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The Great Eight Rd. II: Cupsets, Blowouts and Day Jobs at #USOC2017

Fans of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup live by its magic moments. And the Second Round of the competition, now in its 104th year, tossed up a good few of those between May 16 and 17. Join ussoccer.com for a look back at eight moments of note in the 26 games of the Second Round, where giants tumbled, mice roared and history was made.

Four Cinderellas
Second-Round upsets are what we all wait for and what the Open Cup, like a generous benefactor, always provides. Amateur sides Michigan Bucks, Chicago FC United, Reading United AC and Christos FC, who have their club headquarters in a liquor store on the outskirts of Baltimore, knocked off full professionals and are all now one win away from a date with the big boys of Major League Soccer in the Fourth Round.

Christos’ crisis
The Baltimore men’s 1-0 win over Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer League (USL) was among the biggest upsets in recent years. “We hardly ever have the same starting XI two weeks in a row,” midfielder Daniel Baxter said. “Some guys work weekends and others weekdays. A lot of us work nights and others work evenings or mornings,” added Baxter, an X-Ray Tech, a radiologist to be more precise, who admits to seeing “crazy stuff” on the night shift at Mercy Hospital. Baxter was all over the pitch in Richmond, a buzzing speedy dynamo, better on the day than the ones paid to play.  

Battery’s Cuban brigade
Charleston Battery, out of South Carolina, are one of the oldest continually operating pro soccer clubs in America. Playing in the old A-League when it was the top-flight, they’ve spent the vast majority of their 23 years just below MLS in the USL. They’re a club always on the lookout for talent, and good bargains. They got a package deal in 2013 when three Cubans, Goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper, midfielder Maikel Chang and striker Heviel Cordoves, defected while on international duty in Canada. They now bring a little Latin flair to a side that made light work of the Atlanta Silverbacks in the Second Round. The Battery face Jacksonville Armada of the NASL in the Third Round in hopes of replicating their Open Cup run of 1998, where they went to the final.

 

Omens work hard, play hard & play hard
“We’re from the white-collar professional world of Boston,” GPS Omens captain Greg Zuboff told ussoccer.com recently about his amateur men’s league side, who’ve won twice in the 2017 Open Cup to set up a Third Round date in Rochester against the 1999 champion Rhinos. White-collar jobs often require travel and striker Keith Caldwell, top scorer last season in the local Bay State Soccer League (BSL), had a window of approximately one hour to get off his plane from Atlanta, through East Boston in rush-hour traffic and over to Revere’s Harry Della Russo Stadium for the Second Round Game with PDL outfit Boston City FC. He arrived just in time to score and make his mom, who watched up in the stands, a proud parent. It was his second goal of the tournament and Caldwell is now one win away from playing his younger brother, Scott Caldwell of the New England Revolution, in a Fourth Round game that might prove tricky for mom. One thing is certain: GPS Omens earned the tequila shots and beers they downed after beating BCFC 2-1. Here’s hoping they all made it to work in the morning!

What’s the opposite of a Cupset?
Louisville City FC of United Soccer League (USL) were in no mood for the romance of the Open Cup. They traveled to Pittsburgh and put a hammering on self-proclaimed “hard-nosed pub-side” Tartan Devils Oak Avalon. It was 9-0 at the end, a performance coach James O’Connor, an Irishman who scored 22 goals in England’s FA Cup, called “very professional.” That’s one way to put it. And in perfect response from the local amateurs, an official club tweet went out: “Sometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug.” Even in heavy, heavy defeat, the Tartan Devils and their fans had a ripping good time after the final whistle at Pipers Pub, where the club was formed – around a table, over beers and among friends – in 2008.

Rowdies get going early
Tampa Bay Rowdies, once of NASL and now of USL, had to wait only three minutes for their first 2017 Open Cup goal. But it wasn’t without controversy and forceful protests from the Jacksonville Armada U-23 back-line. Canadian international winger Kyle Porter – the Pride of Mississauga – had no options out wide on the line and about ten yards across the midfield stripe. He was stranded. Why not go for goal, the voice that whispers silly things whispered in his ear. So he did. Armada goalkeeper Juanes Fajardo looked to have kept it out after back-pedaling hard, but the officials at Al Lang Stadium – once a baseball park that hosted MLB Spring Training games – disagreed. Frankly, no one was in a very good position to confirm or dispute the call. And, sadly, goal-line technology has yet to arrive in the Open Cup’s early rounds.

Goals in bunches 
Some Cup games drag on and on. Nothing happens. The players cancel each other out and settle into a comfortable barrenness. Penalties hover like vultures and you know, just know in your heart, no goals will come. But sometimes, they fall from the sky like summer rain. That happened in North Carolina when Ryan Williams and Kelvin Omondi scored twice in two minutes for Charlotte Eagles, with virtually the identical move. And in Oklahoma City, OKC Energy lived up to their name with four goals in five minutes  – Alex Dixon, Wojciech Wojcik, Andy Craven and Miguel Gonzalez all hit the mark in a great big hurry. In all, we can have no complaints. 100 goals were scored in 26 Second Round games, with only one finishing 0-0 before getting settled on penalties. 

 

Bucks got it on the inside
The atmosphere at a Michigan Bucks games is peculiar. No birds chirp. No 16-wheelers rattle past, jostling their cargos. There are no train whistles or car horns. The amateur Bucks, of Pontiac Michigan, who have a date with Saint Louis FC after beating NASL side Indy Eleven, have played both of their games so far at home in a large indoor facility, Ultimate Soccer Arenas. One of the largest fully enclosed full-size soccer arenas in America, the facility famously played host to the amateur side’s 3-2 upset of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire in the Third Round of the 2012 tournament and has continued to provide the perennial PDL power with an interesting home-field advantage.

