Reno 1868 FC were able to make their first Open Cup match a successful one – but they had to battle through 120 minutes of soccer and a penalty shootout to do it.
The first-year USL club traveled to Seattle to take on OSA FC, winning 4-3 in a penalty shootout after playing to a 1-1 draw in the second round of the 2017 US Open Cup. Reno goalkeeper Russ Klabough saved two penalties in the shootout, and Junior Burgos converted his to send Reno into the third round of the tournament.
OSA, an amateur team from the fourth-division NPSL, came out hot playing at home. They pressed Reno from the opening whistle and were rewarded 15 minutes into the match, when Eli Gordley collected the ball bouncing around in the six-yard box stabbing it home into the net.
Buoyed by the goal, OSA kept up the pressure, hitting the crossbar twice in ten minutes, but Reno turned the game around and equalized in the 30th minute. Cameron Vickers laid a pass toward goal to Dembakwi Yomba, who used his strength to hold off the OSA defense and his finesse to slot the ball into the net.
Reno controlled most of the rest of regulation, and Mackenzie Pridham hit the crossbar himself. The road team had three glorious chances in quick succession to score the winning goal in second-half stoppage time. The best of those chances required a game-saving tackle from behind from OSA defender Beau Blanchard to stop a sure Reno goal.
Neither team could find the same level of inspiration in the 30 minutes of extra time – although OSA goalkeeper Joshua Adachi was forced into making several fine saves – so on it went to penalties.
Blanchard shot first for OSA and had his effort saved. The teams traded marks before Reno’s Antoine Hoppenot, a former Philadelphia Union player, blazed his effort over the bar to level the shootout. But Klabough gave Reno the advantage back by making a dramatic kick-save on OSA substitute Hamza Haddadi.
Neither team missed from the mark again. It came down to Reno’s final shooter, Junior Burgos, who coolly tucked his penalty into the net before racing into the corner to celebrate the hard-fought victory with his teammates.
OSA had also gone to penalties in their first round match against the Seattle Sounders U-23s. In that game, they played 120 minutes of scoreless soccer before making all 5 of their penalty kicks to advance – making an appearance in the second round of the tournament for the first time in their history. They’ll now turn their focus back to NPSL league play.
Reno entered the tournament as the first pro club from Nevada to qualify for the US Open Cup, and now they are the first to advance. The club’s reward for the victory is a Third Round US Open Cup match on May 31 at fellow USL club Sacramento Republic. The winner of that game will get the chance to face an MLS opponent in the fourth round of the tournament.
Reno Lineup: Klabough, Griffiths, Ward, Richards, Felipe, Casiple, Pridham, Ward, Silva, Burgos, Yomba
OSA Lineup: Adachi, Blanchard, Jackson, S. Rogers, Ocampo, Anderson, Bwana, Russell, Shaxton, Roldan, Gordley
62′ Reno Hoppenot on, Yomba off
67′ OSA Ayala on, Shaxton off
79′ Reno Lagrassa on, Pridham off
105′ Reno Mfeka on, Vickers off
109′ OSA Haddadi on, Gordley off
119′ OSA Wright on, Russell off
16’ OSA – Gordley
30’ Reno – Yomba (assisted by Vickers)
OSA Blanchard- saved
Reno Casiple – make
OSA Roldan– make
Reno Richards – make
OSA Jackson– make
Reno Hoppenot – miss
OSA Haddadi– saved
Reno LaGrassa – make
OSA Wright – make
Reno Burgos – make