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Safira Rise, Christos Fall & Winds Whirl in Third Round of #USOC2019 Local Qualifying

It was an action-packed weekend of games in the third round of 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup local amateur qualifying despite two games being postponed due to weather and another that didn’t get all the way to the end because the lights went out. There were several big upsets on Saturday and Sunday, none more surprising than Christos FC’s loss on the road in Virginia. Join ussoccer.com Read more
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Christos, Freedoms & Cal FC Highlight 2019 Open Cup Third Round Qualifiers

The third round of local amateur qualifying for the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup takes center stage this weekend with 13 games on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 17-18) from Massachusetts to Southern California. In action are familiar names like Christos FC, the top men’s league team out of the Mid-Atlantic region, NY’s Pancyprian Freedoms, who claimed the Open Cup title three times in the Read more
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2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Qualifying Round Schedule Confirmed

CHICAGO (Oct. 22, 2018) - The Draw for the third round of Open Division Local Qualifying was conducted today and will pit 28 aspiring amateur clubs against one another on the road to the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship.

U.S. Soccer held the draw to determine the match-ups for the third qualifying round earlier today at Soccer House in Chicago.

All 14 games in the third qualifying round will be played Nov. 17-18 in venues across the country. The exact pairing for one Central Region matchup will be determined when Celtic Cowboys Premier and Motagua New Orleans face each other in a second qualifying round game, rescheduled to Nov. 11 due to saturated pitches after recent rainstorms in central Texas. The winner will host amateur power NTX Rayados.

Five of the clubs still alive reached the tournament’s First Round in 2018. They include Christos FC (Md.), FC Denver (Colo.), NTX Rayados (Texas), Rochester Lancers 2 (N.Y.) (previously named the Rochester River Dogz), and Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.). Other notable survivors include three-time U.S. Open Cup champion New York Pancyprian Freedoms (1980, 1982-83) and Cal FC (Calif.), who made a memorable run to the Round of 16 in 2012 by defeating Major League Soccer (Division I) side Portland Timbers.

Follow all the action on @OpenCup on Instagram and Twitter as well as ussoccer.com.

The available number of berths into the First Round of the 2019 U.S. Open Cup will be determined by the Open Cup Committee at a later date. If a fourth qualifying round is needed, it will be scheduled for either March 9-10 or April 6-7 of 2019.

2019 U.S. Open Cup Open Division Local Qualifying Third Round Schedule

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

GPS Omens (Mass.) vs. Safira FC (Mass.)

12:30 p.m. ET

Rotch Field; Boston, Mass.

Nov. 17

New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.)

7:30 p.m. ET

Belson Stadium, St. John's University; Jamaica, N.Y.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nove. 18 Rochester Lancers 2 (N.Y.) vs. World Class Premier Elite FC (Md.)
1 p.m. ET Roberts Wesleyan Turf Field; Rochester, N.Y.

Nov. 18

Virginia United (Va.) vs. Christos FC (Md.)

5 p.m. ET

Howison Homestead Soccer Complex - Field 1; Manassas, Va.

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

America Soccer Club (Fla.) vs. Soda City FC Sorinex (S.C.)

8:30 p.m. ET

West Orange High School; Winter Garden, Fla.

Nov. 18

Hurricane FC (Fla.) vs. Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.)

6 p.m. ET

Seacrest Soccer Complex - Field 1; Delray Beach, Fla.

Central Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

Livonia City FC (Mich.) vs. FC Maritsa (Mo.)

8 p.m. ET

Schoolcraft College Sports Complex - Outside Turf Field; Livonia, Mich.

TBD

Motagua New Orleans (La.) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)

TBD

Pan American Stadium; New Orleans, La.

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

Southwest FC (Texas) vs. San Juan FC (Utah)

7:30 p.m. MT

Pebble Hills High School; El Paso, Texas

Nov. 17

FC Denver (Colo.) vs. Gam United Football Club (Colo.)

1:30 p.m. MT

Northfield High School; Denver, Colo.

Southern California Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) vs. Buena Park FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Lake Forest Sports Park - Field A; Lake Forest, Calif.

