CHICAGO (June 17, 2009) – With the chance to face one of the eight MLS clubs that will join the competition in the third round, the remaining 16 lower-division clubs showed their mettle Tuesday night during the second round of the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Four of the eight games went into overtime, with two games needing penalty kicks to declare a victor.
The evening’s matches kicked off on the east coast with the Ocean City Barons (PDL) hosting Real Maryland F.C. (USL2). With a defensive tone setting the pace on the night, the match was scoreless through the first 90 minutes. The deadlock was broken in overtime in the 108th minute with a penalty kick call against Real that Barons’ striker J.T. Noone converted to give the home side a 1-0 victory. With the upset, the Barons not only advance to face defending U.S. Open Cup champion D.C. United, but also take home the $10,000 prize as the top amateur team in the tournament.
In Cary, N.C., the Carolina RailHawks (USL1) and Wilmington Hammerheads (USL2) put on an offensive display that both entertained and exasperated their fans. Chris Bagley struck first for the Hammerheads in the 21st minute, but 13 minutes later Carolina equalized with a tally from Hamed Diallo. Both teams played better defensively in the second half, forcing overtime where things opened up again offensively. During the 30 minute overtime, four goals were scored. Timothy Karalexis of Wilmington hit twine in the 93rd, but Brian Plotkin drew Carolina even only five minutes later. The RailHawks’ forward Gavin Glinton surely thought he scored the game winner in the 118th minute, but Wilmington pulled even with a stoppage time goal by midfielder Kenny Bundy to send the match to penalties.
With two stops in the penalty round, Wilmington goalkeeper Daryl Sattler helped his team advance 4-3 on penalties, and earned them the chance to play the four-time U.S. Open Cup champion Chicago Fire.
The match between USL1’s Rochester Rhinos and the Cleveland City Stars kept the streak of overtime games alive, with a scoreless first half giving way to two second half goals by Cleveland’s Ryan Stewart in the 59th and Rochester’s Ryan Heins in the 82nd. Deadlocked at 1-1, Rhinos’ Kenny Bertz set the home crowd alight with his goal in the 113th minute that proved to be the game winner. Awaiting the Rhinos in the third round is MLS Cup defending champion Columbus Crew.
In a matchup both goalkeepers must be proud to have played in, two USL2 teams squared off in Harrisburg, Pa., for the right to face the New England Revolution in the next round. With the Western Mass Pioneers and Harrisburg City Islanders unable to find the back of the net after 120 minutes of action, the match came down to spot kicks to decide a winner. The Pioneers were only able to convert three of their chances to the Islanders four however, and Harrisburg City can now book their travel to New England.
Last year’s Open Cup finalists and USL1 team Charleston Battery managed to keep their tournament run alive by snatching a win from the home of Miami F.C. In a tightly contested match, it was a 65th minute goal from the penalty spot by Tyler Hemming that allowed the Battery a shot at Chivas USA in the third round.
Shifting to the Midwest, the Minnesota Thunder (USL1) illustrated their class in a 4-0 thrashing of Chicago Fire (PDL) behind two second half goals by Melvin Tarley. As one of three Premier Development League clubs that made it to the second round the Fire should still exit with heads held high, while Minnesota can now look ahead to a date with the Kansas City Wizards. The start time for that match on June 30 has been changed from 7:05 to 7:35 p.m.
In another matchup between a USL1 team (Austin Aztex) and PDL club (El Paso Patriots) in Austin, Texas, the host Aztex took advantage of three El Paso red cards to win 2-0. With goals on both sides of halftime in the 45th and 48th minutes, the Aztex will now focus on three-time MLS Cup champion Houston Dynamo in the third round.
In the late game, the final USASA representative fell as the Sonoma County Sol lost to a strong Portland Timbers (USL1) club. With a quick strike in the seventh minute by George Josten, Portland kept the pressure on and capitalized on the Sol who were pushing for the equalizer with an insurance goal by Mandjou Keita in the 87th minute. Their reward is a derby matchup against MLS expansion club Seattle Sounders F.C. in Portland, Ore., now scheduled for July 1.
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.
2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Second Round Results
|June 16||Western Mass. Pioneers (USL2) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL2)||0-0 (3-4 PKs)||Skyline Sports Complex||Harrisburg, Pa.|
|June 16||Real Maryland FC (USL2) at Ocean City Barons (PDL)||0-1||Carey Stadium||Ocean City, N.J.|
|June 16||Wilmington Hammerheads (USL2) at Carolina RailHawks (USL1)||3-3 (4-3 PKs)||WakeMed Soccer Park||Cary, N.C.|
|June 16||Charleston Battery (USL1) at Miami FC (USL1)||1-0||Tropical Park||Miami, Fla.|
|June 16||Cleveland City Stars (USL2) at Rochester Rhinos (USL1)||1-2||Rochester Rhinos Stadium||Rochester, N.Y.|
|June 16||Chicago Fire PDL (PDL) at Minnesota Thunder (USL1)||0-4||National Sports Center||Blaine, Minn.|
|June 16||El Paso Patriots (PDL) at Austin Aztex (USL1)||0-2||Nelson Field||Austin, Texas|
|June 16||Portland Timbers (USL1) at Sonoma County Sol (USASA-Calif.)||2-0||Santa Rosa High School||Santa Rosa, Calif.|
Below are the matchups for round three:
|June 30||Harrisburg City Islanders (USL2) at New England Revolution (MLS)||7 p.m. ET||Willowbrook Park||New Britain, Conn.|
|June 30||Ocean City Barons (PDL) at DC United (MLS)||7:30 p.m. ET||Maryland Soccerplex||Boyds, Md.|
|June 30||Chicago Fire (MLS) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL2)||7 p.m. ET||Legion Stadium||Wilmington, N.C.|
|June 30||Chivas USA (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL1)||7:30 p.m. ET||Blackbaud Stadium||Charleston, S.C.|
|June 30||Columbus Crew (MLS) at Rochester Rhinos (USL1)||7 p.m. ET||Rochester Rhinos Stadium||Rochester, N.Y.|
|June 30||Kansas City Wizards (MLS) at Minnesota Thunder (USL1)||7:35 p.m. CT||National Sports Center||Blaine, Minn.|
|June 30||Houston Dynamo (MLS) at Austin Aztex (USL1)||7:30 p.m. CT||Nelson Field||Austin, Texas|
|July 1||Seattle Sounders (MLS) at Portland Timbers (USL1)||7 p.m. PT||PGE Park||Portland, Ore.|
Composition of participating teams:
8 Major League Soccer
8 United Soccer Leagues First Division
8 United Soccer Leagues Second Division
16 Amateur (8 USL Premier Development League, 8 USASA regional qualifiers)
Total Number of Teams: 40
Total Number of Games: 39
2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
June 9 First Round 32 lower division teams enter tournament
June 16 Second Round 16 Round 1 winners face off
June 30 Third Round Round 2 winners face eight MLS teams
July 7 Quarterfinals Round 3 winners
July 21/22 Semifinals Quarterfinal winners
Sept. 2 Final Semifinal winners