He Chicago Fire and the Royal Salt Lake qualified this Wednesday for the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup after a round of 16 matchday in which four teams from the MLS: Austin, Charlotte, Columbus Crew and Colorado Rapids. By contrast, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and the Birmingham Legion upset two top-tier teams.
On Tuesday the other four teams that made it past the round of 16 were announced: the LA Galaxy, the Houston Dynamo, Inter Miami and Cincinnati. With all this, the quarterfinal matches will be as follows: Real Salt Lake-LA Galaxy, Chicago Fire-Houston Dynamo, Birmingham Legion-Inter Miami and Cincinnati-Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
The Pittsburgh team, which belongs to the USL, surprised the Columbus Crew 1-0 on Wednesday thanks to a goal from Albert Dikwa taking advantage of a turnover in the visitors’ midfield. For their part, the Birmingham Legion, also from the USL, also beat another MLS team, Charlotte, with a goal from Kasim Prosper after a skilful run down the right flank.
The Chicago Fire, with goals from Rafael Czichos and Kacper Przybylko, achieved a creditable 2-0 away win against Austin in one of two duels this Wednesday between the two MLS teams. The other was also taken by Real Salt Lake, who defeated the Colorado Rapids 0-1 with a fantastic shot from outside the area and after a counterattack from Venezuelan Jefferson Savarino.