The fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup had two upsets - one a true surprise - and even some horrible weather, as the nation's cup tournament worked down to the quarterfinals.
The biggest upset of the day came when USL-Pro side Orlando City SC beat defending cup holders Sporting KC 1-0 behind an early goal.
Chivas USA was the second MLS team to fall, losing to NASL's Carolina Railhawks 3-1 in extra time. I don't think many are as surprised by this "upset" and when Carolina scored first one and then two in the overtime periods, it almost seemed a fitting end.
Real Salt Lake also went to extra time with a team from the lower divisions, but unlike Chivas, Real was the team that scored in overtime and ended up beating Charleston Battery, a USL-Pro team. RSL scored three in the first 15 minutes to win 5-2.
The game in Chicago was pushed back a day thanks to the crazy weather, including high winds, thunderstorms and tornado warnings in the area. The Fire will now host Columbus at 1 p.m. today.
In Portland, the Timbers scored early and held on to beat the Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0 in a game they seemed to control rather easily. Fourteen games across all competitions without a loss for Timbers now.
The June 26 quarter finals shape up this way:
Timbers @ FCDallas
Revolution @ United
Carolina @ RSL
Orlando City v. Fire/Crew winner.
A couple follow-up stories from Tuesday's magnificent US National Team game in Seattle. First, Soccer by Ives looks at what playing the game in Seattle meant to Sounders Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson. And Soccer America weighs in with a very interesting piece about Jurgen Klinsmann's friendship with Sigi Schmid. Says here that it was Sigi's idea to try Evans at right back with the Nats.
And here's one more story about how great the support was for the U.S. team at the game - a "vindication" according to Pro Soccer Talk.
Bruce Arena is calling for rule changes in light of the weird situation linked here yesterday that saw Ned Grabavoy fined for simulation but Marcelo Sarvas' yellow card on the play not rescinded. Turns out the disciplinary committee can overturn a red, but not a yellow. I'm with Il Bruce on this one. That's ridiculous.
In response to Alain Rochat's complaints about "trading" in MLS, a piece at ussoccerplayers.com asks the question about whether this and other MLS-unique player acquisition rules hurting the league in the world of soccer.
And finally today, this "fan opinion" piece from a Mariners fan who admits he doesn't like soccer, but understands why people seem to like the Sounders better than the Mariners.
- Scott Ayers