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Royal Roundup: Magic of the Cup strikes RSL, Columbus, Orlando

Most MLS teams survived to see another round, but not everyone.

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-Christos FC at D.C. United Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

American soccer is, on any given day, fairly predictable. But when the US Open Cup really kicks into high gear, in the fourth round, we get some really fun and wacky results.

Here’s what happened in the US Open Cup over the last two days.

MLS vs. Amateurs

  • D.C. United beat Maryland amateurs Christos FC, 4-1, but that Christos free kick will be remembered for, well, forever by the team that scored it. This one featured some great camaraderie, which is just perfect. (Black & Red United)




  • New York Red Bulls beat their cross-town rivals (or is that cross-river?), New York City FC, 1-0, in a match that included a Tommy McNamara shot hitting the crossbar twice, bouncing off the ground each time before being cleared out (Hudson River Blue)
  • Sporting Kansas City (shudder) beat Minnesota United FC by the biggest scoreline of the night, 4-0. Maybe that gives us hope for Saturday. (The Blue Testament)
  • Seattle Sounders beat Portland Timbers, 2-1, in a match at the sometimes-maligned Starfire Sports Complex in which nobody tore up the referee’s book, sadly (Sounder at Heart)