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How they got here - FC Dallas vs Philadelphia Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Semifinal

12 August 10:09 am

How they got here - FC Dallas vs Philadelphia Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Semifinal

By Daniel Robertson

TONIGHT at Toyota Stadium it's the semifinals of the 101st edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup as FC Dallas hosts Philadelphia for the second time in a month with a chance to host the LHUSOC Final on the line for the winner. Both teams have defeated three teams to get to this point so let's take a look back and see how each team arrived at tonight's big game in Frisco.

WATCH: FCD 2, Scorpions 0

Fourth Round

FC Dallas 2 San Antonio Scorpions 0

It took FC Dallas quite a bit of effort to shake off the plucky side that currently sits in first place in the NASL, but Oscar Pareja's men wore down the Scorpions after a scoreless first half and eventually found a pair of goals through the Colombian connection of Fabian Castillo and Andres Escobar.

This win was Dallas' first ever against San Antonio and helped set up a Texas Derby in the fifth round of the tournament.

Philadelphia Union 3 Harrisburg City Islanders 1

The scoreline is impressive, but the Union nearly crashed out at the first stage of their Open Cup journey.

An 89th minute goal from Maurice Edue saved Philadelphia embarassment and they went on to score twice in 30 minutes of extra time to beat their USL Pro affiliate.

Andrew Wenger scored in the 110th and 117th minutes to seal the victory setting up another home match against the NASL's New York Cosmos.

Fifth Round

FC Dallas 3 Houston Dynamo 2

In another epic edition of the Texas Derby, FC Dallas prevailed for the fourth straight time and second straight in the LHUSOC with a 3-2 win after extra time.

A see-saw battle typical of FCD vs Houston matchups saw Dallas take the lead at BBVA Compass Stadium in the 35th minute through Fabian Castillo's slalomed effort. The Dynamo tied the game up before halftime, but Andres Escobar restored FCD's lead in the 59th minute with a screamer of a strike. Omar Cummings once against tied up the game just three minutes later and we headed for extra time.

Tesho Akindele wrote another chapter to his wonderful rookie season with a 98th minute game-winner and FCD moved on to the quarterfinals.

Philadelphia Union 2 New York Cosmos 1

Once again, the Union needed extra time to see off their lower-league opponent, beating the NASL's New York Cosmos 2-1 in a wild match at PPL Park. Both sides tallied in a two-minute span in the second half sending the match to extra time where things really got nutty.

Sebastien Le Toux scored a game-winner in the 114th minute from the penalty spot, but that's only half the story. The 30 minutes of extra time saw five red cards and two yellow cards dished out in a wild match that saw Philadelphia move on to the quarterfinals where they were set to host the New England Revolution.

WATCH: FCD 5, Carolina 2

Quarterfinals

FC Dallas 5 Carolina Railhawks 2

While lower league sides look easy on paper, this matchup against Carolina was anything but as FC Dallas would travel to a Railhawks team that had not lost at home in 24 games. Carolina came out and took the lead early in the match, but Blas Perez fired back for two goals and Fabian Castillo added a third to send a wild game to halftime with FCD leading 3-2.

Dallas took control in the second half and found goals from Mauro Diaz and Blas Perez to complete his hat trick and send FCD to tonight's semifinal matchup, the eighth LHUSOC semifinal in team history.

Philadelphia Union 2 New England Revolution 0

The Union scored a relatively straight-forward 2-0 win over the Revolution with goals in either half from Conor Casey and Sebastien Le Toux. The crazy part of this game surrounded an hour-long weather delay that saw a dust storm invade PPL Park.