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Sporting Kansas City and DC United through in US Open Cup

Wednesday night saw Sporting Kansas City and DC United progress through to the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup after winning their qualifying games.

Sporting managed a 1-0 extra-time win over Houston Dynamo Aggie Soccer Stadium in College Station, Texas thanks to a goal from CJ Sapong in the second minute of the first overtime period.

In Maryland, DC edged Philadelphia Union 4-2 on penalties after extra-time finished 2-2. The Union struck first in the 18th minute through Carlos Ruiz before United hit back just before half-time through Josh Wolff.

There were no further goals until extra-time when DC defender Daniel Woolard smashed home before Philadelphia's Brian Carroll with two minutes remaining to force penalties which DC saluted 4-2 thanks to a vital save by keeper Bill Hamid.

Both winning teams are now two of seven remaining MLS clubs vying for the two play-in berths available for the U.S. Soccer national club tournament.

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Andrew Slevison
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