The 2022 US Open Cup featured a jampacked Round of 16 slate on Wednesday night, with 13 teams from across MLS looking to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.
Ultimately, six MLS clubs booked a spot in the next round. Here's how it all went down.
Louisville City SC 1, Nashville SC 2
The sides swapped goals in the first half, with Brian Ownby giving Louisville the lead with a flicked header to the far post in the 37th minute. But the hosts couldn't hold that advantage, as Nashville equalized virtually immediately through Ake Loba, who deposited a close-range finish at the back-end of a counterattack.
The contest looked headed for extra time, but Mukhtar gave Nashville the win in regulation after entering as a substitute, cashing home a tight-angled finish just as the match approached second-half stoppage time, sending Nashville through to the quarterfinals.
Orlando City SC 1 (4), Inter Miami CF 1 (2)
The sides battled to a scoreless stalemate all the way until the first period of extra time, when each club struck for a goal in a three-minute span.
Jean Mota scored the first in highlight-reel fashion for Inter Miami, teeing up a curling golazo from well outside the box that stunned the home crowd and gave the visitors an extra-time lead. But Miami conceded the leveler just three minutes later, as Facundo Torres cashed home an assist from Mauricio Pereyra.
After neither side found a winner, Orlando emerged victorious in the decisive penalty-kick shootout. Each of the Lions’ four takers converted their spot-kicks, while Miami’s Bryce Duke and DeAndre Yedlin came up empty on their attempts.
Minnesota United FC 1, Union Omaha 2
Minnesota United FC suffered a massive Cupset, falling 2-1 to USL League One side Union Omaha at Allianz Field on Wednesday evening.
The Loons gained an early lead via a sixth-minute goal from DP striker Adrien Hunou, but that was the hosts' only tally of the match, as Union Omaha scored two unanswered to pull off the shock result.
The first came from Hugo Kametani in first-half stoppage time, which set the stage for a 51st-minute game-winner from Joseph Brito that sent Omaha through and the Loons crashing out.
Union Omaha had beaten Chicago Fire FC in the Third Round on penalty kicks, with the third-division side now upsetting two MLS teams.
New York Red Bulls 3, Charlotte FC 1
But RBNY struck for a pair before it was over, going ahead for good in the 63rd minute through Dylan Nealis before Tom Barlow added a 92nd-minute insurance goal that sealed off the 3-1 final scoreline.
NYCFC 1, New England Revolution 0
The Cityzens, in a rematch of an Eastern Conference Semifinal in the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs, went ahead in extra time’s first frame when Santiago Rodriguez scored in the 94th minute. Revolution center back Andrew Farrell misplayed a pass in the buildup, and NYCFC countered to great effect.
NYCFC controlled the majority of possession and chances as New England fielded a reserve-heavy lineup. That produced regulation time’s best chance in the 13th minute when goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic logged an incredible double save on Thiago Andrade.
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Sporting Kansas City 2, Houston Dynamo FC 1
Corey Baird put Houston on top with the opener in the 41st minute, but Russell canceled that out with the first of his two goals just on the other side of the halftime break.
The Scottish attacker deposited the winner from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute after Houston’s Daniel Steres was whistled for a foul in his own area, sending Sporting to the quarterfinals.
LA Galaxy 3, LAFC 1
Sacramento Republic 2, San Jose Earthquakes 0
The San Jose Earthquakes became the second MLS side of the evening whose Open Cup run ended against a lower-division foe, falling 2-0 to USL Championship side Sacramento Republic at Heart Health Park.
Luis Felipe scored the opener in the 28th minute, while Rodrigo Lopez added some insurance in the 83rd minute to pace the hosts.
The Quakes held nearly 70% of the possession while racking up 17 shots (five on target) and 12 corner kicks, but could never find a breakthrough against a well-drilled Sacramento side.