Nov. 18

Cal FC (Calif.) vs. California United FC II (Calif.)

8:15 p.m. PT

Cal Lutheran University - Rolland Stadium; Thousand Oaks, Calif.

West Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Nov. 17

Oakland Stompers (Calif.) vs. Academica SC (Calif.)

7:30 p.m. PT

Raimondi Park; Oakland, Calif.

Nov. 18

IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) vs. JASA RWC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Buckman Field Park; Portland, Ore.

About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Entering its 106th year, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup - U.S. Soccer's National Championship - has crowned a champion annually since 1914. The tournament is conducted on a single-game, knockout basis and open to all professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor United States soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

ussoccer.com is the official website of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Fans and media will be able to stream many of the games of the 2019 competition from there in addition to enjoying comprehensive video and written coverage of the tournament. Follow the Open Cup on Twitter and Instagram @OpenCup and Facebook @OfficialOpenCup.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States and the world's third-longest-continuously-running open soccer tournament.

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2019 Open Cup Qualifying: Fireworks in #USOC2019 Second Round

With the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in the rearview mirror, focus shifts to the 56 amateur teams matched up in the second round local qualifying stage for the 2019 tournament. Some big names on the national amateur scene advanced – Christos FC, NTX Rayados – while others like Kendall Wanderers and Harpos FC saw their tournaments come to an abrupt end. Join usssoccer.com for a look back at all the action as local qualifiers continue on their path toward the 2019 Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship.

Pancyprians, Safira Move on in Northeast
New York Pancyprian Freedoms, three-time U.S. Open Cup champion (1979, 1980 & 1982), took to the road and kept their current run alive by edging Jackson Lions FC 3-1 on penalty kicks that followed 120 scoreless minutes. The Queens-based Freedoms are now one step closer to advancing to the tournament they last reached in 2016. For their part, New Jersey’s Jackson Lions FC bow out despite not allowing a goal during regulation in two qualifying matches. 


(The New York Pancyprian Freedoms have won three Open Cups - and they're aiming for 2019)

“It’s amazing [to be in the next round],” said Freedoms’ goalkeeper Hector Guerrero, who made two crucial saves in the shootout to see the side through to the third round. “We struggled the whole game, we were pushing, we dominated. The other team had a really good defensive core. Their keeper made some really good saves. I’m glad to be in the next round. Hopefully we can keep going round after round. We just have to keep working.” 

Elsewhere in the Northeast, Massachusetts state champions Safira FC scored early and often to dispatch Boston City FC II in Somerville. Safira centerback Thiago Teixeira opened the scoring and Jhonata Batista equalized in the second half for Boston City, but Hugo Monfim put Safira up with 20 minutes to go and the home team added two more goals in the final 10 minutes to put the 4-1 result beyond doubt.

Also in Massachusetts, GPS Omens played Bay State Soccer League (BSSL) rivals Kendall Wanderers FC for the third time in 10 days, with a second-half goal from Patrick Murray the difference in a 1-0 victory in Cambridge.

In Pennsylvania, West Chester United had no trouble taking care of business in regulation (3-0) against the Ukrainian Nationals, a four-time Open Cup champion in their professional heyday of the 1960s, while Rochester Lancers 2 topped Pittsburgh-based pub club Tartan Devils Oak Avalon 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a scoreless 120 minutes.

Christos Win Big in Mid-Atlantic
One of the biggest clubs in amateur soccer, Christos FC, came away with one of the biggest wins of the qualifying round with a 6-0 drubbing of Aegean Hawks FC in an all-Maryland matchup in Elkridge. Pete Caringi III, who had four goals in Christos’ first round win, scored four more goals and added an assist to make him the tournament’s runaway leader in goals and points thus far. “When we are healthy and on the same page we are very tough to beat,” said the former University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) scoring hero and current assistant coach.

Elton Joe got the first goal of many as World Class Premier Elite FC toppled Cville Alliance FC Reserves 6-0 in Charlottesville, Va. Joe finished with three goals and two assists to earn Man of the Match honors as World Class Premier got one step closer to qualifying for the Open Cup for the first time in their history.


