Lower-tier teams bow out of Open Cup

Jun. 28, 2013 @ 06:35 PM

After Wednesday's play, the U.S. Open Cup semifinals will consist only of Major League Soccer teams.

The last remaining lower-tier sides, the Carolina RailHawks and Orlando City, were each eliminated in Wednesday's quarterfinals.

Carolina (NASL), fielding a less than full-strength squad, fell 3-0 at Real Salt Lake and Orlando (USL Pro) lost 5-1 at the Chicago Fire.

The RailHawks elected to leave five of their regulars out of the starting 11, opting to focus on Saturday's league match with the Atlanta Silverbacks. A win Saturday would clinch an NASL regular season spring title for Carolina along with rights to host November's Soccer Bowl, which matches the spring winner against the fall winner.

U.S. OPEN CUP

QUARTERFINALS
Wednesday, June 26

D.C. United (MLS) 3, New England Revolution (MLS) 1

Chicago Fire (MLS) 5, Orlando City (USL PRO) 1

Dallas (MLS) 2, Portland Timbers (MLS) 3

Real Salt Lake (MLS) 3, Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 0

SEMIFINALS
Wednesday, Aug. 7

D.C. United (MLS) at Chicago Fire (MLS), 8:30 p.m.

Portland Timbers (MLS) at Real Salt Lake (MLS), 9:30 p.m.