D.C. United vs. Christos FC

REPLAY | 4-1 | Maryland SoccerPlex; Boyds, Md.
D.C. United (M.L.S.) 4, Christos FC (Md.) 1
Christos FC lost to D.C. United and was eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup. But that’s not what the players and supporters of the liquor store-based team will remember. Christos FC’s 15 minutes of fame turned into much more than that. Christos was featured in Sports Illustrated, the Washington Post, and SportsCenter, and even leveraged its Open Cup run into a new kit deal. They had previously worn bright green t-shirts and whatever black shorts their players had in their wardrobes. But on this day, the spiffy, all-green clad amateurs came to play with new kits on show. Christos even took a lead on the three-time Open Cup champions with Mamadou Kansaye’s 23rd-minute free-kick beauty. Julian Buescher scored for D.C. United but, Christos kept the match level into the 80th minute before the amateurs’ time in the sun had to come to end. Lloyd Sam, Buescher, and Ian Harkes all scored late goals for D.C., which won 4-1 and advanced to the Round of 16.