The Union edged FC Dallas 4-3 on penalty kicks following 120 minutes of 1-1 action on Tuesday night to reach the final of the U.S. Open Cup.
The Union will now host the winner of Wednesday's battle between the Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire for the title.
All four Union players -- Sheanon Williams, Vincent Nogueira, Cristián Maidana and Maurice Edu -- scored on their penalty kick attempts. Meanwhile, goalie Zac MacMath was able to save attempts from Blas Perez and Victor Ulloa to secure the win.
Amobi Okugo gave the Union the lead in the 47th minute off assists from Vincent Nogueira and Sebastien Le Toux.
Fabian Castillo momentarily saved the day for FC Dallas with the tying goal in the 81st minute.
After both clubs went scoreless in extra time, the Union used that perfect performance in penalty kicks to cool off a red-hot FC Dallas and reach their first ever U.S. Open Cup final.
The Union have signed draft picks Aaron Jones and Jack Elliott, the second and fourth round picks from last month’s MLS SuperDraft.
Jones is a 5-foot-9 defender was selected 33rd overall.
“We are pleased to sign Aaron to an official MLS contract,” Union sporting director Earnie Stewart said in a statement. “Aaron has impressed throughout his time with us in preseason camp, displaying quickness, his ability in passing and on free kicks, and his aggressive one-on-one defending.”
The 22-year-old originally played with Georgia State University from 2013-2014. He made 35 starts while scoring three goals with five assists. He transferred to Clemson before the 2015 season and finished his final two seasons with the Tigers. In those two seasons he made 38 starts, scoring four goals, and gathered seven assists.
Elliott was chosen 77th overall out of West Virginia, where he played in 68 games and recorded six goals and five assists. He was named to the 2016 NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team in addition to earning CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honors, becoming WVU’s first three-time Academic All-America honoree.
“When you look at Jack, the first thing you notice is his height, an asset that we believe will serve him well as a professional,” said Stewart in a statement. “He is a good passer who reads the game well.”
Twenty-five of the Union’s 34 games in 2017 will be featured on CSN and TCN, as Jim Curtin’s club vies for a second straight playoff berth.
Twenty matches will air on TCN, while five can be seen on CSN. The nine others will be appear across 6ABC, ESPN and FOX Sports 1.
The Union’s season opener on March 5 at the Vancouver Whitecaps will broadcast on TCN and the team’s home opener on March 11 against Toronto FC will air on CSN. The next three games — March 18 at Orlando City SC, April 1 at D.C. United and April 8 vs. the Portland Timbers — will be shown on TCN.
The Union are coming off an 11-14-9 season and their second-ever trip to the MLS playoffs in which they suffered a first-round exit to Toronto FC.
For the Union’s full 2017 schedule, click here.