The Rochester Rhinos were eliminated from the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup by their Major League Soccer affiliates, the New England Revolution, 2:1 in the Fifth Round at Stevenson Field on the campus of Brown University on Wednesday, June 25th. Saër Sène and Kelyn Rowe scored first half goals for the New England Revs. Colin Rolfe got a goal back for the visitors in the second half. It was the fifth time that New England eliminated the Rochester Rhinos from the U.S. Open Cup in six all-time meetings.
The New England Revolution opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Revs midfielder Lee Nguyen settled a loose ball 25 yards out from the Rhinos goal. Nguyen moved right to left across the top of the box before using a combination play with Saër Sène to create time and space. As Nguyen slowed play down, Sène slipped into the penalty area. Nguyen picked him out with a perfectly weighted pass to his left. Sène received the ball on the left side of the Rochester penalty area, took a touch, and hit his shot past McCarthy into the lower right corner of the net.
New England doubled their advantage in the 33rd minute. Central midfielder Steve Neumann played the ball wide to Nguyen on the left flank. Nguyen took a couple of touches in space before playing an early ball into the Rhinos box from thirty yards out. Nguyen perfectly placed his service between the six yard box and the penalty spot where it found Kelyn Rowe. Rowe shot the ball, but McCarthy was able to make a spectacular reflex save from point blank range. However, Rowe kept his composure and walked the rebound into the Rhinos empty net for his sixth career U.S. Open Cup goal.
The Rochester Rhinos got a goal back in the 55th minute. Attacking midfielder Jonny Mendoza tried to cross a ball into the box from the left flank after a well worked move by the visitors. The ball popped up on Mendoza as he attempted to cross it, but he kept his composure and volleyed the ball into the box. His impromptu service found striker Colin Rolfe on the penalty spot. Rolfe dove and met Mendoza's cross with a spectacular header that glanced into the upper right corner of the net. It was Rolfe's second goal in as many matches against an MLS opponent, and his third goal in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The assist was Mendoza's second in the 2014 tournament.
Rochester Rhinos center back Babacar Diallo was sent off for serious foul play in the 89th minute leaving the USL PRO side to try to find the equalizer with only ten men during the last minute of the match and stoppage time.
The Rhinos next home match is Saturday, June 28th 2014 at 7:05PM against the Charlotte Eagles.
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