2016 US Open Cup qualifying preview: Lansdowne Bhoys, Pancyprian Freedoms advance; 3 more games Sundays

Posted by | November 13, 2015
West Chester United prepares to face Junior Lone Star in 2016 US Open Cup qualifying.

West Chester United prepares to face Junior Lone Star in 2016 US Open Cup qualifying.

MORE: Five teams advance to final round of qualifying in first weekend

Just five second round matches to preview for this weekend and they are all out on the East Coast. The US Soccer Federation also confirmed that Round 2 will have one fewer game as Oregon’s International Portland Select withdrew from the tournament over challenges related to traveling to their game against North Texas Rayados.

You can keep up to date with all of the games this weekend by following and using the hashtag #USOC2016 on Twitter. If you’re attending any of the games, use that same hashtag to share your photos and videos on Twitter and Instagram.

Check out a preview of each game and you can check out the entire second round schedule below.

Lansdowne Bhoys (East NY) at Worcester FC (MA)
Foley Stadium; Worcester, MA – Nov. 14, 7:15 p.m. EST
UPDATE: Lansdowne Bhoys 5:0 Worcester FC – MATCH REPORT

Not exactly “Yanks-Sawx”, but regional pride is still on the line in this one. Landsdowne Bhoys dispatched another New England side, Connecticut’s Newtown Pride FC, in Round 1 by a score of 3-0 in game that was played in the Bronx. Worchester FC, meanwhile, dispatched Rhode Island’s Newport FC 2-0 in Worcester. Bhoys will have to fight a short turnaround after they took on NY Greek American SC in the semifinals of the US Amateur Cup on Thursday. Worchester, meanwhile, will have had plenty of rest as their first round win over Newport FC was one of their first matches ever played as a club; they formed just this past summer. Both clubs are looking to qualify for the US Open Cup for the first time.

Jersey Shore Boca (NJ) at NY Pancyprian Freedoms (East NY)
Randall’s Island Field No. 75; Randall’s Island, NY – Nov. 14, 7 p.m. EST
UPDATE: NY Pancyprian Freedoms 2:1 Jersey Shore Boca – MATCH REPORT

This one features two teams who won close matches in the first round. Jersey Shore Boca edged South Jersey Elite Barons 2-1 in Brick, N.J. New York Pancyprian Freedoms, a three-time winner of this tournament (1980, 1982, 1983), actually needed extra time to defeat four-time winners New York Greek American SC, though they scored twice in the extra time for a somewhat comfortable finish. Jersey Shore Boca, whose name is in fact inspired by that team from Argentina, are one of the more seasoned sides in the tournament; they just celebrated their 37th birthday this year. The qualified for the first and only time back in 2012 when they lost their opening round game on the road to the PDL’s Michigan Bucks. The Pancyprian Freedoms, as you might surmise from their name, has a distinctive Greek flair and was founded back in 1974 and are looking to qualify for the first time since 2011.

Aegean Hawks FC (MD) at Aromas Café FC (DC/VA)
Charlottesville High School; Charlottesville, VA – Nov. 15, 3 p.m. EST

The Aegean Hawks won a thrilling nail-biter, 2-1, in extra time over the Maryland Bays. Aromas Café, meanwhile, dispatched Pennsylvania side Tartan Devils Oak Avalon, 3-1, in Charlottesville, Va. You’ve heard of “pub football” over in England. Well in Charlottesville they’re looking to make “café soccer” a thing as the newcomers look to qualify in their first year of Open Cup competition. They’ll be hoping for some home field magic against the Hawks, another squad representing Greek heritage when it was founded, who are no strangers to the Open Cup having qualified three times in the last nine years.

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GPS Omens (MA) at Southie FC (MA)
Lawrence Veterans Memorial Stadium; Lawrence, Mass. – Nov. 15, 4 p.m.EST

It’s an all-Massachusetts matchup in Round 2. Southie FC took care of business with a 2-0 win over Battery Park Gunners in Round 1 while Global Premier Soccer (GPS) Omens cruised to a 5-0 victory against a shorthanded Boston Olympiakos squad; both games took place in the greater Roxbury area. Southie FC are looking to qualify for the Open Cup for the first time, but GPS (who were under the names GPS Massachusetts and Mass Premier Soccer) is looking to get into the tournament for a USASA record-tying fourth straight year. Keep an eye on GPS’ Keith Caldwell, a former Colorado Rapids draft pick, who scored twice and added two assists in their first round match.

Salone FC (East PA) at West Chester United (East PA)
WCUSC Turf Field; West Chester, Pa. – Nov. 15, 5 p.m.

