2017 US Open Cup Round 1 Review: No shortage of drama as 104th tournament kicks off

Posted by | May 10, 2017
New Jersey Copa (red) and FC Motown squared off in a battle of two New Jersey teams making their US Open Cup debut. Photo: Bob Larson

New Jersey Copa (red) and FC Motown squared off in a battle of two New Jersey teams making their US Open Cup debut. Photo: Bob Larson

There were 27 games, 80 goals, six penalty shootouts, and that made for an exciting First Round in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

And the action isn’t quite done yet, as Grand Rapids FC and Chicago FC United had their game postponed until Friday due to heavy rain.

Last year’s national champions both advanced to a matchup with professional teams in Round 2. The Michigan Bucks, reigning kings of the PDL, dispatched upstart AFC Ann Arbor, while NPSL champion AFC Cleveland took a fruitful trip to Iowa, taking a 3-1 win from the Des Moines Menace. And last year’s USASA Amateur Cup champion Christos FC from Maryland were victorious in their Open Cup debut.

With those 27 games, a few potential Cinderella runs came to an abrupt end. La Maquina, last year’s Fourth Round extra time challenger to the LA Galaxy, fell to the Fresno Fuego. Chattanooga FC, NPSL’s only club to vanquish a pro team in the Open Cup, met an early end in Charlotte.

Check below for a full list of the Round 1 scores and links to the full match reports will be added as they are published.

#USOC2017 coverage:
* 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup schedule, results (video/audio links)
* 2017 US Open Cup bracket (TheCup.us)
* 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup schedule, results
* A map of all 99 entries for the 2017 US Open Cup
* 2017 Meet the Underdogs series
* 2017 US Open Cup qualifying Round 2 review: 14 more teams advance as Round 3 moved to next year
* 2017 US Open Cup qualifying Round 1: Scores and recaps from every game
* Eric Wynalda hired to lead LA Wolves for 2017 US Open Cup run
* Reading United qualifies for record 9th straight US Open Cup, seeking more than an opening round win

Things you should know about the First Round of the US Open Cup

Support TheCup.us: New Del Rey City jerseys available for purchase
* Appreciate what we do at TheCup.us? Donate here
* TheCup.us is looking for writers/editors, graphics, WordPress gurus & people who can handle digital ad sales (paid position). Email us here

Twitter (#USOC2016) | Facebook | InstagramFlickr | Reddit

South Florida SurfSouth Florida Surf  
4 : 2
Red Force FC    Red Force FC
 Tropical Park - Miami, FL 

A pair of Miami-based clubs opened up the first round of the 2017 US Open Cup on Tuesday evening. South Florida Surf and Red Force FC squared off in what turned out to be a lopsided affair in favor of the away team. After the teams battled to a 1-1 score at halftime, three straight goals by the Surf sealed the game for the visiting side, one of which was a no doubter by Jeff Michaud into the top left corner for his second goal of the night.
SC United BantamsSC United Bantams  
1 : 4
Atlanta Silverbacks    Atlanta Silverbacks
 Atlanta Silverbacks Park - Atlanta, GA 

One of the top goals of the first round of the US Open Cup was arguably the least important for the Atlanta Silverbacks in their 4-1 victory. An opening goal by Abraham Lansana and a brace from Deon McCaulay saw Atlanta up 3-0. After a penalty kick goal by the Bantams of SC United brought the score to 3-1, the ensuing kickoff saw a Silverbacks player touch the ball and Alex Harlley launched a shot from midfield that beat the Bantams keeper for the final goal in the 4-1 win.
Christos FCChristos FC  
3 : 0
Fredericksburg FC    Fredericksburg FC
 Battleground Stadium - Fredericksburg, VA 

Peter Caringi opened up the scoring in the 4th minute for Christos FC, added an insurance goal five minutes into the second half, then iced the match in the 87th minute for a first round hat trick as Christos FC won 3-0 in the Maryland team’s Open Cup debut. Caringi became the just the second open division player in the Modern Era to score a hat trick.FULL MATCH REPORT
Burlingame advances 6-5 on penalty kicks
Burlingame DragonsBurlingame Dragons  
0 : 0
El Farolito    El Farolito
 Boxer Stadium - San Francisco, CA 

