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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.)

10 a.m. ET

The Fortress; 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

Total Sports Complex - Old Trafford; Wixom, Mich.

Nov. 17

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

7 p.m. CT

Pan American Stadium; New Orleans, La.

   -or-

Nov. 18

Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas)

3 p.m. CT

Round Rock Multipurpose Complex – Field 1, Round Rock, Texas

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. 18

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

1:30 p.m. MT

Aurora Sports Park - Field 1; Aurora, 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.)

7:30 p.m. PT

Calabasas High School; Calabasas, 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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U.S. Open Cup Oct 22, 2018
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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 sword Read more
U.S. Open Cup Oct 17, 2018

U.S. Open Cup Story of the Final: Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union - Sept. 26, 2018

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U.S. Open Cup Sep 27, 2018

DaMarcus Beasley Q&A: It Feels Damned Good

He may be 36, but DaMarcus Beasley cut the figure of a young man after doing his part to help Houston Dynamo win the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the first time in club history. Wearing his crisp, new championship cap, the Dynamo captain and four-time World Cup participant, a bona fide legend in America soccer, buzzed with excitement and a palpable pride in yet another achievement in a career full of them.

Before he took to the podium to lift the trophy he previously won as a much younger man with Chicago Fire in 2000 and 2003, he spoke to ussoccer.com wearing a smile as big as the sprawling Houston skyline. It might well be the last trophy Beasley wins as a professional soccer player, and he was going to savor every second of it as strands of orange confetti fell around him.


(DaMarcus Beasley won his third Open Cup at the age of 36)

A 3-0 win at home against Philadelphia to pick up the Open Cup trophy – that’s a pretty comprehensive win. How does it all feel right now?
DaMarcus Beasley: It’s amazing. I feel so great right now and I’m happy for my teammates and everyone and their families and the fans here tonight. It’s just a great feeling.

Was that early goal just what the doctor ordered to settle nerves and take the edge off?
DB: I think we surprised them a little because we came out so hot and so ready to play. We started out really fast tonight. Credit to our boys up top, they did a great job. They put the ball in when we needed them to and we held them back in the defense.

Mauro Manotas is having an incredible year. How important were his two goals tonight and his contributions overall in this Open Cup run?
DB: Manotas, man, he just keeps scoring. He came through for us because we wanted to start at a fast pace. That was the plan from the start. Mauro’s been doing it all season. I mean 20 goals in all competitions and top scorer in the Open Cup. He’s been doing what he gets paid to do and this is his tournament. He loves this championship – this Open Cup. Hats off to everybody. To Mauro. To the boys up top, to the whole team. The staff, you know. I’m just so proud of everybody!


(Beasley is a legend of American soccer and he has a hat-trick of Open Cups)

It’s not been the easiest year for the Dynamo, especially in the league. What does this win mean considering all the ups and downs of late?
DB: The season we’ve had, it’s been so up and down. We’ve had a tough time of it, and I’m not saying this Cup saves our season because it doesn’t. But it feels good to be a champion.

You’ve won the Open Cup before, but you were a much, much younger man 18 years ago. What does it feel like to win on this side of things, looking back on your career rather than ahead?
DB:
It’s a different feeling looking back from where I am now, later in my career. I’m really at a loss for words. I’m 36 and I just won another trophy. It was really important to me and everyone knew that – the coaches and my teammates. I’m so happy and just so ecstatic that everyone played their part. Everyone did their job. We stuck together as a team. We got the win and that’s all that matters.

You were able to build momentum and really get a good run of form in this Open Cup. What made you so good in this tournament. What did you do that got you here?
DB:
Win. What we did right was win. And believe. We believed too. You think of the teams that we’ve played – on paper every team we played was better than us. SKC, on paper better. LAFC, on paper, was better. Philadelphia Union, on paper, better. But it’s a game. You gotta still play the game on the field. That’s why I give my team so much credit.


(Beasley was all smiles after winning his third USOC)

Did that make a big difference in this Cup run, being the underdog?
DB:
We’re the underdogs in every game we played and the fact that we came out and we wanted to win this championship from the beginning really mattered in the end. We wanted it bad. I’m so glad that all the hard work and all the sweat that we went through this season, especially with things not going our way in the league, came to something.To come out champions in this tournament doesn’t take anything away, but it feels damned good.

The fans stood by you through the ups and downs. How did these fans impact the game tonight? What’s your message for these fans who were so noisy all night?
DB:
Oh man, they were our 12th man tonight. It was so great to see them come out in numbers. It’s been a hell of a year in a lot of ways, and I’m glad these fans here came out and stuck with us. That’s what it’s about. We’re one family. Even though we’ve been losing in the regular season, they still came out and cheered us on when we scored, when we attacked and when we were having a little trouble in the second half. They stayed with us and that helps the players. Congrats to these fans in here. This Cup is for our fans, for the city of Houston. We were able to bring another championship back to Houston, and I’m so proud of everyone for it.  

