Harrisburg—Upsetting Major League Soccer opponents is becoming a regular thing for the Harrisburg City Islanders. First, it's the New England Revolution. Second, the New York Red Bulls. Next target, either DC United or the Philadelphia Union.
Harrisburg advances past the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament Tuesday Night with a 3-1 overtime victory over the Red Bulls. Granted, New York was without some of their star players but it's another thrilling win for the City Isles.
Here's a complete game match report from the team:
Lucky, not luck, cements Islanders' win in upset over Red Bulls
Harrisburg, PA- Another overtime, another win.
The City Islanders needed extra time for the second-straight game in this year's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, upsetting the MLS's New York Red Bulls 3-1 at Skyline Sports Complex on Tuesday night. Sainey Touray and recent pickup Lucky Mkosana scored in overtime to send the Islanders into the final eight of the Open Cup. After regulation ended tied 1-1, head coach Bill Becher gathered his side near midfield, preparing for the end to another gutsy performance by the home team. They came out firing, taking the lead on a Touray chip shot in the 94th minute. After being stuck in their own end, the Islanders broke out quickly with Jason Pelletier leading the charge. The crafty midfielder passed it to Touray, who lobbed it over a sliding Ryan Meara to put the Islanders ahead 2-1. Mkosana, who was playing in his second game for the Islanders, added a late goal in the 118th to seal the victory. Off another counterattack, Mkosana found himself inside the eighteen. Lucky for Mkosana, second-half substitute Yann Ekra found him too, lacing a pass right to the foot of the Dartmouth product, whose goal gave the Islanders a 3-1 lead that they would not relinquish. On their heels for most of the match, the Islanders fell into a defensive shell, most of their opportunities coming from counters. They executed their counterpunching strategy to perfection, squeezing the athletic Red Bulls attack and pushing them toward the flanks. Despite star players Thierry Henry and Joel Lindpere not making the trip, New York dominated possession, ending with 17 shots to Harrisburg's 10 and eliciting 14 corners to the Islanders' two. Goalkeeper Nick Noble, who ended up with seven saves on the night, said after the match "that's why they call it soccer, not possession." The Islanders, who lived dangerously all match, needed another stellar effort from their hot goalkeeper. And to the 1,477 in attendance, he didn't disappoint. In regulation, Touray opened the scoring after running mate Brian Ombiji drove, spun and dished in the 13th minute. A leg injury would later end Ombiji's night in the 89th. After halftime, New York finally capitalized on the constant pressure they had exerted on the Islanders all match long. Connor Lade, who scored in New York's previous Open Cup game against Charleston, blasted one past goalkeeper Nick Noble in the 59th to tie the game. With the win, Harrisburg moves into the quarterfinals and will face the winner of the game between D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union, who also played Tuesday. The quarterfinal matchup will take place June 26. New York returns to MLS play on Sunday, June 17 for a nationally televised game at the Chicago Fire on NBC. The Islanders, meanwhile, will host their eighth consecutive game Saturday when the Wilmington Hammerheads make the trip to Skyline Sports Complex. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.