A scoreless draw through 120 minutes saw El Farolito play over an hour with only 10 men, but it was Burlingame Dragons that were able to advance to the Second Round of the US Open Cup with a 6-5 advantage in penalty kicks after eight rounds. Ben Simon saw the Dragons through in their Open Cup debut with a cool finish into the right side of the net in the final round.to allow the Dragons to advance to Round 2 for the first time in club history.
FC MotownFC Motown  
2 : 1
New Jersey Copa FC    New Jersey Copa FC
 Saint John Vianney HS - Holmdel, NJ 

After playing to a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes, an extra-time rocket from FC Motown’s Sammy Gehmen proved to be the difference as he hit the back of the net on a free kick from 32 yards out in the 109th minute. In the battle of two New Jersey teams making their US Open Cup debuts, it was FC Motown who would pick up their first win.
Legacy 76Legacy 76  
1 : 2
Carolina Dynamo    Carolina Dynamo
 Macpherson Stadium - Greensboro, NC 

It was the rookie versus the veteran in the match-up between Legacy 76 and the Carolina Dynamo. The Dynamo, making their 12th appearance in the US Open Cup, defeated Legacy 76, 2-1. The win earned the Dynamo a home game against the NASL’s North Carolina FC.
The Villages SCThe Villages SC  
1 : 2
Jacksonville Armada U23s    Jacksonville Armada U23s
 Patton Park - Jacksonville, FL 

After falling behind 1-0 in the very first minute of the match, Armada FC U-23s scored a pair of second half goals in the 58th and 88th minutes to claim a 2-1 victory. It was the first Open Cup win in club history for the NPSL side as they advance to play the Tampa Bay Rowdies in Round 2.FULL MATCH REPORT
Boca Raton FCBoca Raton FC  
1 : 2
Miami United FC    Miami United FC
 Ted Hendricks Stadium - Hialeah, FL 

Miami United scored early and late to bookend a 2-1 victory over visiting Boca Raton FC. Matias Menza opened the scoring in the 7th minute for Miami. Early in the second half, Boca Raton FC equalized, but it was Miami earning the win on a goal in the 87th minute by Nacho Calcagno. United will host the Jacksonville Armada (NASL) in Round 2.
Boston City advances 5-4 on penalty kicks
Boston City FCBoston City FC  
2 : 2
Western Mass. Pioneers    Western Mass. Pioneers
 Lusitano Stadium - Ludlow, MA 

Boston City FC trailed twice in the opening round matchup against the Western Mass Pioneers, and for a brief time, was down to eight men in a match that saw four total red cards. Despite playing from behind, Boston City FC equalized twice to knot the score at 2-2 after two hours of play then advanced on penalty kicks, 5-4.
Chattanooga FCChattanooga FC  
0 : 2
Charlotte Eagles    Charlotte Eagles
 Charlotte Christian School - Charlotte, NC 

A pair of second half goals propelled the Charlotte Eagles past Chattanooga FC and into the second round of the US Open Cup. Kelvin Omondi scored off a rebound in the 72nd minute while Joao Costa added an insurance tally in the 89th minute for the home side.
Clarkstown SC EaglesClarkstown SC Eagles  
0 : 1
Reading United AC    Reading United AC
 Exeter Township Senior HS - Reading, PA 

For a Modern Era record sixth straight season, amateur side Reading United AC (PDL) advanced past the opening round with a 1-0 victory over Clarkstown SC Eagles. Reading United, making its amateur record 9th straight US Open Cup appearance, received a penalty kick goal from Frandzy Pierrott in first half stoppage time.
Junior Lone Star FCJunior Lone Star FC  
1 : 3
Ocean City Nor’easters    Ocean City Nor’easters
 Carey Stadium - Ocean City, NJ 

In another contest that featured an first-timer against an experienced side in Open Cup terms, it was experience winning out again as Ocean City earned a 3-1 win over Junior Lone Star (USASA). The Nor’easters scored two goals in the opening quarter-hour as Fredlin Mompremier and Tyler Collishaw each found the back of the net, while former Swope Park Rangers (USL) forward Akeil Barrett added the final tally in the 82nd minute to round out the scoring. For Ocean City it was the club’s 9th Open Cup win in the team’s PDL history (10th all-time), which ranks third among all amateur teams in the Modern Era (1995-present)
Tartan Devils advance 5-4 on penalty kicks
Tartan Devils Oak AvalonTartan Devils Oak Avalon  
1 : 1
Derby City Rovers    Derby City Rovers
 Woehrle Athletic Com. - Jeffersonville, IN 

