2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Kicks Off with Four USASA Regional Teams Prevailing
Second Round of Tournament Kicks off Tuesday, May 22
May 16, 2012
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Second Round of Tournament Kicks off Tuesday, May 22
CHICAGO (May 15, 2012) – The 99th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup had its share of first-round surprises and tightly contested matches as the 2012 tournament kicked off Tuesday with 16 games across the country. The U.S. Adult Soccer Association regional qualifying teams made their voice heard with four winning squads out of nine entries.
The USASA’s Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC garnered its first-ever U.S. Open Cup victory with a 3-1 win against the Carolina Dynamo of the Premier Development League at the Maryland SoccerPlex Stadium in Boyds, Md. The Aegean Hawks advance to the second round on Tuesday, May 22, to face the USL PRO’s Richmond Kickers – an organization well known for its 1995 U.S. Open Cup Final victory against the El Paso Patriots.
Also on Tuesday, the Kansas City Athletics of the USASA overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit and scored three second-half goalson the road to defeat the PDL’s Real Colorado Foxes. K.C. will have a difficult second round assignment next week when it takes on the Orlando City Soccer Club – last year’s USL PRO champion – in Sanford, Fla.
On the west coast, PSA Elite’s USASA team maintained a lead through the bulk of its match as Davis Paul’s two goals paced the team against the PDL’s Portland Timbers U-23s for a 3-1 victory. And USASA side Cal FC, led by Danny Barrera’s two goals, defeated the PDL’s Kitsap Pumas 3-1.
For results and schedule updates of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, visit ussoccer.com.
Here is a rundown of Tuesday’s first round:
2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
FIRST ROUND – Tuesday, May 15
Jacksonville United (NPSL) 2, Orlando City U-23s (PDL) 1: Jacksonville scored two second-half goals, with all of the game’s scoring coming in the second half, and defeated host Orlando City U-23s at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Sanford, Fla.
Reading United AC (PDL) 2, N.Y. Greek Americans (USASA) 1: Pedro Ribeiro and Olutolani Ibikunle netted goals in the 37th and 55th minutes, respectively to build a 2-0 lead and eventually earn the victory against the N.Y. Greek Americans at Fleetwood High School’s Ray Buss Field in Fleetwood, Pa.
Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) 2, FC Sonic (NPSL) 0: The Rough Riders scored two first-half goals and defeated Sonic on the road at Whitehall High School Stadium in Whitehall, Pa. The game originally was scheduled to be played at the Ulrich Sports Complex of Lehigh University, but was moved because of field conditions.
Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (USASA) 3, Carolina Dynamo (PDL) 1: The Aegean Hawks earned their first Open Cup victory on the strength of two Scott Larrabee goals at Maryland SoccerPlex Stadium in Boyds, Md. Matt May added an 86th-minute tally to clinch the win.
Michigan Bucks (PDL) 6, Jersey Shore Boca (USASA) 0: Stefan St. Louis scored two of Michigan’s first three goals and the Bucks netted three goals in each half en route to a victory against Jersey Shore at Ultimate Soccer in Pontiac, Mich. It marked the 10th Open Cup win in the Bucks’ history. Boca made matters difficult with Nick Tarquinio’s red card in the 17th minute, forcing Jersey Shore to play the rest of the match with 10 men.
Georgia Revolution (NPSL) 1, Mississippi Brilla FC (PDL) 0 (OT): The Revolution needed overtime and found its game-winning goal from Hailab Habtom in the 105th minute to defeat Mississippi Brilla at the RYSA Soccerplex in Conyers, Ga.
Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) 3, GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) 2: Brooklyn netted early goals from Nathaniel Simons in the fifth minute and Christian Turizo on a seventh-minute free kick as the Italians defeated the Portland Phoenix PDL squad at Deering High School’s Memorial Field in Portland, Maine.
Chicago Fire PDL (PDL) 1, Croatian Eagles (USASA) 0: Isaac Kannah’s fifth-minute goal held up for the host Fire PDL during their victory against the Croatian Eagles at the Toyota Park Practice Field in Bridgeview, Ill.
