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The Richmond Kickers were the first of many upper division clubs to escape an upset in the third round of the Open Cup, slipping by the defending PDL champion Cape Cod Crusaders 1-0 in extra time. Both teams had excellent chances during the game, and two goals by Richmond were even disallowed, one for a foul, another an offside call. The Crusaders had two great chances to win the game in the 75th minute. A one-on-one shot from David Bulow went wide to the right, and moments later Kickers goalkeeper Ronnie Pascale deflected a shot from Drew McAthy with his foot. Just 4 minutes into extra time though, the Kickers David Hayes ended the scare for Richmond, with a free kick from 31 yards out. Crusaders 'keeper David Mahoney got a piece of the ball, but could not stop the winning goal from going in. Richmond will host DC United in the fourth round on July 20th.
June 30, 2004
Cape Cod Crusaders Richmond Kickers
David Mahony (GK) Ronnie Pascale (GK)
Zach Tobin Tony Williams
-Carl Smith 67' Kevin Knight
Scott Paguta Peter Luzak
Brendan Burke Chris Fox
Thunlani Ncube Mike Burke
Shawn Kuykendall -Richie Williams 75'
Aaron Bonser Clyde Simms
-Keith Caldwell 16' Paul Lekics
Kurt Morsink David Hayes
Drew McAthy Matt Delicate
David Bulow McColm Cephas
-Neil Jones 82' -Kevin Knight 75'
Att - 1,353
The struggling Charleston Battery see the US Open Cup as the perfect chance to salvage something positive during their dismal 2004 campaign, and they started off with a convincing 2-0 victory over the defending PSL champions Wilmington Hammerheads. Charleston wasted no time setting the pace of the match, as Paul Conway scored two minutes after the opening whistle, off of a Chris Goos free kick from 26 yards out. Conway scored the goal after Hammerheads 'keeper Billy Platz stopped the initial shot, putting the rebound past Platz. The Battery finished off the scoring for the game at the end of the first half. Greg Simmonds crossed the ball to Conway, who connected with a sliding shot that deflected off Wilmington defender Mark Hubbard and into the goal. Wilmington never really got into the game, only managing 5 shots to Chartleston's 21. The Battery go on to host the MetroStars at Blackbaud stadium on July 20.
June 30, 2004
Wilmington Hammerheads 0 Charleston Battery 2
Paul Conway 2'
Paul Conway 44'
Wilmington Hammerheads Charleston Battery
Billy Platz (GK) Dusty Hudock (GK)
Kevin Nylan Jason Kutney
Tim Karalexis Mark Watson
Mark Hubbard Nigel Henry
-Junior Zarate 45' Nick Downing
Brady Bryant Kevin Jackson
Kenny Bundy -Josh Smith 78'
Dan Capecci Steve Klein
-Neil McNab 60' Justin Evans
George Corrie Chris Goos
Chris Delaney -Henrik Jensen 67'
Ryan Miller Paul Conway
-Glenn Murray 58' -Jesus Martinez 88'
Warren Ukah Greg Simmonds
-Mark Draycott 62' -Gabe Valencia 71'
Stats Summary WIL CHA
Att - 1,255
In perhaps the most thrilling match of the third round, The Atlanta Silverbacks nipped the Carolina Dynamo in the final minute of extra time, 3-2. Carolina jumped to an early lead, with a goal in the 12th minute from Marcus Storey. Atlanta caught up to the Dynamo five minutes into the second half, as Alex Pineda-Chacon scored, and John Ball gave the 'Backs the lead fifteen minutes later. With stoppage time dwindling away, Steve Rhyne blasted a shot from about 30 yards out that found the upper corner of the goal to dramatically send the match into extra time. The extra sessions saw plenty of action as well, with both teams seeing players sent off. Atlanta's Adilson DeLima was ejected in the 109th minute after receiving his second yellow card of the match, and Ryan Caugherty was sent to the locker room in the final minute of extra time. As stoppage time was winding down yet again, it was Atlanta's turn to provide the dramatics, as Phillippe Godoy broke though and netted the game winning goal for the Silverbacks.
