Round 4 of the 2016 US Open Cup has concluded, and a trio of MLS teams have fallen by the wayside in New York City FC and D.C. United, who were eliminated in penalties. One of the eliminated teams, Alex Uribe’s La Maquina FC, didn’t like the way they were eliminated and have gone so far as to request a replay. From FourFourTwo…
Orange County’s La Maquina and the United Premier Soccer League assert referee Ramon Hernandez failed to follow the fourth official’s recommendation to expel a Galaxy player following an 84th-minute incident, a dismissal which would have left the home team with nine players. They also contend Hernandez should not have allowed a controversial go-ahead goal in extra time to stand.
“Please note this is not a typical protest/complaint against a referee because our feelings are hurt because we were not victorious,” UPSL commissioner Yan Skwara wrote in an email sent Wednesday afternoon to Paul Marstaller, U.S. Soccer’s staff liaison to the Open Cup committee. “This is an appeal for a call to action to our soccer leadership to support what is right and fair and it just so happens that a referee’s performance is central to our complaint. We wish this were not the case; however, this referee’s conduct was so outstandingly inappropriate that it is obviously against the good of the game and we are forced to appeal.”
According to the appeal, Radchuk recommended a red card for McBean, who was not mentioned by name in the letter. Hernandez declined to dismiss the player, although he had not seen the incident.
Skwara in the appeal said Radchuk and the match commissioner apologized to La Maquina for Hernandez’s performance, calling the decisions “dismaying and disappointing.”
The appeal will be heard within the next week or so, before the fifth round is played June 29. The Galaxy learn on Thursday its opponent for that game, with the Colorado Rapids, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake and the winner of Wednesday’s Seattle Sounders-Kitsap Pumas match the likeliest candidates.
Here’s the results from the fourth round.
|ROUND 4||AWAY TEAM||SCORE||HOME TEAM||VENUE||A/V|
|June 14||Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)||0:1||Colorado Rapids (MLS)||Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Commerce City, CO||AUDIO|
|June 14||Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)||2:2 (1:3 PKs)||Real Salt Lake (MLS)||Rio Tinto Stadium – Sandy, UT||VIDEO|
|June 14||San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)||0:2||Portland Timbers (MLS)||Providence Park – Portland, OR||VIDEO|
|June 14||La Maquina (USASA)||1:4 (AET)||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)||StubHub Center – Carson, CA||VIDEO|
|June 15||Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)||2:3||Philadelphia Union (MLS)||Talen Energy Stadium – Chester, PA||TBA|
|June 15||Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)||0:4||Columbus Crew (MLS)||Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
– Columbus, OH
|June 15||Orlando City SC (MLS)||1:0||Jacksonville Armada (NASL)||Southern Oak Stadium – Jacksonville, FL||VIDEO|
|June 15||New York Red Bulls (MLS)||1:0||Rochester Rhinos (USL)||Rhinos Stadium – Rochester, NY||VIDEO|
|June 15||New York Cosmos (NASL)||1:0||New York City FC (MLS)||Fordham University – Bronx, NY||VIDEO|
|June 15||New England Revolution (MLS)||1:0 (AET)||Carolina RailHawks (NASL)||WakeMed Soccer Park – Cary, NC||VIDEO|
|June 15||Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)||1:1 (4:3 PKs)||DC United (MLS)||Maryland Soccerplex – Boyds, MD||VIDEO|
|June 15||Sporting Kansas City (MLS)||2:1 (AET)||Minnesota United (NASL)||National Sports Center – Blaine, MN||VIDEO|
|June 15||Indy Eleven (NASL)||1:1 (3:4 PKs)||Chicago Fire (MLS)||Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL||VIDEO|
|June 15||Oklahoma City Energy (USL)||2:2 (5:6 PKs)||FC Dallas (MLS)||Westcott Field – Dallas, TX||NONE|
|June 15||San Antonio FC (USL)||0:4||Houston Dynamo (MLS)||BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston, TX||VIDEO|
|June 15||Kitsap Pumas (PDL)||0:2||Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)||Starfire Sports Complex – Tukwila, WA||VIDEO|
The Fifth Round is the Round of 16 and only two lower-league opponents remain: the New York Cosmos and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League. A preview of the fifth round will be posted later this month.