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    The Charleston Battery continued their inspiring run in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, defeating fellow A-League club Rochester 1-0 to reach the semifinals. The Battery scored the lone goal early in the game, as Gabe Valencia headed home a cross from Justin Evans. Rochester nearly equalized a few minutes later, when Chris Carrieri's shot struck the crossbar. Rochester kept up the pressure the rest of the game, doubling Charleston's shot attempts, 18 to 9, and Carrieri had another near-miss in the second half, sending a shot just wide of the right post. In the end, Charleston held off the Rhinos, and continued their run in the Cup.

August 4, 2004

Frontier Field - Rochester, New York

Rochester Raging Rhinos  0-1  Charleston Battery

CHR : 6'  Gabe Valencia


Match Reports - Charleston Battery


Rochester Raging Rhinos

Theo Zagar (GK), Craig Demmin, Carlos Mendes (Carlos Semedo 58', Doug Miller 78'), David Wright, John Wilson, Shaun Tsakiris (Pato Aguil 62'), Ryan Trout, Corey Woolfolk (Yari Allnutt 53'), Kirk Wilson, Chris Carrieri, Ian Fuller

Cautions: 60' Yari Allnutt   Ejections: None

Shots 18, Saves 2, Fouls 8, Corners 10, Offside 1


Charleston Battery

Dusty Hudock (GK), Nigel Henry, Mark Watson, Rick Titus, Henrik Jensen (Jason Kutney 80'), Gabe Valencia, Justin Evans, Steve Klein, Ted Chronopoulos (Greg Simmonds 50'), Paul Conway, Jesus Martinez (Chris Goos 78')

Cautions: 16'  Mark Watson, 66' Greg Simmonds, 72' Justin Evans

Ejections: None

Shots 9, Saves 3, Fouls 16, Corners 3, Offside 3


Referee - Augusto Silva
Asst. Referees - CJ Morgante, Jeffrey Mellen
Attendance - 7,016


     The Chicago Fire ended stopped the Richmond Kickers bid for another A-League upset, with a 1-0 win  at the University of Richmond Stadium. After both teams played a fairly even first half, and Richmond held the Fire's Andy Williams and Dipsy Selolwane in check,  Chicago got the goal they needed in the 56th minute. Selowane converted off a cross from Orlando Perez to grab a 1-0 lead. Mike Burke nearly provided a dramatic, last minute equalizer for Richmond, sending the ball past Fire 'keeper Henry Ring, but just missing the goal by inches.

August 4, 2004
University of Richmond Stadium - Richmond, Virginia

Richmond Kickers  0-1  Chicago Fire


CHI : 56' Dipsy Selolwane


Match Reports -, Richmond Kickers


Richmond Kickers

Ronnie Pascale (GK), Chris Fox, Tony Williams, Pete Luzak, Kevin Knight, Richie Williams,

Clyde Simms (Mike Burke 69'), Paul Lekics (Matt Bobo 63'), Kevin Jeffrey (Matthew Delicate 63'), McColm Cephas, Joey Worthen (David Hayes 63')

Cautions: None   Ejections: None

Shots 10, Saves 2, Fouls 11, Corners 5, Offside 2


Chicago Fire

Henry Ring (GK), Kelly Gray (Denny Clanton 65'), C.J. Brown, Jim Curtin, Orlando Perez,

 Logan Pause, Chris Armas, Andy Williams (Sumed Ibrahim 88'), Nate Jaqua (Leonard Griffin 80'), Damani Ralph, Dipsy Selolwane (Craig Capano 80')

Cautions: 31' Kelly Gray, 82' Craig Capano, 90' Logan Pause

Ejections: None

Shots 10, Saves 2, Fouls 14, Corners 7, Offside 3

Referee - Alex Prus
Asst. Referees - Bill Dittmar, Kenneth Kaplan
4th Official - Andrew Chapin
Attendance - 5,712


     The Minnesota Thunder pushed the San Jose Earthquakes to the limit in their 4th round LHUSOC match, eventually falling to the MLS side on penalties, 5-4. The Thunder started the scoring very early, when Marvin Tarley blasted a shot home from the top of the six-yard box. San Jose answered 20 minutes later, on a goal from Brian Ching off a rebound from a free kick. The 'Quakes grabbed the lead i the second half with a goal from Landon Donovan, but it only lasted 14 minutes, when Dustin Brannan drew Minnesota level off a corner. Both clubs had their chances to end the game in extra time, and San Jose was put in peril when they were forced to play the final 5 minutes with 10 men, after Ramiro Coralles was sent off for his second caution. San Jose was perfect on all five penalties, and only Jay Alberts missed for Minnesota, sending his kick over the crossbar.

