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Western Mass. Pioneers Surge Past Mass Premier 4-1 in First Round of 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup


ussoccer.com’s ‘Game of the Round’ Coverage Resumes May 14 when NPSL’s RVA FC Hosts USL PRO’s Richmond Kickers

CHICAGO (May 7, 2014) – The PDL’s Western Mass. Pioneers scored three goals in a 10-minute span and four goals total in the second half to defeat Mass Premier Soccer (USASA) 4-1 at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Massachusetts, to open the 101st edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The game, which was broadcast as ussoccer.com’s “Game of the Round,” featured the USASA side with an early first-half lead. But Western Mass. controlled the run of play from start to finish and found its scoring momentum in the second half, paced by Allen Carr Jr. and Will Daniels who had two goals apiece.

“They played well and they complement each other very well,” Western Mass. head coach Federico Molinari said of the scoring duo. “I told them that in this game, over the last 30 minutes, they would have a lot of opportunities because [Mass Premier] played last Sunday. We knew they were going to be out of gas.”

ussoccer.com’s next “Game of the Round” coverage of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup features the Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) at Richmond-based RVA FC (NPSL) on Wednesday, May 14. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. ET at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond, Virginia.

Santiago Bedoya, the younger brother of U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, scored the game’s first goal in the 11th minute on a difficult angle from the left side, sneaking his left-footed shot inside the right of the frame for a 1-0 lead for Mass Premier (also known as Global Premier Soccer). The goal came just minutes after GPS goalkeeper Jeff Newman made a penalty kick save against the Pioneers’ Jayme Kapinos in the ninth minute.

Daniels finally got Western Mass. on the score sheet in the 70th minute with a tap-in from the edge of the six-yard box. Carr followed with what proved to be the game-winner in the 75th minute, a lofted left-footed shot over Newman to take a 2-1 lead.

Carr scored his second goal in the 77th minute, beating Newman one-on-one with a low shot inside the right of the frame. Daniels capped off the scoring with his second tally in the 86th minute as Western Mass. advanced to the next round to face USL PRO side Rochester Rhinos on May 14.

“I think we came out with more attitude and we were more organized in the second half,” Molinari said.

Next up is the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Second Round, kicking off with one match on May 13 and the remaining 23 games on Wednesday, May 14. This stage features the eight first-round winners, 26 remaining amateur teams (14 from the PDL, six from USASA regional qualifiers and six NPSL teams) and 14 Division III USL PRO clubs.

First Round Roundup – Wednesday, May 7:
FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic (NPSL) 1, GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) 0 (OT): FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic scored in the second of two overtime periods to beat GPS Portland Phoenix. The teams battled through a scoreless regulation to force extra time, with FC Lehigh Valley finally breaking through with a Shastri Spencer goal in the 114th minute. LVU will host the Harrisburg City Islanders in the next round on May 14.

RWB Adria (USASA) 2, Detroit City FC (NPSL) 2 (Adria wins 3-1 in PKs): RWB Adria from Chicago won a wild first-round matchup against Detroit City FC, topping Detroit 3-1 in penalty kicks for the victory. Tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, both teams failed to score in overtime and each team received two red cards during the overtime periods. Vlad Baciu scored both goals for RWB Adria, the first in the 20th minute and the dramatic second tally during second-half stoppage time to tie the score. Tyler Arnone and Kevin Taylor scored in the 71st and the 77th minutes, respectively, for Detroit City. With the win, RWB Adria advances to face the Michigan Bucks on May 14.

New York Red Bulls U-23s (NPSL) 2, Vermont Voltage (PDL) 1: The New York Red Bulls U-23s scored two first-half goals and held off the Vermont Voltage to win their first-round matchup. Danny Bedoya netted the Red Bulls’ first goal in the 18th minute. Adrian Saldana scored for the Voltage in the 68th minute to put pressure on New York, but failed to come up with the equalizer. The Red Bulls U-23s will play at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on May 14.

Red Force (USASA) 2, Colorado Rovers (USSSA) 1: David Olguin scored the game-winning tally in the 81st minute to lift Red Force past the Colorado Rovers at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Daniel Gomez started Red Force’s rally with a penalty kick conversion in the 67th minute. Red Force travels to Laredo, Texas, in the second round to face PDL side Laredo Heat SC on May 14.

Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 2, CD Aguiluchos (NPSL) 1: Ventura County Fusion overcame an early second-half deficit with back-to-back goals in a seven-minute stretch for a first-round victory at Ventura College in Ventura, California. Chongo Kennedy converted a 53rd-minute penalty kick for the equalizer and Peter Gregory scored the game-winner in the 64th minute. The Fusion hosts USL PRO expansion squad Sacramento Republic on May 14.

San Diego Flash (NPSL) 1, S.C. Corinthians USA (US Club Soccer) 0 (forfeit): S.C. Corinthians USA withdrew from the competition as the team did not have enough approved players available before the roster deadline. The San Diego Flash was awarded a 1-0 victory.

PSA Elite (USASA) 1, LA Misioneros FC (PDL) 1 (PSA Elite wins 2-1 in PKs): Shorthanded PSA Elite overcame an overtime deficit and won in the shootout at StubHub Training Center Field in Carson, California. Javier Castro gave LA Misioneros a 1-0 lead in the 94th minute, but the 10-man PSA Elite side notched an equalizer in the 114th minute. Jose Preciado scored the game-tying goal, forcing the match into a shootout, where PSA Elite maintained that momentum en route to a 2-1 edge in penalties. PSA Elite advances to the second round to face the NPSL’s San Diego Flash on May 14.

