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DC United Eliminate Union from US Open Cup

De-Ro Open Cup

It was not the kind of night the Union were planning on having after 90 minutes of play. After reaching the semifinal match in last season’s US Open Cup, it’s a disappointing fourth round exit for Philadelphia in what can only be called a pretty embarrassing loss.  John Hackworth’s side lacked any kind of cohesion both on offense and defense, leading to a 3-1 shellacking by last place DC United, who perhaps only have the Open Cup left to play for.

The night belonged to DC’s Dwayne De Rosario, who up until this point in the season, had scored just one goal in all competitions.  In the 24th minute, De-Ro would score the first goal of what would become a hat trick for the veteran Canadian international, giving United an early 1-0 lead.  For the Union, it was the beginning of a long night, as they would witness first hand the wrath DC play with when at the SoccerPlex.

The score would stay 1-0 for much of the match, until Rosario capitalized on the first of two mistakes Union keeper Zac MacMath would eventually make on the night, scoring in front of a partially open net, giving DC a commanding 2-0 lead.  Jack McInerney, one of the Union’s bright spots of the night (he still wasn’t as good as he usually is), would bring Philadelphia back to within one just a minute later, after a stunning low shot from right outside the area beat United keeper Willis.

Mistakes from both the Union’s defense and keeper Zac MacMath would end up being their downfall, leading to the Union’s biggest mistake of the night and Dwayne De Rosario’s third goal of the night.  Zac MacMath, who was way way off his line, would not be able to get back to his goal in time, as Jeff Parke gave up the ball to Rosario, leaving the striker with a wide open net, putting it away from a long distance.

Rosario’s one man offensive show sends DC United into the quarter final, where they will play host to the New England Revolution, who defeated the Red Bulls earlier tonight by a score of 4-2.

One has to question some of John Hackworth’s lineup decisions tonight.  While most of his starting XI made sense and was clearly meant to be an attacking minded side, the choice to start Keon Daniel time and time again has to be brought up.  There were better choices on the bench, including Leo Fernandes, who despite being used as a sub, could have started in his place.

Hackworth’s subs also made sense, right up until the point where he made his third, choosing to bring in Don Anding, a player who had not seen the pitch one minute this season, over Roger Torres, who yet again rode the bench.  In a match where passing was clearly an issue, not bringing one of your best passers in favor of a very green rookie is mind boggling.

Maybe the only positive coming out of this match is that the Union can now strictly focus on league play and a playoff run.  Their next Major League Soccer Match is on June 23rd at home against the New York Red Bulls, who as mentioned earlier, were also eliminated tonight from Open Cup play.  Kick-off is set for 5:00 p.m. and can be seen nationally on ESPN.  As always, Philly Sports Live and The Soccer Desk will have all your coverage.