CHICAGO – Nine teams advanced to the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Wednesday night.
U.S. Soccer will conduct the pairing process for the third round of the Open Cup Monday, May 13 at Soccer House in Chicago. The third round is scheduled to be played May 29.
The surprise results of the second night of the first round saw Open Division amateurs Florida Soccer Soldiers and FC Denver defeat NPSL opposition in Miami FC and Midland-Odessa Sockers, respectively.
Division III (USL League One) professionals Greenville Triumph SC downed fellow pros South Georgia Tormenta 1-0, while Lansing Ignite, also of USL League One, squeaked by amateurs AFC Ann Arbor 2-1 in their first Open Cup match.
Amateur clubs from USL League Two enjoyed a successful evening with Dayton Dutch Lions and Reading United AC recording 2-1 wins, while the Des Moines Menace needed PKs to advance. The Iowa club wasn’t the only team to advance on penalties as Open Cup regulars NTX Rayados battled back from a goal and a man down to force overtime vs. Little Rock Rangers with the last kick of regulation before winning the shootout.
There were other nail-biters too. Historic American soccer club New York Cosmos had to pull a win from the jaws of overtime as they were pegged back with three minutes left in regulation by Open Cup debutants Black Rock FC only to strike in the final moments to win and advance.
Erie Commodores FC (NPSL) 1, Dayton Dutch Lions (USL League 2) 2
Tate Robertson’s low bouncer through the box in the 73rd minute proved to be the game-winner as Dayton Dutch Lions squeaked past Erie Commodores, 2-1, at McConnell Family Stadium on the campus of Erie, Pa.’s Gannon University. Georgios Charkoutsakis scored in the 11th minute to give the Dutch Lions an early lead, but Erie Commodores netted an equalizer in the opening minutes of the second half to set up the heroics from Robertson, the Dutch Lions’ No. 10. Dayton Dutch Lions advance to the Second Round and will play Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL Championship) at a venue to be determined on Tuesday, May 14.
Reading United AC (USL League Two) 2, Philadelphia Lone Star (NPSL) 1
Jeremy Rafanello’s two first-half goals were enough to push Reading United AC past Philadelphia Lone Star, 2-1, at Reading, Pa.’s Alvernia University Stadium. Rafanello rifled in a long-range effort as Reading grabbed a lead in the 18th minute, and calmly placed a penalty kick into the back of the net just two minutes later to double the lead for the home team, which has won a USOC game for the second consecutive year. In the second half, Shawn Genus slotted home a rebound in the 67th minute to get Lone Star on the scoreboard before the game got physical and both teams finished with 10 men. Reading United will visit Louisville City FC (USL Championship) in the Second Round at University of Louisville’s Lynn Stadium on Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. ET.
Cosmos (NPSL) 2, Black Rock FC (USL League Two) 1
Bledi Bardic scored off a header six minutes into stoppage time to lift the Cosmos (National Premier Soccer League) to a 2-1 victory over Black Rock FC (USL League Two) at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium in New York City. Black Rock FC, a team composed of prep school and college players, kept it close and equalized on Komar Martinez-Paiz’s goal in the 87th minute. It appeared the game was heading to extra-time. The Cosmos had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 12th minute after Black Rock FC was called for a hand ball in the penalty area. Captain Danny Szetela took the ensuing penalty kick and sent a shot to the lower right corner that goalkeeper Leland Gazo dove to his left to knock away. The Cosmos took the lead in the 28th minute as forward Aaron Dennis slotted home a left-wing cross from Giuseppe Barone from the goal mouth past Gazo for a 1-0 lead and his third goal in as many matches. Cosmos B advanced to the second round as they will meet Hartford Athletic (USL Championship) at Al-Marzook Field at the University of Hartford in Hartford, Conn. next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Lansing Ignite (USL League One) 2, AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL) 1
Playing in their first U.S. Open Cup match as a club, Lansing Ignite found the cutting edge in striker Njeta Nfor whose brace fired the capital-area side to the second round at the expense of in-state rivals AFC Ann Arbor (themselves competing in just their second Open Cup match). Lansing found their footing first with Nfor being played in on goal where he tucked a rolling shot beneath the onrushing ‘keeper in the 29th minute. The hosts kept their 1-0 lead until midway through the second half when a long ball over the top of the ignite defense resulted in goalkeeper Kyle Ihn racing out to block an initial attempt from Jacob Rufe at the top of the box. The rebound fell to Alex Alexis who threaded a shot through traffic for the equalizer in the 66th minute. Six minutes later, Nfor bagged his second with a clinical headed goal courtesy of a pin-point Lewis Jones cross. The hosts made that 2-1 lead stand up with help from Ihn, who made a one-handed point-blank save late in the match to deny Ann Arbor their best late chance and push the Ignite to a Second Round match vs. Indy Eleven at Sellick Bowl on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis next Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.
