2011 US Open Cup qualifying (PDL Central): Real Colorado Foxes qualify; Chicago Fire Premier clinch via stoppage time goal to join MLS side

Posted by | May 21, 2011 | 4 Comments

PDL Central logoUS Open Cup qualifying for the Premier Development League is already underway for 2011 as the season began on April 30. It is arguably the most exciting portion of the event for the league as the task of qualifying can be more daunting than the professional opponents awaiting them in the tournament proper.

In the 2011 edition of the tournament, the PDL will be represented by a record nine clubs after seven consecutive years with eight representatives. With nine berths available, the league will send one from each division based on four league contests that will double as qualification matches – a format long established by the parent United Soccer Leagues.

The Central Conference has two divisions – the Great Lakes and the Heartland. The conference is dominated by three long-standing clubs: the Chicago Fire, the Des Moines Menace, and the Michigan Bucks. Between them they have reached the US Open Cup a total of 16 times. Des Moines made the trip last year as Heartland champions, but newcomer Dayton Dutch Lions (who are now in USL Pro) took control of the Great Lakes spot. This year, six returning clubs and two new ones are looking to match Dayton, dethrone the powerhouses, and make a run of their own.

Here is the how the Central Conference is currently shaping up:

Great Lakes Division
Final Results

Poised for a potential showdown of the perennial division powers on the final night of qualifying, the Chicago Fire Premier preempted that moment with a 1-0 win over the River City Rovers on Saturday, clinching the US Open Cup berth, their second in three years, via potential tiebreaker scenarios. While the Bucks made the most of their chance to possibly gain ground by posting a 4-0 win against visiting Indiana, it was Chris Estridge’s goal for Chicago in the first minute of stoppage time against the visiting River City Rovers that proved to be the deciding factor in who will advance.

GREAT LAKES DIVISIONGPWLTPTSGFGA GFGD
Chicago Fire Premier4310952 5+3
Michigan Bucks42117837+4
Cincinnati Kings4112589 8-1
Akron Summit Assault4112534 3-1
Indiana Invaders4121489 6-1
River City Rovers40222161-4

Top team qualifies for the U.S. Open Cup

Clinched Open Cup berthEliminated from contention

Note: Columns on the far right are for tiebreaker purposes

USL Premier Development League tiebreakers

(1) Head-to-head record based on total points in Open Cup qualifiers

(2) Total wins in Open Cup qualifying games

(3) Goal difference (+/- 3 goals maximum for each USOC qualifier)

(4) Goals scored (+/- 3 goals maximum for each USOC qualifier)

(5) Lottery conducted by the USL

All times Eastern

May 14Chicago Fire Premier2:0Akron Summit Assault7:30
May 17Akron Summit Assault2:2Cincinnati Kings7:30
May 19Akron Summit Assault0:0River City Rovers7:30
May 21Michigan Bucks0:0River City Rovers7:00
May 21Cincinnati Kings0:2Chicago Fire Premier7:30
May 22Indiana Invaders0:1Akron Summit Assault7:00
May 23Michigan Bucks2:3Cincinnati Kings7:30
May 25Cincinnati Kings3:3Indiana Invaders7:30
May 28Indiana Invaders0:4Michigan Bucks12:00
May 28River City Rovers0:1Chicago Fire Premier7:30
May 30River City Rovers1:5Indiana Invaders7:30
May 30Chicago Fire Premier0:2Michigan Bucks7:30

Heartland Division
Final Results

The Real Colorado Foxes clinched their first US Open Cup spot after finishing qualifying 4-0. Perennial contender Des Moines Menace had a chance to qualify with a 3-0 start and a better goal differential, but failed in their last match as they lost 2-1 at the Kansas City Brass on May 25.

HEARTLAND DIVISIONGPWLTPTSGFGA GFGD
Real Colorado Foxes440012125 11+7
Des Moines Menace431091159+6
Kansas City Brass422061010 8+0
St. Louis Lions413031010 7-2
Springfield Demize40400417 4-11

Top team qualifies for the U.S. Open Cup

Clinched Open Cup berthEliminated from contention

Note: Columns on the far right are for tiebreaker purposes

USL Premier Development League tiebreakers

(1) Head-to-head record based on total points in Open Cup qualifiers

(2) Total wins in Open Cup qualifying games

(3) Goal difference (+/- 3 goals maximum for each USOC qualifier)

(4) Goals scored (+/- 3 goals maximum for each USOC qualifier)

(5) Lottery conducted by the USL

All times Eastern

May 14St. Louis Lions1:2Des Moines Menace8:30
May 14Kansas City Brass1:4Real Colorado Foxes9:00
May 15Kansas City Brass2:3Real Colorado Foxes3:00
May 17Des Moines Menace3:0Springfield Demize8:30
May 21St. Louis Lions2:5Des Moines Menace8:30
May 21Real Colorado Foxes3:1Springfield Demize8:30
May 22Real Colorado Foxes2:1St. Louis Lions6:00
May 22Springfield Demize2:5Kansas City Brass8:30
May 25Des Moines Menace1:2Kansas City Brass8:30
May 28Springfield Demize1:6St. Louis Lions6:00

4 Comments

  • DEAN COWLES says:

    Great job Real Foxes, looking forward to a great cup and a great summer season. You guys deserve it! Hoping to hit the road with you for a few matches.

  • Top notch. 2 teams from Chicago Fire in the Open Cup. The PDL team has always been very successful. Could they play each other?

  • In the relatively rare instance where this happens, the tournament organizers place teams from the same organization at opposite ends of the bracket. So it’s possible they could play each other, but it’s extremely rare (by design)

  • Todd Short says:

    The only way the Fire teams could play would be in the final. USOC Rules do not allow parent clubs to play their own lower level teams in earlier rounds.

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