Cupsets go both ways
The big fat Cupsets we know and love aren’t only about the winner. Who you beat in a Cupset is a crucial factor in the underdog-bites-back equation. So here, with heavy heart, we list the Cupset losers from the 2017 Open Cup’s Second Round. New York Cosmos, three-time Soccer Bowl winners in the latest iteration of the NASL – the club where Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto brought the world’s game to an indifferent nation, lost 3-2 to Reading United – a team of teenage amateurs. Christos FC beat USL’s Richmond Kickers, who have been operating as a professional club for the last 24 years and won the Open Cup in 1995. Michigan Bucks beat Indy Eleven, who finished second in last year’s NASL table. And not to be outdone, Chicago FC United – local amateurs from in and around the Windy City – knocked out Pittsburgh Riverhounds, who didn’t do much of note last year but all get paid to play the game.    

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U.S. Open Cup May 19, 2017

2017 U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round Matchups and Hosting Scenarios Unveiled

CHICAGO (May 18, 2017) – U.S. Soccer unveiled the potential Fourth Round pairings and hosting scenarios for the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Thursday. Set for June 14, the Fourth Round marks the tournament entrance for the 19 Major League Soccer (Division I) clubs, which will join the 13 winners from the competition’s Third Round on May 31.

With MLS clubs entering in the Fourth Round in numbers that exceed the quantity of games in this phase, 13 of 19 MLS teams were paired geographically to a specific Third Round matchup winner, while six MLS teams – New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders, Minnesota United and Sporting Kansas City – were paired together to complete the bracket. Instances where a logical geographic fit didn’t exist were resolved by random selection.

Home teams were determined by a random selection process among those clubs that applied to host and whose venues met the minimum tournament requirements.

The Fourth Round will highlight two big Major League Soccer rivalries with a New York Derby between New York City FC and New York Red Bulls. In the Pacific Northwest, Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers revive their race for Cascadian dominance, while Minnesota United rounds out the all-MLS affairs when they take on Sporting Kansas City.

In keeping with the romance of the U.S. Open Cup, there were four big upsets in the Second Round, with amateur sides grabbing the headlines. Another win for Christos FC of Baltimore, Reading United AC (PDL), Michigan Bucks (PDL) or Chicago FC United will see the part-timers take on Major League Soccer opposition in the Fourth Round.

2017 U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round Possibilities

Date

Game

Time

Venue

June 13*

D.C. United (MLS) vs. Chicago FC United (PDL)/Christos FC (Md.) winner

7:30 p.m. ET

Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.

June 14

FC Cincinnati (USL) vs. Columbus Crew SC (MLS)

7 p.m. ET

Nippert Stadium (Univ. of Cincinnati); Cincinnati, Ohio

   -or-

Louisville City FC (USL) vs. Columbus Crew SC (MLS)

TBD

Venue TBD

June 14

Charlotte Independence (USL) vs. Houston Dynamo (MLS)

7 p.m. ET

Eagle Field (Winthrop Univ.), Rock Hill, S.C.

   -or-

North Carolina FC (NASL) vs. Houston Dynamo (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

June 14

New England Revolution (MLS) vs. Rochester Rhinos (USL)/GPS Omens (Mass.) winner

7:30 p.m. ET

Venue TBD

June 14

New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. New York City FC (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 14

Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. Reading United AC (PDL)/Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) winner

7:30 p.m. ET

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

June 14

Atlanta United FC (MLS) vs. Jacksonville Armada (NASL)/Charleston Battery (USL) winner

7:30 p.m. ET

Fifth Third Bank Stadium (Kennesaw State Univ.); Kennesaw, Ga.

June 14

Orlando City SC (MLS) vs. Miami FC (NASL)/Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL) winner

7:30 p.m. ET

Orlando City Stadium; Orlando, Fla.

June 14

Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS)

7:30 p.m. ET

Ultimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich.

   -or-

Saint Louis FC (USL) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS)

7 p.m. CT

Toyota Stadium (WWT Soccer Park); Fenton, Mo.

June 14

FC Dallas (MLS) vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC (USL)

7 p.m. CT

Westcott Field (Southern Methodist Univ.); Dallas, Texas

   -or-

San Antonio FC (USL) vs. FC Dallas (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas

June 14

Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. Minnesota United FC (MLS)

7:30 p.m. CT

Children's Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kan.

TBD

Colorado Rapids (MLS) vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USL)/OKC Energy FC (USL) winner

7 p.m. MT

Dick's Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

June 14

Sacramento Republic FC (USL) vs. Real Salt Lake (MLS)

7:30 p.m. PT

Papa Murphy's Park; Sacramento, Calif.

   -or-

Reno 1868 FC (USL) vs. Real Salt Lake (MLS)

7:30 p.m. PT

Greater Nevada Field; Reno, Nev.

June 14

Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) vs. L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.)/Orange County SC (USL) winner

7:30 p.m. PT

StubHub Center Track Stadium; Carson, Calif.

June 14

San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. Phoenix Rising FC (USL)/San Francisco Deltas (NASL) winner

7:30 p.m. PT

Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.

June 14

Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) vs. Portland Timbers (MLS)

7:30 p.m. PT

Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

*Date changed 5/22

2017 U.S. Open Cup Third Round Schedule

Date

Game

Time

Venue

May 30^ Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL)
8 p.m. ET Ultimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich.

May 31

Rochester Rhinos (USL) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.)

7 p.m. ET

Capelli Sport Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.

May 31

Jacksonville Armada (NASL) vs. Charleston Battery (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Southern Oak Stadium (Jacksonville Univ.); Jacksonville, Fla.

May 31

FC Cincinnati (USL) vs. Louisville City FC (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Nippert Stadium (Univ. of Cincinnati); Cincinnati, Ohio

May 31

Reading United AC (PDL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Exeter Township Senior High School; Reading, Pa.

May 31

North Carolina FC (NASL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

May 31

Miami FC (NASL) vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Riccardo Silva Stadium (Fla. International Univ.); Miami, Fla.

May 31

Chicago FC United (PDL) vs. Christos FC (Md.)

7 p.m. CT

Hoyne Field (Loyola University); Chicago, Ill.

