red Bulls (MLS) 3, Charleston Battery (USL PRO) 0: Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C., May 29


Chivas USA (MLS) 1, Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 0: Ventura College; Ventura, Calif.; May 29


Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 2, LA Galaxy (MLS) 1: WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.; May 29


Colorado Rapids (MLS) 3, Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 1: Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla.; May 29


Minnesota Stars FC (NASL) 3, Real Salt Lake (MLS) 1: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah.; May 29


Seattle Sounders (MLS) 5, Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) 1: Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.; May 30


Cal FC (USASA) 1, Portland Timbers (MLS) 0 (OT): JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.; May 30







SECOND-ROUND RESULTS – Tuesday, May 22
Michigan Bucks (PDL) 1, Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) 0: Chartiers Valley Stadium; Bridgeville, Pa.




Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 2, Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) 0: Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.




Cal FC (USASA) 4, Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) 0: Legion Sports Complex; Wilmington, N.C.




Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 6, PSA Elite (USASA) 0: WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.




Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 7, Fresno Fuego (PDL) 2: Lockhart Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.




Orlando City Soccer Club (USL PRO) 7, K.C. Athletics (USASA) 0: Seminole Soccer Complex; Sanford, Fla.




Charleston Battery (USL PRO) 2, Reading United AC (PDL) 1: Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.


Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) 3, Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) 0: Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.


Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 3, Jacksonville United (NPSL) 0: Patton Park; Jacksonville, Fla.


Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) 4, Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (USASA) 0: Maryland SoccerPlex Stadium; Boyds, Md.


Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) 1, at Georgia Revolution (NPSL) 0: RYSA Soccerplex; Conyers, Ga.


San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) 2, Laredo Heat (PDL) 0: Blossom Athletic Center; San Antonio, Texas


Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) 2, Chicago Fire PDL (PDL) 1: Toyota Park Practice Field; Bridgeview, Ill.


Minnesota Stars FC (NASL) 2, Des Moines Menace (PDL) 0: Valley Stadium; Des Moines, Iowa




Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) 1, El Paso Patriots (PDL) 0: Patriots Stadium; El Paso, Texas.


Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 3, Los Angeles Blues (USL PRO) 1 (OT): Hal Shurbeck Field, Fullerton College; Fullerton, Calif.





FIRST-ROUND RESULTS – Tuesday, May 15
Jacksonville United (NPSL) 2, Orlando City U-23s (PDL) 1: Seminole Soccer Complex; Sanford, Fla.




Reading United AC (PDL) 2, N.Y. Greek Americans (USASA) 1 : Ray Buss Field, Fleetwood High School; Fleetwood, Pa.




Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) 2, FC Sonic (NPSL) 0: Whitehall High School Stadium; Whitehall, Pa.


Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (USASA) 3, Carolina Dynamo (PDL) 1: Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.


Michigan Bucks (PDL) 6, Jersey Shore Boca (USASA) 0: Ultimate Soccer; Pontiac, Mich.


Georgia Revolution (NPSL) 1, Mississippi Brilla FC (PDL) 0 (OT): RYSA Soccerplex; Conyers, Ga.




Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) 3, GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) 2: Memorial Field, Deering High School; Portland, Maine


Chicago Fire PDL (PDL) 1, Croatian Eagles (USASA) 0: Toyota Park Practice Field; Bridgeview, Ill.


Des Moines Menace (PDL) 3, Milwaukee Bavarians (NPSL) 1 (OT): Bavarian Soccer Park; Glendale, Wis.


Laredo Heat (PDL) 4, ASC New Stars (USASA) 2 (OT): Texas A&M International University; Laredo, Texas.


K.C. Athletics (USASA) 3, Real Colorado Foxes (PDL) 1: Colorado School of Mines Soccer Stadium; Golden, Colo.




El Paso Patriots (PDL) 3, NTX Rayados (USASA) 1: Patriots Stadium; El Paso, Texas.


Fresno Fuego (PDL) 2, Stanislaus United Turlock Express (US Club Soccer) 0: Academica Fields; Turlock, Calif.


PSA Elite (USASA) 3, Portland Timbers U-23s (PDL) 1: JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.


Cal FC (USASA) 3, Kitsap Pumas (PDL) 1: Bremerton Memorial Stadium; Bremerton, Wash.




Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 6, Fullerton Rangers (NPSL) 2 (OT): Santa Ana Bowl; Santa Ana, Calif.



2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule (Per Round)
May 15: First Round
May 22: Second Round
May 29-30: Third Round
June 5: Fourth Round
June 26: Quarterfinals
July 10: Semifinals
Aug. 7 or 8: Final









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