US Open Cup semis set after entertaining quarters

Published Thursday, July 21, 2016 10:16 AM by Shane Barrow

After four immensely entertaining quarterfinal matches last night the semifinals are all set for the 2016 US Open Cup.  In the semifinals the LA Galaxy will host FC Dallas on Wednesday August 10th while the Chicago Fire will visit the New England Revolution on Tuesday August 9th.

Plenty of drama last night as one match went to penalties, another was decided in the 90th minute and another saw six balls find the back of the net.  Only a comprehensive 3-0 win from the Chicago Fire was comfortable in the four quarterfinal matches.

FC Dallas 1 Houston Dynamo 0
The two rivals battled for 90 minutes in Houston with a Fabian Castillo goal deciding the spoils in the final minute of play.  Honestly, this was one of the more exciting one goal matches you will ever see. The second half was end to end at breakneck speeds! Chances coming for both sides.  If it weren’t for some quality goalkeeping there would have been six goals this night.  Finally Castillo broke through as he blasted through the Dynamo defense on one of his typical dynamic runs and found the net with a near low post strike.

Chicago Fire 3 Ft Lauderdale Strikers 0
Let the upsets end here.  Fort Lauderdale’s dream ended at Toyota Park as the Fire had no problems seeing off the lower division side.  David Accam and Michael De Leeuw spotted Chicago a 2-0 halftime lead and the Fire cruised to victory.

LA Galaxy 4 Seattle Sounders 2
Six goals and tons of excitement. Would anyone have expected anything less from these two?  The Sounders jumped ahead in the 4th minute and it looked like it just might be their night.  Three goals in the final 15 minutes would win the night for the Galaxy though as a 2-1 Seattle lead bit the dust.  Sebastian Lletget provided the winner in the 85th and then notched the insurance goal in the 88th.

New England 1 Philadelphia 1 (Revs advance on penalties 4-2)
The Union were looking to make a 3rd straight run to the US Open Cup finals, but their hopes were dashed Wednesday falling in penalties to the Revs.  It looked like they just make steal it though as the Union tied it late on after trailing most of the second half.  They couldn’t finish the deal in penalties with New England