May 31

Tulsa Roughnecks FC (USL) vs. San Antonio FC (USL)

7 p.m. CT

Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium; Tulsa, Okla.

May 31

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USL) vs. OKC Energy FC (USL)

7 p.m. MT

Weidner Field; Colorado Springs, Colo.

May 31*

Phoenix Rising FC (USL) vs. San Francisco Deltas (NASL)

7:30 p.m. MST

Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex; Scottsdale, Ariz.

May 31

L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) vs. Orange County SC (USL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Azusa Pacific University Soccer Field; Azusa, Calif.

May 31

Sacramento Republic FC (USL) vs. Reno 1868 FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Papa Murphy's Park; Sacramento, Calif.

*Host designation switched 5/17
^Date and time changed 5/19

Round of 16          June 28* (matches determined by Round of 16 Draw on June 15) 
Quarterfinals         July 11 (window of July 7-16 available for consideration)
Semifinals             Aug. 9
Final                      Sept. 20

Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL)

Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL)

Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL)

Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL)

Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL)

Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL)

Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL)

Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL)

Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL)

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U.S. Open Cup May 18, 2017

Four Cupsets Highlight Second Round of 2017 U.S. Open Cup

CHICAGO (May 17, 2017) – The Second Round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup provided a handful of “Cupsets” as local amateur qualifier Christos FC along with the Premier Development League trio of Chicago United FC, Michigan Bucks, and Reading United AC all took down professional sides to be among the 26 teams that advanced to the Third Round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Those Third Round matches are set for May 31, with the winners earning a Fourth Round date against a Division I, Major League Soccer side two weeks later. 

Out east, Christos FC of Baltimore used a 79th minute goal from Geaton Caltabiano to down 1995 U.S. Open Cup champions Richmond Kickers 1-0 at City Stadium. In Pennsylvania, the PDL’s Reading United AC rode a stretch of three goals in six minutes to defeat defending North American Soccer League champions New York Cosmos 3-2.

The PDL’s Great Lakes’ sides collected more upsets, with U.S. Open Cup powerhouse Michigan Bucks using a first-half strike from Jordan Snell to see off the NASL’s 2016 Spring Champions Indy Eleven 1-0, while Chicago FC United joined them in the Third Round by scoring a 3-1 home victory against the United Soccer League’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

In the two all-amateur matches of the night, GPS Omens (Mass.) narrowly edged Boston City FC (Mass.) 2-1, while L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) used Paolo Cardozo’s extra time penalty kick to outlast Chula Vista FC (Calif.) 1-0.  

The Third Round pairs the 26 winners from the Second Round, with the victors advancing to take on Division I Major League Soccer clubs. The Third Round is made up of 20 Division II sides (16 from USL, four from NASL) and six Open Division clubs (three each from the PDL and local amateur qualifying). 

U.S. Soccer will conduct the pairing process for the Fourth Round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Thursday, May 18 at Soccer House in Chicago.

The Fourth Round is scheduled to be played May 31.

SECOND ROUND RECAPS:

Tuesday, May 16
Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL) 3, Jacksonville Armada U-23 (NPSL) 0
Missing a handful of their regular starters – including three-time FA Cup winner and skipper Joe Cole – the Rowdies were in firm control of the contest from the opening whistle. It took the home side just three minutes to open the scoring when Canadian Kyle Porter fizzed in a long, looping effort from out near the touchline, a few yards over the midfield stripe. It looked like Jacksonville's goalkeeper Juan Fajardo back-peddled fast enough to keep the ball from going over the goal-line, but the referee pointed to the center-circle and the Rowdies were a goal to the good early on. They then kept possession of the ball for the vast majority of the first-half and it was no surprise when Michael Nanchoff picked Nurdin Hrustic’s pocket and worked himself a little space to hit home with his left foot from a tight angle in the dying moments of the opening period. The second goal of the game gave the USL side a well-deserved 2-0 lead at the break against their amateur opponents who failed to get much going in attack.

The Armada showed some pep early in the second-half, but it was little more than a false dawn. Their uphill climb became even steeper 20 minutes in when Dener Dos Santos was shown a straight red card for a tussle with Nanchoff on the touchline.  Up a man and the better side even without the numerical superiority, the Rowdies took full advantage in what was left of the contest.  In the 69th minute, stocky striker Martin Paterson made it 3-0 when he got on the end of a low Darwin Jones cross to hammer home from close range.

The 3-0 victory sees Tampa Bay move on to the Third Round of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup, where they will meet the NASL’s Miami FC.

Wednesday, May 17
Atlanta Silverbacks (NPSL) 1, Charleston Battery (USL) 2
Charleston’s early pressure led to the game’s first goal 20 minutes in. After a foul at midfield, Ryan Arambula sent a well-placed free kick towards the left post where Forrest Lasso rose above his mark to head home his fifth of the season. A 43rd minute injury forced the goal scorer out of the match, but just a minute later Charleston bagged their second marker when Ricky Garbanzo crossed for Jeffery Otoo, who won the ball in the area before burying his first goal in a Battery shirt to take the USL side into the half up 2-0. Atlanta worked to pull back into the match and cut into Charleston lead when Alex Harlley converted a penalty in the 73rd minute, but the NPSL couldn’t find an equalizer. With the victory, Charleston has now won 12 straight tournament openers and advanced to at least the Third Round for the sixth consecutive time. They’ll next pay a visit to Jacksonville Armada in the Third Round.

Richmond Kickers (USL) 0, Christos FC (Md.) 1
A tidy performance from Christos FC saw the amateur side advance to the Third Round of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup at the expense of professional USL side Richmond Kickers thanks to Geaton Caltabiano’s winning strike late in the second half. The Kickers opened the first half on the front foot but found the hard-working Christos side difficult to break down. The teams reached the midway point tied 0-0, and in the second half, the Kickers upped their pressure, hitting the crossbar in the 74th minute before seeing another attempt cleared off the line. Five minutes later, the well-organized Christos defense won a turnover near midfield and got out on a 3v2 break. Brian Graham carried the ball forward and put Caltabiano in on goal as the Christos players neared the top of the box. From a wide angle to the right of goal, Caltabiano beat Kickers ‘keeper Marcel DeBellis with a low shot in the 80th minute to set Christos FC up with a Third Round matchup against PDL side Chicago FC United.

