There were no upsets in the First Round of the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, but there was plenty of drama: two hat tricks, a last minute game winner, a comeback from a 2-0 deficit, and a penalty shootout that lasted nine rounds to cap off the night. Here are all the game recaps from the First Round.
Brooklyn Italians 1:2 NY Pancyprian Freedoms – Recap [+]
This battle of former US Open Cup champions saw two goals from Stefan Dimitrov, one a quick answer to Brooklyn’s equalizer in the 80th minute. TheCup.us Match MVP: Stefan Dimitrov
Western Mass Pioneers 0:3 FC New York – Recap [+]
Former Pioneers striker Jhonny Arteaga recorded his first professional hat trick at the historic Met Oval to lead expansion team FC New York to their first US Open Cup win. TheCup.us Match MVP: Jhonny Arteaga
Reading United AC 1:2 Harrisburg City Islanders – Recap [+]
Staring down elimination with five minutes to go in the match, the City Islanders stormed back with two late goals to steal a victory from Reading United AC. TheCup.us Match MVP: Sainey Touray
Phoenix SC 1:2 Rochester Rhinos – Recap [+]
Not quite the dominant force everyone expected the Rhinos to be, they still took care of business, handing amateur side Phoenix SC a 2-1 defeat at home. TheCup.us Match MVP: Max Ferdinand
Chattanooga FC 2:3 Pittsburgh Riverhounds (AET) – Recap [+]
Down 2-0 at home to an amateur side, the Riverhounds woke up and took over the match, forcing extra time and producing a winner in the 99th minute. TheCup.us Match MVP: Stefan Lundberg
Dayton Dutch Lions 1:4 Richmond Kickers – Recap [+]
David Bulow recorded a hat trick for the Kickers as the Dutch Lions continue their defensive woes against USL Pro rivals. TheCup.us Match MVP: David Bulow
Charlotte Eagles 3:1 Carolina Dynamo – Recap [+]
This battle of former 3rd division rivals from North Carolina saw the Eagles escape Greensboro with a 3-1 victory. TheCup.us Match MVP: Diego Martins
Central Florida Kraze 0:4 Wilmington Hammerheads – Recap [+]
The Hammerheads proved they are no slouch in the Open Cup, dominating the visiting Kraze with a 4-0 win. TheCup.us Match MVP: Jyler Noviello
ASC New Stars 0:4 Orlando City SC – Recap [+]
Even an hour and a half lightning delay couldn’t help the ASC New Stars, who succumbed to USL Pro powerhouse Orlando City 4-0. TheCup.us Match MVP: Devorn Jorsling
Regals FC 0:2 Charleston Battery – Recap [+]
It took a little time for the Battery to get warmed up, but their second half performance steered them to a clear 2-0 victory over amateur side Regals FC. TheCup.us Match MVP: Dane Kelly
AAC Eagles 0:4 Madison 56ers – Recap [+]
What should’ve been (and for 65 minutes, was) a relatively close battle turned into a rout, as the Madison 56ers lit up Chicago’s AAC Eagles with four second half goals. TheCup.us Match MVP: Jed Hohlbein
Chicago Fire Premier 1:0 Iowa Menace – Recap [+]
A late goal by Chris Estridge sent the Fire Premier through to the second round over the USASA version of the PDL’s Des Moines Menace. TheCup.us Match MVP: Chris Estridge
DV8 Defenders 0:5 Real Colorado Foxes – Recap [+]
Real Colorado Foxes never gave their opponents from the Bay Area a chance to breathe, suffocating them with five goals to force their way into the Second Round. TheCup.us Match MVP: Taylor Kemp
Kitsap Pumas 0:0 Chivas El Paso Patriots (6-5 Kitsap on PKs) – Recap [+]
After no one could break the deadlock for 120 minutes, it took nine rounds of penalties to settle the score between these two PDL squads, from which Kitsap finally emerged victorious. TheCup.us Match MVP: Zach Lubin
Hollywood United 1:3 LA Blues – Recap [+]
In a match between formerly partnered clubs from Los Angeles, the Blues showed their dominance despite the handicap of an early red card. TheCup.us Match MVP: Mehrshad Momeni
Doxa Italia 1:3 Ventura County Fusion – Recap [+]
After an early flub leading to a goal for Doxa Italia, the Ventura County Fusion righted the ship and scored three unanswered to advance to the Second Round. TheCup.us Match MVP: Mark Magee
Official Schedule for Second Round
(All games on Tuesday, June 21)
All Times Eastern
FC New York at NY Pancyprian Freedoms
Belson Stadium – Queens, NY – 7:30 p.m.
Rochester Rhinos at Harrisburg City Islanders
Skyline Sports Complex – Harrisburg, Pa. – 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Richmond Kickers
Richmond City Stadium – Richmond, Va. – 7 p.m.
Charlotte Eagles at Wilmington Hammerheads
Legion Stadium – Wilmington, N.C. – 7:30 p.m.
Orlando City SC at Charleston Battery
Blackbaud Stadium – Charleston, S.C. – 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Fire Premier at Madison 56ers
Breese Stevens Field – Madison, Wis. – 8 p.m.
Real Colorado Foxes at Kitsap Pumas
Bremerton Memorial Stadium – Bremerton, Wash. – 10 p.m.
Los Angeles Blues at Ventura County Fusion
Ventura College – Ventura, Calif. – 10:05 p.m.