Des Moines Menace (PDL) 3, Milwaukee Bavarians (NPSL) 1 (OT): Des Moines, playing with a 10-vs.-9 advantage in overtime, pulled off a two-goal victory against Milwaukee at a rain-soaked and sprinkler-malfunctioning Bavarian Soccer Park in Glendale, Wis. Lebogang Moloto had both overtime goals for the Menace.
Laredo Heat (PDL) 4, ASC New Stars (USASA) 2 (OT): Second-half substitution Placide Buduri scored two overtime goals to carry the Heat past the ASC New Stars at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas.
K.C. Athletics (USASA) 3, Real Colorado Foxes (PDL) 1: The Athletics overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit and scored three unanswered goals in the second half to defeat Real Colorado at Colorado School of Mines Soccer Stadium in Golden, Colo.
El Paso Patriots (PDL) 3, NTX Rayados (USASA) 1: Naoyas Aizawa scored two El Paso goals and assisted what proved to be the game-winner by Michael Griego to defeat NTX Rayados at Patriots Stadium in El Paso, Texas.
Fresno Fuego (PDL) 2, Stanislaus United Turlock Express (US Club Soccer) 0: Abraham Campos scored a pair of goals for Fresno for the victory against Stanislaus United at Academica Fields in Turlock, Calif. The win had its sour moment from Fresno’s perspective as Nehemias Blanco picked up a red card in the 64th minute.
PSA Elite (USASA) 3, Portland Timbers U-23s (PDL) 1: Davis Paul scored two goals and Christian Ramirez added a first-half goal to lead PSA Elite past the host Portland Timbers U-23s at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore.
Cal FC (USASA) 3, Kitsap Pumas (PDL) 1: Danny Barrera had Cal FC’s first two goals and defeated Kitsap at Bremerton Memorial Stadium in Bremerton, Wash.
Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 6, Fullerton Rangers (NPSL) 2 (OT): Ventura County erupted with four goals in overtime to oust Fullerton at the Santa Ana Bowl in Santa Ana, Calif. Frankie Lopez’s penalty kick goal gave Ventura County a 3-2 lead, and teammates Kennedy Chongo, Willie Rupert and Rodrigo Lopez followed with goals to put the match well out of reach.
SECOND ROUND – Tuesday, May 22
Michigan Bucks (PDL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO): Chartiers Valley Stadium; Bridgeville, Pa.; 7 p.m. ET
Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO): Skyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.; 7 p.m. ET
Cal FC (USASA) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO): Legion Sports Complex; Wilmington, N.C.; 7 p.m. ET
PSA Elite (USASA) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL): WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.; 7:07 p.m. ET
Fresno Fuego (PDL) at Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL): Lockhart Stadium; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; 7:30 p.m. ET
K.C. Athletics (USASA) at Orlando City Soccer Club (USL PRO): Seminole Soccer Complex; Sanford, Fla.; 7:30 p.m. ET
Reading United AC (PDL) at Charleston Battery (USL PRO): Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.; 5:30 p.m. ET
Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) at Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO): Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.; 7:35 p.m. ET
Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at Jacksonville United (NPSL): Patton Park; Jacksonville, Fla.; 7 p.m. ET
Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) at Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (USASA): Maryland SportsPlex Stadium; Boyds, Md.; 7:30 p.m. ET
Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Georgia Revolution (NPSL): RYSA Soccerplex; Conyers, Ga.; 7:30 p.m. ET
Laredo Heat (PDL) at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL): Heroes Stadium; San Antonio, Texas; 7:30 p.m. CT
Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) at Chicago Fire PDL (PDL): Toyota Park Practice Field; Bridgeview, Ill.; 6 p.m. CT
Minnesota Stars FC (NASL) at Des Moines Menace (PDL): Valley Stadium; Des Moines, Iowa; 7:30 p.m. CT
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) at El Paso Patriots (PDL): Patriots Stadium; El Paso, Texas; 8 p.m. MT
Ventura County Fusion (PDL) at Los Angeles Blues (USL PRO): Norco Community College*, Norco, Calif.; 4 p.m. PT*
* Note: Changed from original May 1 announcement.
2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule (Per Round)
May 15: First Round
May 22: Second Round
May 29: Third Round
June 5: Fourth Round
June 26: Quarterfinals
July 10: Semifinals
Aug. 7 or 8: Final