June 30, 2004
Atlanta Silverbacks 3(asdet) Carolina Dynamo 2
Alex Pineda-Chacon 50'
Marcus Storey 12'
Atlanta Silverbacks Caqrolina Dynamo
Anthony Tokpah (GK) Brian Edwards (GK)
Fred Degand Reggie Koranteng
Andrew Lewis Tim Merritt
-Joshua Barton 116' Ray Fumo
Attila Bendegh -Stephen Rhyne 84'
Adilson DeLima James Riley
Joseph AffulAmir Lowery Jamal Shteiwi
-Velko Iotov 77' -Ryan Caugherty 68’
John Ball Justin Moose
Leslie Fitzpatrick Marcus Storey
Alex Pineda-Chacon Scott Jones
Gary Brooks -Josh Villalobos, 72'
-Jordy Broder 46' Michael Farrell
Mac Cozier -Joseph Lazorchick 90’
Jebidiah Zayner 68'
Stats Summary ATL CAR
Att - n/a
The Rochester Raging Rhinos managed to do something no team has accomplished thus far in 2004, they defeated the Chicago Fire Reserves. Rochester captain Craig Demmin connected off of a free kick from Carlos Mendes in the 82nd minute, just when it seems the Reserves would hold them and force extra time. Chicago controlled the flow of play for much of the first half, and both goalkeepers were forced to make spectacular saves to keep the game scoreless. Rochester took control in the second half, as Chris Carrieri hit the crossbar in the 55th minute, and Reserves defender broke up an attempt by Bill Sedgewick and Yari Allnutt to team up for a goal. The Rhinos will now travel to Ludlow, Mass. for a rematch of last years 4th round opponents, the New England Revolution.
June 30, 2004
Chicago Fire Reserves 0 Rochester Raging Rhinos 1
Craig Demmin 82'
Chicago Fire Reserves Rochester Raging Rhinos
Brad Guzan (GK) Theo Zagar (GK)
Dasan Robinson Craig Demmin
Cameron Knowles Carlos Mendes
Jedidiah Zayner Dave Wright
Drew Moor Carlos Semedo
Nicholas Pollard Shaun Tsakiris
Brandon Moss -Roland Aguilera 79'
-Nowaf Jaman 83' Bill Sedgewick
Luke Kreamalmeyer Kirk Wilson
Thabiso Khumalo Lenin Steenkamp
Christopher Rolfe -Yari Allnutt 65'
Julian Nash Corey Woolfolk
-Doug Miller 71'
Stats Summary CHI ROC
Att - 7,654
In 2003, the Dallas Burn were shocked 4-1 by 3rd division club Wilmington Hammerheads in their 3rd round US Open Cup match. The Burn had a much better Open Cup experience this season, defeating the A-League Virginia Beach Mariners 2-0. Dallas struck with a pair of goals midway through the first half, the first coming when Toni Nhleko tapped in a cross from Ramon Nunez in front of the goalmouth. The second came when Ronnie O'Brien beat an offside trap, and took another Nunez pass to the top of the box , slotting the ball into the lower left corner of the goal. Former Dallas Burn Dante Washington nearly cut the lead in half at the 64th minute, when he headed a cross from Jeff Bilyk from inside the 6-yard box, but Burn 'keeper Jeff Cessar just got his hand on the ball and tipped it away. Dallas were reduced to ten men when Milton Reyes was sent off at the 74th minute for his second caution of the match, but the man-down Burn were able to hold off the Mariners for the final 16 mi minutes to secure advancement to the fourth round.
June 30, 2004
Virginia Beach Mariners Dallas Burn
Matt Nelson (GK) Jeff Cassar (GK)
Michael Kirmse Matt Behncke
Russell Hutchinson Cory Gibbs
-Joseph Morelli 45' Clarence Goodson
Kevin Knott Milton Reyes
Stephen Danbusky Ronnie O'Brien
Hamisi Amani-Dove -Brad Davis 64'
Jose Gomez Eric Quill
-Daniel Alvarez 56' Jordan Stone
Mark Jonas Simo Valakari
-Nathaniel Winkel 79' -Carey Talley 68'
Jeff Bilyk Toni Nhleko
Carlos Garcia-Dominguez -Jason Thompson 71'
Dante Washington Ramon Nunez
-Steve Jolley 84'
Ryan Rhodes 44' Alejandro Gutierrez 22'
Stephen Danbusky 26'
Simo Valakari 51'
Stats Summary VBM DAL
The Columbus Crew needed a last minute penalty to avoid the threat of extra time, and advance to the fourth round of the US Open Cup over the A-League Syracuse Salty Dogs. Syracuse's strategy was to defend heavily and catch a counter-attack opportunity, and that worked for a majority of the game. However, by the 70th minute, the Crew eventually broke though, when an unmarked Edson Buddle scored off a pass from Erick Scott. The lead only lasted 11 minutes for Columbus though, as former Rochester Rhino Scott Schwietzer put in a rebound from a shot Crew goalkeeper Jon Busch blocked to draw the game even at 1-1. Just as extra time was imminent, Columbus was awarded a disputed penalty, when Rene Rivas fouled Kyle Martino in the box. Some say Martino took a dive to draw the penalty. Ross Paule stepped up and won the game for Columbus, putting the ball just past a diving Paul Nagy.
