RailHawks upset MLS champion Galaxy, 2-0
For the second consecutive year, the Carolina RailHawks upset the reigning MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, 2-0, getting the victory Wednesday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Both Carolina goals were scored inside a three-minute span of the second half, by Austin da Luz in the 59th minute and by Brian Shriver in the 61st minute.
Da Luz put a shot under Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe. On Carolina's next attack, Shriver raced clear to beat Rowe. Forward Zack Schilawski assisted on both goals.
“The boys were focused all week,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “We are still disappointed we didn’t go further last year. This Cup means a whole lot to me, the team, and the organization."
Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay man playing in a U.S. professional league, entered as a Galaxy substitute in the 62nd minute and was cheered in his first away game for Los Angeles.
A record crowd of 8,121 turned out at WakeMed Soccer Park. The RailHawks advance to the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup and will host another MLS club from Los Angeles, Chivas USA, on Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m.
Carolina versus Chivas USA will be a rematch from the fourth round of last year's U.S. Open Cup, when Chivas USA advanced on a stoppage time penalty kick in front of a crowd of over 7,000 in Cary.
The RailHawks have two NASL matches between now and the Chivas USA date. Carolina will play at Fort Lauderdale Saturday, then host Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.