June 26, the New England Revolution bowed out of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 3-1 loss to D.C. United in a quarterfinal-round match at Maryland SoccerPlex.
United now travel to Chicago Fire for the Open Cup semifinals on August 7. Chicago made it to the semis with a 5-1 victory over the USL PRO Orlando City SC Wednesday night. In other Open Cup action, the Portland Timbers defeated FC Dallas 3-2 and now visit Real Salt Lake for the semis after their 3-0 win over the NASL Carolina Railhawks. All lower division teams were eliminated in the quarterfinal results, so now only MLS teams will compete for the championship.
Juan Toja scored the lone goal for the Revolution on DCU goalkeeper Joe Willis and equalized 1-1 in the 53rd minute.
“Obviously I feel bad because we lost,” said Toja. “It was a great chance for us to go forward. It was very disappointing for me and for us, for the players, for New England. We tried to do our best, we were close to it, but unfortunately these things happen and we lost tonight.”
Chris Pontius scored first for D.C. United and then assisted Dwayne De Rosario’s game winner in the 69th minute. After a foul by New England defender Jose Goncalves, Lionard Pajoy brought the final score to 3-1 with a penalty in the 87th minute.
Goalkeeper Matt Reis was forced to make four saves in the first 30 minutes.
“I thought we were the better team and should have got a better result if we would have really taken the game into our own hands,” said defender A.J. Soares, “but we let them stay in it and we let them come at us. In the end, they beat us because we let them beat us.
We had chances, but we gave up three goals. We made mistakes on goals and we really shouldn’t have let any goal in.”
This season, U.S. Soccer doubled the prize money for the champion of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, up from $100,000 to $250,000. The tournament runner-up will receive $60,000 (up from $50,000) and the team that advances the furthest from each lower division wins $15,000 (up from $10,000), with that honor belonging to the NASL Carolina Railhawks and the USL PRO Orlando City FC.
The Revolution now return to league action at Chivas USA on Saturday night. Kickoff from StubHub Center is set for 10:30 p.m. ET.
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DC – Chris Pontius (unassisted) 44
NE – Juan Toja (unassisted) 53
DC – Dwayne De Rosario (Chris Pontius) 69
DC – Lionard Pajoy (penalty kick) 87
New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Darrius Barnes, Jose Goncalves, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez (Juan Agudelo 76), Andy Dorman (Kelyn Rowe 61), Scott Caldwell, Juan Toja, Chad Barrett (Lee Nguyen 80), Dimitry Imbongo
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Clyde Simms, Chris Tierney, Jerry Bengtson
STATS: Shots 5, Shots on Target 2, Corner Kicks 3, Saves 5, Fouls 12, Offsides 3
D.C. United: Joe Willis, Chris Korb, Conor Shanosky, Daniel Woolard, James Riley, Nick DeLeon, Perry Kitchen, John Thorrington, Kyle Porter (Casey Townsend 54), Dwayne De Rosario (Lionard Pajoy 83), Chris Pontius (Taylor Kemp 74)
Substitutes Not Used: Bill Hamid, Brandon McDonald, Marcelo Saragosa, Carlos Ruiz
STATS: Shots 15, Shots on Target 8, Corner Kicks 4, Saves 1, Fouls 12, Offsides 2
DC – Dwayne De Rosario (caution) 22
NE – Andy Dorman (caution) 48
DC – James Riley (caution) 52
NE – Matt Reis (caution) 87
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Assistant Referees: Matthew Kreitzer (AR1), TJ Zablocki (AR2)
Fourth Official: Mark Geiger