2016 US Open Cup Round 2 review: Upsets, penalties, a disqualification and more as teams survive and advance

Posted by | May 20, 2016
Harrisburg City Islanders vs. West Chester United in the 2016 US OpenCup. Photo: Kari Haffelfinger

Harrisburg City Islanders vs. West Chester United in the 2016 US OpenCup. Photo: Kari Haffelfinger

The Second Round of the 103rd edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is in the books. After the all-amateur opening round, all of the US-based professional teams from the USL joined the party hoping to put an end to some Cinderella stories and begin their own memorable cup runs.

Five matches were to penalty kicks and four amateur teams pulled off upsets over professional opposition. The 21 winners advance to Round 3 where the US-based NASL teams will enter.

There were 21 games on the schedule and you can read a brief summary of each below with links to the full match report.

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Richmond took the lead in the second minute and never looked back. Aromas only got two shots off all night, and were simply overmatched.

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Two goals in the first 10 minutes helped Rochester cruise to their biggest margin of victory ever. Asani Samuels was the leading scorer with a hat trick.

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A quick 10’ goal had Landsdowne playing defense most of the night. Though Pittsburgh had nearly double the chances, they were blanked in perhaps the biggest upset of the round. FULL MATCH REPORT »

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A battle between two of the best teams in the NPSL and the PDL came down to penalty kicks with Chattanooga earning a spot in the next round with a 4-1 win after 120 minutes of scoreless soccer.

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Hosting didn’t prove much of an advantage to West Chester. Harrisburg took the lead early and stayed in control throughout as rookie keeper Keasel Broome recored a clean sheet in his first appearance.

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A Queen City showdown proved to be an entertaining contest. An Independence goal just before the half gave them the momentum out of the break to add another. .

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Wilmington finally shook their Open Cup blues, and in a big way. Two goals in the first 10 minutes gave them an easy win.

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As they continue their push to play Chicago, Louisville nearly was tripped up in Round 2. They needed penalties to advance, and keep their hopes alive to host Chicago Fire.

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A one-two goal for Jamiel Hardware in the 22nd minute gave Saint Louis the lead. They had little trouble keeping it and added another late to seal their victory.

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One of the most exciting matches of the Third Round was Saint Louis FC prevailing over Minnesota United FC in penalty kicks. After the score remaining tied 1-1 after 120 minutes of soccer, St. Louis advanced to the fourth round 3-1 in the shootout. St Louis will travel to Sporting KC for a cross-state battle in Round 4. FULL MATCH REPORT »

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In what was easily the most exciting game of the night, OKC needed 11 rounds of penalties to knock off Brilla. After both sides scored in the first nine rounds, both keepers made saves in the 10th, before OKC keeper Cochran made a save and scored on the following kick.. FULL MATCH REPORT »

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After a scoreless first half, Tulsa’s head coach was sent off to start the second. Shortly after, Tulsa lost their forward Taylor Morgan on a straight red. Des Moines took advantage of the man advantage and scored two minutes later. A goal in the 80th minute iced the win for Des Moines

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In his professional debut, Jacques Francois scored two goals and assisted on another as San Antonio FC won easily. FULL MATCH REPORT »

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A penalty kick goal gave Cincinnati the lead, but Indy tied it up just three minutes later. It took a goal from substitute Jimmy McLaughlin to break the tie and give Cincinnati the win. FULL MATCH REPORT »

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Arizona netted three goals in the first half, but didn’t stop there. They added two more in the second half to mark their highest goal total this season.

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In a rematch from the 2015 cup, Colorado Springs outlasted Harpo’s as both teams had trouble finding the net. There were plenty of chances, but Marty Mayan’s 13th minute goal ended up being the only one of the match.

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UPSL’s La Máquina was on the attack all night. They would finally score a nice turnaround goal in the 69th minute, and added a second just 10 minute later.

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LA Wolves only played this one because their Round 1 opponent was disqualified. Both teams scored their only goals within five minutes of each other, and needed penalties to decide this one. LA survived again and will live to play another round.

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The Villages’ keeper Paulo Pita was the hero of penalties. He made some spectacular saves to push his team past the Battery.

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A 4-0 lead at the half allowed Sacramento to slow things down and take an easy victory.

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This one looked like it was destined for extra time, until Javier Castro netted a 90 minute shot to get the win for Kitsap.

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