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2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Format and Schedule Finalized

CHICAGO (January 31, 2019) – U.S. Soccer has finalized the format and schedule for the 106th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship. The 2019 tournament kicks off May 7-8 with 19 First Round games and features a total of 84 teams from all levels, culminating in August with America’s soccer champion lifting the Open Cup trophy after eight rounds of Read more
U.S. Open Cup Jan 31, 2019

Fourth Qualifying Round Draw Complete for 2019 U.S. Open Cup

CHICAGO (Jan. 17, 2019) – The Official Draw for the fourth and final round of Open Division local qualifying for the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – U.S. Soccer’s 106-year-old national championship – took place this morning in Chicago. The draw determined the home and away sides for the seven matchups at this stage in the single-elimination competition, with each team now o Read more
U.S. Open Cup Jan 17, 2019
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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 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. 

Safira FC Takes Next Step in Northeast
Safira FC, the reigning Massachusetts State Amateur champion, needed a stoppage-time goal from Matthew Vidal to equalize matters 2-2 before young goalkeeper Patrick made four saves in a shootout to preserve a 7-6 victory over 2017 Open Cup participants GPS Omens – themselves three-time consecutive winners of the top division of the Bay State Soccer League (BSSL) – at Rotch Field in the heart of Boston.


(Safira - from near Boston - are chasing a place in their first Open Cup proper - photo by Chris Aduama)

West Chester United Predators Soccer Club of Pennsylvania got two first-half goals – the first from Matt Greer – and a third in the second 45 to take down three-time Open Cup champions N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms of the famed Cosmopolitan League, 3-0, at Belson Stadium on the campus of Queens, N.Y.’s St. John’s University.

Elton Joe and Daniel Anikrah scored first-half goals for Maryland’s (and its Maryland Major Soccer League) World Class Premier Elite FC, who went on the road to score a 3-1 victory against Rochester Lancers 2 at Roberts Wesleyan College in a driving snowstorm.


(This is Open Cup - Rochester Lancers (2) & World Class Premier Elite in the snow in NY)

Christos Upset, Soccer Soldiers Fight in FLA
Tireless veteran midfielder Daniel Baxter scored in the first half but it wasn’t enough as 2017 U.S. Open Cup darlings Christos FC – who two years ago reached all the way to the tournament’s Fourth Round – allowed a second-half goal in a 2-1 loss to Virginia United at Howtson Homestead Soccer Complex in Manassas (Va.). The loss is the first time in three years that the side from Baltimore County, for years the top amateur side in the mid-Atlantic, will miss out on the Open Cup proper.  

William Stamatis had two goals and Valentin Sabella added two assists as Florida Soccer Soldiers scored three goals on each side of halftime in a 6-0 victory over Hurricane FC at Delray Beach (Fla.)’s Seacrest Soccer Complex.


(Michigan's Livonia FC's 2019 Open Cup run came to an end this weekend)

Soda City Sorinex was able to get out to an early lead on a goal from Driss Bareket but gave up a penalty less than 10 minutes later that knotted the score a 1-1. William Eyang then added the go-ahead goal at the stroke of halftime as America SC squeezed through with a 2-1 victory at West Orange High School in Winter Garden (Fla.).

FC Maritsa Outlast Livonia City in Central Region
Following 120 scoreless minutes in near freezing temperatures in Eastern Michigan, FC Maritsa St. Louis went round-for-round with Livonia City FC before holding on to win 6-5 at Schoolcraft College.  

Down in North Texas, NTX Rayados – hunting an eighth straight trip to the U.S. Open Cup will have to wait to play Motagua of New Orleans until a later date as tournament officials postponed the match to allow Motagua equal preparation time after their second round qualifier against Austin’s Celtic Cowboys was twice postponed due to poor weather in Texas.  


(St Louis has loads of Open Cup history - FC Maritsa is the city's present)

Farther south in El Paso, Southwest FC got a goal and an assist from David Lopez to topple San Juan FC 3-0 at Pebble Hills High School, while up in the Rockies, FC Denver’s home game against GAM United FC was postponed due to freezing rain and pitch conditions. Hearty as they are in Colorado, there was simply no way to proceed with this one.

Winds FC Gets Two in Overtime to Move On Out West
Santa Ana Winds FC went a goal and a man down early (due to a red card) but they rallied to equalize before scoring twice in the first period of overtime to beat Buena Park FC at the sprawling Lake Forest (Calif.) Sports Complex.

“It was a very good game for us,” said Javier Corona of the winning Winds. “It took us a little time to get into the rhythm of the game, but we always kept our confidence and believed in ourselves.”


(IPS Marathon Taverna were cruising early in their third-rounder, but had to sweat it out in the end)

IPS Marathon Taverna went up 3-0 on second half goals from Eric Hernandez and Alcides Thomas before holding on to defeat JASA RWC, 3-2, at Portland (Ore.)’s Buckman Field. 

