RailHawks eliminate Donovan's Galaxy in Cary
For the third consecutive season, the Carolina RailHawks eliminated L.A. Galaxy from the U.S. Open Cup.
The RailHawks of the second-tier North American Soccer League defeated top-flight Major League Soccer's Galaxy, 1-0, Tuesday in extra time.
Daniel Jackson tallied the winner in the 105th minute in front of about 3,000 fans on a secondary field at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. Carolina's primary stadium, with a capacity of nearly 10,000, is being re-sodded and was unable to be played on.
The RaiHawks will host another MLS side July 9 in the quarterfinals, the winner of FC Dallas against Houston Dynamo.
L.A. brought its full team Tuesday including stars Landon Dovovan and Robbie Keane as well as head coach Bruce Arena. Donovan did not make the trip to Cary last season — nor did Arena, who led the U.S. Men's National Team in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
The U.S. Open Cup is a longstanding tournament open to any team affiliated with the U.S. Soccer Federation, ranging from amateur to MLS squads.