(Pete Caringi III - left - has scored eight goals in two qualifying rounds)

Elsewhere in the state, Virginia United got a 5th-minute goal from Carlos Cartagena before going on to shut out Super Delegates FC 2-0 in Manassas.

Nestor Jaramillo had two goals and an assist, and Graham Jermstad and Dean Smith added goals as Soda City FC Sorinex, attempting to become the first local qualifier from South Carolina in the Modern Era to reach the Open Cup proper, defeated Shahin Atlanta FC 4-2 in Columbia.

Hurricane FC Powerful in Southeast
It took 35 minutes for Hurricane FC to put one in the net but then the flood gates opened and Fabricio Astudilo and Edmar Delacerda both scored twice as Hurricane FC beat Sporting Orlando SC in an all-UPSL Florida Division matchup in Davenport. Hurricane FC have now reached the third round of qualifying for the second consecutive year.

William Eyang scored in the 73rd minute and America Soccer Club came from behind to defeat Central Florida FC Spartans 2-1 in Winter Garden. Central Florida’s Bennett Murphy opened the scoring in the 30th minute but ASC capitalized on second-half opportunities and held on to win.

Valentin Sabella scored in the 73rd minute as Florida Soccer Soldiers denied Red Force FC a third straight trip to the Open Cup with a 1-0 victory in Miami.

The match between Motagua New Orleans and Celtic Cowboys Premier was rescheduled earlier in the week for Nov. 11 because of saturated pitch conditions.

NTX Rayados Lead Way in Central & Mountain
The longest surviving local qualifying team in the 2018 U.S. Open Cup, NTX Rayados got a goal from player-coach-high school principal Tito Salas in the first half and another from Alberto Rodriguez late in the second to shut out Leon FC 2-0 in Plano. Rayados are attempting to qualify to the Open Cup for the eighth consecutive year and, earlier this year, they powered through to the Fourth Round of the 2018 edition of the Open Cup proper where they gave a stirring account of themselves in a loss to eventual champions Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer (MLS).

In Colorado, FC Denver nipped former U.S. Open Cup sweetheart Harpos FC 3-2 in PKs after the teams played to a 1-1 regulation draw in Aurora. Gam United FC rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit with four goals in the second half to beat Colorado Rovers in Broomfield.


(Livonia City FC - out of Michigan - are on a roll in 2019 qualifying)

St. Louis’ FC Maritsa scored early but needed a goal from a corner kick in the 93rd minute to defeat visiting FC Minneapolis 4-3 at Parkway North High School. In Illinois, a hat trick from Gavin Cameron led Michigan’s Livonia City FC to a 4-0 victory over Aurora Borealis SC. “The soccer’s really good in Michigan,” Livonia owner Craig Beebe told NonLeagueAmerica after the game. “And we’re using this [Open Cup qualifying] to show that as best we can.”

Making their Open Cup debut, El Paso’s Southwest FC got three goals in the second half to break a halftime deadlock and earn a 4-1 win over Sporting AZ FC, who saw starting goalkeeper Andrew Weber, a former Major League Soccer (MLS) champion with Portland Timbers, sent off in the first half and finished the game with just nine players.

In the first ever Open Cup game in the state of Idaho, Boise Cutthroats FC lost 4-3 in overtime to Utah’s San Juan FC at Boise State University. Boise’s Tyler Fox had a hat trick, but Gerrardo Yong Sam equalized in second half stoppage time for San Juan FC before pulling off the game-winner in the 110th minute to win. 

Winds FC and Stompers Strong in SoCal & West
Captain Ezequiel Estrada had two goals, and Carlos Torres scored for the first time in Open Cup qualifying as Santa Ana Winds FC dominated the run of play in a 5-0 victory over Lionside FC in an all-UPSL matchup at Lake Forest Sports Park.

“It’s a great feeling to get a goal to help the team move on in the U.S. Open Cup qualifying,” Torres said after the game. “Scoring my first-ever USOC goal is something I’ll never forget.”

