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Union Omaha Defeat Minnesota United FC in U.S. Open Cup

By Staff, 05/25/22, 10:15PM EDT


Omaha become first League One club to advance to U.S. Open Cup's Quarterfinals

Omaha become first League One club to advance to U.S. Open Cup's Quarterfinals | Image Credit: Union Omaha

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Union Omaha defeated its second Major League Soccer opponent in its first-ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup run, this time downing 2019 U.S. Open Cup runner-up Minnesota United FC 2-1 at Allianz Field on Wednesday evening. Omaha will next travel down I-29 to take on MLS side Sporting Kansas City in the Quarterfinals of the competition.

Already the first League One club to compete in the tournament's Round of 16, Omaha will become the first League One side to advance to the U.S. Open Cup's Quarterfinals. Omaha becomes the first third-division club to advance to the Quarterfinals and beat multiple MLS clubs since Orlando City SC in 2013.

"Obviously, it's an exciting day for the guys," Head Coach Jay Mims said. "I'm so, so happy for them to experience this match this facility and the class team that Adrian [Heath] has.

"We knew we weren't going to come in here and dominate the ball and take over the game, we knew we were gonna have to defend for long periods of time," Mims added. "We also knew we'd come in and work hard and be savvy and be intelligent and create some chances."

The Loons started off the match with a bang, as MNUFC's Adrien Hunou powered a shot past Rashid Nuhu at close range to snatch the early lead. Despite Minnesota maintaining nearly 75% of the possession for the duration of the match, Omaha capitalized on its few opportunities in front of goal.

The first of Omaha's pair of goals came against the run of play as JP Scearce headed on a long ball from Nuhu that fell perfectly to the feet of Hugo Kametani who then hammered it past Eric Dick. Omaha's winning goal came from Joe Brito in the 51st minute and featured the 23-year-old midfielder recording his first professional goal on the volley in remarkable fashion.

"Thank you for all the fans that came out, what great support; cheers to you all," Mims said. "We'll see you all back in Omaha. Be safe tonight, but thank you so much. See you soon!"

Scoring Summary
MIN – Hunou (Fragapane) 6'
OMA – Kametani (Scearce) 45+1' | WATCH
OMA – Brito 51' | WATCH

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