Samba, Roma Advance from U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Round
CHICAGO (June 8, 2005) - The qualifying round of the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicked off the tournament in chaotic fashion, with a pair of USASA Regional Qualifiers topping PDL teams for spots in the first round on June 15.
The first match of the night saw Roma out of Garland, Texas, top the Cocoa Beach Expos by a 7-2 margin as three Cocoa players were sent off - including a pair of former Miami Fusion (MLS) players Pete Marino and Ivan McKinley - and three former Dallas Sidekicks (MISL) players scored two goals apiece.
Roma took a 3-0 lead by the 25th minute on goals by Jamie Harrigan, Patrick Shamu and Juan Sastoque -- all players for the Dallas Sidekicks of the MISL when the team ceased operation before the 2004-2005 season. Seven minutes later, McKinley was sent off for head-butting Mark Rowland, another Sidekicks player.
Six minutes later, Shamu put another goal in for a 4-0 lead. Just before the half, Cocoa answered with a Janak Altidore goal.
In the second half, the fireworks continued on the scoresheet and in referee Shane Moody's book as Sastoque scored for Roma in the 46th minute, and Cocoa answered one minute later as James Phillips converted a penalty kick.
Three minutes later, Altidore was sent off for a second yellow card. Roma would score again as sub Matt Williams got on the score sheet in the 59th minute.
Things settled down a bit until the 86th minute, when the second penalty of the match went in favor of Roma and was converted as Harrington became the third player to net two goals in the contest.
Two minutes later, the Expos' Marino was shown a yellow card for the second time in the game and was subsequently sent off.
Roma advances to the first round to take on FC Azzurri, also a USASA regional qualifier from Texas, at a sight to be determined on Wednesday, June 15.
In the second game of the night on the other coast, the Salinas Valley Samba topped the Cascade Surge 4-2 on penalties after the score was knotted at 1-1 after 120 minutes included regulation and overtime.
The 4-3-3 formation played by the Surge paid off in the 26th minute as Andriy Buddny assisted on Tony Chavez's goal for a 1-0 lead for the home side. Seven minutes later the Samba answered with Jeffery Stepan scoring on a pass from Joel Sanchez to tie the game at 1-1.
There were then 87 minutes of scoreless soccer despite the Surge holding a 22-7 advantage in shots.
In penalties, Stephen Wondowlowski, Ram Ananda, Santiago Aguilera and David Frank converted each of the first four attempts by Samba, while Carlos Calderson and Andriy Buddny missed on the first and third attempt for Cascade. Dana McGregor and Tony Rotunno did convert for Cascade.
Salinas Valley Samba advance to face the Sonoma County Sol, also a USASA qualifier from California at Ernie Nevers Field in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. PT.