|D.C. United 3, New England Revolution 1
Revolution’s U.S. Open Cup title defense comes to an end with semifinal loss to MLS rival United
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Luciano Emilio scored two goals – one early and one late – to help lift D.C. United over the New England Revolution, 3-1, in a 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal on Tuesday night at RFK Stadium.
With the loss, the Revolution’s quest to win the competition for a second consecutive year was ended. New England claimed the 2007 U.S. Open Cup title last October to earn the club’s first-ever cup championship. United will host the 2008 final at RFK Stadium on Sept. 3, when the club will welcome USL-1 side Charleston Battery to the Nation’s Capital.
Emilio’s pair of strikes was sandwiched around goals from New England’s Joe Germanese and D.C.’s Santino Quaranta, while the Revs struggled to cope with the 71st-minute ejection of Wells Thompson.
The hosts jumped out to an early fourth-minute lead courtesy of Emilio, who leads United with 11 goals in MLS regular-season action. After freeing himself down the right wing, defender Bryan Namoff delivered a curling cross to the penalty spot, where Emilio rose unmarked and guided a header inside the right post.
After the eventful opening, both teams settled down, with much of the action staying in the midfield and scoring chances limited.
That all changed in the 34th minute, however, when Germanese evened the score at 1-1 with his second goal of the competition. From the right corner, Adam Cristman sent a low cross towards the near post, where Germanese struck a first-time effort. Although his initial attempt was blocked by D.C. defender Gonzalo Peralta, the rebound rolled back to Germanese, and the rookie slid his second shot under charging United goalkeeper Zach Wells.
Each side had a quality chance to take the lead before halftime, but neither managed to convert. Quaranta saw his back-post, full volley effort hit the side netting in the 39th minute, while Khano Smith’s effort from inside the penalty area skimmed wide of the left post just seconds before the first 45 minutes came to a close.
United almost regained the lead just 20 seconds into the second half, but New England goalkeeper Doug Warren charged off his line to save Emilio’s shot after the Brazilian had separated from the Revs’ backline.
Warren could do nothing about Quaranta’s goal in the 48th minute, however, as D.C. did jump back in front, 2-1. Jaime Moreno played a ball over the top of the Revolution’s backline for Quaranta to run on to, and the midfielder lofted a shot over Warren, who had come off of his line.
New England’s hopes of scoring a second equalizer were dealt a blow in the 71st minute, when Thompson was ejected after being issued a second yellow card for a foul on Moreno.
Despite being down a man, the Revolution had a quality chance to even the score in the 78th minute, when Moreno fouled Cristman 20 yards from goal. Joseph took the free kick, but his shot failed to beat United’s wall.
D.C. put the game out of reach in the 81st minute, when Emilio scored his second. Moreno’s through ball sent Ivan Guerrero in down the left wing, and the midfielder cut into the box before sliding a pass to Emilio at the near post. Emilio used his first touch to round Warren before slotting a shot into the back of the net past a pair of backtracking Revolution defenders.
Each goalkeeper finished with one save.
The Revs will return to MLS regular-season action on Saturday, Aug. 16, when they travel across the country to face the expansion San Jose Earthquakes at 10 p.m. ET at Buck Shaw Stadium.
New England Revolution at D.C. United
August 12, 2008 – Washington, D.C. (RFK Stadium)
DC – Luciano Emilio (Bryan Namoff) 4
NE – Joe Germanese (unassisted) 34
DC – Santino Quaranta (Jaime Moreno) 48
DC – Luciano Emilio (Ivan Guerrero) 81
New England Revolution: Doug Warren (GK), Amaechi Igwe, Gary Flood, Rob Valentino, Wells Thompson, Khano Smith, Shalrie Joseph ©, Pat Phelan, Joe Germanese, Adam Cristman, Brandon Manzonelli (Brandon Tyler 75)
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton (GK), Chris Albright, Sam Brill
STATS: Shots 6; Shots on Goal 2; Saves 1; Corner Kicks 0; Offsides 0; Fouls Committed 12
D.C. United: Zach Wells (GK), Gonzalo Martinez, Devon McTavish, Gonzalo Peralta, Bryan Namoff, Ivan Guerrero (Quavas Kirk 86), Clyde Simms, Santino Quaranta (Joe Vide 79), Fred (Mike Zaher 88), Luciano Emilio (Rod Dyachenko 89), Jaime Moreno ©
Substitutes Not Used: James Thorpe (GK), Pat Caroll, Craig Thompson
STATS: Shots 9; Shots on Goal 4; Saves 1; Corner Kicks 1; Offsides 6; Fouls Committed 17
NE – Amaechi Igwe (caution) 38
DC – Devon McTavish (caution) 50
NE – Wells Thompson (caution) 54
NE – Wells Thompson (second caution/ejection) 71
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Referee’s Assistants: Jason Cullum (SAR), Victor Matheson (JAR)
Fourth Official: Jeff Gontarek
Time of Game: 1:50
Weather: Partly cloudy and 84 degrees
- The loss marked the first time this season that the Revs lost back-to-back games in all competitions … prior to tonight, the Revolution had gone 25 games without losing two straight matches … New England lost its last game – a regular-season match-up – to Chicago, 2-1, on Saturday night (Aug. 9) at Gillette Stadium.
- Tuesday night’s meeting was a rematch of the 2001 U.S. Open Cup semifinal, which New England won, 2-0, at the old Foxboro Stadium.
- The Revs are now 10-7-3 all-time in U.S. Open Cup play, including 6-4-3 under head coach Steve Nicol … New England fell to 2-5-1 all-time on the road in the competition, while the club is 8-2-2 at home.
- It was the Revolution’s third-ever appearance in the semifinal round of the U.S. Open Cup, but the club’s first-ever loss in this stage of the competition … New England had won both previous semifinals (2001 against D.C. United; 2007 against the USL-1 Carolina Railhawks).
- The Revolution began the match with a four-man backline which included Gary Flood in the middle and Wells Thompson on the right … while he was a defender in college, Flood has served primarily as a defensive midfielder for the Revs, while Thompson is also typically a midfielder.
- Joe Germanese’s goal was his second of the 2008 U.S. Open Cup … the rookie midfielder also scored one of New England’s goals in the 3-0 win over the Richmond Kickers (USL-2) in a third-round match on July 1.
- New England had planned to travel to D.C. with 16 players, but that number was cut to 15 when Taylor Twellman was removed from the trip on Monday morning after re-aggravating a left hip strain … the Revs began the match with four available substitutes.
- Brandon Manzonelli made his first professional start, playing the first 75 minutes at forward … Manzonelli, 18, has also made two substitute appearances for the Revs’ first team, both in the U.S. Open Cup … additionally, the native of St. Louis, Mo., recently made his first four appearances for the United States Under-20 National Team.
- The Revs will play D.C. again in just eight days, as the two clubs will meet in a regular-season match on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Gillette Stadium.