Greenville Triumph SC (USL League One) 1, South Georgia Tormenta FC (USL League One) 0
Cole Seiler poked in the game’s only goal with 15 minutes to play as Greenville Triumph FC nipped South Georgia Tormenta FC, 1-0, at Greenville, S.C.’s Legacy Early College Field. A scoreless first 45 minutes between two USL League One regional rivals gave way to more of the same in the second half. It wasn’t until the 75th minute when Omar Mohamed’s clean touch set up Seiler, who got his foot to the ball during a wild scrum to poach the match winner. Greenville Triumph FC will meet Charleston Battery (USL Championship) in the Second Round at a venue to be determined on Wednesday, May 15.
Miami FC (NPSL) 1, Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.) 2
In perhaps the biggest upset of the First Round, Florida Soccer Soldiers got two second-half goals to come from behind and defeat Miami FC, 2-1, at Buccaneer Field on the campus of Miami Shores, Fla.’s Barry University. Former Cuban international Ariel Martinez finished from close range in the 6th minute to give Miami FC an early lead, and end-to-end action in the 20 th and 21st minutes highlighted a fast-paced game in which the 2018 NPSL Champions found themselves face-to-face with an amateur side currently competing in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL). A mistake on the backline led to an equalizer for Soccer Soldiers’ William Stamatis in the first minute of the second half, and despite several world-class saves from Miami FC goalkeeper Mark Pais, Soldiers’ winger Carlos Freire put the game-winner across the goal line in the 87 th minute. Soccer Soldiers hit the road to play Charlotte Independence (USL Championship) at Mecklenburg County Sportsplex in Matthews, N.C., on Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. ET.
Little Rock Rangers (NPSL) 2, NTX Rayados (TX) 2, 2-2 AET, 2-4 PKs
The omens were not good for NTX Rayados – Dallas-based amateurs back for their eighth straight Open Cup. Their flight to Little Rock, Arkansas, where they were meant to take on Little Rock Rangers (NPSL) was cancelled, forcing the squad to make the four-hour drive the day of the game in driving wind and rain. Word has it they picked up a flat tire along the way and had to change it on the side of the road. But the Rayados thrive on adversity and Reece Wilson opened the scoring in the 8th minute from close range to give the visitors – who reached the Fourth Round last year top play against eventual champs Houston Dynamo – a 1-0 lead. The host Rangers, the first team from the State of Arkansas to reach and Open Cup proper, responded in kind, with Alex Guadron’s deflected shot nestling in the back of the net after 27 minutes. Then they went one better when Sabelo Hlongwan put the home side into a 2-1 lead where it looked like it would stay to the end. But the Rayados, not a side to know when they’re beaten, scored an equalizer through Lucio Martinez with the last kick of regulation to force extra-time. Reduced to ten men for the next 30 minutes, Rayados hung on and scored all of their penalties in the shootout to book a date with OKC Energy – a team they beat last year – in the Second Round on May 14 at 7:30 p.m. CT at John Crain Field on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.