Rochester Rhinos (USL) 3, FC Motown (N.J.) 0
Two minutes is all it took for the Rhinos to get all the offense they would need on the night. In his first match of 2017, Sofiane Tergou played a slick one-two with Jochen Graf and beat the goalkeeper near post. Six minutes later, Rochester struck again, this time with Graf finding the back of net. Jalen Brown delivered the cross to Graf, who nutmegged the goalkeeper to double the Rhinos’ lead. Rayane Boukemia put the icing on the proverbial cake in the 85th minute when he fired home the rebound of an Antonio Correia shot. The Rhinos, the last non-MLS side to win the U.S. Open Cup back in 1999, will host the GPS Omens in the Third Round.

Boston City FC (Mass.) 1, GPS Omens (Mass.) 2
GPS Omens took down cross-town rival Boston City FC 2-1 at Della Russo Stadium on Wednesday night. GPS’ Keith Caldwell opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a curling shot from the top of the box. The visitors doubled their lead in the 60th minute when Charles Romero finished with a diving header. Boston City forward Jhonata Batista dented the score with a low blast past the ‘keeper with 15 minutes to play, but the comeback fell short. GPS goes on the road for a Third Round date at Rochester Rhinos.

Miami United FC (NPSL) 1, Jacksonville Armada (NASL) 2
Hosting their second-straight Open Cup match, the amateur side ran out to a dream lead in the 31st minute when captain Ezequiel Tejera lobbed a ball into the path of Jacopo Capilli. The Miami United forward controlled before hitting a perfectly-weighted effort that beat Armada ‘keeper Kyle Nasta. The lead was short-lived however as Aaron Pitchkolan took advantage of a bobbled corner kick and cleaned up the rebound in the 35th. The pro side then jumped ahead seven minutes last as Jack Blake powered his penalty kick into the top of the net. A physical second half saw Miami United give the NASL side a good run, but come up shorthanded as Jacksonville advanced to a Third Round home date against the USL’s Charleston Battery.

Carolina Dynamo (PDL) 1, North Carolina FC (NASL) 6
North Carolina FC cruised to the Third Round of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup with a 6-1 win against fellow Tar Heel State side Carolina Dynamo. NCFC jumped out to a 3-0 lead by halftime with Brian Shriver, Matt Fondy and Tiyi Shipalane all finding the back of the net. The second half saw more of the same as Jordan Orlando, who also assisted on Fondy’s goal, saw his 57th minute strike bisect a brace from Billy Schuler – his goals coming in the 47th and 85th minutes. The Dynamo goal came courtesy of Justin Shear in the 74th minute. With the six-goal haul tying a club record for goals scored in an Open Cup game, North Carolina FC (formerly Carolina RailHawks) secure a Third Round date against USL club Charlotte Independence.

Charlotte Eagles (PDL) 2, Charlotte Independence (USL) 3
The Charlotte Independence proved royal in the Queen City Derby in the Second Round of the U.S. Open Cup for the second year in a row, this time with a 3-2 comeback win against the Charlotte Eagles. The victors registered the game’s first goal in the ninth minute when Casey Townsend tapped in a failed clearance. The Eagles nabbed two goals in a span of two minutes, first when Ryan Williams traveled from midfield and scored on a right-footed shot from the top of the box, and again when Kelvin Omondi cut inside across the top of the area and bent a shot inside the far post in the 63rd minute. Trailing 2-1, Independence midfielder Enzo Martinez earned a penalty, which he converted with a low shot to even the score in the 77th minute. Eleven minutes later, Martinez tallied again with a right-footed shot across the face of the goal and into the side netting. The win sets up another local rivalry clash, as Charlotte Independence go on the road to face NASL side North Carolina FC in the Third Round.

Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.) 0, Louisville City FC (USL) 9
Tartan Devils Oak Avalon got off to an unhallowed start against Louisville City FC when LouCity’s Ilija Ilic’s effort caromed off the post and off the Tartan goalkeeper and in for an eighth-minute own goal. Louisville poured on the pressure and overwhelmed their amateur hosts, scoring eight more goals from seven different players. Mark-Anthony Kaye, Richard Ballard, Ilic, Cameron Lancaster (twice), Sean Totsch, Oscar Jimenez, and Guy Abend all found the scoresheet for the visitors. Louisville City advances to the Third Round where they’ll visit fellow USL side FC Cincinnati.

FC Cincinnati (USL) 1, AFC Cleveland (NPSL) 0 (a.e.t.)
A defensive struggle saw the two sides play nearly two hours of back-and-forth soccer before the underdogs finally conceded. With penalties looming, Djiby Fall broke the deadlock by heading Andrew Wiedeman’s cross to the back post. Before the game-winning strike, Cleveland goalkeeper Alex Ivanov had turned away 15 shots on goal. Dallas Jaye turned in the clean sheet for the home side by stopping three shots. Cincinnati’s reward for outlasting the NPSL foe is a date with Louisville City FC in the Third Round.

Reading United AC (PDL) 3, New York Cosmos (NASL) 2
New York Cosmos ran out to an early lead when Javi Marquez penetrated the box before laying off for Kalif Alhassan who smartly finished inside the right post in the 11th minute. Reading United bounced back with a three-goal flurry before halftime. In the 38th minute, Paul Marie got on the end of a clever through ball to slot past Jimmy Maurer. Marco Micaletto gave the home side a 2-1 advantage in the 41st minute before a high press from Frantzdy Pierrot forced a turnover at the back and allowed the Reading United striker a clean path to goal to make it 3-1 in the 44th. The Cosmos went back on the front foot in the second half and pulled within a goal when Alhassan’s bullet cross found Danny Szetela, whose diving header found its way to the back of the net in the 63rd minute. Continued pressure came to no avail as Reading United closed out an impressive Cupset against the defending NASL champions, earning a Third Round date with fellow Pennsylvania side Harrisburg City Islanders.