Oakland Stompers got goals on either side of halftime from Omar Nuno, the National Premier Soccer League 2018 Golden Boot winner, in a 2-0 victory over visiting Real San Jose in an all-UPSL matchup at Raimondi Park.

In a game marred by red card ejections, JASA RWC of Northern California got a goal in the 87th minute from James Huffer and survived 10 minutes of added stoppage time to defeat Napa Sporting SC 3-1 in Woodside.


(Kramer Runager of Santa Ana Winds in action)

In a battle of Liga NorCal clubs, Junior Manuel scored twice in the first half and Academica SC held on to an early three-goal lead to beat Contra Costa FC 3-2 in Turlock and move on to the third round of qualifying for the first time.

German Alfaro has now scored goals for three different clubs during three different Open Cup qualification cycles after netting two as Cal FC broke out the offense in a 6-1 victory over Outbreak SC at Orange County Great Park in Irvine. Alfaro had previously scored Open Cup qualifying goals for Strikers SC South Coast and L.A. Wolves FC.

Goals by Paolo Cardozo and Gustavo Villalobos secured Cal United FC II a 2-0 victory over Chula Vista FC at Orange County Great Park in Irvine. Cardozo, who won an MLS Cup with LA Galaxy in 2011, has now scored Open Cup qualifying round goals for three different teams (FC Golden State, L.A. Wolves FC and Cal United FC II) since 2015. 

In a matchup of SoCal Premier League sides, Eric Young scored the game-winner in the second half as Buena Park FC got past Real Sociedad Royals 2-1 at Kennedy High School in La Palma.

Nathan Pogue scored twice before the 20th minute, and IPS/Marathon Taverna never trailed in a 5-4 victory over Nevada Coyotes FC in Portland.

All the second round winners now move on to the third round, which will be played the weekend of Nov. 17-18. The full slate of third-round qualifying round match-ups will be published soon, following a draw at Soccer House in Chicago, U.S. Soccer’s Headquarters.

 

2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Second Qualifying Round Results

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Oct. 20

Kendall Wanderers (Mass.) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.)

0-1

Danehy Park - Field 3; Cambridge, Mass.

Oct. 20

Safira FC (Mass.) vs. Boston City FC II (Mass.)

4-1

Dilboy Stadium; Somerville, Mass.

Oct. 20

Jackson Lions FC (N.J.) vs. New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.)

0-0 AET (1-3 PKs)

Jackson Justice Complex - Soccer Turf Field; Jackson, N.J.

Oct. 21

Ukrainian Nationals (Pa.) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.)

0-3

Ukrainian American Sports Center - Field 1; North Wales, Pa.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Oct. 20

Cville Alliance FC - Reserves (Va.) vs. World Class Premier Elite FC (Md.)

0-6

St. Anne's-Belfield School; Charlottesville, Va.

Oct. 21

Christos FC (Md.) vs. Aegean Hawks (Md.)

6-0

Troy Park - Field 2; Elkridge, Md.

Oct. 21#

Rochester Lancers 2 (N.Y.) vs. Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.)

0-0 AET (4-3 PKs)

Roberts Wesleyan College; Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 21

Virginia United (Va.) vs. Super Delegates Football Club (Md.)

2-0

Howison Homestead Soccer Complex - Field 1; Manassas, Va.

# Rochester River Dogz changed name to Rochester Lancers 2

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Oct. 20

Sporting Orlando Soccer Club (Fla.) vs. Hurricane FC (Fla.)

0-4

Northeast Regional Park - Field 3; Davenport, Fla.

Oct. 20

America Soccer Club (Fla.) vs. Central Florida FC Spartans (Fla.)

2-1

West Orange High School; Winter Garden, Fla.

Oct. 21

Soda City FC Sorinex (S.C.) vs. Shahin Atlanta FC (Ga.)

4-2

Lexington County Soccer Complex - Field 10; Columbia S.C.

Oct. 21

Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.) vs. Red Force FC (Fla.)

1-0

Tropical Park; Miami, Fla.

