After finishing regulation tied 2-2, it took 30 minutes of extra time and 14 rounds of penalty kicks, a US Open Cup record, before the Charleston Battery were defeated 12-11 on penalties by Orlando City’s U-23 squad on Wednesday night in the third round of the 2014 US Open Cup in Charleston, SC.
“That’s what the Cup is all about,” said head coach Mike Anheuser after the match, “If you don’t get the win, then you don’t move on. There is nothing you can dwell on.”
Orlando City grabbed the lead in the 26th minute off of a free kick. Defender Skyler Russell took the free kick and sent a cross into the box. The cross was knocked down and bounced around before forward Romario Williams was able to put a foot on the ball and send the ball into the back of the net to give Orlando City a 1-0 lead.
Just before the half, Orlando City extended their lead to 2-0 on a spectacular goal from midfielder Andrew Brody. Brody controlled a ball before chipping the ball from around 30 yards out over the head of Charleston keeper Eric Shannon to give Orlando City a cushion heading into halftime.
Charleston would come storming back in the second half to send the game into extra time. Forward Dane Kelly scored both goals for the Battery, the first coming in the 63rd minute. Kelly made a move before firing a shot that hit the crossbar and after it rebounded back to him, he slotted home his second shot to make the score 2-1.
Kelly would get his second goal of the game from the penalty spot. After having his shot hit the crossbar again, a scrum ensued in the box and a Orlando City defender was called for a foul in the box, giving Charleston a penalty kick. Kelly stepped up and scored the penalty kick to tie the game at 2-2.
Charleston applied heavy pressure for the rest of regulation but were unable break the tie. After two periods of extra time, the game was still deadlocked despite quality chances for the Battery.
It would take 14 rounds of penalty kicks to decide the match, the most in US Open Cup history. Charleston forward Heviel Cordoves had a chance to win the match in the 8th round of penalties but Orlando City goalkeeper Tomas Gomez made a nice save to keep City alive.
In the 14th round, Orlando City midfielder Lucas Diniz stepped up and calmly made his penalty. Battery forward Dane Kelly stepped up to take the kick with the hope of continuing the match but his attempted sailed over the crossbar.
The loss in the third round eliminated Charleston from the 2014 US Open Cup.
The Battery will go on the road next to face the Orlando City Pirates on Saturday, May 31 at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida at 7:30 p.m.