US Open Cup qualifying: Legends FC, CASL Elite qualify from Region III tournament

Posted by | May 27, 2010

LIGHTNING STRIKES
Updated 5/28, 11:33 p.m.

The USASA Region III tournament has received a makeover after the first day of the competition was canceled due to lightning. It seemed like an easy fix, but the situation was complicated by the fact that Brazil Soccer Academy from Florida inexplicably failed to show up, leaving the tournament short a team. The format changed from three groups of three to two groups of four. Now, the round robin format will see each team play two games on Saturday, and a third game on Sunday, with the winner of each group qualifying for the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

Check out TheCup.us twitter feed (@usopencup) all weekend long for the latest news and in-game updates as the last two Open Cup spots from the USASA will be filled.

PREVIEW

Bear Bryant and the Alabama Crimson Tide are associated with the type of football normally played in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, but this weekend the other game of football will hold court at the University of Alabama Recreational Center. Nine amateur teams will compete over four days to determine which two will represent the USASA’s Region III in this summer’s Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, as well as a spot in the USASA National Cups Finals.

USASA REGION III TOURNAMENT
*Group winners qualify for 2010 US Open Cup*

Group A P W L T Pts GF GA GD
Legends FC 3 3 0 0 9 4 0 +4
Pumas FC 2 1 1 0 3 1 2 -1
Lynch’s FC 2 0 1 1 1 1 2 -1
Rocket City United 3 0 2 1 1 1 3 -2

All times Eastern

5/29 Lynch’s FC 0:1 Legends FC 12:00 PM
5/29 Pumas FC 1:0 Rocket City United 12:00 PM
5/29 Pumas FC 0:2 Legends FC 9:00 PM
5/29 Rocket City United 1:1 Lynch’s FC 9:00 PM
5/30 Legends FC 1:0 Rocket City United 5:00 PM
5/30 Pumas FC vs Lynch’s FC 5:00 PM

Group B P W L T Pts GF GA GD
CASL Elite 3 2 0 1 7 9 3 +6
FC Tulsa 3 1 1 1 4 6 5 +1
Atlanta FC 3 1 1 1 4 4 7 -3
ASC New Stars 3 0 2 1 1 2 6 -4

All times Eastern

5/29 Atlanta FC 1:1 ASC New Stars 12:00 PM
5/29 FC Tulsa 2:2 CASL Elite 12:00 PM
5/29 FC Tulsa 2:0 ASC New Stars 9:00 PM
5/29 CASL Elite 4:0 Atlanta FC 9:00 PM
5/30 ASC New Stars 1:3 CASL Elite 5:00 PM
5/30 Atlanta FC 3:2 FC Tulsa 5:00 PM


FINAL
(Both group winners qualify for 2010 US Open Cup)
5/31 Legends FC vs. CASL Elite 11:30 AM

Four of the nine teams have qualified for the Cup in recent years, while a fifth was affiliated with a club that last qualified seven years ago. The most experienced of the bunch is Lynch’s FC of Jacksonville, Florida, having made the cut three times (2003, 2007 and 2009). Legends FC from Dallas, Texas have two Open Cup appearances to their credit, most recently in 2006 where they dropped a close 3-2 decision in the first round to the PDL’s Des Moines Menace. They recently finished first in the North Texas Premier Soccer Association first division with an 8-0-1 record.

The two other clubs with recent Open Cup experience have only qualified once each. Houston’s ASC New Stars entered in 2008, losing to the Charleston Battery 3-0 in the first round. The New Stars recently clinched their sixth straight the Houston Football Association Premier championship with a 14-3-1 record, and have also won the South Texas State Cup three times since they were founded in 2002. Atlanta FC made the Cup cut in 2009 as an NPSL expansion team, also losing to the Charleston Battery in the opening round by a 2-0 count.

The team that has an indirect Open Cup pedigree is CASL Elite from Raleigh, North Carolina. The team qualified for the US Open Cup in 2002 and 2003, but did so as a USL PDL club. The CASL severed ties with the team in 2005, which is now known as the Cary Clarets. Both times the team made it into the second round, and in 2003, advanced at the expense of Lynch’s FC, known then as DS United. The club’s current roster boasts several former USL players, including Jacob Coggins (Charlotte Eagles), Tim Merritt (Miami FC), Chris McClellan (Carolina RailHawks), and Scott Schweitzer (Rochester Rhinos (player), Carolina RailHawks (coach))

Both NPSL teams from the host state, Rocket City United and Pumas USA, make a return to the Region III qualifying tournament this year. In last year’s competition, Rocket City failed to advance with a 1-2-0 record, while Pumas were denied an Open Cup berth by the slimmest of margins. While Pumas watched from the sidelines with a 3-0 forfeit victory over the Greenwood Wanderers, Lynch’s FC defeated Baton Rouge Classics 6-0, enough to win the group on goal tiebreakers by one goal. Rocket City went on to win the NPSL Southeast division with a 5-2-1 record in 2009.

Lynch's F.C. - 2009 USASA Region III champions

The two remaining clubs are experiencing their first taste of Open Cup qualifying. FC Tulsa is an expansion team from the NPSL Southeast division. Brazil Soccer Academy out of Boca Raton, Florida, are also making their qualifying debut.