Central Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result/Time

Venue

Oct. 20

Leon FC (Texas) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)

0-2

John Paul II High School; Plano, Texas

Oct. 20

FC Maritsa (Mo.) vs. FC Minnesota (Minn.)

4-3

Parkway North High School - Varsity Field; St. Louis, Mo.

Oct. 21

Aurora Borealis Soccer Club (Ill.) vs. Livonia City FC (Mich.)

0-4

Ohio Moose Sports Complex; Mooseheart, Ill.

Nov. 11^

Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) vs. Motagua New Orleans (La.)

3 p.m. CT

Round Rock Multipurpose Complex - Field 1; Round Rock, Texas

^ Date, time and venue changed 10/18

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Oct. 21

FC Denver (Colo.) vs. Harpos FC (Colo.)

1-1, 1-1 AET (3-2 PKs)

Aurora Sports Park - Field 1; Aurora, Colo.

Oct. 21

Sporting AZ FC (Ariz.) vs. Southwest FC (Texas)

1-4

South Mountain Community College; Phoenix, Ariz.

Oct. 21

Colorado Rovers (Colo.) vs. Gam United Football Club (Colo.)

2-4

Broomfield Commons - Championship Turf; Broomfield, Colo.

Oct. 21

Boise Cutthroats FC (Idaho) vs. San Juan FC (Utah)

3-3, 3-4 AET

Boise State Recreational Field; Boise, Idaho

Southern California Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Oct. 20

Outbreak FC (Calif.) vs. Cal FC (Calif.)

1-6

Long Beach State University - George Allen Field; Long Beach, Calif.

Oct. 20

Lionside FC (Calif.) vs. Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.)

0-5

Lake Forest Sports Park - Field A; Lake Forest, Calif.

Oct. 21

Buena Park FC (Calif.) vs. Real Sociedad Royals (Calif.)

2-1

Kennedy High School - Varsity Field; La Palma, Calif.

Oct. 21

California United FC II (Calif.) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.)

2-0

Orange County Great Park - Field 2; Irvine, Calif.

West Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Oct. 20

JASA RWC (Calif.) vs. Napa Sporting SC (Calif.)

3-1

Sequoia High School - Stadium Field; Redwood City, Calif.

Oct. 20

Oakland Stompers (Calif.) vs. Real San Jose (Calif.)

2-0

Raimondi Park; Oakland, Calif.

Oct. 20

Academica SC (Calif.) vs. Contra Costa FC (Calif.)

3-2

Academica Fields - East Field; Turlock, Calif.

Oct. 21

IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) vs. Nevada Coyotes FC (Nev.)

5-4

Rob Strasser Memorial Field; Portland, Ore.

Third Qualifying Round: Nov. 17-18

Fourth Qualifying Round (if necessary): March 9-10 or April 6-7

(Top photo in this piece courtesy of Bruce Granofsky)

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2019 U.S. Open Cup Qualifying: Local Derbies from Boston to Miami & Denver to Oakland

Local Qualifying for the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, continues this weekend with 28 second round games across the country on October 20 and 21. Christos, Baltimore-based darlings from the 2017 edition, are in action alongside three-time Open Cup champions NY Pancyprian Freedoms. Harpos and FC Denver, the cream of the Colorado amateur scene, cross swords in Denver, while Cal FC – who beat MLS side Portland Timbers in the 2012 Open Cup proper – look to keep on track out west.

The Northeast Region is always chock-a-block with high-power amateur teams from the men’s leagues around Boston and New York City. This year is no different, with the Pancyprians Freedoms, of NY’s famed Cosmopolitan League, traveling to Jackson, New Jersey to take on Jackson Lions FC after eliminating 2018 amateur national champions Lansdowne Bhoys in the First Round. 

