CHICAGO (May 14, 2015) - The First Round of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup was completed on Wednesday night with 21 teams booking places in next week's Second Round, which takes place on May 20 and sees the introduction of professional clubs into the tournament bracket.
With the competition's Second Round fixtures now set in stone, U.S. Soccer will conduct the pairing process for the Third Round of the Open Cup later today at Soccer House in Chicago. The Third Round is scheduled to be played May 27.
First Round Recaps:
West Virginia Chaos (PDL) 1, Fort Pitt Regiment (Pa.; NPSL) 0 In the first-ever U.S. Open Cup match played in the state of West Virginia, and the first competition appearance for both sides, the Chaos saw Daniel Smee pop up with an early fifth minute strike that stood the test of 90 minutes in a 1-0 victory over the NPSL’s Fort Pitt Regiment. West Virginia Chaos moves on to a Second Round matchup at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on May 20.
Greater Binghamton Thunder FC (N.Y.; NPSL) 1, Western Mass Pioneers (PDL) 1 (Greater Binghamtom FC Thunder wins 4-3 on penalty kicks) The home standing Western Mass Pioneers ran out to a 1-0 lead when Zach Grady picked out Ryan Taylor in the 23rd minute. Just after halftime, Greater Binghamton pulled back the equalizer when Jake Sutherland’s long cross found the head of Zeb Cross in the 54th minute. The match went to extra time and eventually penalty kicks where Greater Binghamton edged Western Mass 4-3. The NPSL side advances to a Second Round date at the Rochester Rhinos on May 20.
Lansing United (NPSL) 0, RWB Adria (Ill.; USASA) 0 (Lansing United wins 4-2 on penalty kicks) Though Lansing United were outdone over 120 minutes by a 6-1 shots-on-goal ratio, their accuracy in the penalty kick shootout proved quite good. Quinn McAnaney’s stop on Vlad Baciu’s shootout attempt combined with Yves Nzawanga’s penalty kick clincher, sent Lansing United through 4-2 over RWB Adria. Next up, the NPSL side welcomes USL newbies Louisville City FC to East Lansing Soccer Complex on May 20.
Miami United FC (NPSL) 2, SW Florida Adrenaline (PDL) 1 Following a scoreless first half, home standing Miami United FC found the first goal through Colombian Diego Hurtado in the 67th minute. Jorge Chedravi would equalize for SW Florida Adrenaline 11 minutes later, but just as the match looked destined for extra time, Miami’s Manuel Abirached popped up with a dramatic 93rd minute winner. The victory advances Miami United to a Second Round date at Charleston Battery on May 20.
Upward Stars (S.C.; NPSL) 3, Triangle Brigade FC (N.C.; USASA) 3 (Upward Stars win 3-1 on penalty kicks) Dubbed the “Geometric Derby,” the match played in Spartanburg, S.C. was a seesaw battle. Upward Stars struck first through Andre Carl in the eighth minute, but saw their lead evaporate quickly when Triangle Brigade’s Andy Chivu equalized in the 11th minute. The USASA side then went ahead through Lucas Silva on the hour mark, taking them into halftime up 2-1. Upward Stars would take back the lead when Tom Keen and Marvin Schmiege found the back of the net in the 53rd and 54th minutes respectively, but the match would get it’s extra time blessing via a 62nd minute strike from Triangle’s Josh Toma. With no goals in the additional 30 minutes, Upward Stars converted all three of their penalty kicks while Triangle saw two go begging, booking the NPSL side’s Second Round ticket. They’ll next visit Charlotte Independence on May 20.
Virginia Beach City FC (NPSL) 3, AC Connecticut (PDL) 2 Both clubs made their competition debuts in this match and were served with a full dose of drama. Geoffrey Hill’s stunning 30-yard strike in the seventh minute gave Virginia Beach City FC the lead before Raphael Carvalho answered for with a close-range effort in the 34th minute. Connecticut would then go ahead after the break when Zach Zurita pounced on a rebound in the 62nd minute. Virginia Beach would pull level when Tyler Cyrus converted from the penalty spot in the 71st before Pat Thomas pounced for the 88th minute winner to give Virginia Beach City FC its first-ever U.S. Open Cup win. The club advances to the Second Round where it will pay a visit to the Richmond Kickers on May 20.
Reading United AC (Pa.; PDL) 1, Maryland Bays (USASA) 0 Making a ninth U.S. Open Cup appearance, Reading United used Brett Campbell’s close-range 19th minute strike and then held on as goalkeeper Kyle Morton made three key second half saves to earn a 1-0 victory over Maryland Bays. The win sets Reading up with a Second Round visit to Harrisburg City Islanders on May 20.
