Defending champs SKC bounced in US Open Cup quarters

Romell Quioto’s two goals helped Houston Dynamo beat Sporting Kansas City in the US Open Cup quarterfinals. (Reuters pic)

HOUSTON: Romell Quioto and Mauro Manotas each scored twice, accounting for three second-half goals within 22 minutes, as home team Houston Dynamo overcame an early deficit to storm past Sporting Kansas City 4-2, sending the defending US Open Cup champions home in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

SKC’s Johnny Russell got the champs on the board first at BBVA Compass Stadium with a goal in the second minute. The lead held up for more than a half hour, until Quioto evened it up in the 35th minute. Twenty minutes after intermission, the floodgates opened.

Quioto scored his second goal in the 66th minute to give Dynamo a 2-1 lead. Three minutes later, Manotas made it 3-1. He made it 4-1 with an 88th-minute goal to put the game away. Yohan Croizet scored in the third minute of stoppage time with an assist from Russell to make it 4-2.

SKC’s loss also means the US Open Cup will once again fail to have a repeat winner since Seattle Sounders won three in a row from 2009-11.

In Philadelphia Union’s match against Orlando, midfielder Alejandro Bedoya scored in the fourth minute, and Union kept Orlando out of the net to advance to the semifinals with a win at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania.

After Orlando goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr made the save to keep out a Fafa Picault header, Bedoya put the rebound into the net to move Union to within a win of their third US Open Cup final. They have never won a trophy, having lost in the final of this tournament in 2014 and ’15.

The win also stretched Union’s streak of US Open Cup matches without an official loss to 13. Union’s last three losses in the event have been on penalty kicks, which don’t count as official losses. Orlando has never reached the US Open Cup semis.

Chicago Fire had little trouble with their USL foe Louisville City, scoring early and scoring often at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, to easily advance to the semifinals. They will play Philadelphia on August 7 or 8 for a spot in the final.

Four different players scored for Fire: Nemanja Nikolić, Aleksandar Katai, Diego Campos, and Elliot Collier. Chicago is a four-time US Open Cup champion but has not been to the final since losing to Seattle in 2011.

An own goal off Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzmán opened the scoring in the 33rd minute and ultimately proved to be the difference as LAFC advanced to the semis with a win at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

The play also ignited a flurry of offence, as four goals were tallied within 19 minutes of the first score. Timbers twice got within a goal, but after Vytas scored in the 52nd minute, LAFC held on to advance in its inaugural season.

LAFC will play Houston in the semis.