Aug. 2, 2006 – Rochester Rhinos 0:0 (4×5 PKs) Revolution at PAETEC Park (Att.: 9,500)
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Jeff Larentowicz converted the clincher as the Revolution won a penalty kick shootout for the first time in three tries. The Revolution had lost on PKs to the Rhinos in the 2004 U.S. Open Cup and D.C. United in the 2004 Eastern Conference finals.
This was the first Revolution U.S. Open Cup away win. From the Boston Globe:
“The Revolution … appeared on the verge of elimination after Rochester’s Mike Ambersley and John Ball converted and shots by Shalrie Joseph and Andy Dorman had been denied by Scott Vallow. But scores by the next five Revolution shooters: Jose Cancela, Steve Ralston, James Riley, goalkeeper Matt Reis, and Larentowicz provided the difference. Reis did not make a save, but Matthew Delicate (high), Tenywa Bonseu (crossbar), and Frankie Sanfilippo (high) missed penalty tries.”
But the shootout success did not apparently prepare the Revolution for their ultimate test. The Revolution eliminated the Chicago Fire in PKs in the Eastern Conference playoffs Oct. 28, then lost to the Houston Dynamo on PKs in the 2006 MLS Cup final.
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