Miami FC (NASL) 3, South Florida Surf (PDL) 2
Two ties and two lead changes highlighted this wild affair between clubs separated by just 90 miles of coast line. The Surf jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage on Honduras U-20 international Darwin Espinal’s 20th minute goal. Trailing at the half, Miami responded three minutes after the break when Kwadwo Poku headed home the equalizer off a Blake Smith cross. The momentum carried the home side to a second goal 12 minutes later as halftime substitute Dylan Mares played in a cross that ended in an own goal. South Florida leveled things in the 74th on a Jeff Michaud strike, but Miami buried the game-winner five minutes later via a Jaime Chávez header. Alessandro Nesta’s squad now advances to take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the Third Round.

Michigan Bucks (PDL) 1, Indy Eleven (NASL) 0
Playing in the comfortable, indoor combines of Ultimate Soccer Arenas, perennial U.S. Open Cup power Michigan Bucks survived an early scare when David Goldsmith rattled an effort off the crossbar before Justin Braun’s follow-up effort was kept out by Drew Shepherd. The Bucks survived that early pressure and got the game’s only goal in the 31st minute when Jordan Snell slipped Francis Atuahene up the right, where the Ghanaian sneaked a near-post effort past Keith Cardona to take a 1-0 halftime lead. On the other side of the break Atuahene nearly doubled the advantage, but saw his breakaway attempt well saved by Cardona. In the end, Indy couldn’t muster an equalizing goal as the Bucks continued their Cupsetting ways with a 1-0 defeat of the Division II side. Michigan advances to the Third Round for the sixth time in club history where they’ll meet Saint Louis FC.

Ocean City Nor’easters (PDL) 0, Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) 0 (6-7 PKs)
Following 120 minutes of scoreless play, the Harrisburg City Islanders topped the Ocean City Nor’easters 7-6 in penalty kicks at the Beach House. The Islanders’ Pedro Ribiero misfired on the team’s first attempt in penalties, giving Ocean City an early advantage. With pressure mounting, Harrisburg City’s Brandon Miller made a crucial stop in the fourth round of the shootout on Fraser Colmer’s try. A Nor’easters miss in the eighth round set the Islanders up for the win when Mouhamed Dabo calmly finished his spot kick. Harrisburg moves on to a Third Round date with the PDL’s Reading United AC.

Chicago FC United (PDL) 3, Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL) 1
Chicago FC United continued its maiden U.S. Open Cup run by taking down the professional Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3-1 on Wednesday night. Chicago got out to a 1-0 lead when Mike Catalano set up Mark Segbres in the 18th minute. Kay Banjo pulled the USL side level on the hour mark, but Tom Barlow gave FC United a 2-1 lead in the 73rd minute. Ryan Sierakowski added an insurance marker just before full time, giving the PDL team a Third Round home date with fellow amateur side Christos FC.

FC Wichita (NPSL) 3, Saint Louis FC (USL) 4 (a.e.t.)
Saint Louis FC hailed as victors in an intense back-and-forth game chock full of second-half action against nearby foe FC Wichita, winning 4-3 after extra time. Wichita took its first of three leads in the sixth minute when Leonardo Sosa buried a penalty kick past the diving ‘keeper. Saint Louis leveled with an Alec Cochran header in the 33rd minute, sending the game to the half tied 1-1. Wichita and Saint Louis traded goals in the 61st and 71st minutes, respectively, but the second-half excitement had just begun.

Nineteen-year-old Deri Corfe scored a stunner from distance in the 81st minute, putting Wichita ahead 3-2 with limited time left in regulation. Doing all they could to maintain their lead, Wichita’s Colton Haskin was sent off with a straight red card for preventing a goal in stoppage time, but Saint Louis’ penalty attempt sailed over the crossbar. Possessing a man-advantage, the visitors notched an equalizer thanks to a Tyler David header five minutes into stoppage time. Saint Louis’ Jose Angulo gave his side its first lead of the game with a shot from distance four minutes into extra time, proving to be the difference after 120 minutes of play. Led by former U.S. international Preki, Saint Louis FC will visit the PDL’s Michigan Bucks in the Third Round.

Dutch Lions FC (NPSL) 1, San Antonio FC (USL) 2
San Antonio FC journeyed down Interstate-10 for a Second Round match at Dutch Lions FC. Victor Aruajo’s free kick goal opened the scoring for SAFC in the 17th minute and Aly Alberto Hassan’s solo effort doubled the lead before halftime. The hosts came out strong in the second and got a goal back in the 62nd minute when Nathaniel Coons pounced on a loose clearance. Dutch Lions pushed for a late equalizer but San Antonio closed the match strong to hold on for the 2-1 victory. San Antonio will play USL rival Tulsa Roughnecks FC in the Third Round.

Tulsa Roughnecks FC (USL) 5, OKC Energy U-23 (PDL) 3
The OKC Energy U-23s took after their namesake with a second-half burst, but it was too little too late in a 5-3 loss to Tulsa Roughnecks FC in the Second Round. Tulsa stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the first half with goals from Jaime Ayala Jain, Cristian Mata, and Pavel Kondrakhin, all from inside the box. Mata, a Tulsa native, completed his brace early in the second half, minutes before Kondrakhin did the same in the 53rd minute. Facing a 5-0 deficit, OKC faced an uphill battle, but found its way on the board in the 58th minute when Mark Lindstrom finished a cross from the corner. The Energy continued the comeback with an own goal in the 64th minute and a Christian Okeke right-footed tally in the 73rd minute. Tulsa moves on to host fellow USL side San Antonio FC in the Third Round.

