2017 US Open Cup Round 2 Review: Four upsets headline surprising Second Round

Posted by | May 18, 2017
Fans of the Tampa Bay Rowdies celebrate in the Second Round of the 2017 US Open Cup. Photo: Matt May | Tampa Bay Rowdies

Fans of the Tampa Bay Rowdies celebrate in the Second Round of the 2017 US Open Cup. Photo: Matt May | Tampa Bay Rowdies

The highlight of Round 2 was the four amateur teams that pulled off upsets, and two more that took their opponents to penalty kicks.

Three PDL teams and one regional amateur club (Christos FC) moved on to Round 3. And because of the way that the Third Round draw shook out, it set up one all-amateur matchup (Christos FC vs. Chicago FC United), which means fans will be guaranteed at least one amateur vs. Major League Soccer game in Round 4.

Check below for a full list of the Round 2 scores and links to the full match reports will be added as they are published.

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Jacksonville Armada U23sJacksonville Armada U23s  
0 : 3
Tampa Bay Rowdies    Tampa Bay Rowdies
 Al Lang Stadium – St. Petersburg, FL 

The youth of Jacksonville couldn’t stand up to Tampa Bay, as the Rowdies scored in just the third minute. The rout continued and the Rowdies cruised to victory, but will have to travel to Miami for the next round.
Charleston BatteryCharleston Battery  
2 : 1
Atlanta Silverbacks    Atlanta Silverbacks
 Atlanta Silverbacks Park – Atlanta, GA 

The NPSL Silverbacks found themselves in trouble from the start. They conceded a goal in the 19th minute, and trailed 2-0 at the half. A 73rd minute goal would be the only finished opportunity for Atlanta, as the Battery prevailed.
GPS OmensGPS Omens  
2 : 1
Boston City FC    Boston City FC
 Della Russo Stadium - Revere, MA 

Trailing 2-0 late, Boston City FC couldn’t quite complete their comeback bid and GPS Omens advanced. Boston City had several opportunities, but never could convert. Keith Caldwell notched a goal and assisted on the second for Omens who earn the club’s second straight US Open Cup victory.
North Carolina FCNorth Carolina FC  
6 : 1
Carolina Dynamo    Carolina Dynamo
 Macpherson Stadium – Greensboro, NC 

The Dynamo proved no match for their NASL neighbors, as NCFC looked sharp throughout the match. Their six goals tied the club’s best Open Cup total, dating back to when they were called Carolina Railhawks FC. They’ll host Charlotte in the next round.
Charlotte IndependenceCharlotte Independence  
3 : 2
Charlotte Eagles    Charlotte Eagles
 Charlotte Christian School – Charlotte, NC 

The Charlotte derby went back and fourth, but the USL side came out on top. The Eagles of the PDL scored both of their goals within three minutes, taking a 2-1 lead with less than 30 minutes to go. They tied the game with a penalty kick, and took the lead on an 88th minute goal from Enzo Martinez.
AFC ClevelandAFC Cleveland  
0 : 1
FC Cincinnati    FC Cincinnati
 Nippert Stadium – Cincinnati, OH 

Neither side could convert in regulation, so the match went to extra time. In that extra season, a Djiby Fall header found the net in the 115th minute to push FC Cincinnati on to the next round.
Jacksonville ArmadaJacksonville Armada  
2 : 1
Miami United FC    Miami United FC
 Ted Hendricks Stadium – Hialeah, FL 

In a rough game that totaled nine yellow cards, Jacksonville advanced past Miami United of the NPSL. Though Miami struck first, Jacksonville answered off a corner just a few minutes later. After taking that corner, Jack Blake later converted a penalty kick to give Jacksonville the lead. The Armada will host Charleston in the next round.
Christos FCChristos FC  
1 : 0
Richmond Kickers    Richmond Kickers
 City Stadium – Richmond, VA 

A 79th minute goal for Geaton Caltabiano was the only one of the match, but it was enough to give his amateur club the win against Richmond. Though the Kickers outshot their opponents 22-10, none of their shots found the net.
FC MotownFC Motown  
0 : 3
Rochester Rhinos    Rochester Rhinos
 Capelli Sport Stadium – Rochester, NY 

Rochester netted two goals in the first seven minutes, so it didn’t take much to finish off FC Motown. The Rhinos played possession the remainder of the game, finishing with a 3-0 victory. They’ll host GPS Omens in the next round.
Louisville City FCLouisville City FC  
9 : 0
Tartan Devils Oak Avalon    Tartan Devils Oak Avalon
 Highmark Stadium – Pittsburgh, PA 

Tartan Devils may have had the home field, but they lacked any advantage. Louisville City nearly doubled the club’s total goal output in its previous five Open Cup games combined as they had no trouble with their amateur opponent.
South Florida SurfSouth Florida Surf  
2 : 3
Miami FC    Miami FC
 Cobb Field (Univ. of Miami) - Coral Gables, FL 

After multiple lead changes in the match, Jaime Chávez’s 79th minute goal helped Miami FC edge the Surf. South Florida scored the game’s first goal in the 20th minute, but went into halftime tied at one and soon trailed. After the equalizer, they seemed to become fatigued and conceded the game winning just five minutes later. Miami will host the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the next round.

