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Fresno Fuego (PDL) Stun A-League's El Paso Patriots in Open Cup

The Fresno Fuego (PDL) pulled off the biggest upset of the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night (July 22) as they topped the El Paso Patriots of the A-League by a 5-2 margin at Dudley Field in El Paso, Texas.

Fresno is an amateur side of the USASA that qualifies for Open Cup play out of the United Soccer League's Premier Development League. El Paso plays in the A-League, the second division in the United States behind only U.S. Soccer.

Fresno's win will be rewarded with a trip to brand-new The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. to face the Los Angeles Galaxy on Aug. 6 in the fourth round.

The Open Cup continues Wednesday, July 27, with a cross-town contest between Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) and Milwaukee Wave United (A-League).

Match Report: Fresno Fuego vs. El Paso Patriots
Competitions: 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Third Round
Date: July 22, 2003
Location: Dudley Field, El Paso, Texas
Attendance: 1,750
Scoring Summary:
FF - Farfan (Gutierrez)  11
EP - Mora (Abarca) 16
EP - Andrade (PK) 34
FF - Ramirez 73
FF - Ramirez  81
FF - Vega (Codeceira) 83
FF - Gutierrez 87
FF: Jeremy Proud, Jose Delgadillo, Jose Rivas, Jarrod Souza (76, Rogelio Padilla), Derek Lopez, Milton Blanco, Gaston Cignetti (68, Fabricio Codeceira), Eric Farfan (45, Ernie Vega), Eddie Gutierrez, Jose Espindola, Edgardo Contreras (45, Orlando Ramirez).

EP: Scott Alexander, Carlos Martinez, Joel Rios, Hamlet Diaz, Junro Narita, Ahmed Figueroa, Freddy Juárez (85, Michael Griego), Jose Abarca (85, Enrique Cervantes), Omar Mora (62, Tim Pierce), Laurenco Andrade, Mauricio Rocha (45, Pablo Cabrera).
Statistics Summary:
              FF   EP 
Shots:  9     13
Saves: 2       3
Fouls:  14  19
Offsides 7   3
Corner Kicks  3  12
FF - Proud 33
FF - Delgadillo 50
FF - Blanco 67
FF - Espindola 72
Referee: Troy Travis
Asst. Referee: Gibby Widner
Asst. Referee: Josh Herrera
4th Official: Jair Marrufo