2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
First Round Results (Note: Results list home team second)

Date

Game

Result

Venue

May 7

FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic (NPSL) at GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL)

1-0 (ot)

Deering High School; Portland, Maine

May 7

RWB Adria (USASA) at Detroit City FC (NPSL)

2-2 (3-1 pks)

Stevenson High School; Livonia, Mich.

May 7

Mass Premier Soccer (USASA) at Western Mass. Pioneers (PDL)

1-4

Lusitano Stadium; Ludlow, Mass.

May 7

Vermont Voltage (PDL) at New York Red Bulls U-23s (NPSL)

1-2

Red Bull Training Facility; Whippany, N.J.

May 7

Red Force (USASA) at Colorado Rovers (USSSA)

2-1

Shea Stadium; Highlands Ranch, Colo.

May 7

CD Aguiluchos (NPSL) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)

1-2

Ventura College; Ventura, Calif.

May 7*

S.C. Corinthians USA (US Club Soccer) at San Diego Flash (NPSL)

0-1 (forfeit)

Mira Mesa High School; Mira Mesa, Calif.

May 7

LA Misioneros FC (PDL) at PSA Elite (USASA)

1-1 (1-2 pks)

StubHub Center Training Field; Carson, Calif.

* Visiting team determined since original announcement April 24

Second Round Schedule

Date

Game

Time

Venue

May 13

Arizona United SC (USL PRO) at Portland Timbers U-23s (PDL)

7 p.m. PT

Providence Park; Portland, Ore.

May 14

Jacksonville United FC (NPSL) at Orlando City U23s (PDL)

4:30 p.m. ET

Seminole Soccer Complex; Sanford, Fla.

May 14

Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) at Schwaben AC (USASA)

4 p.m. CT

Schwaben Athletic Club; Buffalo Grove, Ill.

May 14

Icon FC (USASA) at Baltimore Bohemians (PDL)

5:30 p.m. ET

TBD

May 14

New York Red Bulls U-23s (NPSL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO)

7 p.m. ET

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

May 14

New York Greek American Atlas (USASA) at Ocean City Nor’easters (PDL)

7 p.m. ET

Carey Stadium; Ocean City, N.J.

May 14

Greater Binghamton FC Thunder (NPSL) at Reading United A.C. (PDL)

7 p.m. ET

Gurski Stadium; Reading, Pa.

May 14

Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) at RVA FC (Richmond Virginia FC) (NPSL)

7 p.m. ET

Sports Backers Stadium; Richmond, Va.

May 14

Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) at FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic (NPSL)

7:05 p.m. ET

Whitehall H.S. Soccer Stadium; Whitehall, Pa.

May 14

Carolina Dynamo (PDL) at Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO)

7 p.m. ET

Queens University Sports Complex; Charlotte, N.C.

May 14

RWB Adria (USASA) at Michigan Bucks (PDL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Ultimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich.

May 14

Ocala Stampede (PDL) at Orlando City (USL PRO)

7:30 p.m. ET

Seminole Soccer Complex; Sanford, Fla.

May 14

Panama City Beach Pirates (PDL) at Charleston Battery (USL PRO)

7:30 p.m. ET

Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.

May 14

Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) at Chattanooga FC (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. ET

Finley Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn.

May 14

Western Mass. Pioneers (PDL) at Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO)

7:35 p.m. ET

Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.

May 14

Brooklyn Italians SC (NPSL) at Jersey Express (PDL)

8 p.m. ET

NJIT Soccer Stadium; Newark, N.J.

May 14

Oklahoma City Energy FC (USL PRO) at Tulsa Athletics (NPSL)

7:30 p.m. CT

Tulsa Athletics Stadium; Tulsa, Okla.

May 14

Real Colorado Foxes (PDL) at Des Moines Menace (USASA)

7:30 p.m. CT

Valley Stadium; West Des Moines, Iowa

May 14

NTX Rayados (USASA) at Austin Aztex (PDL)

7:30 p.m. CT

House Park; Austin, Texas

May 14

Orange County Blues (USL PRO) at Fresno Fuego (PDL)

6 p.m. PT

Chukchansi Park; Fresno, Calif.

May 14

Red Force (USASA) at Laredo Heat (PDL)

8:15 p.m. CT

Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex; Laredo, Texas

May 14

Sacramento Republic (USL PRO) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)

7 p.m. PT

Ventura College; Ventura, Calif.

May 14

PSA Elite (USASA) at San Diego Flash (NPSL)

7 p.m. PT

Mira Mesa High School; Mira Mesa, Calif.

May 14

Cal FC (USASA) at LA Galaxy II (USL PRO)

7:30 p.m. PT

StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium; Carson, Calif.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 100 consecutive years dating from 1914. This year’s winner will earn a berth into the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League, $250,000 in prize money and have its name engraved on the historic Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest nationally contested trophies in American team sports. The runner-up will take home $60,000, while the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will earn a $15,000 cash prize. D.C. United is the defending U.S. Open Cup champion, having won its third tournament title (following triumphs in 1996 and 2008) after a tense 1-0 road victory against Real Salt Lake on Oct. 1, 2013. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

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