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