We finish up with an all-Eastern Pennsylvania match. Salone FC squeaked by Vereinigung Erzgebirge with a 1-0 win on the road while playing a man down in the second half. West Chester United needed extra time to defeat Junior Lone Star FC. Salone’s roster, coaching staff, and team officials are primarily made up of immigrants from Sierra Leone. Salone FC, who have never qualified for the Open Cup have run into West Chester before in their quest to qualify for teh Open Cup for the first time. In 2012, Salone eliminated West Chester’s Over-30 team in the Eastern Pennsylvania qualifying tournament, only to be eliminated by the senior team in the Final, 1-0. They met again in the 2013 state semifinals and West Chester won 3-2. Salone will have their work cut out for them as West Chester are the reigning Amateur Cup national champions and are looking to qualify for the first time after falling in the USASA Region I tournament three of the last four years. (MORE: Preview by PhillySoccerPage.net)

OCT. 17, 2015
Southie FC (MA) 1:0 Battery Park Gunners (MA)
Salone FC (EAST PA) 1:0 Vereinigung Erzgebirge (EAST PA)
Aromas Café FC (DC/VA) 3:1 Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (WEST PA)
Junior Lone Star FC (EAST PA) 1:2 (AET) West Chester United (EAST PA)
Jersey Shore Boca (NJ) 2:1 South Jersey Elite Barons (NJ)
Lansdowne Bhoys FC (EAST NY) 3:0 Newtown Pride FC (CT)

OCT. 18, 2015
Global Premier Soccer Omens (MA) 5:0 Boston Olympiakos FC (MA)
Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (MD) 2:1 (AET) Maryland Bays (MD)
NY Greek American SC (EAST NY) 2:4 (AET) NY Pancyprian Freedoms (EAST NY)
Worcester FC (MA) 2:1 Newport FC (RI)

OCT. 24, 2015
NTX Rayados (NORTH TX) vs. Austin Real Cuauhtemoc (SOUTH TX) – PPD (rain)
Match rescheduled for Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. at McMasters Athletic Complex (Georgetown, TX)
Harpo’s FC (CO) 4:1 (AET) Colorado Rovers (CO)
San Nicolas (SOUTH CA) W:L Corinthians USA (SOUTH CA)
(Corinthians forfeited – not enough registered players)
La Maquina(SOUTH CA) 3:2 Strikers FC South Coast (SOUTH CA)
San Pedro Monsters (SOUTH CA) 9:0 Footballers Academy (SOUTH CA)
LA Wolves (SOUTH CA) 2:1 (AET) Del Rey City SC (SOUTH CA)

OCT. 25, 2015
Boca Raton FC (FL) 2:1 (AET) Real Miami Club of Football (FL)
Colorado Rush (CO) 5:2 FC Boulder (CO)
San Francisco City FC (NORTH CA) 2:0 El Farolito (NORTH CA)
Outbreak FC (SOUTH CA) 5:1 Buena Park FC (SOUTH CA)
Queen City United FC (NC) 4:1 Charlotte Sporting Soccer Academy FC (NC)
Real Sociedad (SOUTH CA) 2:2 (4:1 PKs) Ozzy’s Laguna FC (SOUTH CA)
Uruguay Kendall (FL) 3:0 Red Force (FL)
Davis Legacy (NORTH CA) 1:0 IFX Ballistic (NORTH CA)
Cal FC (SOUTH CA) 4:0 Valley United (SOUTH CA)
Chula Vista FC (SOUTH CA) 5:2 Temecula FC (SOUTH CA)

NOV. 1, 2015
NTX Rayados (NORTH TX) 4:2 Austin Real Cuauhtemoc (SOUTH TX)

International Portland Select (OR) W:L KC Athletics (KS)
KC Athletics withdrew (travel); IPS advances to Round 2
CD Motagua (LA) W:L Tobacco Road FC (NC)
Tobacco Road FC withdrew (travel); CD Motagua advances to Round 2 


International Portland Select (OR) at NTX Rayados (NTX)
IPS withdrew (travel); NTX Rayados advances to Round 3

NOV. 14, 2015

Jersey Shore Boca (NJ) at NY Pancyprian Freedoms (ENY)
Randall’s Island Field No. 75; Randall’s Island, NY – 7 p.m.

Lansdowne Bhoys (ENY) at Worcester FC (MA)
Foley Stadium; Worcester, MA – 7:15 p.m.

NOV. 15, 2015

Aegean Hawks FC (MD) at Aromas Café FC (DC/VA)
Charlottesville High School; Charlottesville, VA – 3 p.m.

GPS Omens (MA) at Southie FC (MA)
Lawrence Veterans Memorial Stadium; Lawrence, MA – 4 p.m.

Salone FC (EPA) at West Chester United (EPA)
WCUSC Turf Field; West Chester, PA – 5 p.m.

NOV. 21, 2015

Queen City United (NC) at CD Motagua of New Orleans (LA)
Pan American Stadium; New Orleans, LA – 8 p.m.

La Maquina (SCA) at Chula Vista FC (SCA)
Eastlake High; Chula Vista, CA – 9 p.m.

Cal FC (SCA) at LA Wolves FC (SCA)
Toyota Sports Complex (Field 1); Torrance, CA – 10:30 p.m.

NOV. 22, 2015

Boca Raton FC (FL) at Uruguay Kendall (FL)
Broward College South Campus; Pembroke Pines, FL – 3:30 p.m.

Colorado Rush (CO) at Harpo’s FC (CO)
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Field 8); Commerce City, CO – 4 p.m.

Davis Legacy (NCA) at San Francisco City FC (NCA)
Kezar Stadium; San Francisco, Calif. – 5 p.m.

San Nicolas (SCA) at Real Sociedad (SCA)
St. John Bosco Football Stadium; Bellflower, Calif. – 7:30 p.m.

Outbreak FC at San Pedro Monsters FC
Toyota Sports Complex (Field 1); Torrance, CA – 10:30 p.m.


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