2018 US Open Cup Round 1 review: Thrillers, PK drama and former NASL teams advance

Posted by | May 11, 2018
Detroit City FC fans celebrate a PK shootout win over the Michigan Bucks in the 2018 US Open Cup. Photo: Jon DeBoer | DCFC

Detroit City FC fans celebrate a PK shootout win over the Michigan Bucks in the 2018 US Open Cup. Photo: Jon DeBoer | DCFC

The First Round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is in the books and it featured plenty of drama as teams advance to Round 2. Of the 22 teams that advanced to the Second Round, 22 of them will face professional teams from the United Soccer League.

Scroll down to get a brief recap of all 26 games (with links to match reports where available)

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The Portland Timbers U23 squad thumped the Kitsap Pumas 5-0 in the opening match of the First Round, held on Tuesday, May 8. The Pumas went down a man early due to a straight red card to defender Kevin Francis. Rey Ortiz-Flores put the ensuing free kick into the back of the net and the Timbers never looked back. Two Pumas own goals marked the first time in the Modern Era (1995-present) one team had ever had two in the same game. The Timbers will travel to Greater Nevada Field in Round 2 to take on Reno 1868 FC on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






The Ocean City Nor’easters (PDL) advanced to the Second Round with a 3-0 road win over the NPSL’s AFC Ann Arbor. Williams N’Dah, Simone Raioli, and Fredinho Mompremier all scored and former Manchester City youth academy product Deri Corfe dished out two assists. It was the 11th all-time tournament win by the Nor’easters, and the 10th shutout win. Ocean City will now travel to North Carolina to take on the Charlotte Independence of the USL in Round 2 on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






The reigning NPSL champion Elm City Express advanced to the Second Round with a 2-1 win on the road over the Western Mass Pioneers (PDL). Anthony Asante got both goals for the Express, capitalizing on an error by the Pioneers goalkeeper to nab the game-winner in the 82nd minute. Brazilian forward Alencar Junior tallied the lone goal for the Pioneers. This is Elm City’s first tournament win in their first appearance, and the first win by a Connecticut-based club since Milford International beat the Chicago Lightning in the First Round of the 2006 US Open Cup. They will travel to Amesbury, MA to play the Seacoast United Phantoms in Round 2 on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






Former MLS midfielder Dilly Duka’s two goals led FC Motown (NPSL) to a come-from-behind win over the New York Red Bulls U-23s (PDL) squad despite Walter Calderon’s 84th minute red card. Duka spent part of 2017 with the Red Bulls, appearing in three games each for the senior team and Red Bulls II in the USL. FC Motown will host the USL’s Penn FC (formerly the Harrisburg City Islanders) on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT with photos






Christos FC (USASA) and Reading United AC (PDL) locked horns in a tense battle in Round 1 that went all the way to penalties. Tyler Rudy opened the scoring in the fifth minute for Christos FC, benefiting from a deflection on a free kick that directed the ball into the back of the net. Kieran Roberts equalized for Reading United just shy of the hour mark and that is where the score stood at the end of extra time. Reading United goalkeeper Bennet Strutz came up with a save in the shootout to secure a 5-4 win in penalties. Reading, who are competing in their 10th consecutive tournament (a Modern Era record for an amateur team), advance in their opening round game for the seventh year in a row. They will host the Richmond Kickers (USL) in Round 2 on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






Erie Commodores FC (NPSL) edged the Rochester River Dogz (USASA) to reach the Second Round. Cameron Philpot got things started with his goal in the 27th minute and Austin Gerber equalized just before halftime. That would be all the scoring either team could manage until the penalty kick shootout. Erie pulled out the 5-4 win in the shootout to move on to Round 2 on May 16. They will host the USL’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






The Jacksonville Armada used second half goals by Joshua Castellanos and Joshua Doyle to advance to the Second Round in a 2-0 win over SIMA Aguilas. This marks the first time Jacksonville has won two games in the same US Open Cup tournament. They will host the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the USL one year to the day since Tampa Bay defeated the Armada U-23s 3-0). [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