August 4, 2004
James S. Griffin Stadium - St. Paul, Minnesota

Minnesota Thunder  2-2  San Jose Earthquakes


MIN : 4' Melvin Tarley, 77' Dustin Branan

SJ : 24' Brian Ching, 63' Landon Donovan

San Jose wins on penalties 5-4

Penalty Summary

MIN - Johnny Menyongar (G), Jay Alberts (M), Jeff Matteo (G), Dustin Branan (G)

Marco Ferruzzi (G)
SJ - Landon Donovan (G), Brian Ching (G), Richard Mulrooney (G), Dewayne De Rosario (G), Todd Dunivant (G)


Match Reports -, Minnesota Thunder


Minnesota Thunder

Joe Warren (GK), Dustin Brunt, Brent Jacquette, Dustin Branan, Freddy Juarez, Jeff Matteo, Kevin Friedland, Jay Alberts, Godfrey Tenoff (Marco Feruzzi, 76'), Melvin Tarley, David Castellanos (Johnny Menyongar, 73')

Cautions: None   Ejections: None

Shots 17, Saves 4, Fouls 27, Corners 11, Offside 6


San Jose Earthquakes

Jon Conway (GK), Jeff Agoos (Dwayne De Rosario, 45'), Craig Waibel, Todd Dunivant, Ryan Cochrane, Ramiro Corrales, Ronnie Ekelund (Tighe Dombrowski, 90'), Richard Mulrooney, Brian Mullan (Ian Russell, 100'), Landon Donovan, Brian Ching

Cautions: 44' Ramiro Corrales, 63' Brian Mullan, 80' Ryan Cochran, 109' Ramiro Corrales

Ejections: 109' Ramiro Corrales

Shots 14, Saves 7, Fouls 29, Corners 5, Offside 1

Referee - Richard Heron
Asst. Referees - Jose Corro, Troy Cohrs
4th Official - Fotis Bazakos
Attendance - 5,688


     The Kansas City Wizards took no prisoners in their 4-0 thrashing of the Dallas Burn. Both teams started off shaky in the first half, struggling to get their form together. Once the second half came around, the Wizards found that form, exploding for 4 goals. Chris Klein opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, and then five minutes later saw Davy Arnaud convert off a play Klein started. Justin Detter put the match out of reach in the 73rd minute, and Alex Zotinca added one for the statistics with two minutes remaining in the match.

August 4, 2004
Blue Valley Athletic Complex - Overland Park, Kansas

Kansas City Wizards  4-0  Dallas Burn


KC : 52' Chris Klein, 57' Davy Arnaud, 73' Justin Detter, 88' Alex Zotinca


Match Reports - Kansas City Wizards


Kansas City Wizards

Tony Meola (GK), Nick Garcia, Shavar Thomas, Kerry Zavagnin, Jose Burciaga Jr., Diego Gutierrez, Jimmy Conrad, Jack Jewsbury (Francisco Gomez 46'), Chris Klein, Davy Arnaud (Alex Zotinca 85'), Justin Detter (Matt Taylor 76')

Cautions: 88' Alex Zotinca  Ejections: None

Shots 10, Saves 7, Fouls 8, Corners 2, Offside 8


Dallas Burn

Scott Garlick (GK), Cory Gibbs, Steve Jolley, Ronnie O'Brien, Eddie Johnson (Toni Nhleko 65'), Oscar Pareja (Ramon Nunez 65'), Eric Quill, Matt Behncke, Simo Valakari (Brad Davis 74'), Bobby Rhine, Philip Salyer (Clarence Goodson 80')

Cautions: 66' Cory Gibbs   Ejections: None

Shots 16, Saves 3, Fouls 16, Corners 5, Offside 1

Referee -
Terry Vaughn
Asst. Referees -
Kermit Quisenberry; Emiliano Monje
4th Official -
Shane Butler
Attendance -