Sounders eliminated from U.S. Open Cup

Seattle Sounders participating in the U. S Open came to an abrupt end  Wednesday night as the four-time champions fell 2-1 to Sacramento Republic FC in extra time on Wednesday evening in the Fourth Round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Papa Murphy’s Park.

Cameron Iwasa put the home side up in the 60th minute, completing a nice set of build-up plays that began with Villyan Bijev and ended with Iwasa tapping in a short cross by Elliott Hord past Seattle goalkeeper Bryan Meredith.

Seattle goalkeeper Bryan Meredith had an outstanding game between the pipe with numerous outstanding saves. Meredith’s best save came in the 66th minute,  when he came off his line to thwart a Wilson Kneeshaw chance before making a point-blank save on a blast from Adam Moffat. The veteran goalkeeper wore the captain’s armband for Seattle following Lamar Neagle’s exit in the first half due to a groin injury.

Harry Shipp scores against Sacremento Republic
Sounders Harry Shipp celebrates after scoring against Sacremento Republic. ( Sounders FC)

The Rave Green found the equalizer in second-half stoppage time courtesy of Shipp, who hit a low first-time shot from distance that deflected off a SRFC defender and into the net. It marked the first goal of 2018 across all competitions for Shipp.

Sacramento notched the winner in the 115th minute, with Jure Matjasic converting a rebound attempt from close range after Meredith denied a hard shot from Iwasa.


Seattle Sounders FC 1 – Sacramento Republic FC 2

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Venue: Papa Murphy’s Park

Referee: Joseph Dickerson

Assistants: Chris Elliott, Michael Kampmeinert

Fourth Official: Vincent Apple-Chiarella

VAR: Matthew Buckman

Attendance: 5,619

Weather: 60 degrees and clear


SAC – Cameron Iwasa (Elliot Hord) 60′

SEA  Harry Shipp 90’+1′

SAC  Jure Matjasic 115′




SEA – Felix Chenkam (caution) 11′

SEA  Alex Roldan (caution) 62′

SEA  Rodrigue Ele (caution) 81′

SAC – Villyan Bijec (caution) 84′

SAC – Jeremy Hall (caution) 85′

SEA  David Olsen (caution) 110′




Seattle Sounders FC – Bryan Meredith; Jordy Delem, Rodrigue Ele, Tony Alfaro, Waylon Francis; Shandon Hopeau (Harry Shipp 76′), Henry Wingo, Ray Saari, Nicholas Hinds (David Olsen 82′); Felix Chenkam, Lamar Neagle (Alex Roldan 41′)


Substitutes not used: Calle Brown, Kelvin Leerdam, Nouhou, Marlon Vargas


Total shots: 7 (Chenkam, 3)

Shots on goal: 2 (Chenkam/Shipp, 1)

Fouls: 11 (Three players, 2)

Offside: 1 (Chenkam, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (Hinds, 2)

Saves: 7 (Meredith, 7)


Sacramento Republic FC – Josh Cohen; Shannon Gomez, Carlos Rodriguez, Mitchell Taintor, Justin Schmidt; Jeremy Hall, Elliot Hord (Jure Matjasic 76′), Villyan Bijev, Adam Moffat (Jaime Villarreal 99′); Cameron Iwasa, Wilson Kneeshaw (Luis Espino Vazquez 108′)
Substitutes not used: Rafael Diaz, Josh Turnley, Cole Seiler, Christian Eissele
Total shots: 26 (Moffat, 7)

Shots on goal: 9 (Iwasa, 3)

Fouls: 16 (Matjasic, 5)

Offside: 1 (Schmidt, 1)

Corner-kicks: 9 (Bijev, 7)

Saves: 1 (Cohen, 1)


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