In one of the more surprising results of the First Round, Inter Nashville FC (NPSL) went on the road to play the defending PDL champion Charlotte Eagles and it wasn’t close. Chuka Aruh scored two goals early (fifth and sixth minutes) in a 6-1 thumping. Aruh became the second English player to score a Modern Era hat trick (joining Dom Dwyer) when he scored in the 34th minute. Nashville also got a brace from Ivan Sakou and a goal from Richard Reichenberger to complete the rout. Todd Fidler’s penalty in the 56th minute was Charlotte’s only score. Inter Nashville will take on Nashville SC of the USL in Round 2 on May 16. This will mark the first time in the history of the tournament that two Tennessee-based clubs will play each other in the tournament. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






Miami FC 2 hosted Red Force FC in their First Round match in the 2018 USOC. The pros from Miami used goals from Tyler Ruthven, Kris Tyrpak, Dylan Mares and Dario Suarez to cruise to a 4-0 victory. They will host Miami United in Round 2 on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






Detroit City FC hosted Michigan Bucks FC in their third USOC match-up in the last four years and the two sides did not disappoint. Shawn Lawson opened the scoring in the 58th minute for Detroit City. Alfonso Neto equalized with five minutes left in the second half. Despite Detroit City going a man down in extra time, no one managed to score and the match had to be decided by a penalty kick shootout. Detroit City prevailed in the shootout, 6-5 as they eliminate the Bucks for the second year in a row. They will travel to face FC Cincinnati in Round 2 on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






South Georgia Tormenta FC scored two late goals to grab a road win against the Myrtle Beach Mutiny. Rooby Delusma got Myrtle Beach on the board first in the 56th minute. Jad Arslan and Jordan Walshaw scored in the 76th and 82nd minutes, respectively, to give Tormenta FC the 2-1 win. They will travel to Charleston, SC, on May 16 to take on the Battery in Round 2. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






The Seacoast United Phantoms hosted the Kendall Wanderers in a back-and-forth affair. Braima Samati scored first for the Wanderers in the 37th minute. The Phantoms then equalized in the 44th minute on a goal by Donnett Sackie. The Phantoms would take a 2-1 lead in the 86th minute on a goal from Juli Jordan. The Wanderers equalized in the 90th minute on an Eric Robertson strike. After extra time failed to separate the two sides, the match went to penalties. The Phantoms prevailed 6-5 in the shootout to move on to Round 2. They will host the Elm City Express on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






Miami United, led by David Ochoa’s hat-trick, eliminated FC Kendall in a battle of South Florida clubs in Round 1. Tomas Granitto and Nicolas Gorobsov also scored for United in their 5-2 win. Alessandro Mion got a late consolation goal for the visitors. United will play Miami FC in Round 2 on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






The Brooklyn Italians of the NPSL hosted amateur side Landsdowne Bhoys FC for a trip to the Second Round. Landsdowne got goals from Daryl Kavanagh and Mamadou Guirassy in a 2-0 win at LIU, the same field that Brooklyn upset the New York Cosmos B a few days before. Brooklyn kept pressing until the end, but just weren’t able to get on the board. Landsdowne will travel south to play the USL’s North Carolina FC in Round 2 on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






The Long Island Rough Riders played host to Kingston Stockade FC in a wild 6-3 affair in Round 1. Kingston took a 2-0 lead on goals by Bruce Jeter and Michael Creswick. Long Island forced extra time by getting second half goals from Alexander Dexter and Thomas Wharf. After a scoreless first period of extra time, Long Island scored four times in the second period with goals by Junior Rosario, Tyler Botte and a brace from Charlie Ledula. Kingston managed just one tally in extra time, a goal in the 116th minute by Matt Koziol. Long Island will travel to Kentucky to play Louisville City FC of the USL on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






The New Orleans Jesters hosted Mississippi Brilla in a back-and-forth affair. The teams seemed to be evenly matched, with both teams having a goal called back (one for offside and the other for a foul). Brilla scored first with Oliver Brock putting in a shot from about 40 yards out in the 62nd minute. Thomas Peers equalized for the Jesters in the 74th minute. It would remain tied at one through two periods of extra time with Mississippi claiming victory in the penalty shootout 3-2. Mississippi will host the USL’s Indy Eleven in Round 2 on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






FC Wichita used a pair of Leo Sosa goals in the first half to secure victory over the OKC Energy FC U-23 squad in Wichita. Josh Garcia pulled one back for the Energy in the 78th minute, but Ben Andoh ended the visitors’ hopes with a 90th minute strike for the final 3-1 margin. Wichita will be on the road in Round 2 when they take on the Tulsa Roughnecks of the USL on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






