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U.S. Open Cup recap: Houston Dynamo, Philadelphia Union paths to the final

(Update: The Houston Dynamo beat the Philadelphia Union 3-0. See match recap and highlights here.)

The Houston Dynamo and Philadelphia Union will play each other in the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET.

ESPN2 will broadcast the match from BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. 

Which team will win its first U.S. Open Cup title?

Will the Dynamo offset a disappointing 2018 MLS season by hoisting silverware? 

Or will the Union actually #BringItHome?

Those questions will be answered soon, but how did the teams get here? Let’s review:

Fourth Round

Major League Soccer teams entered the competition in the fourth round, after the lower-level professional and amateur leagues battled to qualify. 

In this round, the Philadelphia Union emphatically beat the United Soccer League’s Richmond Kickers 5-0 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa., June 5. 

 

The next day, Houston beat Texas-based amateur side NTX Rayados by the same score.

 

The other teams to advance past the fourth round included D.C. United, Louisville City FC (USL), Chicago Fire, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City, Atlanta United, Minnesota United, Nashville SC (USL), FC Dallas, Sporting Kansas City, LAFC, LA Galaxy, Portland Timbers and Sacramento Republic FC (USL).

Round of 16

In the Round of 16, Philadelphia again played at home and stunned its MLS Eastern Conference counterpart New York Red Bulls 2-1 to stay in the tournament. 

The Dynamo won at home, too, 1-0 against Minnesota United FC.

 

The Timbers also beat the Galaxy 1-0 in that round, SKC eliminated FC Dallas 3-2, Orlando City took down D.C. United in penalties, Louisville City won the USL battle 2-1 over Nashville SC, the Chicago Fire shocked Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium 1-0 and LAFC advanced with a 3-2 win against Sacramento.

Quarterfinals

The Union prevailed over Orlando City 1-0 July 18, remaining undefeated in Cup competition at Talen Energy Stadium. 

 

The Dynamo’s offense blitzed Sporting KC for a 4-2 victory at BBVA Compass Stadium.

 

The Chicago Fire also advance to the semifinals with a 4-0 stomping of Louisville City, the last USL team standing. And MLS expansion side LAFC celebrated a 3-2 win over the Portland Timbers.

Semifinals

The last round of the U.S. Open Cup was nearly two months ago on Aug. 8. Once again, the eventual finalists hosted again, and won — though the Union a bit more comfortably than the Dynamo. Philadelphia defeated Chicago 3-0, while Houston took LAFC to penalty kicks after a 3-3 score through regulation and extra time. The Dynamo eventually won 7-6 in PKs.

 

That’s it! You’re all caught up and ready for Wednesday night’s final. Recap all the U.S. Open Cup news here. Here’s a short preview of the match. And read more about the Philadelphia Union’s Andre Blake and his hopes for the final.

 

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