Mid Michigan Bucks Lead List of PDL Teams in Open Cup After Thrilling Final Weekend of Qualifying
CHICAGO (Monday, May 28, 2001) - The Mid Michigan Bucks, who defeated the New England Revolution and took eventual finalists Miami Fusion to sudden-death penalty kicks before bowing out of the 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in the Round of 16, pulled off two thrilling victories over the weekend to emerge as the winner of Group 1 qualifying in the Premier Development League. On Friday, the Bucks needed overtime to defeat the Dayton Gems by a 3-2 scoreline. On Sunday, needing a win to surpass the Texas Spurs, the Bucks defeated the Chicago Fire Reserves 1-0 in a road match.
Group 2 champions, the Miami Breakers, needed similar dramatics in climbing to the top of the standings table and qualify for the final competition. On Friday, the Breakers defeated the Tampa Bay Hawks, 1-0. Then on Sunday, they defeated the Cocoa Expos, 3-2 in overtime to pull clear of the Westchester Flames and Bradenton Athletics.
Group 3's Central Coast Roadrunners had given themselves some room to breathe at the top of the standings table going into this week's matches and were able to win the group outright, though the Seattle Sounders Select pulled even with them on points with a 2-1 win over the Okanagan Predators. Seattle advanced as the wild card, however a three-goal performance would have secured them first place in the group and made Central Coast the wild card.
Mid Michigan, Miami, Central Coast, and Seattle advance to the Open Cup's first round, where they will face four representatives from the United States Amateur Soccer Association in matches tentatively scheduled for June 13.