Old Rivals Meet in Cambridge
Outside of Boston, at Danehy Park in Cambridge, Mass., Kendall Wanderers and GPS Omens meet for the third time in the space of ten days. Perennial contenders in the Bay State Soccer League (BSSL), Kendall got the edge on their long-time rivals with a 2-0 victory in the Ucal McKenzie League Cup Final last Wednesday before GPS turned around to win a regular season encounter between the two on Saturday by the same scoreline. “There’s really not a lot between these two teams,” said Phil Keane, the Kendall Wanderers’ manager who led the side to a shootout victory over Boston Siege in the First Round. “Obviously we’re pretty familiar with each other at this point and a lot of times games between us will turn on the small things. We’ll need to keep our shape and stay organized.”


(Boston City FC 2 take on Safira in a tasty Round Two encounter)

Elsewhere in the Northeast region, reigning Massachusetts state champions Safira FC meet Boston City FC (II) in what is bound to be a full-blooded affair. In the opening qualifying round, Safira – with local step-over wizard Junior Alencar still in the side – made easy meat of Mass United, while Boston City edged a tight 1-0 result over Juve-Pro Soccer.

The Final game of the Northeast section sees Ukrainian Nationals of Pennsylvania – descendants of the side that won four Open Cups and bossed the American Soccer scene in the 1960s – host West Chester Predators at their 42-acre club home on the Horsham/North Wales line. 

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20

Kendall Wanderers (Mass.) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.)

12 p.m. ET

Danehy Park - Field 3; Cambridge, Mass.

Oct. 20

Safira FC (Mass.) vs. Boston City FC II (Mass.)

7 p.m. ET

Dilboy Stadium; Somerville, Mass.

Oct. 20

Jackson Lions FC (N.J.) vs. New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.)

7:30 p.m. ET

Jackson Justice Complex - Soccer Turf Field; Jackson, N.J.

Oct. 21

Ukrainian Nationals (Pa.) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.)

2:30 p.m. ET

Ukrainian American Sports Center-Field 1; North Wales, Pa.

Christos & the Chasing Pack
There’s no talking about the Mid-Atlantic Region without mention of Christos FC, who beat United Soccer League (USL) pros Richmond Kickers in 2017 to reach the Fourth Round of that year’s Open Cup proper. This time out they face familiar foes in fellow Marylanders Aegean Hawks after ripping apart Rockville Soccer Club in the First Qualifying Round. “The intensity and fire comes out when you play the teams you know. There’s just that extra edge,” said Christos’ midfield dynamo Daniel Baxter – a sentiment echoed by University of Maryland Baltimore County assistant coach and ace striker Pete Caringi III, who scored all four goals in Christos’ First-Round win: “We’ve had success in the last few years and that means teams want to knock us off around the Maryland/D.C. area. The talent around here keeps growing and the games get tighter every year.”


(Daniel Baxter of Christos against DC United in the 2017 Open Cup)

There will also be a pair of Maryland-Virginia cross-border contests in the region, with Cville Alliance (Va.) hosting World Class Premier Elite (Md.), and Virginia United welcoming Super Delegates Football Club of Maryland.

The last game of the Mid-Atlantic section comes farther north, at Roberts Wesleyan College, where Rochester Lancers 2 – formerly the Rochester River Dogz – open their doors to Tartan Devils Oak Avalon of Pennsylvania, the pub team that acquitted themselves credibly in the 2017 Open Cup proper before coming up against full-time USL pros Louisville City, who never took their foot off the gas in a 9-0 throttling. 

Mid-Atlantic Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20*

Cville Alliance FC - Reserves (Va.) vs. World Class Premier Elite FC (Md.)

6 p.m. ET

St. Anne's-Belfield School; Charlottesville, Va.

Oct. 21

Christos FC (Md.) vs. Aegean Hawks (Md.)

3 p.m. ET

Troy Park - Field 2; Elkridge, Md.

Oct. 21^#

Rochester Lancers 2 (N.Y.) vs. Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.)

3 p.m. ET

Roberts Wesleyan College; Rochester, N.Y.

Oct. 21~

Virginia United (Va.) vs. Super Delegates Football Club (Md.)

7 p.m. ET

Howison Homestead Soccer Complex - Field 1; Manassas, Va.

