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

Posted on 19. Jun, 2011 by Chuck Nolan Jr. in 1995 - Present (Pro Era), Feature, History, Second Round

In 2002, no team below the 2nd Division advanced past the Second Round.

The El Paso Patriots recorded the biggest rout in the Second Round since 1995, defeating the Arizona Sahuaros 9-1 in 1998. Kirk Wilson scored three times to lead the Patriots. Matching the eight-goal margin, the most lopsided shutout came in 2001 when DC United of MLS trampled the New Jersey Stallions of the D3 Pro League 8-0.

Only three USASA clubs have advanced to the Third Round since 1996. Bavarian SC defeated the Reading Rage (Professional 3rd Division) 1-0 in the Second Round of 2003. Dallas Roma FC became the first USASA team to defeat a 2nd Division team when they eliminated Miami FC 1-0 in 2006. Cal FC traveled across the country and upset the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL Pro 4-0 to reach Round 3 in 2013.

PDL teams winning Second Round games doesn’t happen often, but it’s not unheard of during the Professional Era (1995-present). 25 PDL teams have made it to the Third Round in the Modern Professional Era. The Michigan Bucks have done it more than anyone else, advancing to Round 3¬†five times.

In 2013, a record five amateur clubs advanced to Round 3

1997: Central Coast Roadrunners
1999: Mid-Michigan Bucks
2000: Mid-Michigan Bucks, Chicago Sockers
2001: Seattle Sounders Select
2003: Mid-Michigan Bucks, Fresno Fuego
2004: Chicago Fire Reserves, Cape Cod Crusaders, Boulder Rapids Reserves, Carolina Dynamo
2005: Ocean City Barons, Des Moines Menace
2006: Michigan Bucks, Des Moines Menace, Carolina Dynamo
2009: Ocean City Barons
2011: Chicago Fire PDL, Kitsap Pumas
2012: Michigan Bucks, Ventura County Fusion,
2013: Des Moines Menace, FC Tucson, Ocean City Nor’easters, Reading United

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