June 30, 2004
Columbus Crew Stadium - Columbus, Ohio
Syracuse Salty Dogs
1 Columbus Crew
Syracuse Salty Dogs Columbus Crew
Paul Nagy (GK) Jon Busch (GK)
Timothy O'Neil Robin Fraser
-Ryan Mack 74' Eric Denton
Kupono Low Duncan Oughton
Jason Perry Erick Scott
Lars Lyssand -Michael Ritch 80'
David Lara Brian Maisonneuve
-Anthony Maher 78' Edson Buddle
Ryan Hall Chad Marshall
-Scott Schweitzer 54' Ross Paule
Frankie Sanfilippo Chris Wingert
Ian Woan -Devin Barclay 61'
-Christopher Dore 71' Manny Lagos
Machel Millwood -Kyle Martino 46'
Rene Rivas 4'
The Boulder Rapids Reserve nearly became the giant-killer of the Open Cup, pushing A-League Minnesota Thunder to the 116th minute before succumbing to the Thunder's winning goal. David Castellanos opened the scoring for MInnesota, striking in the 19th minute, off an assist from Jeff Matteo. The Rapids Reserve drew the match even just before halftime. Boulder held firm from Minnesota's repeated attacks, and forced the game into extra time. Just as it seemed the match was headed for penalties, Frederico Juarez took a pass Kilickan, and ended the drama with 4 minutes left in extra time.
June 30, 2004
Boulder Rapids Reserve 1(asdet)Minnesota Thunder 2
John Pulido 42' David Castellanos
Boulder Rapids Reserves Minnesota Thunder
Luis Robles (GK) Joe Warren (GK)
Scott Kincaid Dustin Branan
Brett Branan Chris Brunt
Aaron Pitchkolan -Brian Roberts 105'
Miguel Guante Mike Wilson
Liam Girard Chris Vorenkamp
-Alex Salazar 94' -Freddy Juarez 45'
Lance Snodgrass Jeff Matteo
-Lee Zarzecki 88' -Brent Jacquette 90'
Josh Simpson Kevin Friedland
John Pulido -Zafer Kilickan 65'
Colin Clark Jay Alberts
-Thomas Flynn 96' Marco Ferruzzi
Kyle Brown David Castellanos
-Peter Lowry 103' Melvin Tarley
Jebidiah Zayner 68' Robby Vanrykel 24'
John Pulido 40'
Stats Summary BOU MIN
Att - 1,259
The Portland Timbers found success in their first ever US Open Cup match, winning 2-1 over the PSL Utah Blitzz. The Blitzz nearly drew first blood early in the match, when former Timber Fadi Afash dribbled around Portland goalkeeper Josh Saunders, only to be denied by New Zealander Gavin Wilkinson. Afash came back minutes later and forced a punch save from Saudners. The Timbers eventually opened the scoring on a goal from Byron Alvarez, from a Alex Bengard pass. Bengard scored a goal of his own eight minutes later, rocketing a free kick past Blitzz goalkeeper Chad Sackett from 30 yards out. In the second half, Afash finally did haunt his former club, knocking the ball just over Saunders head after falling to the ground with Wilkinson. Jason Boyce nearly drew Utah even in the 79th minute, sending a shot off the cross bar. Portland will face the San Jose Earthquakes in the fourth round.
June 30, 2004
33' Fadi Afash 65'
Portland Timbers Utah Blitzz
Josh Saunders (GK) Chad Sackett (GK)
Brian Winters Trevor Persson
Gavin Wilkinson Tommy Rutter
Lee Morrison Jacobi Goodfellow
Aaron Heinzen William Cummins
Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar Jorge Estrada
Scoot Benedetti -Chris Roselli 60'
Alex Bengard Matt Evans
Jake Sagare Damian Munoz
Alan Gordon -Fadi Afash 26'
-Dan Antoniuk 69' Richard Breza
Byron Alvarez-Noriega Miguel Medina
-Andrew Gregor 83' -Jason Boyce 45'
-B.J. McNicol 74’
Stats Summary POR UTB
Saves 6 6