CHICAGO (June 11, 2008) – The first round of the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicked off on Tuesday, June 10, with a total of 32 teams competing. The first round game between the Real Maryland Monarchs and the NY Pancyprian Freedoms has been postponed and rescheduled for an 8:00 p.m. kickoff on Friday, June 13 at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
Hollywood United (USASA) provided excitement in the first round, defeating the Portland Timbers of the USL First Division, 3–2, led by a brace from Matt Taylor and a game-winner from Carl Alexander. The 16 winners from the first round, including the winner of the match to be played later this week, will square off in the second round on Tuesday, June 24.
The Chicago Fire defeated the Columbus Crew (3–2) with an early goal scored in the 10th minute by Stephen King and two goals from Andy Herron. The entire game was a rally back and forth with goals from Emmanuel Ekpo (63rd, Columbus), Andy Herron (65th, Chicago), Jason Garay (67th, Columbus), and the game winner by Herron in a penalty kick during the 116th minute.
The Charlotte Eagles soared above the Clearwater Galactics (5–2). The teams were tied 1–1 at the conclusion of the first 45 minutes with goals from Robert Ssejjemba in the 32rd minute (Charlotte) and Oscar Carmona in the 41st (Clearwater). Charlotte shut down Clearwater in the second half and scored four goals to finalize the result.
The Carolina Railhawks edged the Brooklyn Knights (1–0) with the lone goal scored by Kupono Low in the 85th minute.
The Charleston Battery shut out the ASC New Stars (3–0) with all goals scored in the first half of the match.
The Cleveland City Stars took home a win against the Michigan Bucks with a 2–1 result. An early goal in the 4th minute gave Michigan a lead but Cleveland retaliated with two goals within 10 minutes of each other before the conclusion of the first half.
Miami FC Blues played host to the Bradenton Academics with a final 4–2 result. The first half ended in a 1–1 tie but after Bradenton tallied an own goal, Miami came back to score three, with two recorded within a minute of each other.
The Western Mass Pioneers defeated the Boston Olympiakos (2–0) at home, with goals scored on either side of the half.
The visiting Fredericksburg Gunners dropped a 3–0 decision to host Richmond Kickers, with Kickers goals from Eliot Paschalis, Stanley Nyazamba, and David Bulow all in the first 25 minutes of the match.
The Harrisburg City Islanders claimed victory over the Yakima Reds with a 5–1 result. Harrisburg scored four goals by David Schoefield, Brett Weisner, Almir Barbosa, and Geoff Bloes, and an own goal, back to back with a late response by Yakima in the 86th minute, placed in the back of the net by Angel Rojas.
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds came out victorious against the AAC Eagles with a 4–0 result.
The Rochester Rhinos stomped the RWB Adria (2–1) at their home turf, with Rochester goals from Leslie Fitzpatrick (73rd minute, penalty) and Hamed Diallo (96th) and RWB goals from Awadallah Morad in the 86th.
The Minnesota Thunder shocked the St. Louis Lions with a 4–1 victory with two goals on either side of St. Louis’ lone goal in the 79th minute.
The Los Angeles Legends overcame Crystal Palace Baltimore (2–1), sandwiching the L.A. team with goals in both halves.
The Seattle Sounders edged the Arizona Sahuaros (1–0) with the lone goal scored by Kenji Treschuk in the 118th minute of overtime.
The Atlanta Silverbacks advance into the second round of play with a 2–2 result after going 5–4 in penalty kicks.
At stake in the tournament is $180,000 in prize money broken down as follows: $100,000 to the champion, $50,000 to the runner up and $10,000 to the team that advances deepest into the tournament from each of the Division II, Division III and amateur levels.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation’s National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. It is the oldest annual team tournament in U.S. sports history and among the oldest soccer tournaments of its type in the world. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor long-time soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.
2008 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP FIRST ROUND MATCHES
|| Brooklyn Knights (PDL) at Carolina RailHawks (USL-1)
|2||June 10|| NY Pancyprian Freedom (USASA) at Real Maryland Monarchs (USL-2)
|3||June 10|| Fredericksburg Gunners (PDL) at Richmond Kickers (USL-2)
|4||June 10||Boston Olympiakos (USASA) at Western Mass Pioneers (USL-2)
|5||June 10|| Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL-2) at AAC Eagles (USASA)
|6||June 10||Cleveland City Stars (USL-2) at Michigan Bucks (PDL)
||Ultimate Soccer Arena
|7||June 10||St. Louis Lions (PDL) at Minnesota Thunder (USL-1)
||National Sports Center
|8||June 10||RWB Adria (USASA) at Rochester Rhinos (USL-1)
|9||June 10||Atlanta Silverbacks (USL-1) at Austin Aztex (PDL)
||2–2 (Atl 5–4 PK)|
||ASC New Stars (USASA) at Charleston Battery (USL-1)
|11||June 10||Clearwater Galactics (USASA) at Charlotte Eagles (USL-2)
||Charlotte Christian School
|12||June 10||Bradenton Academics (PDL) at Miami FC (USL-1)
|13||June 10|| Seattle Sounders (USL-1) at Arizona Sahuaros (USASA)
||Grand Canyon University
|14||June 10||Yakima Reds (PDL) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2)
||Skyline Sports Complex
|15||June 10||Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL-2) at Los Angeles Legends (PDL)
||Cougar Athletic Stadium
|16||June 10||Hollywood United (USASA) at Portland Timbers (USL-1)
2008 LAMAR HUNT
|East||June 24||N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms (USASA) or Real Maryland (USL2) at Carolina Railhawks (USL1)||WakeMed Soccer Park||Cary, N.C.||7:30 p.m.|
|East||June 24||Richmond Kickers (USL2) at Western Mass. Pioneers (USL2)||Lusitano Stadium||Ludlow, Mass.||7:30 p.m.|
|Midwest||June 24||Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL2) at Rochester Rhinos (USL1)||PAETEC Park||Rochester, N.Y.||7:30 p.m.|
|Midwest||June 24||Cleveland City Stars (USL2) at Minnesota Thunder (USL1)||National Sports Center||Blaine, Minn.||6:00 p.m.|
|South||June 24||Atlanta Silverbacks (USL1) at Miami FC (USL1)||Tropical Park||Miami, Fla.||8:00 p.m.|
|South||June 24||Charlotte Eagles (USL2) at Charleston Battery (USL1)||Blackbaud Stadium||Charleston, S.C.||7:30 p.m.|
|West||June 24||Hollywood United (USASA) at Seattle Sounders (USL1)||Starfire Sports Complex||Tukwila, Wash.||8:00 p.m.|
|West||June 24||Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL2) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL2)||Skyline Sports Complex||Harrisburg, Pa.||7:05 p.m.|