It was a game full of firsts as Dakota Fusion FC, the first North Dakota-based club to ever qualify for the US Open Cup traveled to Duluth, Minn. to take on Duluth FC, the first amateur team from Minnesota to qualify in the Modern Era. Dakota opened the scoring in the first minute of their match-up with Duluth FC on a strike from Miah Willis. The goal was scored 22 seconds into the half, making it one of the fastest goals of the Modern Era. Duluth answered with goals by Joel Watt (31′), Ricardo Ramos (33′) and Sean Morgan (35′) to take a two-goal lead into the break. Jade Johnson scored two goals in two minutes just after halftime to knot the game at three. Ramos got his second of the match a minute after Johnson’s second to retake the lead. Jacob Weiler equalized again in the 63rd minute, and that’s where the score would stay through extra time. Duluth, however, struck three times in the shootout for a 3-0 win, making it just the second time that a shootout has finished with the scoreline of 3-0. They are planning to host the USL’s Saint Louis FC on May 16 in Round 2. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






The Midland-Odessa Sockers played host to the Lakeland Tropics in their First Round tilt. The Sockers got goals from Xavi Lao, Peter Dominguez and Jhonatan Velasquez to cruise to a 3-0 victory. The Sockers will host the USL’s San Antonio FC in Round 2 on May 16.






Amateur side NTX Rayados defeated NPSL side Fort Worth Vaqueros 2-1 in their First Round match. Rayados opened the scoring in the fifth minute on a tally by Lucio Martinez. The Vaqueros tied it up 20 minutes later on a strike from Bobby Edet. The match would remain 1-1 until the second half of extra time when Christian Okeke’s goal in the 115th minute provided the game-winner for the Rayados. Now, after seven straight Open Cup appearances, the Rayados earned their first tournament victory in club history (They advanced via PKs in 2014 vs. Austin Aztex, which is officially considered a draw). They will host the USL’s Oklahoma City Energy in Round 2 on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






San Francisco City FC of the PDL traveled across the bay to Oakland to take on CD Aguiluchos USA of the NPSL. San Francisco were not good guests as they scored four goals, two in each half, for a 4-0 victory in their Open Cup debut. They will travel to the capital for Round 2 as they face Sacramento Republic of the USL on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






FC Denver (USSSA) used a hat trick from Cesar Castillo en route to a 4-2 victory over Azteca FC. With the score at 3-1 in the 73rd minute, FC Denver player Kyle Heppenstall was on the receiving end of a nasty collision and had to be taken off the field by ambulance after a lengthy delay, necessitating 16 minutes of stoppage time in the second half. Aguilera pulled one back for Azteca FC in stoppage time, but Castillo completed his hat trick as the full-time whistle blew. Heppenstall was released from the hospital later that night and seems to be recovering. FC Denver will take on the USL’s Switchbacks in Colorado Springs on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






FC Golden State Force (PDL) played host to LA Wolves FC (USASA) in a First Round tussle. The Force got goals from Marcelo Manfredini, Allisson Faramilio and Amilcar Lopez-Ruiz to build a 3-0 lead. Gomez pulled one back for the Wolves in the 84th minute, but it was too little too late. The Force will travel to Irvine, CA, in Round 2 to take on the USL’s Orange County SC on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






The NPSL’s Orange County FC used a brace from Daniel ten Bosch and a goal from Alessandro Canale to send Santa Ana Winds FC (USASA) out of the tournament. It was a bit of revenge for Orange County after losing to Winds FC on penalties in their United Premier Soccer League Fall Season Championship Semifinal in 2017. Orange County will travel to the USL’s Fresno FC for Round 2 on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






Sporting AZ FC used a 73rd minute goal from Jon Guse to beat FC Arizona in their First Round match. The game was a physical affair with a total of eight yellow cards being shown during the match. Sporting AZ FC will play host to the USL’s Phoenix Rising FC in Round 2 on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT






FC Tucson (PDL) defeated La Maquina FC (USASA) 2-1 in their First Round clash. La Maquina opened the scoring in the second minute on a goal by Jason Romero. FC Tucson responded with a goals by Alejandro Velaquez (32′) and Alejandro Gonzalez (55′) to book their place in Round 2. FC Tucson will travel to Sin City to take on USL expansion side Las Vegas Lights FC in Round 2 on May 16. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT