United take home Open Cup

United take home Open Cup
October 1, 2013, 11:45 pm
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SANDY, Utah (AP) -- Lewis Neal scored in the 45th minute and D.C. United won its third U.S. Open Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Tuesday night.

United last won the Cup in 2008.

RSL controlled possession and had more scoring chances during the first half, but couldn't crack United's defense.

Neal put D.C. on the board while cleaning up a loose ball in the box. The midfielder latched onto the ball and slotted it inside the right post past a diving Nick Rimando just before halftime.

Salt Lake kept attacking in the second half, keeping United's defense on its heels. Those efforts nearly paid off in the 59th minute when Sebastian Velasquez unleashed a left-footed shot from distance that hit off the crossbar. That set up a corner kick for RSL, but the ball was cleared.

RSL had another good opportunity in the 81st minute when Kyle Beckerman chipped the ball to Alvaro Saborio near the right post. Saborio fired a quick volley, but his shot was knocked over the crossbar by goalie Bill Hamid.

Salt Lake's final chance came in the 94th minute when Nat Borchers crossed to Devon Sandoval deep in the box. Sandoval sent a bicycle kick that Hamid caught.