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U.S. Open Cup Sep 26, 2018

Dynamo Make Club History with First U.S. Open Cup Title by Defeating Philadelphia Union 3-0 in 2018 Final

HOUSTON (Sept. 26, 2018) – The Houston Dynamo claimed their first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title in club history with a 3-0 win against the Philadelphia Union on a soggy night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Although Houston ceded much of the ball to Philadelphia, they were dynamic in attack, especially 22-year-old forward Mauro Manotas, who scored two first half goals to set the Dynamo on the path to victory and earn the 2018 U.S. Open Cup Golden Boot award with six goals – a mark that ties the Modern Era (1996-present) record for most goals in a single Open Cup tournament – over the course of the competition. 

With 16,060 fans braving the sporadic elements, the Dynamo went to work early, pressing for a goal from the opening whistle. It didn’t take long for a goal to come, and at first, it seemed that the Union had scored the opener in the third minute, but Fafa Picault’s looping header over Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis was ruled out for offside. Seconds later, the night’s winning combination clicked as the speedy Alberth Elis was chipped in behind the Philadelphia backline by Óscar Boniek García. Elis cut in from the right sideline and chopped a cross through the goalmouth past two Union defenders and the outstretched glove of goalkeeper Andre Blake to the head of Manotas, who dropped to his knees in order to guide his header into the roof of the net in just the fourth minute of play. 

Unfazed by the early concession, the Union put their foot on the ball and knocked it around the park, looking to find a crack in the Houston defense. Despite garnering more than 65 percent of possession, Philly was not able to carve out many clear-cut goal scoring chances, a marked contrast to the clinical finishing from the Dynamo, who doubled their lead through Manotas’ second strike in the 25th minute.  

Against the run of play, Houston counter attacked via a surging run from Manotas, who once again received the crucial pass from Elis. This time however, the young Colombian had more work to do to evade both Union center backs after cutting in from the right wing and striking a well-placed shot from just outside the top of the box past a sprawling Blake, off the left post and into the net. 

Approaching half time with a 2-0 lead, Houston lost veteran center back Phillipe Senderos to injury, but Kevin Garcia ably stepped into the backline to help the Dynamo keep the visitors from threatening a comeback. 

Although the game opened up in the second half for the Union, they we’re unable to capitalize on their opportunities to truly test Willis in the Houston net. The final dagger then came in the 65th minute on yet another Dynamo counter. Romell Quioto was played in on goal and his low drive was parried by Blake into the path of recovering defender Auston Trusty, whose unfortunate attempt to clear billowed the back of his own goal. 

Philadelphia head coach Jim Curtin brought on attackers Jay Simpson and David Accam, but neither could find the cutting edge to help draw the visitors back into the game. It was a cruel end for the men from Chester, who have now reached three Open Cup Finals in the last five years but remain in search of a first title for the club that was founded back in 2010.  

For Houston, which had the fortune of playing every one of its 2018 U.S. Open Cup matches at home in Texas, the title represents the club’s first silverware since 2007 when they won the second of their two MLS crowns. It also earns the club $300,000 in prize money and a berth in next year’s Concacaf Champions League.


- 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Match Report -

Match: Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS)
Date: Sept. 26, 2018
Competition: 2018 U.S. Open Cup - Final
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Attendance: 16,060
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT
Weather: 76 degrees; rainy

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F                                                          
HOU                                    2             1             3
PHI                                       0             0             0

HOU  Mauro Manotas (Alberth Elis)                      4th minute
HOU – Mauro Manotas (Alberth Elis)                      25
HOU – Auston Trusty (own goal)                              65

Lineups:
HOU: 23-Joe Willis, 11-Andrew Wenger, 4-Philippe Senderos (16-Kevin Garcia, 41), 2-Alejandro Fuenmayor, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 5-Juan Cabezas, 27-Óscar Boniek García (24-Darwin Cerén, 78), 17-Alberth Elis, 10-Tomás Martínez, 31-Romell Quioto (8-Memo Rodríguez, 83), 9-Mauro Manotas
Substitutes not used: 18-Chris Seitz, 20-A.J. DeLaGarza, 12-Arturo Álvarez, 25-Eric Bird
Head coach: Wilmer Cabrera

PHI: 18-Andre Blake, 12-Keegan Rosenberry, 3-Jack Elliott, 26-Auston Trusty, 28-Raymon Gaddis, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 6-Haris Medunjanin (8-Derrick Jones, 89), 17-C.J. Sapong, 10-Borek Dockal (7-David Accam, 78), 9-Fabrice-Jean Picault, 19-Cory Burke (27-Jay Simpson, 68)
Substitutes not used: 1-John McCarthy, 33-Fabinho, 4-Mark McKenzie, 2-Warren Creavalle
Head coach: Jim Curtin

Stats Summary: HOU / PHI
Shots: 9 / 19
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 5
Fouls: 22 / 11
Offside: 1 / 6

Misconduct Summary:
PHI – Borek Dockal (caution)                       51st minute
HOU – Tomás Martínez (caution)              53
HOU – Mauro Manotas (caution)               61
HOU – Óscar Boniek García (caution)       69

Officials: 
Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistant Referee 1: Cameron Blanchard
Assistant Referee 2: Kyle Atkins
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal

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U.S. Open Cup Sep 26, 2018
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