Kenny Cooper and Heath Pearce each scored in the first half to lead the New York Red Bulls of MLS past the Charleston Battery 3-0 Tuesday night in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.
This was New York's first win over the Battery, a team from the USL Pro Division, in three U.S. Open Cup matches.
Cooper opened the scoring in the 14th minute. After a strong build up, New York's Jhonny Arteaga found Cooper inside the 18-yard box. Cooper chested down the ball, pivoted and ripped a shot past goalkeeper Brock Duckworth.
The Red Bulls extended the lead to 2-0 on Pearce's goal off an assist from Dax McCarty in the 41st minute.
New York's Connor Lade finished the scoring in the 71st minute.