ALLSTON, Mass. -- Over the course of his 12-year professional career, Revolution defender Je-Vaughn Watson has learned to never shy away from an opportunity, unglamorous or otherwise. On Wednesday, both he and his team reaped the rewards of that attitude.
With a trip to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals on the line, the Jamaican international scored early before converting the clinching penalty strike in Wednesday's 1-1 (4-2 penalties) win over the Philadelphia Union at Harvard University.
The LA Galaxy will host FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.
In the other game, the Chicago Fire will travel to meet the New England Revolution, after all four teams advanced in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
U.S. Soccer conducted the draw on Thursday morning. Both games will be televised on ESPN2 on Aug. 10.
The Fire will host the Sept. 21 final should they advance, but if the Revolution win they will play on the road at the LA-Dallas winner.
The New England Revolution beat the Philadelphia Union 4-2 on penalties to advance to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.
Diego Fagundez found Je-Vaughn Watson from a set piece and the midfielder's left-footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom right corner beat Union goalkeeper Andre Blake to make it 1-0 ahead of the break.
Kei Kamara was dangerous throughout the second half, calling Blake into action once from 18 yards out and again from just inside the penalty...