By CAITLIN MURRAY
It was a bad day for Major League Soccer teams in the U.S. Open Cup on Saturday.
In one fell swoop, Real Salt Lake, New York Red Bulls and Chivas USA were all eliminated from the tournament in the fourth round by teams from the second-tier North American Soccer League.
Despite missing starters Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Javier Morales for the World Cup, Real Salt Lake’s 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Silverbacks may be the most surprising as RSL sits second in the MLS Western Conference.
RSL capitalized early on a Silverbacks error, going up 1-0 by Robbie Findley in the first ten minutes. But they were outplayed for most of the match thereafter and let in goals from Junior Burgos and Kwadwo Poku.
Coach Jeff Cassar didn’t mince words, telling reporters: “I don’t think anybody played well tonight. I don’t think anybody at all played well. I got outcoached. We got outplayed. No, there’s no positives at all from this game.”
The New York Cosmos handed a harsh 3-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls, who were missing a handful of starters. Striker Mads Stokkelien tallied a brace, getting on the board minutes after the start and again in the 73rd minute. Alessandro Noselli got a late insurance goal.
Chivas USA fell to the Carolina RailHawks in penalty kicks after a 120-minute stalemate, 1-1, with goals from Zack Schilawski and Ryan Finley.
FOURTH ROUND RESULTS / SCHEDULE
|June 11||Laredo Heat (PDL) at Houston Dynamo (MLS)||0-1||BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas|
|June 11||Sacramento Republic (USL PRO) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)||1-2||Kezar Stadium; San Francisco, Calif.|
|June 14||Real Salt Lake (MLS) at Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)||1-2||Atlanta Silverbacks Park; Chamblee, Ga.|
|June 14||Chivas USA (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)||1-1 (2-3 PKs)||WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.|
|June 14||New York Red Bulls (MLS) at New York Cosmos (NASL)||0-3||Shuart Stadium (Hofstra University); Hempstead, N.Y.|
|June 17||Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at Philadelphia Union (MLS)||7 p.m. ET||PPL Park; Chester, Pa.|
|June 17||D.C. United (MLS) at Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO)||7:05 p.m. ET||Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.|
|June 17||Indy Eleven (NASL) at Columbus Crew (MLS)||7:30 p.m. ET||FirstEnergy Stadium (Univ. of Akron); Akron, Ohio|
|June 17*||San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) at FC Dallas (MLS)||8 p.m. CT||Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas|
|June 17||Orlando City (USL PRO) at Colorado Rapids (MLS)||7 p.m. MT||Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.|
|June 17||Orlando City U23s (PDL) at Portland Timbers (MLS)||7:30 p.m. PT||Providence Park; Portland, Ore.|
|June 18||New England Revolution (MLS) at Richmond Kickers (USL PRO)||7 p.m. ET||Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.|
|June 18||Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) at Chicago Fire (MLS)||7:30 p.m. CT||Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.|
|June 18||Minnesota United FC (NASL) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS)||7:30 p.m. CT||Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.|
|June 18^||PSA Elite (USASA) at Seattle Sounders (MLS)||7 p.m. PT||Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.|
|June 18||LA Galaxy (MLS) at Arizona United SC (USL PRO)||7:30 p.m. PT||Peoria Sports Complex; Peoria, Ariz.|