OKC Energy FC (USL) 5, Moreno Valley Fútbol Club (Calif.) 1
The match started off so promising for Moreno Valley. An Edgar Gonzalez goal in the eighth minute, his first with the club, put the visitors on top and beaming with confidence. Ten minutes later, however, Alex Dixon equalized on a give-and-go with Luis Martinez. The two sides entered the locker room level, but it was all OKC in the second half. In a span of six minutes, Energy FC found the back of the net four times to open the floodgates and put the game out of reach. Dixon, Wojciech Wojcik, Andy Craven and Miguel Gonzalez were the goal-scorers for OKC, which moves on to face the Colorado Springs Switchbacks in the Third Round.

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USL) 2, FC Tucson (PDL) 0
Switchbacks FC controlled most of the first half, but couldn’t find the back of the net until early in the second. Coming out of the locker room, Korean attacker Jun Gyeong Park put Switchbacks FC ahead in the 46th minute before Jamaican forward Kevaughn Frater doubled the advantage in the 48th. The win sets up another home date for Switchbacks FC when they welcome OKC Energy FC in the Third Round. 

Fresno Fuego (PDL) 1, Phoenix Rising FC (USL) 3
Playing without big-name stars Didier Drogba and Shaun Wright-Phillips, Phoenix rose to the occasion on the road in Northern California. Kody Wakasa opened the scoring in the 33rd minute by outjumping the defense on a corner kick and burying a header into the back of the net. Just two minutes later, Eric Avila put the finishing touches on a beautiful buildup through the middle of the field with a strike at the face of goal. Mike Seth provided the assist, and later scored himself in the 54th minute to put the visitors ahead 3-0. Felipe Sousa clawed one back for Fresno in the 59th, but the comeback attempt fell short of taking real shape. Phoenix will face another Northern California foe in the Third Round when it takes on the San Francisco Deltas.

FC Golden State Force (PDL) 2, Orange County SC (USL) 5
The goals came quick for Orange County SC, who rode Victor Pineda’s sixth minute strike and Monday Etim’s 15th minute marker to an early 2-0 lead. FC Golden State struck back from the penalty spot in the 25th, but Jerry Van Ewijk restored Orange County SC’s two-goal lead with a spot kick of his own a minute later. The goals kept coming after halftime when Orange County’s Wuilito Fernandes half volley gave the USL side a three-goal lead, only to see it taken back a minute later by FC Golden State’s Mark Verso. Fernandes took things to 5-2 when he slotted his second of the game home in the 55th minute, but Orange County would have to play out the final 18 minutes with 10 men after Saloman Wbias was shown a red card. The USL side moves on to a Third Round date with L.A. Wolves FC.   

L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) 1, Chula Vista FC (Calif.) 0 (a.e.t.)
Eric Wynalda’s L.A. Wolves earned their second consecutive victory, this one requiring extra time in a 1-0 win against Chula Vista FC. The visitors’ strong possession caused the Wolves to be aggressive, leading to three cautions through 90 minutes of play. Paolo Cardozo, a 2011 M.L.S. first-round pick by the LA Galaxy, notched the game’s lone goal when he converted a penalty in the 104th minute to secure a spot in the Third Round where they’ll meet Orange County SC.

Sacramento Republic FC (USL) 4, vs. Anahuac FC (Nev.) 0
A confident display by Sacramento Republic FC saw the pro club ease past amateurs Anahuac FC 4-0 in the Second Round of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup. An early double by Harry Williams put Sacramento up 2-0 by the 15th minute. Although Anahuac conjured a couple moments of danger, Sacramento largely controlled the game after taking the lead and extended its advantage midway through the second half via a Wilson Kneeshaw penalty kick. Daniel Trickett capped proceedings in the 85th minute with a volley from the top of the box. Sacramento moves on to face Reno 1868 in the Third Round.

San Francisco Deltas (NASL) 2, vs. Burlingame Dragons (PDL) 1
A battle of the Bay Area sides played out on neutral turf in Palo Alto on the campus of Stanford University. The underdogs from the east side of the Bay Bridge jumped out to a 1-0 advantage in the 29th minute when Jamael Cox sent a tidy finish past the outstretched arms of San Francisco goalkeeper Steward Ceus. The Dragons carried their slim lead into the locker room, but the Deltas equalized seconds after play resumed on a flick from Reiner Ferreira off a Kyle Bekker free kick. San Francisco completed the rally in the 63rd minute as Tommy Heinemann deposited his first touch of the evening into the back of the net. The referee crew briefly conferred about a potential offside call, but the goal stood. The Deltas move on to the Third Round for a tilt against Phoenix Rising FC.

OSA FC (NPSL) 1, Reno 1868 FC (USL) 1 (3-4 PKs)
Ninety minutes wasn’t enough to determine a winner in this tilt from the Pacific Northwest. Eli Gordley put the home team on the board first in the 17th minute before Dembakwi Yomba leveled the score for Reno in the 29th. Cameron Vickers found the striker alone at the top of the box for the goal. Reno hit the crossbar multiple times in the dying minutes of regulation but was unable to find the breakthrough in the first 90. Following another 30 minutes of scoreless action, the match went to penalties. Reno goalkeeper Russell Klabough made a pair of clutch saves and Junior Burgos sent home the winner to lift the visitors to a dramatic victory. Reno 1868 will face Sacramento Republic FC in the Third Round.

2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Second Round Results

Date

Game

Time

Venue

May 16

Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL) vs. Jacksonville Armada U-23 (NPSL)

3-0

Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla.

May 17

Atlanta Silverbacks (NPSL) vs. Charleston Battery (USL)

1-2

Atlanta Silverbacks Park; Atlanta, Ga.

May 17

Richmond Kickers (USL) vs. Christos FC (Md.)

0-1

City Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 17

Rochester Rhinos (USL) vs. FC Motown (N.J.)

3-0 

Capelli Sport Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.

May 17

Boston City FC (Mass.) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.)

1-2 

Della Russo Stadium; Revere, Mass.

May 17

Miami United FC (NPSL) vs. Jacksonville Armada (NASL)

1-2 

Ted Hendricks Stadium; Hialeah, Fla.