* Venue changed 9/29
^ Time and venue changed 10/8
# Rochester River Dogz changed name to Rochester Lancers 2
~ Time changed 10/17

Florida & Texas Reign Southeast & Central
The Southeast Region is dominated by Florida clubs, with six of the eight teams in action hailing from the Sunshine State. Miami-based Red Force FC – regular contenders in the early stages of the Open Cup in recent years – take on fellow city side Florida Soccer Soldiers on Sunday, while Soda City FC Sorinex of South Carolina host Shahin Atlanta of Georgia earlier in the day. 


(Red Force are a power in the SoFla area)
 

On Saturday, Sporting Orlando Soccer Club – who won a nail-biter in the First Round against Deportivo lake Mary – play host to Hurricane FC (who received a bye through to the Second Round) in Kissimmee while, later that night, America Soccer Club meet Central Florida FC Spartans (who also got a bye through the First Round) in Winter Garden, Fla. 

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20^

Sporting Orlando Soccer Club (Fla.) vs. Hurricane FC (Fla.)

7 p.m. ET

Northeast Regional Park – Field 3; Davenport, Fla.

Oct. 20

America Soccer Club (Fla.) vs. Central Florida FC Spartans (Fla.)

8:30 p.m. ET

West Orange High School; Winter Garden, Fla.

Oct. 21

Soda City FC Sorinex (S.C.) vs. Shahin Atlanta FC (Ga.)

7:15 p.m. ET

Lexington County Soccer Complex - Field 10; Columbia S.C.

Oct. 21*

Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.) vs. Red Force FC (Fla.)

8:30 p.m. ET

Tropical Park; Miami, Fla.

* Date and venue changed 10/5
^ Date and time changed 10/8

The Central Region is spread out with several teams facing long road trips to play their Second Round qualifiers. NTX Rayados, comprised of local schoolteachers, administrators and young Community College graduates, will have to get past Leon FC in Balch Springs if they want to keep alive their quest to qualify for their eighth straight Open Cup. The other game in the Lone Star State, between Celtic Cowboys Premier host Motagua New Orleans of Louisiana has been postponed due to expected bad weather and will now be played on Nov. 11.


(NTX Rayados are aiming for an eighth straight berth in the U.S. Open Cup proper)

The other two Central Region games pit FC Maritsa of Missouri against FC Minnesota in St. Louis (both teams received byes through to the Second Round), while Aurora Borealis Soccer Club (also a bye through to the current stage) open their doors to Livonia City FC of Michigan in Mooseheart, Illinois.

Central Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20*

Leon FC (Texas) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)

11 a.m. CT

Premier Park - Field 1; Balch Springs, Texas

Oct. 20

FC Maritsa (Mo.) vs. FC Minnesota (Minn.)

7 p.m. CT

Parkway North High School - Varsity Field; St. Louis, Mo.

Oct. 21

Aurora Borealis Soccer Club (Ill.) vs. Livonia City FC (Mich.)

4 p.m. CT

Ohio Moose Sports Complex; Mooseheart, Ill.

Nov. 11^
Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) vs. Motagua New Orleans (La.)
3 p.m. CT Round Rock Multipurpose Complex – Field 1; Round Rock, Texa

* Match determined 10/9
^ Date and venue changed 10/18

Rocky Mountain High
The marquis match in the Mountain Region pits league mates and long-time rivals FC Denver against Harpos FC at the Aurora Sports Park in Colorado. Both sides are recent qualifiers for the Open Cup proper and both represent all the good things happening in the amateur adult scene in and around the Rockies. “Both of our squads view this as a Colorado showcase match,” said FC Denver coach and founder Eric Fulton. “It’s an opportunity to display the elite level of top amateur ball in our state. The fierce battles we’ve had over the years have been some of the best I’ve been a part of and nothing less than that will be expected as we face off for the first time in U.S. Open Cup Qualifying.”