The field was originally set at ten teams, but Justice from the San Antonio Soccer Association withdrew. As a result, the tournament will be played as three groups of three, with the group winners and best runner-up earning spots in the semifinals. The two semifinal winners will qualify for the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, and the Championship game winner will advance to the USASA National Cups tournament, hosted by the United German Hungarian club in Oakford, Penn. from July 30-August 1.

The groups and the schedule for the tournament will be determined by a blind draw on the evening of Thursday, May 27, with play beginning the next morning.

2010 USASA Region III US Open Cup tournament
May 28-31 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. – University of Alabama Recreational Center

ASC New Stars (South Texas): Qualified for the first time in 2008 (Lost to Charleston Battery, 3-0)
Atlanta FC (NPSL – Georgia): Qualified for the first time in 2009 (Lost to Charleston Battery, 2-0)
FC Tulsa (NPSL – Oklahoma): First Region III tournament appearance
Legends FC (North Texas): 2-time US Open Cup qualifier (2004, 2006)
Lynch’s FC (Florida):
3-time US Open Cup qualifier (2003, 2007, 2009)
CASL Elite (North Carolina): First Region III tournament appearance
Pumas USA (NPSL – Alabama): Second straight Region III app.
Rocket City United (NPSL – Alabama): Second straight Region III app.

Brazil Soccer Academy (Florida): First Region III tournament appearance (FAILED TO SHOW)
Justice (South Texas): First Region III tournament appearance (WITHDREW)

Bear Bryant and the Alabama Crimson Tide are associated with the type of football normally played in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, but this weekend the other game of football will hold court at the University of Alabama Recreational Center. Nine amateur teams will compete over four days to determine which two will represent the USASA’s Region III in this summers Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, as well as a spot in the USASA National Cups Finals.

Four of the nine teams have qualified for the Cup in recent years, while a fifth is seven years removed from their last appearance. The most experienced of the bunch is Lynch’s FC of Jacksonville, Florida, having made the cut three times (2003, 2007 and 2009). Legends FC from Dallas, Texas have two Open Cup appearances to their credit, most recently in 2006 where they dropped a close 3-2 decision in the first round to the PDL’s Des Moines Menace. They recently finished first in the North Texas Premier Soccer Association first division with an 8-0-1 record.

The two other clubs with recent Open Cup experience have only qualified once each. Houston’s ASC New Stars entered in 2008, losing to the Charleston Battery 3-0 in the first round. The New Stars recently clinched their sixth straight the Houston Football Association Premier championship with a 14-3-1 record, and have also won the South Texas State Cup three times since they were founded in 2002. Atlanta FC made the Cup cut in 2009 as an NPSL expansion team, also losing to the Charleston Battery in the opening round by a 2-0 count.

The other team that has some sort of Open cup pedigree is the CASL Elite from Raleigh, North Carolina. The team qualified for the US Open Cup in 2002 and 2003, but did so as a USL PDL club. The CASL severed ties with the team in 2005, which is now known as the Cary Clarets. Both times the team made it into the second round, and in 2003, advanced at the expense of Lynch’s FC, known then as DS United. The club’s current roster boasts several former USL players, including Jacob Coggins (Charlotte Eagles), Tim Merritt (Miami FC), Chris McClellan (Carolina RailHawks), and Scott Schweitzer (Rochester Rhinos (player), Carolina RailHawks (coach))

Both NPSL teams from the host state, Rocket City United and Pumas USA, make a return to the Region III qualifying tournament this year. In last year’s competition, Rocket City failed to advance with a 1-2-0 record, while Pumas were denied an Open Cup berth by the slimmest of margins. While Pumas watched from the sidelines with a 3-0 forfeit victory over the Greenwood Wanderers, Lynch’s FC defeated Baton Rouge Classics 6-0, enough to win the group on goal tiebreakers by one goal. Rocket City went on to win the NPSL Southeast division with a 5-2-1 record in 2009.

The two remaining clubs are experiencing their first taste of Open Cup qualifying. FC Tulsa is an expansion team from the NPSL Southeast division. Brazil Soccer Academy out of Boca Raton, Florida, are also making their qualifying debut.

The field was originally set at ten teams, but Justice from the San Antonio Soccer Association withdrew. As a result, the tournament will be played as three groups of three, with the group winners and best runner-up earning spots in the semifinals. The two semifinal winners will qualify for the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, and the Championship game winner will advance to the USASA National Cups tournament, hosted by the United German Hungarian club in Oakford, Penn. from July 30-August 1.

4 Comments

  • Mikeyratt says:

    somebody always seems to either not show up or drop out of the region every couple of seasons. Maybe it’s too big?

  • Gary Burns says:

    Big follower of Atlanta FC, hope they win last game versus FC Tulsa.

  • Nelson says:

    FC Tulsa is a new team and is going to surprise a lot of teams out there. Good luck to you guys.

  • Gary Burns (Wirral - United Kingdom) says:

    Great 3-2 win by Atlanta over FC Tulsa, it was by all accounts a close and exciting game with Atlanta going 1-0 up with a Leo Sanchez goal, but FC Tulsa battled back and grabbed two well taken goals to lead at the interval 2-1.
    However Atlanta equalised with a Dalibor Amanovic goal, before Leo Sanchez netted the match winner.

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