TheCup.us will now refer to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, MLS Cup, MLS Supporters’ Shield, and CONCACAF Champions League as the ‘US Soccer Majors.’ It’s an effort to raise the profile of all the championships that teams in the U.S. play for, similar to the sports of golf and tennis.
Only two USASA clubs have advanced to the Third Round since 1996. Bavarian SC defeated the Reading Rage (USL D3 Pro) 1-0 in the Second Round of 2003. Dallas Roma FC became the first USASA team to defeat a USL First Division team when they eliminated Miami FC 1-0 in 2006.
PDL teams winning Second Round games doesn’t happen often, but it’s not unheard of during the Professional Era (1995-present). 17 PDL teams have made it to the Third Round. The Michigan Bucks have done it more than anyone else, advancing to Round 3 four times.
The Mid-Michigan Bucks have always been one of the lower division troublemakers of the US Open Cup, and this match against the New England Revolution at Foxboro Stadium helped build that reputation. Goalkeeper Eric Pogue was the early hero for the Bucks, saving a Shaker Asad penalty kick in the 7th minute to keep the score 0-0. The Bucks stayed with the Revolution for 90 minutes using a high-tempo style of play and eventually sending the sparse crowd of 1,857 Revolution fans home disappointed.
There have only been six “upsets” in the Quarterfinal round of the US Open Cup since 1995, therefore all four of them are, in fact, “notable.” You could argue there has been seven, but we didn’t think the Seattle Sounders (USL-1) eliminating the Kansas City Wizards (MLS) on penalty kicks was much of an upset in 2008.