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In the U.S. Open Cup's second round, Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL2) advanced on penalty kicks at Harrisburg (USL2) following a 2-2 tie that saw goals by each club in overtime and three ejections, including the Palace coach. Palace, in its second year of existence, will host the Red Bulls next Tuesday night at UMBC Stadium.
Real Maryland (USL2) tested Carolina (USL1) before falling on a 90th-minute penalty kick, 1-0. Richmond (USL2) won at Western Mass. (USL2), 2-1, in a match that had four late red cards. Rochester (USL1), just 2-4-5 in league play, routed winless Pittsburgh (USL2) by a 3-0 score and set up a round-of-16 meeting with D.C. United at Maryland SoccerPlex next Tuesday night. Remember DCU English winger Steve Guppy? He's a player-coach with the Rhinos. His evening included an assist and a red card, so he'll only be able to fulfill half his responsibilities next week.
The round of 16 is made up of eight teams from MLS, five from USL1 and three from USL2.
At some point today, the USSF is expected to unveil the potential matchups and sites for the July 8 quarterfinals. United has submitted a bid to play at the SoccerPlex again (RFK is not available).
With a berth in the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League at stake, are you paying more attention to the Open Cup this year? Just wonderin'.....
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