Tartan Devils Oak Avalon needed a last gasp goal to force extra time, then claimed the win in penalty kicks to advance to the second round of their inaugural US Open Cup run. Derby City scored in the 11th minute and held on to the lead until the 89th, when Robert Heuler redirected a free kick into the net to knot the match at 1-1. After a scoreless 30 minutes of extra time, the Devils advanced via a 4-3 advantage on penalties. The Devils are the first amateur team from Western Pennsylvania to qualify for the tournament since 1992.
AFC Ann ArborAFC Ann Arbor  
0 : 1
Michigan Bucks    Michigan Bucks
 Ultimate Soccer Arenas - Pontiac, MI 

Reigning PDL champion Michigan Bucks hosted AFC Ann Arbor, a squad making its first appearance in the Open Cup. The Bucks claimed the lead in the 13th minute on a goal from Andre Landell and played solid defense the remainder of the way, holding on to the single goal advantage to earn a 1-0 win in the all-Michigan battle.
GPS OmensGPS Omens  
2 : 0
GPS Portland Phoenix    GPS Portland Phoenix
 Memorial Field (Deering HS) - Portland, ME 

In a rematch of a first round meeting from the 2013 US Open Cup, GPS Omens (then known as Mass Premier Soccer) avenged that loss from four years ago with a 2-0 win over GPS Portland Phoenix. The game was held on the same field as the 2013 contest, but this time it was the Massachusetts side that prevailed in a battle of teams affiliated with the Global Premier Soccer organization. It marked the first US Open Cup win for GPS Omens in its fourth entry into the tournament.
NTX RayadosNTX Rayados  
1 : 3
Dutch Lions FC    Dutch Lions FC
 Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility - Conroe, TX 

After a scoreless first half, there was an offensive explosion to start the second, with three goals scored in the first two minutes. The Dutch Lions scored two of them, and then gifted an own goal to North Texas. The Rayados held on but couldn’t find the equalizer as the Dutch Lions added a late goal by Jerry Scholman to put the game away.FULL MATCH REPORT
Azteca FCAzteca FC  
0 : 1
FC Wichita    FC Wichita
 Stryker Soccer Complex - Wichita, KS 

FC Wichita had to withstand a massive weather delay and a scrappy, shorthanded Azteca FC team, but ultimately prevailed in extra time, 1-0. Azteca’s Christian Moran was sent off 12 minutes into the match, but the amateur side from Colorado held on with 10 men into extra time. The game-winner would eventually come from Travis Pittman in the 104th minute as FC Wichita picked up its first-ever Open Cup win.
OKC Energy U23s advance 4-2 on penalty kicks
OKC Energy U23sOKC Energy U23s  
1 : 1
Tulsa Athletic    Tulsa Athletic
 Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium - Tulsa, OK 

It was Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma. PDL vs. NPSL. The drama was already baked in, but the game itself proved to be even better as the Oklahoma City Energy U23s needed penalty kicks to eliminate the NPSL’s Tulsa Athletic. After a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes, OKC prevailed in the shootout 4-2 to advance to Round 2 in the club’s Open Cup debut.FULL MATCH REPORT
AFC ClevelandAFC Cleveland  
3 : 1
Des Moines Menace    Des Moines Menace
 Valley Stadium - West Des Moines, IA 

It was a battle of two amateur powerhouses between the the defending NPSL champion AFC Cleveland and the Des Moines Menace, arguably the second best amateur club in Modern Era history. Cleveland scored a pair of goals in the final three minutes to prevail 3-1, handing the Menace just their third opening round loss in club history. For Cleveland, they reach Round 2 for the second year in a row and their reward is a tough, in-state road game against the USL’s FC Cincinnati.
Colorado RushColorado Rush  
1 : 3
FC Tucson    FC Tucson
 Kino North Stadium - Tucson, AZ 

FC Tucson defeated the Colorado Rush 3-1 to advance to the Second Round of the US Open Cup for the second year in a row. The match was 1-1 heading into the final minutes but it was Tucson who scored a pair of goals to steal the game and send the Rush back to Colorado empty-handed after their Open Cup debut.
Chula Vista FCChula Vista FC  
3 : 2
Albion SC Pros    Albion SC Pros
 Mission Bay HS - San Diego, CA 

