Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 1, Richmond Kickers (USL) 1 (2-0 PKs)
It didn’t take the Fort Lauderdale Strikers long to find the game’s first goal. After being awarded a free kick just outside the 18-yard box, Manny Gonzalez drilled the ball past Kickers’ goalkeeper Charlie Horton to grab the early 1-0 lead. After a quick water break, Kickers’ Yudai Imura pulled one back on a perfect through ball from Anthony Grant to equalize in the 28th minute. Even play in the second half was halted by a lightning storm in the 76th minute. Following a 30-minute delay, the game resumed, but neither team could break the tie. Thirty minutes of extra time couldn’t break the deadlock and the match moved to penalty kicks. In the shootout decider, Strikers’ goalkeeper Diego Restrepo was the hero, saving three of four Richmond attempts, while Fort Lauderdale converted two of their own to secure the victory. Fort Lauderdale will visit D.C. United in Fourth Round play on June 15.
Richmond Kickers (USL) at Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
Time/Location: 11 a.m. ET; Broward College-South Campus; Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Richmond Kickers Previous Appearances (Best Finish): 18th appearance (Champions: 1995)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Previous Appearances (Best Finish): 10th appearance (Third Round: Multiple years)
- Goals from Sunny Jane, Huge Roberts, Anthony Grant and Luiz Fernando paced the Richmond Kickers to an easy 4-0 win against Aromas Café FC in Second Round play on May 18.
- The 1995 champion Richmond Kickers make their 18th Open Cup appearance as one of three Second Round teams to have won the tournament previously (Rochester Rhinos 1999, New York Pancyprian Freedoms 1979, 1980, 1982).
- In 2015, Richmond progressed through the Second and Third Rounds before being dispatched by Columbus Crew SC in Fourth Round play on June 17.
- Fort Lauderdale enters the 2016 U.S. Open Cup looking to advance a round for the first time since 2013.
- The Strikers fell 3-2 to the Charleston Battery in Third Round play in 2015.
- Eleven matches into the USL campaign, Richmond enters the match with a 4-4-3 record (15 pts.), putting them seventh in the USL’s Eastern Conference. Fort Lauderdale holds a 3-2-3 mark (12 pts.), also placing them seventh in the NASL’s Spring Season table.
- The winner will play at D.C. United in Fourth Round play on June 15.