In Ventura, Calif., Cal FC and California United FC 2 played to a 2-2 draw before the lights went out at Cal Lutheran University’s Rolland Stadium in the 89th minute of the second half. Irvin Parra scored both early goals for Cal FC, but Chris Klute got one back for Cal United FC 2 before Christian Gordillo equalized late in the first half. Officials will determine a new time and date to resume play.

Oakland Stompers were set to host to Academica SC at Raimondi Park but the game was postponed because of air quality issues stemming from the wild fires in Northern California. [Since publishing, Academica SC edged Oakland Stompers 1-0 in their make-up game on January 5 thanks to a lone goal from Ramiro Ceja].

Third Qualifying Round

Northeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 17

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

2-2 (6-7 PKs)

Rotch Field; Boston, Mass.

Nov. 17

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

0-3

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

Mid-Atlantic Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 18

Rochester Lancers 2 (N.Y.) vs. World Class Premier Elite FC (Md.)

1-3

Roberts Wesleyan Turf Field; Rochester, N.Y.

Nov. 18

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

2-1

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

Southeast Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 17

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

2-1

West Orange High School; Winter Garden, Fla.

Nov. 18

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

0-6

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

Central Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time/Result

Venue

Nov. 17

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

0-0 (5-6 PKs)

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

Jan. 12

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

1-1 (9-10 PKs)

Pan American Stadium; New Orleans, La

Mountain Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Result

Venue

Nov. 17

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

3-0

Pebble Hills High School; El Paso, Texas

Dec. 2

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

4-1

Northfield High Shcool; Denver, Colo.

Southern California Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time/Result

Venue

Nov. 17

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

3-2

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

Jan.16

Cal FC (Calif.) vs. California United FC II (Calif.) (match resumes tied at 2-2)

7 p.m. PT

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

West Region

Date

Game (home team listed first)

Time/Result

Venue

Jan. 5

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

0-1

Raimondi Park; Oakland, Calif.

Nov. 18

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

3-2

Buckman Field Park; Portland, Ore.

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U.S. Open Cup Nov 19, 2018
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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 old semi-pro days of the late 1970s and 80s, and Cal FC, of Ventura County, who shocked the tournament as recently as 2012 when they beat Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer (MLS).

Scorchers set for Mass & NY
As winter begins to close its fist around the Northeast, two tantalizing contests out of New York and Massachusetts look likely to raise the temperature a few degrees. GPS Omens are powers in the Bay State Soccer League – the top amateur league in and around Boston, MA – and recently claimed their third straight BSSL title (winning nine league games in a row this fall) ahead of a clash with Safira FC, the state’s ultra-talented reigning amateur champions based in Lowell.

Omens missed out on last year’s Open Cup proper, but they played all the way to the Third Round in 2017 when 1999 champions Rochester Rhinos edged them to a Fourth Round date with MLS side New England Revolution. Loaded with talent like Keith Caldwell, brother of the Revolution’s Scott, Pat Murray and Harris Smriko, GPS will have their work cut out against a fully loaded Safira taking aim at their first-ever berth in a U.S. Open Cup. The red-clad State Champs like to keep the ball, move it around, and can break out like lightning on the flanks with veteran local star Junior Alencar.

“Coming on the heels of our third straight league title, we’re thrilled to be competing again in the Open Cup,” GPS Omens captain Greg Zuboff told ussoccer.com. “It’s a chance to play quality sides outside our own league and Safira is just that – We enjoy the heightened energy that comes with Cup play and we’re expecting a competitive match.”


(Reigning Mass State Champions Safira FC - photo by Burt Granofsky)

Just down I-95 in Jamaica, Queens, the NY Pancyprian Freedoms of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League (CSL) take on Pennsylvania-based visitors West Chester Predators, who were pipped to an automatic berth in the 2019 Open Cup after losing the National Amateur Cup final to the Milwaukee Bavarians. The Freedoms are previous heroes of the Open Cup, having won the tournament three times (1979, 1980 & 1982), when it was largely amateur and semipro in its make-up. While their past is outstanding, their present isn’t bad either – the Freedoms beat 2017 Amateur National champions Lansdowne Bhoys en route to the third qualifying round and are eager for a return to the competition’s final field. The Predators, for their part, have proven no pushover with a big win over Philadelphia’s Ukrainian Nationals (3-0) to reach this stage. 

“We know the [Pancyprian] Freedoms are a storied club and this will be our first meeting against them,” said West Chester Predators head coach and director of coaching Blaise Santangelo ahead of the two-and-a-half-hour bus trip to Queens. “We’re a younger team than they are but we’re hoping we can show them what we can do with that youth.”

Christos Favored in Mid-Atlantic
It’s hard to think of Baltimore County’s outstanding amateurs Christos FC without the mind turning back to 2017 when they beat USL pros Richmond Kickers and briefly led D.C. United of Major League Soccer in the Open Cup’s Fourth Round. The former Cinderellas boast many of the same players who orchestrated that dream run, like tireless midfielder Daniel Baxter, Cody Albrecht and Pete Caringi III, the former University of Maryland Baltimore County Retriever (and current assistant coach) who’s scored an astonishing eight goals in two games to reach this third stage of 2019 qualifying. On Sunday, the Maryland Major Soccer League leaders travel to Manassas to take on Virginia United, who’ve scored four goals and conceded just one en route to this stage in the competition.

