There were 27 games, 80 goals, six penalty shootouts, and that made for an exciting First Round in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
And the action isn’t quite done yet, as Grand Rapids FC and Chicago FC United had their game postponed until Friday due to heavy rain.
Last year’s national champions both advanced to a matchup with professional teams in Round 2. The Michigan Bucks, reigning kings of the PDL, dispatched upstart AFC Ann Arbor, while NPSL champion AFC Cleveland took a fruitful trip to Iowa, taking a 3-1 win from the Des Moines Menace. And last year’s USASA Amateur Cup champion Christos FC from Maryland were victorious in their Open Cup debut.
With those 27 games, a few potential Cinderella runs came to an abrupt end. La Maquina, last year’s Fourth Round extra time challenger to the LA Galaxy, fell to the Fresno Fuego. Chattanooga FC, NPSL’s only club to vanquish a pro team in the Open Cup, met an early end in Charlotte.
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It was an ultimately disappointing Open Cup for debutantes Grand Rapids FC. The initial game, set to be played on Wednesday night in front of a sizable GRFC-friendly crowd, was stormed out. The two teams took the field again on Friday afternoon at Wheaton College. Chicago FC United persisted through the saga and the late Grand Rapids pressure, winning 1-0 on a 90th-minute own goal. Chicago FC United advances to host the USL’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds next Wednesday in the Second Round.