Real Salt Lake meet DC United in 2013 US Open Cup Final
Chicago Fire 0 DC United 2
The visitors may be rooted at the basement of the MLS Eastern Conference but they will be looking to claim their third US Open Cup triumph as they eased in the Final. Dwayne De Rosario set them on their way a minute before half-time when he capitalised on a handling error by the Fire Goalkeeper Sean Johnson who failed to deal properly with a deflected shot from Nick DeLeon. 3 minutes into the second half and it was Deleon himself who doubled United’s advantage as he collected a cross from James Riley and snuck the ball past Johnson at the near post with a deft finish. The hosts pushed forward looking to get a foothold back in the contest but with the DC deference staying tight and wasteful finishing when they got a site of goal that never happened and it was DC United who progressed to their fifth Final in their history.
Real Salt Lake 2 Portland Timbers 1
The hosts booked their first US Open Cup Final place with a narrow victory. Alvaro Saborio gave them the lead with only 7 minutes showing on the clock as he headed in a far post cross from Kyle Beckerman past Portland keeper Donovan Ricketts. That strike seemed to shake the Timbers into life as they mounted attack after attack and that pressure also most paid off 5 minutes from the break when a blast from Will Johnson forced a a tremendous save from Nick Rimando in the home sides goal. Joao Plata who had come off the bench doubled RSL advantage after 78 minutes with a wonderfully struck shot from all of twenty-five yards that left Ricketts helpless. As it looked like the hosts would cruise into the Final, Diego Valeri pulled a goal back for Portland 1 minute into stoppage time when he finished past Rimando who had offered up a rebound from his previous shot. After a few more nail-biting minutes the final whistle went and the 14,742 fans in attendance, a new record for a US Open Cup Semifinal could relax and look forward to them hosting the Final against DC United on Wednesday October 1st.
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