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For Rapids, Open and Shut Case

Colorado's exit from the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals was not a big surprise. After all, MLS teams have not fared well in the tournament this year, the Rapids were on the road facing one of the best USL1 sides, Seattle, and, um, Colorado isn't very good.

But 5-0? It was 3-0 after 41 minutes and the Rapids' Facundo Erpen was sent off early in the second half following his second yellow card.

Dallas survived on the road, outlasting USL1 Charleston, 2-1, in overtime to move onto the semis, and USL1 Carolina defeated USL2 Richmond, 1-0. On Wednesday night, New England hosts USL2 Harrisburg. Complete scoreboard here.

Since the league's launch in 1996, MLS had sent at least three teams to the semifinals every year except 1999, when only two made it.

By Steve Goff  |  August 8, 2007; 12:29 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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