FCC keeper Mitch Hildebrandt was also once again a hero. After he stopped three of four shootout shots in Cincy’s upset of Chicago, his late-game save on Miami’s game-winner from last round, Kwadwo Poku, was a heart-in-mouth moment for Cincinnati supporters. Again, Hildebrandt didn’t crack under pressure, and he has now gone 510 minutes without allowing a goal in this competition.

Either Cincy or Miami, who each beat MLS teams in the previous round, would have been the first non-MLS squad to make the semifinals since 2011. Nothing against Miami, also a compelling underdog, but the prospect of seeing a raucous FCC crowd at Nippert Stadium host MLS’s New York/New Jersey MetroStars is mouthwatering, especially after the instant classic that was Cincinnati’s fifth-round home game against Chicago. That match will happen on August 15.