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Cordell Cato scores in second half, Earthquakes beat Sacramento Republic FC 2-1 in US Open Cup

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SAN FRANCISCO - Cordell Cato scored in the second half to give the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-1 victory over Sacramento Republic FC on Wednesday night at Kezar Stadium in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup.

San Jose midfielder Khari Stephenson converted a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time after former MLS striker Justin Braun put third-tier Sacramento ahead with a glancing header in the 42nd minute.

The Earthquakes will face MLS rival Seattle or the amateur side PSA Elite in the fifth round June 24.

Sacramento, the Earthquakes' USL Pro affiliate club, took the lead when Braun, who scored five goals against San Jose during his time with four MLS teams, turned home a glancing header to beat goalkeeper David Bingham at the near post.

The Earthquakes seemed to equalize almost immediately when Clarence Goodson scored with a header on a 44th-minute corner kick, but the goal was waved off by referee Juan Guzman, who called for a penalty kick and handed a yellow card to Chad Bartlome for a foul inside the box.

Stephenson stepped to the spot seconds into first-half stoppage time and sent his shot to the right.

Bartlome nearly tied it in the 67th minute, but his shot was deflected just high by San Jose defender Ty Harden. Bartlome was ejected 11 minutes later.

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