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No Surprises as USL PRO Teams Dominate Second Round of 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Chicago Fire PDL at Madison 56ers Rescheduled; Kitsap Pumas Only PDL Team to Advance Tonight

CHICAGO (June 21, 2011) – USL PRO teams dominated the second round of the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, with six teams advancing to the third round. The Chicago Fire PDL at Madison 56ers game was rescheduled for Wednesday, June 22, at 4 p.m. CT due to lightning. The Kitsap Pumas was the only PDL team to advance after tonight’s games.

The six USL PRO teams to advance are FC New York, Rochester Rhinos, Richmond Kickers, Wilmington Hammerheads, Orlando City Soccer Club and Los Angeles Blues.

One game went into extra time and one was concluded by penalty kicks, with the Wilmington Hammerheads and FC New York coming out on top. The Hammerheads came back from a 2-0 deficit against the Charlotte Eagles to send the game into overtime. The Hammerheads scored 13 minutes into extra time to dodge the loss. FC New York defeated the N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms in penalty kicks after 120 scoreless minutes.

The eight winners from the second round will advance to the third round and face one of eight MLS teams. The third round kicks off on Tuesday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 29.

2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Second Round Results

17.  FC New York (USL PRO) 0 at N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms (USASA) 0
The two teams ended regulation scoreless, with FC New York playing down a player after receiving a red card in the 22nd minute. The game was still scoreless after extra time and headed into penalty kicks. After seven rounds, FC New York downed the Freedoms 6-5.

18.  Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) 1 at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 0
The match appeared to be headed into extra time before the Rhinos were fouled just inside the box.  Tony Donatelli converted the penalty kick in the 90th minute for the game-winner and gave the Rhinos the 1-0 advantage.

19.  Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) 1 at Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) 4
The Kickers got on the board in the 17th minute with a David Bulow goal on a cross from Edson Elcock. In the 30th minute, the Riverhounds tied it up off a header by Chad Severs. Eleven minutes later, Bulow scored his second goal for the Kickers and took a 2-1 lead. Matthew Delicate added two goals in the 52nd and 81st minutes to guarantee the Kickers’ place in the third round.

20.  Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) 2 at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) 3
The Eagles drew first blood, with Weston Roberts scoring in the 44th minute and sending the game 1-0 into the half. Daren Toby doubled the lead, scoring in the 54th minute for Charlotte. Andryi Budnyy answered for the Hammerheads and put them on the board in the 63rd minute. Chris Banks scored the equalizer in the 78th minute to send the game into extra time. In the 103rd minute, Luke Mullholland scored the game-winner and cemented the come-from-behind win for the Hammerheads.  

21.  Orlando City Soccer Club (USL PRO) 1 at Charleston Battery (USL PRO) 0
Rob Valentino scored the lone goal of the game in the 39th minute for Orlando City, providing the 1-0 win.

22.  Chicago Fire PDL (PDL) at Madison 56ers (NPSL) – RESCHEDULED
Due to lightning, the match is rescheduled for Wednesday, June 22, at 4 p.m. CT. The game was delayed in the 18th minute, with the Fire up 1-0 off a Chris Estridge goal in the 9th minute, but was finally called after almost two hours. The rescheduled game will be replayed from the start at 0-0.

23.  Real Colorado Foxes (PDL) 1 at Kitsap Pumas (PDL) 3
The Pumas struck first with a goal by Cameron Hepple in the 17th minute. The Pumas then gave up an own goal in the 23rd minute to tie the game. In the 43rd minute, Robbie Christner scored for the Pumas to send the game 2-1 into the half. Christner scored his second goal of the game in the 88th minute to guarantee the Pumas the 3-1 win.

24.  Los Angeles Blues (USL PRO) 1 at Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 0
After a nearly scoreless first half, Israel Sesay scored the lone goal of the game in the 45th minute. Sesay’s goal was all that was needed for the Los Angeles Blues to advance.

2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Round

No.  Date     Match   Time  Venue 
25  June
FC New York (USL PRO) at New York Red Bulls (MLS) 8 p.m. ET   Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
26 June
Chicago Fire (MLS) at Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) 7:35 p.m. ET  Sahlen's Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
27  June
Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) at Columbus Crew (MLS) 7:30 p.m. ET  Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
28 June
Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) at Real Salt Lake (MLS) 7 p.m. MT    Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
29 June
Orlando City Soccer Club (USL PRO) at FC Dallas (MLS) 8 p.m. CT    Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas
30 TBD*
Chicago Fire PDL (PDL) or Madison 56ers (NPSL) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 7:30 p.m. CT   LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
31 June
Kitsap Pumas (PDL) at Seattle Sounders (MLS)   7 p.m. PT Starfire Sports Stadium; Tukwila, Wash.
32  June
Los Angeles Blues (USL PRO) at Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) 7:30 p.m. PT  Titan Stadium (CSUF); Fullerton, Calif.

*NOTE: Change from the original announcement June 15.