Indy ElevenIndy Eleven  
0 : 1
Michigan Bucks    Michigan Bucks
 Ultimate Soccer Arenas – Pontiac, MI 

The Bucks found a way to hold on to a slim, one-goal lead for nearly 60 minutes as they slipped past Indy Eleven. Francis Atuahene scored the only goal of the match in the 36th minute and the Bucks keeper Drew Shepard kept his clean sheet to push his side to the next round.

Harrisburg advances, 6-5 on penalty kicks
Harrisburg City IslandersHarrisburg City Islanders  
0 : 0
Ocean City Nor’easters    Ocean City Nor’easters
 Carey Stadium – Ocean City, NJ 

A scoreless regulation and extra time set up penalty kicks for the two clubs as Ocean City, a PDL team, earned a shutout against a pro team for a Modern Era record sixth time. However, in the penalty kick shootout, both teams were even heading into the seventh round of kicks where the Nor’easters missed and Mouhamed Dabo converted for the City Islanders to avoid the upset and advance to face Ocean City’s PDL rivals, Reading United in Round 3.

New York CosmosNew York Cosmos  
1 : 3
Reading United AC    Reading United AC
 Shirk Stadium – Reading, PA 

The first NASL upset of the night came from the PDL’s Reading United AC, as they scored three straight goals in the first half to take a 3-1 lead at the break. Reading lost a man to a second yellow in the late goings, but managed to hold of New York, 3-2.

FC TucsonFC Tucson  
0 : 2
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC    Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
 Weidner Field – Colorado Springs, CO 

Two quick goals after halftime led Colorado Springs to victory in this one, after a quiet first half. The teams’ chances were about equal, but Colorado Springs’ two conversions were the difference.

San Antonio FCSan Antonio FC  
2 : 1
Dutch Lions FC    Dutch Lions FC
 Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility – Conroe, TX 

San Antonio held on to their halftime lead to edge the Dutch Lions. A 62nd minute goal for the Lions cut the lead in half, but they would never find the equalizer. San Antonio will face Tulsa in the next round.

Saint Louis FCSaint Louis FC  
4 : 3
FC Wichita    FC Wichita
 Stryker Soccer Complex – Wichita, KS 

It took extra time, but St. Louis managed to down FC Wichita. After missing a stoppage time penalty kick that would have been the equalizer, Jose Angulo redeemed himself with his second goal of the night in the 95th minute to give St. Louis the lead in extra time.

Moreno Valley FCMoreno Valley FC  
1 : 5
OKC Energy FC    OKC Energy FC
 Taft Stadium – Oklahoma City, OK 

Though the score was knotted up 1-1 at the half, OKC Energy soon capitalized on a Moreno Valley red card. Shortly after the card, Oklahoma City scored four goals in six minutes to create a huge lead and advance.

OKC Energy U23sOKC Energy U23s  
3 : 5
Tulsa Roughnecks FC    Tulsa Roughnecks FC
 Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium – Tulsa, OK 

In the kind of game where the score doesn’t tell the whole story, Tulsa dominated the match. At one point leading 4-0, the Roughnecks took their foot off the gas which made the final much closer.

Orange County SCOrange County SC  
5 : 2
FC Golden State Force    FC Golden State Force
 Citrus College – Glendora, CA 

Orange County jumped out to a 3-1 halftime lead, and never looked back. Their potent offense led them to a 5-2 win.

Phoenix Rising FCPhoenix Rising FC  
3 : 1
Fresno Fuego    Fresno Fuego
 Fresno State Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium – Fresno, CA 

In a “hotly” contested game, Phoenix was in control most of the match. Rising FC opened a 3-0 advantage, and Fresno wouldn’t answer until the 68th minute.

Chula Vista FCChula Vista FC  
0 : 1
LA Wolves FC    LA Wolves FC
 Azusa Pacific Univ. – Azusa, CA 

After 90 minutes of scoreless soccer, LA Wolves scored in extra time to defeat Chula Vista FC 1-0. This makes Eric Wynalda undefeated in three opening round games in his coaching career.

Reno 1868 FCReno 1868 FC  
1 : 1
 Starfire Sports Complex – Tukwila, WA 

It was a nail-biter in the Pacific Northwest, but the USL side prevailed in penalty kicks. After extra time, the teams were tied 1-1, and Reno won 4-3 in PKs to become the first pro team from the state of Nevada to advance in a US Open Cup game.

Anahuac FCAnahuac FC  
0 : 4
Sacramento Republic FC    Sacramento Republic FC
 Papa Murphy’s Park – Sacramento, CA 

Elliot Hord set up Harry Williams twice in the first 20 minutes, and Anahuac simply had no answer. Sacramento cruised to an easy home win and the club’s fourth opening round win in as many years.

Burlingame DragonsBurlingame Dragons  
1 : 2
San Francisco Deltas    San Francisco Deltas
 Stanford University – Stanford, CA 

The Dragons struck first, but two unanswered goals from San Francisco snuffed out the upset bid. The Deltas notched their first-ever Open Cup victory with the win.