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Detroit City FC’s US Open Cup run ends in shootout loss to Louisville

hamtramck — Darkness had towered over Keyworth Stadium for some time. Thirty minutes of extra time wasn’t enough.

And the Round of 32 US Open Cup match between Detroit City FC and Louisville City FC? Well, it still needed a hero.

But on this night, amidst a run where late-game heroics always seemed to favor DCFC, that player was not wearing rouge and gold.

Goalkeeper Kyle Morton stopped DCFC’s Rhys Williams in the second round to give his team the edge and Louisville went a perfect 4-for-4 to seal a 1-1 victory via penalty kicks (4-2).

DCFC's Rhys Williams and Louisville's Jorge Gonzalez battle for the ball in the first half of Tuesday's US Open Cup match at Keyworth Stadium.

“Phenomenal effort from the players,” DCFC manager Trevor James said. “I’m just disappointed for them that they didn’t cross the line at the end, but you can’t find fault in their performance at all.”

DCFC’s last chance, a shot from team captain Stephen Carroll, sailed over the net. Thus ended a historic run in the USOC that saw Detroit City reach the Round of 32 for the first time in club history and featured a win over Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew.

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