In a battle of San Diego, Chula Vista FC held off a shorthanded Albion SC Pros team to win 3-2. Albion SC’s Luke Staats received a red card in the 16th minute but despite being down a man, the game remained scoreless until the 74th minute. That’s when the game got interesting. Alberto Diaz scored for Chula Vista in the 74th, but moments later, Albion SC missed a penalty kick but scored another one five minutes later, which saw Chula Vista go down to 10 men for a second yellow card. Chula Vista added two late goals to give them the distance they needed. Albion SC pulled one back in stoppage time but it was too little, too late.
La MaquinaLa Maquina  
1 : 4
Fresno Fuego    Fresno Fuego
 Chukchansi Park - Fresno, CA 

After a history-making cup run in 2016, many fans were curious to see what Southern California amateur club La Maquina would do for an encore. However, the Fresno Fuego weren’t interested in an encore as they cruised to a 4-1 win to earn their fourth straight opening round win in club history. Jose Cuevas scored a pair of goals to help the Fuego earn a home game against the USL’s Phoenix Rising FC. FULL MATCH REPORT
Moreno Valley FCMoreno Valley FC  
2 : 1
Ventura County Fusion    Ventura County Fusion
 Ventura College Sportsplex - Ventura, CA 

Moreno Valley FC made the most of their US Open Cup debut, defeating Ventura County Fusion 2-1. Javier Castro made some history when he scored the opening goal for Moreno Valley. He became the first player in the Modern Era to score a goal for four different teams in four consecutive years. One of those teams was the Ventura County Fusion. Norberto Ochoa put Mo’Val up 2-0, but the Fusion missed a late penalty kick that proved costly as their late goal wasn’t enough, falling 2-1.
Outbreak FCOutbreak FC  
0 : 2
FC Golden State Force    FC Golden State Force
 Citrus College - Glendora, CA 

FC Golden State Force jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead, but despite going down to 10 men in the 29th minute, they held on for a 2-0 win over Outbreak FC. Mark Verso and Bruno Lavandoski scored for the Force who win their Open Cup debut and move on to host Orange County SC of the USL.
Anahuac FC advances 5-4 on penalty kicks
Anahuac FCAnahuac FC  
1 : 1
Sonoma County Sol    Sonoma County Sol
 Casa Grande HS - Petaluma, CA 

Anahuac FC and Sonoma County Sol were scoreless until Marco Barragan put the Sol up 1-0. That lead was short-lived as Anahuac tied the game up one minute later. The match ultimately went to penalty kicks where Anahuac FC won 5-4 to become the first Nevada club to advance in the US Open Cup during the Modern Era.
OSA FC advances 5-3 on penalty kicks
Seattle Sounders U23sSeattle Sounders U23s  
0 : 0
 Memorial Stadium (Seattle HS) - Seattle, WA 

It was a defensive battle in the Pacific Northwest as OSA FC and the Seattle Sounders U23s finished scoreless after 120 minutes. The game had to be decided in penalty kicks and OSA, formerly known as FC Tacoma 253, advanced to Round 2 by the score of 5-3.
San Diego ZestSan Diego Zest  
2 : 4
LA Wolves FC    LA Wolves FC
 Azusa Pacific University - Azusa, CA 

The LA Wolves FC found themselves up 3-0 after the 62nd minute and after trading goals with the San Diego Zest, they advanced to Round 2, 4-2. The Wolves, who are led by first-year head coach Eric Wynalda, will move on to play Chula Vista FC in Round 2.
Grand Rapids FCGrand Rapids FC  
0 : 1
Chicago FC United    Chicago FC United
 Wheaton College - Wheaton, IL 

It was an ultimately disappointing Open Cup for debutantes Grand Rapids FC. The initial game, set to be played on Wednesday night in front of a sizable GRFC-friendly crowd, was stormed out. The two teams took the field again on Friday afternoon at Wheaton College. Chicago FC United persisted through the saga and the late Grand Rapids pressure, winning 1-0 on a 90th-minute own goal. Chicago FC United advances to host the USL’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds next Wednesday in the Second Round.