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United tops FC Cincinnati in PKs, advances in U.S. Open Cup play

FC Cincinnati midfielder Kenney Walker (6) battles for the ball against Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin (17) in the first half at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati on June 6, 2018. Aaron Doster / USA TODAY Sports1 / 3
FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Spencer Richey (18) makes a save against Minnesota United midfielder Miguel Ibarra (10) in the first half at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati on June 6, 2018. Aaron Doster / USA TODAY Sports2 / 3
FC Cincinnati defender Matt Bahner (2) battles against Minnesota United midfielder Miguel Ibarra (10) in the first half at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati on June 6, 2018. Aaron Doster / USA TODAY Sports3 / 3

CINCINNATI — For the first time in club history, Minnesota United is headed to the Round of 16 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament.

It took penalty kicks to settle the match Wednesday, June 6, but the Loons topped FC Cincinnati of the lower-tier United Soccer League after a scoreless draw in regulation.

FC Cincinnati is expected to join Major League Soccer as an expansion franchise next season.

"Obviously delighted," United coach Adrian Heath said after the match. "Because you just want to get through. That's the name of the game. You win and advance or lose and go home. It was a very difficult environment. This is going to be a great addition to the MLS — I thought the crowd were terrific."

Christian Ramirez, Collin Martin and Brent Kallman converted their penalty kicks for Minnesota, with goalie Bobby Shuttleworth making two saves to secure the win.

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