“No Open Cup qualifier is easy,” said Caringi III, a former collegiate All-American and as dangerous an aerial threat as you’ll find in the U.S. amateur ranks. “We aren’t going to sneak up on anyone anymore, so we will have to earn everything we get on the field.” 


(The moment Christos FC scored against DC United in the 2017 Fourth Round)

The other game in the region sees Rochester Lancers 2 – who took part in last year’s Open Cup as the Rochester River Dogz and are coached by former Open Cup winner and Rochester Rhino ‘Deadly’ Doug Miller – host World Class Premier Elite FC out of the Maryland Major Soccer League. While they might not boast the pedigree of their league mates Christos, WCPEFC are making a hard charge in qualifying this year. 

Spicy Matchups in Southeast and Central Regions
Three of the four teams in action in the Southeast Region hail from the Sunshine State of Florida. America Soccer Club, having won a pair of tight one-goals affairs so far, host Soda City Sorinex FC in Winter Garden on Saturday. The men from South Carolina (Soda City) are riding a wave of impressive results (5-1 over FC Cardinals of North Carolina and 4-2 against Shahin Atlanta). On Sunday, Hurricane FC and Florida Soccer Soldiers meet in an all-Florida affair in Delray Beach.

Over in the Central Region, NTX Rayados – aiming for their eighth straight appearance in the Open Cup proper – travel to New Orleans to take on familiar opponents Motagua New Orleans. The Louisiana men had to be patient to make sure of their place in the third round, with multiple weather delays postponing their second-round contest with Celtic Cowboys (Motagua eventually won last weekend 3-2). They’ll be up against a tough opponent in the Rayados, who, despite being made up primarily of schoolteachers and local junior college standouts from in and around Dallas, are one of the most consistent and impressive amateur teams in the country. In the 2018 Open Cup, led by player-coach Tito Salas and Victor Pinal, they beat pros OKC Energy before losing to eventual champions Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. [Since publishing, this game has been postponed to allow Motagua equal preparation time after several weather delays in the previous round. New date to be decided]


(Tito Salas - center - and NTX Rayados, who are aiming for an eighth straight USOC berth)

The other game in the Central Region sees ambitious Livonia City – out of suburban Detroit – host Maritsa of Missouri, who edged FC Minnesota in a 4-3 thriller in the previous round.

FC Denver Stand Tall in Mountain Region
Formed via a Craigslist ad in 2005, FC Denver quickly became a power in the fast-growing amateur scene in Colorado. Led by founder Eric Fulton, the side beat local rivals Harpos in a shootout and Indios Denver (1-0) so far and will be bolstered by a handful of new talent to compliment the veterans in the side. They’ll need to muster all of their grit and talent this time however, up against Gam United Football Club who have been outstanding with a pair of wins over Northern Colorado FC and Colorado Rovers.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting this match of the final two Colorado teams left standing,” said Fulton, aware of snow in the forecast – fitting for the game’s venue across the street from Dick’s Sporting Goods Park where the U.S. and Costa Rica played the now-famous ‘Snow-classico’ in 2013. “GAM is a terrific team with some great player acquisitions this year. They’re predicting snow and we expect it to be an exciting day for Colorado soccer.”


(Kramer Runager - right - of Santa Ana Winds)

The other game in the zone sees Southwest FC of Texas welcome Utah’s San Juan FC in a match at Pebble Hills High School in El Paso between two teams that had contrasting results in the previous round. Southwest strolled to a 4-1 win over Sporting AZ FC and San Juan needed extra time to edge the Boise Cutthroats of Idaho 4-3.

California Dreams of Open Cup
North or South, the Golden State is a hub of some of the best amateur soccer the country has to offer – and three of the four teams in action in the West section of Open Cup third round qualifying are based in Cali. First up in the Bay Area, the Oakland Stompers will host Academica SC in a contest bound to be full of tension. Both sides have been impressive in their two previous contests to reach this point [Since publishing, this game has been postponed due to poor air quality caused by wildfires in Northern California]. On Sunday, up north in Portland, Oregon, the local side IPS/Marathon Taverna take on JASA RWC of Redwood City, California.

Farther south in the SoCal section, Santa Ana Winds – who reached the 2018 Open Cup proper for the first time thanks to the goals of Kramer Runager and Jordan Gorman – are at home against Buena Park FC at the Lake Forest Sports Park. And last but not least, Keith Costigan’s Cal FC – who set the 2012 Open Cup alight under the tutelage of then-coach Eric Wynalda – take on California United FC II in Thousand Oaks, a place that could use a good distraction, and something to cheer about, after troubling recent events.  

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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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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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