(FC Denver take on Harpos in a clash of the Rocky Mountin titans)

Sporting Arizona FC made a big impact on last year’s Open Cup early stages, beating Phoenix Rising of the all-pro USL before losing out 2-1 to Fresno FC (also of USL). They’ll host Southwest FC of Texas at South Mountain Community College in hopes of a win that will take them to the Third and final Round of Qualifying. Elsewhere, Colorado Rovers meet Gam United Football Club (also of Colorado), while Boise Cutthroats host San Juan FC of Utah at home in Idaho.

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 21*

Sporting AZ FC (Ariz.) vs. Southwest FC (Texas)

1 p.m. MST

South Mountain Community College; Phoenix, Ariz.

Oct. 21

FC Denver (Colo.) vs. Harpos FC (Colo.)

1:30 p.m. MDT

Aurora Sports Park - Field 1; Aurora, Colo.

Oct. 21

Colorado Rovers (Colo.) vs. Gam United Football Club (Colo.)

3 p.m. MDT

Broomfield Commons - Championship Turf; Broomfield, Colo.

Oct. 21

Boise Cutthroats FC (Idaho) vs. San Juan FC (Utah)

3 p.m. MDT

Boise State Recreational Field; Boise, Idaho

All the Action Out West
A full 14 of the 16 competitors in the two Regions west of the Rockies hail from the great state of California, drawing an X on a map indicating where the best soccer is being played in the western states.

Cal FC, who set the 2012 Open Cup alight with their Cinderella run and have announced ambitious plans to join the USL in the near future, travel to Outbreak FC in Irvine in one of four encounters comprising the Southern California Region. Buena Park FC meet Real Sociedad Royals – who hammered Quickening 4-0 in the previous round – in La Palma, and California United FC II meet Chula Vista FC in Irvine.


(Kramer Runager and Justin Gorman are the two attacking threats in Santa Ana Winds)

Santa Ana Winds, who reached the Open Cup proper in 2018, take on Lionside FC at the Lake Forest Sports Park after a decisive 4-0 win in the First Round against local rivals L.A. Wolves. “We're very excited to participate in the second round of qualifying for the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and we're looking forward to matching up against Lionside FC,” said Winds’ head coach Jose Lopez. “We're very prepared because we've been in this situation before and we're trying to learn from every U.S. Open Cup experience and trying to get better." 

Southern California Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20*

Lionside FC (Calif.) vs. Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Lake Forest Sports Park - Field A; Lake Forest, Calif.

Oct. 20^

Outbreak FC (Calif.) vs. Cal FC (Calif.)

7:15 p.m. PT

Orange County Great Park - Field 18; Irvine, Calif. 

Oct. 21

Buena Park FC (Calif.) vs. Real Sociedad Royals (Calif.)

3 p.m. PT

Kennedy High School - Varsity Field; La Palma, Calif.

Oct. 21

California United FC II (Calif.) vs. Chula Vista FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Orange County Great Park - Field 2; Irvine, Calif.

* Date and time changed 9/30
^ Time and venue changed 10/15

Rounding out the action in the West Region, Napa Sporting SC travel to Redwood City to take on JASA RWC – 7-0 victors in the First Round over San Ramon Dynamos FC –while the city of Oakland plays host to the Oakland Stompers vs. Real San Jose clash. In Turlock, California, Academica SC host Contra Costa FC and, finally, in the one game not in the Golden State, IPS/Marathon Taverna of Oregon welcome Nevada Coyotes to their Rob Strasser Memorial Field in Portland.

West Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time

Venue

Oct. 20^

JASA RWC (Calif.) vs. Napa Sporting SC (Calif.)

6 p.m. PT

Sequoia High School - Stadium Field; Redwood City, Calif.

Oct. 20

Oakland Stompers (Calif.) vs. Real San Jose (Calif.)

7:30 p.m. PT

Raimondi Park; Oakland, Calif.

Oct. 20

Academica SC (Calif.) vs. Contra Costa FC (Calif.)

7 p.m. PT

Academica Fields - East Field; Turlock, Calif.

Oct. 21*

IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) vs. Nevada Coyotes FC (Nev.)

7 p.m. PT

Rob Strasser Memorial Field; Portland, Ore.

* Venue changed 9/8
^ Date and time changed 9/30

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