COMMERCE CITY, CO (WXIA) – Despite losing three players to red cards, the Atlanta Silverbacks remained alive in the US Open Cup tournament, defeating Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids 2-1 Tuesday night.
In the 62nd minute, two Silverbacks, Kwadwo Poku and Jaime Chavez, along with Colorado's Marc Burch were red carded due to a fight on the field. In the 65th minute, Atlanta's Borfor Carr was tossed for using foul and abusive language. The red cards left the Silverbacks playing for quite awhile with only eight men, but still left them holding their lead.
Before the fracas, Chavez picked up both of Atlanta's goals on the evening, in the 22nd minute and after the half, in the 58th minute. Colorado answered with one goal on a place kick from Dillon Powers in the 75th minute.
Tuesday's win marks the second for the Silverbacks over Major League Soccer opponents, after winning their first against Real Salt Lake two weeks ago in the fourth round. The Silverbacks will next head to the quarterfinals of the tournament to face the winner of this week's match between two more MLS opponents – the Chicago Fire and the Columbus Crew. The winner of that match will come to Atlanta to take on the Silverbacks on July 8 or 9.
The Silverbacks are one of only two NASL teams remaining in this year's US Open Cup tournament. The Carolina RailHawks downed the LA Galaxy, 1-0 Tuesday afternoon.
The prestigious Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament has been held each year since 1914, and features 80 teams from 11 different soccer leagues across the nation.