May 17

Carolina Dynamo (PDL) vs. North Carolina FC (NASL)

1-6 

Macpherson Stadium; Greensboro, N.C.

May 17

Charlotte Eagles (PDL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)

2-3 

Charlotte Christian School; Charlotte, N.C.

May 17

Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.) vs. Louisville City FC (USL)

0-9

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa. 

May 17

FC Cincinnati (USL) vs. AFC Cleveland (NPSL)

1-0 (a.e.t.)

Nippert Stadium (Univ. of Cincinnati); Cincinnati, Ohio

May 17

Reading United AC (PDL) vs. New York Cosmos (NASL)

3-2

Albright College; Reading, Pa.

May 17

Miami FC (NASL) vs. South Florida Surf (PDL) 

3-2

Cobb Field (Univ. of Miami); Coral Gables, Fla. 

May 17

Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Indy Eleven (NASL)

1-0

Ultimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich.

May 17

Ocean City Nor'easters (PDL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)

0-0 (6-7 PKs)

Carey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J.

May 17

Chicago FC United (PDL) vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)

3-1

Hoyne Field (Loyola University); Chicago, Ill. 

May 17

FC Wichita (NPSL) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL)

3-4  (a.e.t.)

Stryker Soccer Complex; Wichita, Kan.

May 17

Dutch Lions FC (NPSL) vs. San Antonio FC (USL)

1-2 

Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility; Conroe, Texas

May 17

Tulsa Roughnecks FC (USL) vs. Oklahoma City Energy U23 (PDL)

5-3 

Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium; Tulsa, Okla.

May 17

OKC Energy FC (USL) vs. Moreno Valley Fútbol Club (Calif.)

5-1 

John Crain Field (Univ. of Oklahoma); Norman, Okla.

May 17

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USL) vs. FC Tucson (PDL)

2-0

Weidner Field; Colorado Springs, Colo.

May 17

Fresno Fuego (PDL) vs. Phoenix Rising FC (USL)

1-3 

Fresno State Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium; Fresno, Calif.

May 17

FC Golden State Force (PDL) vs. Orange County SC (USL)

2-5 

Citrus College; Glendora, Calif.

May 17

San Francisco Deltas (NASL) vs. Burlingame Dragons FC (PDL)

2-1

Stanford University; Stanford, Calif.

May 17

L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.)

1-0 a.e.t.

Azusa Pacific University Soccer Field; Azusa, Calif. 

May 17

Sacramento Republic FC (USL) vs. Anahuac FC (Nev.)

4-0

Papa Murphy's Park; Sacramento, Calif.

May 17

OSA FC (NPSL) vs. Reno 1868 FC (USL)

0-0
(3-4PKs)

Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Round Schedule

Date

Game

Time

Venue

May 31

Rochester Rhinos (USL) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.)

7 p.m. ET

Capelli Sport Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.

May 31

Jacksonville Armada (NASL) vs. Charleston Battery (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Southern Oak Stadium (Jacksonville Univ.); Jacksonville, Fla.

May 31

FC Cincinnati (USL) vs. Louisville City FC (USL)

7 p.m. ET

Nippert Stadium (Univ. of Cincinnati); Cincinnati, Ohio

May 31

Reading United AC (PDL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Exeter Township Senior High School; Reading, Pa.

May 31

North Carolina FC (NASL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

May 31

Miami FC (NASL) vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

FIU Stadium; Miami, Fla.

May 31

Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Ultimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich.

May 31

Chicago FC United (PDL) vs. Christos FC (Md.)

TBD

Home Team TBD

May 31

Tulsa Roughnecks FC (USL) vs. San Antonio FC (USL)

7 p.m. CT

Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium; Tulsa, Okla.

May 31

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USL) vs. OKC Energy FC (USL)

7 p.m. MT

Weidner Field; Colorado Springs, Colo.

May 31*

Phoenix Rising FC (USL) vs. San Francisco Deltas (NASL)

7:30 p.m. MST

Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex; Scottsdale, Ariz.

May 31

L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) vs. Orange County SC (USL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Azusa Pacific University Soccer Field; Azusa, Calif.

May 31

Sacramento Republic FC (USL) vs. Reno 1868 FC (USL)

7:30 p.m. PT

Papa Murphy's Park; Sacramento, Calif.

* Host designation switched 5/17

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U.S. Open Cup May 18, 2017

U.S. Open Cup Second Round Matches to Stream Live on ussoccer.com

CHICAGO (May 17, 2017) – The 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, an American soccer tournament that has run continuously for the last 103 years, has moved into its Second Round and today’s games will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.

The First Round began on May 9 and 10 producing 28 winners, who will all be in action again in the Second Round, which began last night with Tampa Bay Rowdies of the United Soccer League (USL) beating Jacksonville Armada U-23 of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) 3-0. Action will continue Wednesday night with a batch of 25 more games that signal the entry of the full-time Division Two professionals of USL and North American Soccer League (NASL) into the competition.

ussoccer.com will focus unprecedented attention on the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. In addition to in-depth features on the participating sides, and historical pieces tracing the long history of the Cup, our match broadcasts will bring fans all the action and romance that make the nation’s oldest knockout competition so special. Catch #OpenCupFever with the full list of Second Round matches to be streamed on Wednesday, May 17. 

Second Round Streaming Schedule

Date

Game

Time

Venue

May 16# Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL) vs. Jacksonville Armada U-23 (NPSL)
3-0
REPLAY
Al Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla.
May 17^^ Atlanta Silverbacks (NPSL) vs. Charleston Battery (USL)
1-2
REPLY
Atlanta Silverbacks Park; Atlanta, Ga.
May 17
Richmond Kickers (USL) vs. Christos FC (Md.)
0-1
REPLAY
City Stadium; Richmond, Va.
May 17 Rochester Rhinos (USL) vs. FC Motown (N.J.) 3-0 
REPLAY
Capelli Sport Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
May 17! Boston City FC (Mass.) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.) 1-2 
Della Russo Stadium; Revere, Mass.
May 17 Miami United FC (NPSL) vs. Jacksonville Armada (NASL)
1-2 
REPLAY
Ted Hendricks Stadium; Hialeah, Fla.
May 17 Carolina Dynamo (PDL) vs. North Carolina FC (NASL)
1-6
Macpherson Stadium; Greensboro, N.C.
May 17 Charlotte Eagles (PDL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)
2-3 
REPLAY
Charlotte Christian School; Charlotte, N.C.
May 17*
Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.) vs. Louisville City FC (USL)
0-9
REPLAY
Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa. 
May 17
FC Cincinnati (USL) vs. AFC Cleveland (NPSL)
1-0 a.e.t.