Michigan Bucks (PDL) 3, Detroit City FC (NPSL) 0 In one of the most anticipated matches of the First Round, perennial U.S. Open Cup power Michigan Bucks grabbed two early goals from David Goldsmith and Peri Marosevic in the seventh and ninth minutes respectively. Threatening throughout the first half, the Bucks found a third goal on the half hour mark with Brad Ruhaak’s long distance strike and easily handled their NPSL neighbors in the second half to earn a 3-0 victory. Next up for the Bucks is a Second Round date with Portland Timbers 2, set for May 20 at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, Michigan.
Chattanooga FC (NPSL) 1, Ocala Stampede (Fla.; PDL) 1 (Chattanooga FC win 5-3 on penalty kicks) Playing in front of a raucous Chattanooga FC crowd, Ocala Stampede ran out to the 1-0 lead when Lewis Wilson back-heeled home from close range in the 61st minute. Just as it looked like the Florida side would escape Tennessee with a victory, Chattanooga’s Luke Winter converted Chris Ochieng’s header in the box to send it to extra time. Like so many games on Wednesday night, the match would need to be decided by penalties and it was there that Chattanooga’s Gregory Hartley saved two spot kicks before converting the match-winner to send the NPSL side to a Second Round date at the Wilmington Hammerheads on May 20.
Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) 3, Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) 1 In an all New York matchup, the Long Island Rough Riders got on the score board early as Joe Holland found the back of the net just 48 seconds into the match. Brooklyn would equalize before halftime when Yevener Guerrier buried his spot kick in the 38th minute. Holland would setup the go-ahead goal, threading for Benjamin Wignall in the 68th, before capping a brace of his own in the75th minute to give Long Island a 3-1 victory. Next up, the PDL side hosts USL’s Real Monarchs SLC in a Second Round match on May 20.
Jersey Express (PDL) 3, New York Greek American SC (USASA) 0 Four time U.S. Open Cup champions Greek American SC did well to hold the home standing Jersey Express side scoreless in the first half. Coming out in the second frame though, the damn finally burst in the 65th minute when Juan Correa found Marko Drljic to give Jersey a 1-0 lead. As Greek American pushed forward looking for the equalizer, Correa picked out Christopher Karcz in the 87th minute before Adin Kavara added a third goal in the 89th to earn a 3-0 victory. With the win, Jersey Express will host New York Red Bulls II on May 20 in Newark, N.J.
Seacoast United Phantoms (N.H.; PDL) 2, Global Premier Soccer (Mass.; USASA) 1 Making its first appearance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup since 2006, things didn’t look great for New Hampshire-based Seacoast United Wednesday night as GPS-Massachusetts ran out to a 17th minute lead when Roy Sanderman headed home a corner kick. Things seemed to get tougher for the Phantoms when Terrence Carter received a second yellow card and ejection in the 68th minute, but two minutes later Anthony Grant converted from the penalty spot to equalize. With extra time looming, Sofiane Tergou found the back of the net for 10-man Seacoast in the 88th minute, giving the side an improbable 2-1 victory. The club next visits USL’s Tulsa Roughnecks in the Second Round on May 20.
Des Moines Menace (PDL) 2, Madison Fire (USASA) 1 Home side Des Moines Menace took control of the match from the start, but were frustrated until Charlie Bales set up Vince Cicciarelli to put the perennial Open Cup participant ahead 1-0 in the 35th minute of play. Des Moines would extend its lead when Bales again provided the help, this time to Ramone Howell to go ahead 2-0 in the 62nd minute. Madison would make the final minutes of the match interesting when Trevor Banks converted a 76th minute penalty kick, but Des Moines held up for the 2-1 victory. With the win, the Menace advance to a Second Round matchup away to Saint Louis FC on May 20.
Midland/Odessa Sockers (Texas; PDL) 3, Tulsa Athletics (NPSL) 1 Making a first U.S. Open Cup appearance, Midland/Odessa went ahead through Walker Hume in the 16th minute and then doubled the lead via Andrew Lopez in the 35th minute. The side was comfortable with its lead until Tulsa Athletics pulled a goal back in the 76th minute, but Scott Smith iced the game with four minutes remaining to give the Sockers a 3-1 victory. With the win, Midland/Odessa will host Oklahoma City Energy FC in Second Round play on May 20.
Laredo Heat (PDL) 0, NTX Rayados (USASA) 0 (Laredo Heat wins 4-2 on penalty kicks) After 120 minutes of spirited play and strong work from both goalkeepers, the two Texas sides had to settle things via the shootout. Laredo’s Frank Lara, Angel Martinez, Martin Moreno and Leon Taylor all converted their spot kicks, while misses from NTX Rayados’ Cameron Brown and Alberto Rodriguez were the difference as Laredo won 4-2 on penalty kicks. With the result, Laredo’s all-time U.S. Open Cup record improves to 4-2-3 and the team advances to a Second Round visit at the Austin Aztex on May 20.