Des Moines Menace (USLL2) 1, Duluth FC (NPSL) 1, 1-1 AET, 3-1 PKs
The Des Moines Menace ultimately prevailed via the penalty mark after a hard fought 1-1 draw through 120 minutes with Duluth FC and booked their ticket to the Second Round of the 2019 U.S. Open Cup. The Iowa side opened the scoring in ninth minute when a cross from the left of goal arced down toward the center of the box and Ignacio Goya de Anca was on hand to volley a peach of a shot back across goal and inside the left post for the 1-0 lead. A foul in the box opened the door for Duluth to draw level in the 35 th minute via a Carlyle Dos Santos conversion from the spot. After the second 45 coupled with 35 minutes of extra time yielded no more goals, it was the Menace who were more clinical from 12 yards out. Des Moines goalkeeper Jordan Bell did his part as well, making a critical save to help send the Iowans to a Second Round matchup vs. Saint Louis FC on May 15.
Midland-Odessa Sockers (NPSL) 1, FC Denver (Colo.) 2
Kyle Crouse’s dramatic 89th-minute long-range blast made the difference for FC Denver against the Midland-Odessa Sockers at Grade Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas, setting up a derby matchup in the next round against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks. Crouse capitalized as the Sockers failed to clear a long ball, gaining possession on the right wing, taking a touch and teeing off with the outside of his foot to finish from 30 yards into the far left corner. FC Denver took advantage of a defensive mix-up to open the scoring on Cesar Castillo’s 34th -minute goal. After John Lister headed on a Jacob Peterson goal kick, defenders Michael Agboola and Owain Hoskins collided, leaving Lashaw Salta with an open shot. Brin Lapuh’s kick save sent the rebound directly to Castillo, who finished into an empty net from just inside the penalty area. Substitute Grant Mobley equalized off a 64th-minute corner kick, finishing a rebound after Agboola’s header was cleared off the line at the near post.
First Round Results
Date Game (home team listed first) Result Venue May 7 Richmond Kickers (USLL1) vs. Virginia United (Va.) 6-2 City Stadium; Richmond, Va. May 7 New York Red Bulls U23 (USLL2) vs. FC Motown (NPSL) 3-3, 4-4 AET (5-3 PKs) Montclair State University; Montclair, N.J. May 7 FC Baltimore (NPSL) vs. West Chester United (Pa.) 1-1, 1-1 AET (4-5 PKs) Homewood Field (Johns Hopkins Univ.); Baltimore, Md. May 8 Erie Commodores FC (NPSL) vs. Dayton Dutch Lions (USLL2) 1-2 McConnell Family Stadium (Gannon Univ.); Erie, Pa. May 8 Lansing Ignite FC (USLL1) vs. AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL) 2-1 Lansing Catholic High School; Lansing, Mich. May 8 Reading United AC (USLL2) vs. Philadelphia Lone Star FC (NPSL) 2-1 Alvernia University Stadium; Reading, Pa. May 8 New York Cosmos B (NPSL) vs. Black Rock FC (USLL2) 2-1 Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium (Columbia Univ.); New York, N.Y.
Date Game (home team listed first) Result Venue May 7 Lakeland Tropics (USLL2) vs. The Villages SC (USLL2) 1-1, 1-1 AET (7-8 PKs) Lake Myrtle Sports Complex; Auburndale, Fla. May 7 South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 (USLL2) vs. Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (USLL1) 3-0 Erk Russell Park (Georgia Southern Univ.); Statesboro, Ga. May 8 Greenville Triumph SC (USLL1) vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC (USLL1) 1-0 Legacy Early College Field; Greenville, S.C. May 8 Miami FC (NPSL) vs. Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.) 1-2 Buccaneer Field (Barry Univ.); Miami Shores, Fla.
Date Game (home team listed first) Result Venue May 7 Bavarian SC (Wis.) vs. Forward Madison FC (USLL1) 0-2 Uihlein Soccer Park; Milwaukee, Wis. May 7 Laredo Heat SC (NPSL) vs. Brazos Valley Cavalry FC (USLL2) 1-0 Texas A&M International Univ.; Laredo, Texas May 8 Little Rock Rangers (NPSL) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas) 2-2, 2-2 AET (2-4 PKs) Episcopal Collegiate School; Little Rock, Ark. May 8 Des Moines Menace (USLL2) vs. Duluth FC (NPSL) 1-1, 1-1 AET (3-1 PKs) Des Moines Christian School; Urbandale, Iowa May 8 Midland-Odessa Sockers FC (NPSL) vs. FC Denver (Colo.) 1-2 Grande Communications Stadium; Midland, Texas
Date Game (home team listed first) Result Venue May 7 Academica SC (Calif.) vs. El Farolito (NPSL) 1-2 Academica Field; Turlock, Calif. May 7 Cal FC (Calif.) vs. FC Mulhouse Portland (NPSL) 5-1 Orange County Great Park – Field 25; Irvine, Calif. May 7 Orange County FC (NPSL) vs. FC Golden State Force (USLL2) 2-0 Orange County Great Park – Championship Soccer Stadium; Irvine, Calif.
Second Round Schedule
Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue May 14 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (USLC) vs. Dayton Dutch Lions (USLL2) 7 p.m. ET Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa. May 14 Hartford Athletic (USLC) vs. New York Cosmos B (NPSL) 7:30 p.m. ET Al-Marzook Field (Univ. of Hartford); Hartford, Conn. May 15 Indy Eleven (USLC) vs. Lansing Ignite FC (USLL1) 7 p.m. ET Sellick Bowl (Butler Univ.); Indianapolis, Ind. May 15 North Carolina FC (USLC) vs. Richmond Kickers (USLL1) 7 p.m. ET Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C. May 15 Louisville City FC (USLC) vs. Reading United AC (USLL2) 7 p.m. ET Lynn Stadium (Univ. of Louisville); Louisville, Ky. May 15 Memphis 901 FC (USLC) vs. New York Red Bulls U23 (USLL2) 7 p.m. CT AutoZone Park; Memphis, Tenn. May 15 Birmingham Legion FC (USLC) vs. West Chester United (Pa.) 7 p.m. CT BBVA Compass Field; Birmingham, Ala.
Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue May 14 Charlotte Independence (USLC) vs. Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.) 7 p.m. ET Mecklenburg County Sportsplex; Matthews, N.C. May 14 Tampa Bay Rowdies (USLC) vs. The Villages SC (USLL2) 7 p.m. ET Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla. May 14 Nashville SC (USLC) vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 (USLL2) 7:30 p.m. CT Dean A. Hayes Track & Soccer Stadium (Middle Tennessee State Univ.); Murfreesboro, Tenn. May 15 Greenville Triumph SC (USLL1) vs. Charleston Battery (USLC) 7 p.m. ET Legacy Early College Field; Greenville, S.C.
Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue May 14 OKC Energy FC (USLC) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas) 7:30 p.m. CT John Crain Field (Univ. of Oklahoma); Norman, Okla. May 14 Austin Bold FC (USLC) vs. Tulsa Roughnecks (USLC) 7:30 p.m. CT Bold Stadium; Del Valle, Texas May 14 San Antonio FC (USLC) vs. Laredo Heat SC (NPSL) 7:30 p.m. CT Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas May 15 Des Moines Menace (USLL2) vs. Saint Louis FC (USLC) 7:30 p.m. CT Cownie Soccer Park; Des Moines, Iowa May 15 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USLC) vs. FC Denver (Colo.) 7 p.m. MDT Weidner Field; Colorado Springs, Colo. May 15 El Paso Locomotive FC (USLC) vs. Forward Madison FC (USLL1) 7 p.m. MDT Southwest University Ballpark; El Paso, Texas May 15 Phoenix Rising FC (USLC) vs. New Mexico United (USLC) 7:30 p.m. MST Casino Arizona Field; Tempe, Ariz.
Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue May 14 Las Vegas Lights FC (USLC) vs. Cal FC (Calif.) 7:30 p.m. PT Cashman Field; Las Vegas, Nev. May 15 El Farolito (NPSL) vs. Fresno FC (USLC) 2:30 p.m. PT Boxer Stadium; San Francisco, Calif. May 15 Sacramento Republic FC (USLC) vs. Reno 1868 FC (USLC) 7:30 p.m. PT Papa Murphy’s Park; Sacramento, Calif. May 15 Orange County SC (USLC) vs. Orange County FC (NPSL)