FC Cincinnati have fallen 3-2 to New York Red Bulls in front of a sell out crowd of 33,250 in the Semifinals of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Nippert Stadium on Tuesday night.
The sellout crowd was the second highest in the history of the tournament’s 104 year history.
After beating Columbus Crew SC and the Chicago Fire in previous rounds and then NASL’s Miami FC in the quarterfinals, FC Disneyland had hoped to make history by becoming only the second lower division team to win the competition.
But that hope was shattered by two goals in 3 minutes, with the result literally flooring all but two of FCC squad, most covering their eyes to hide the tears.
Cincinnati had taken a two-goal lead with goals in either half by Corben Bone and Austin Berry, but goals four minutes apart by Gonzalo Veron and Bradley Wright-Phillips in the final 15 minutes saw the Red Bulls level, before Wright-Phillips shattered any hope with a brace 11 minutes into extra time, to advance the Red Bulls to their first U.S. Open Cup Final since 2003.
Corben Bone had scored the opener in the 31st minute before Austin Berry doubled the advantage in the 62nd minute heading home from a corner. Second half substitute Gonzalo Veron pulled one back for New York, before Wright-Phillips headed his first home from the penalty spot.
FSS are the first non-MLS team to reach the semifinals since the Richmond Kickers in 2011 and Head coach Alan Koch was immensely proud.
“Absolute pride in the group of players that gave everything they could out there on the pitch tonight for our team, our club, our city,” he said.
“I just told the players they can leave here tonight feeling very, very proud of the efforts they put in, not only in this game, but obviously this cup run.”
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