Harpo’s FC (Col.; USSSA) 0, BYU Cougars (Utah; PDL) 0 (Harpo’s FC wins 4-2 on penalty kicks) USSSA side Harpo’s FC continued its dream run in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, playing to a hard-fought scoreless draw with BYU Cougars Wednesday night in Provo, Utah. Though the “Pub League” team was outshot 24-12, the players held their ground, taking the match to penalty kicks. It was there that goalkeeper Zac Gibbens made a save on BYU’s second kick taker, before the Cougars’ third was put wide. In contrast, Harpo’s converted all four of its spot takes, setting the side up for a Second Round showdown at professional USL side Colorado Springs Switchbacks on May 20.
Chula Vista FC (USASA) 2, FC Tucson (PDL) 1 (AET) After missing out on the 2014 tournament, FC Tucson returned on Wednesday night, going ahead in the 58th minute through Brandon Zambrano. The home side looked likely to hang on to the slim margin, but Chula Vista substitute Manuel Carillo found a dramatic 82nd minute equalizer to send the match to extra time. In the extra frame, Chula Vista’s Mario Rubio found the go-ahead goal in the 95th minute, but FC Tucson won a penalty four minutes later. However on the spot kick, Eduardo Sanchez smacked his effort off the underside of the cross bar and Chula Vista held on for the 2-1 extra time victory. The USASA side moves on to a Second Round date with Arizona United SC on May 20 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Kitsap Pumas (Wash; PDL) 5, FC Tacoma 253 (NPSL) 2 In the first of many anticipated Cascadia matches in this year’s U.S. Open Cup, tournament veterans Kitsap Pumas ran out to a 5-0 lead thanks to braces from Joe Masumiya (4’, 39’), Carlos Patino (34’, 54’) and a single strike from Jake Bond (48’). FC Tacoma would pull two goals back through Steven Wright (76’) and a 20-yard free kick from Pedro Millan in the 88th minute. With the win, Kitsap moves to 3-4-1 all-time in U.S. Open Cup play and advances to a Second Round match with Seattle Sounders FC 2 on May 20 in Tukwila, Washington.
Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) 2, Burlingame Dragons FC (Calif.; PDL) 1 (AET) Making a first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup appearance, PDL side Burlingame Dragons looked to have a victory when Alfonso Verde’s nodded home the go-ahead goal in the 77th minute. Sonoma County pushed the match and found a stoppage time equalizer from Arnoldo Salazar, sending the game to extra time. Seven minutes into the added frame, Angel Acevedo navigated through a number of Burlingame defenders to find the eventual game-winner for Sonoma County. The Sol move on to a Second Round date at Sacramento Republic FC on May 20.
Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 3, Cal FC (USASA) 3 (Ventura County Fusion wins 6-5 on penalty kicks) In another wild affair, Ventura County Fusion struck first through Carlos Martinez in the 14th minute. Playing against his former team, Danny Barrera equalized from distance on the hour mark, but Javier Castro’s 39th minute strike would take the Fusion into halftime up 2-1. Just five minutes into the second frame, Chris Cummings again equalized for Cal FC; however, just a minute after entering the match, Ventura County substitute Julian Zamora would put the home side ahead 3-2 in the 63rd minute. Cal FC continued to press for one more equalizer and found it through Edgar Espinoza, whose 89th minute tally sent the match to extra time. The teams traded chances in the additional frame, but penalty kicks would be required. Cal FC’s Bryan Hill stood tall to turn away two shots, while Ventura County’s Justin Vom Steeg saved one, but as the tiebreaker extended to sudden death, Espinoza put his eighth round penalty high, giving the Fusion a 6-5 penalty kick decision. The PDL side next visits LA Galaxy II in Second Round play on May 20.
PSA Elite (Calif.; USASA) 7, Golden State Misioneros FC (PDL) 1 The match played at Weingart Stadium in Los Angeles saw PSA Elite run out to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Mats Bjurman (3’) and Orejel Ochoa (26’) before Golden State’s Jeremy Gulure pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 in the 35th minute. Ochoa responded just two minutes later and Aaron Simmons added a goal in the 42nd to make it 4-1 at halftime. In the second half, goals from Andrew Hoxie (65’), Michael Salazar (69’) and Kyle O’Brien (75’) helped PSA Elite to an emphatic 7-1 drubbing of Golden State Misioneros. PSA will host Orange County Blues in the Second Round on May 20.