Nippert Stadium (Univ. of Cincinnati); Cincinnati, Ohio
May 17** Reading United AC (PDL) vs. New York Cosmos (NASL)
3-2
REPLAY
Albright College; Reading, Pa.
May 17 Miami FC (NASL) vs. South Florida Surf (PDL) 
3-2
REPLAY
Cobb Field (Univ. of Miami); Coral Gables, Fla. 
May 17 Michigan Bucks (PDL) vs. Indy Eleven (NASL) 1-0
REPLAY
Ultimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich.
May 17 Ocean City Nor'easters (PDL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)
0-0 (6-7 PKs) Carey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J.
May 17 Chicago FC United (PDL) vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL) 3-1 
REPLAY
Hoyne Field (Loyola University); Chicago, Ill. 
May 17 FC Wichita (NPSL) vs. Saint Louis FC (USL)
3-4 a.e.t. 
REPLAY
Stryker Soccer Complex; Wichita, Kan.
May 17 Dutch Lions FC (NPSL) vs. San Antonio FC (USL)
1-2 
REPLAY
Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility; Conroe, Texas
May 17 Tulsa Roughnecks FC (USL) vs. Oklahoma City Energy U23 (PDL)
5-3 
REPLAY
Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium; Tulsa, Okla.
May 17% OKC Energy FC (USL) vs. Moreno Valley Fútbol Club (Calif.)
5-1 
REPLAY
John Crain Field (Univ. of Oklahoma); Norman, Okla.
May 17& Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USL) vs. FC Tucson (PDL) 2-0 Weidner Field; Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 17 Fresno Fuego (PDL) vs. Phoenix Rising FC (USL)
1-3 
REPLAY
Fresno State Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium; Fresno, Calif.
May 17 FC Golden State Force (PDL) vs. Orange County SC (USL)
2-5 
REPLAY
Citrus College; Glendora, Calif.
May 17 San Francisco Deltas (NASL) vs. Burlingame Dragons FC (PDL)
2-1
REPLAY
Stanford University; Stanford, Calif.
May 17^ L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.) 1-0 a.e.t. Azusa Pacific University Soccer Field; Azusa, Calif. 
May 17 Sacramento Republic FC (USL) vs. Anahuac FC (Nev.) 4-0
REPLAY
Papa Murphy's Park; Sacramento, Calif.
May 17 OSA FC (NPSL) vs. Reno 1868 FC (USL)
0-0
(3-4 PKs)
WATCH
Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.

*Venue changed 4/27
^Venue changed 5/10
#Date changed 5/11
%Venue changed 5/11
&Kickoff time changed 5/12
**Kickoff time and venue changed 5/12
^^Kickoff time changed 5/15
!Venue changed 5/16


U.S. Soccer will continue to broadcast matches through the Open Cup’s Third Round on May 31, and beyond. MLS sides join the fray on June 14. The Round of 16 kicks off on June 28, with the Semifinals set for Aug. 9 and Final for Sept. 20.

In the meantime, get to know some of the hopeful upstarts looking to make a splash in the 2017 edition:

And read up on the past glories in Open Cup Rewind:

The winner of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup receives $250,000 in prize money and a place in next year’s CONCACAF Champions League. The runners up collect $60,000, and the team that advances furthest from each lower division gets $15,000.

Strap in for what promises to be a captivating five months of soccer steeped in tradition and fuelled by the dreams of the underdogs. Follow all the action at ussoccer.com from kickoff to the raising of the Dewar Cup on Sept. 20, as well as @OpenCup on Twitter and Instagram.

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U.S. Open Cup May 17, 2017

Rowdies Open #USOC2017 Second Round with a Bang

The opening game of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s Second Round went the way of the hosts at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida as the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the United Soccer League (USL) hammered Jacksonville Armada U-23 of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) 3-0 without so much as breaking a sweat.

Missing a handful of their regular starters – including three-time FA Cup winner and skipper Joe Cole – the Rowdies were in firm control of the contest from the opening whistle. It took the home side just three minutes to open the scoring when Canadian Kyle Porter fizzed in a long, looping effort from out near the touchline, a few yards over the midfield stripe. It looked like Jacksonville's goalkeeper Juan Fajardo back-peddled fast enough to keep the ball from going over the goal-line, but the referee pointed to the center-circle and the Rowdies were a goal to the good early on. They then kept possession of the ball for the vast majority of the first-half and it was no surprise when Michael Nanchoff picked Nurdin Hrustic’s pocket and worked himself a little space to hit home with his left foot from a tight angle in the dying moments of the opening period. The second goal of the game gave the USL side a well-deserved 2-0 lead at the break against their amateur opponents who failed to get much going in attack.

The Armada showed some pep early in the second-half, but it was little more than a false dawn. Their uphill climb became even steeper 20 minutes in when Dener Dos Santos was shown a straight red card for a tussle with Nanchoff on the touchline.  Up a man and the better side even without the numerical superiority, the Rowdies took full advantage in what was left of the contest.  In the 69th minute, stocky striker Martin Paterson made it 3-0 when he got on the end of a low Darwin Jones cross to hammer home from close range.

 

The 3-0 victory sees Tampa Bay move on to the Third Round of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup, where they will play the winner of the Wednesday night game between South Florida Surf of the Premier Development League (PDL) and Miami FC of the North American Soccer League (NASL).

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U.S. Open Cup May 16, 2017
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