In the first of four Quarterfinals matchups in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup, the Philadelphia Union defeated the New England Revolution on a night that saw the game delayed about an hour due to severe weather at PPL Park.
The Union opened the scoring early in the game with Connor Casey’s 9′ goal as he received a free kick and beat a couple defenders to score. Sebastien Le Toux scored the second goal in the 48′ to give the Union a definitive 2-0 lead and Le Toux a record 14th Open Cup goal (in the modern era of 1995-present).
The game proved to be physical as a total of 9 cards were shown in the game. Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams, and Aaron Wheeler received their cards for the Union in the 57th, 75th, and 76th minute respectively. For the Revolution, Stephen McCarthy, Jose Goncalves, Lee Nguyen, and A.J. Soares received cards. Soares received his in the 47th minute and 94th as he was sent off on two yellows.
The game saw some nasty weather in the 47th minute as intense winds were causing visibility problems among the players with the dust flying around. In the 61st minute, referee Fotis Bazakos halted the game due to just about everything possible (rain, thunder, lightning, wind).
The Philadelphia Union will face the winner of the FC Dallas/Carolina RailHawks game that takes place tomorrow night. They will definitely be on the road and will play in either Frisco or Cary. This is their second semifinal appearance in the last 3 years but have yet to win the Open Cup.
The Revolution continue to struggle and have now lost 3 straight games in all competitions. Their only two wins in the last 5 games come at the hands of the Richmond Kickers and Rochester Rhinos in the earlier rounds of the Cup. Philadelphia has now won 3 out of the last 5 head-to-head meetings including two straight.