2019 US Open Cup Qualifying Round 2 review; Round 3 schedule announced

Posted by | October 25, 2018
The Open Division Local Qualifying tournament for the 2019 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup kicks off on Sept. 22. Graphic by: Dallas Kreil

The Open Division Local Qualifying tournament for the 2019 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup kicks off on Sept. 22. Graphic by: Dallas Kreil

UPDATE: Motagua of New Orleans defeated Celtic Cowboys Premier 3-2 in the final game of the round that was postponed due to weather.

The Second Round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Open Division Local Qualifying tournament is nearly complete. The weather in south Texas has not been cooperative, leaving one game left on the schedule, but 27 games were played this past weekend.

Incredibly, of the 27 teams that have so far advanced to the Third Round of qualifying, only nine of them have previously qualified for the US Open Cup. Of the nine teams that have qualified before, several will be familiar to Open Cup followers, including 2012 US Open Cup giant killer Cal FC (who are back from hiatus), three-time champion New York Pancyprian Freedoms, Christos FC, and NTX Rayados, who are seeking a record 8th straight tournament berth.

A waterlogged field means the last remaining game from Round 2 will take place in Round Rock, Texas on Nov. 11 when the Celtic Cowboys Premier will host Motagua of New Orleans. (Motagua won 3-2) This is the second time that a Celtic Cowboys qualifier has been postponed this year.

The draw for the Third Round was announced by the US Soccer Federation with 14 games scheduled to take place the weekend of Nov. 17-18. The winner of Motagua of New Orleans and the Celtic Cowboys Premier will host the NTX Rayados. Check out the rest of the schedule for Round 3 here.

Plans for another round have not yet been made, according to US Soccer, which stated in their press release that “the available number of berths into the First Round of the 2019 U.S. Open Cup will be determined by the Open Cup Committee at a later date. If a fourth qualifying round is needed, it will be scheduled for either March 9-10 or April 6-7 of 2019.”

This is the fourth year that US Soccer has used this relatively new qualifying format and, as always, TheCup.us is providing the best coverage of the US Open Cup. Check below for a short recap of each match.

MORE: 2019 US Open Cup qualifying results / Round 3 schedule
MORE: 2019 US Open Cup Round 1 game-by-game review

NORTHEAST REGION

Kendall Wanderers (USASA – Bay State Soccer League – Cambridge, MA)
0:1
GPS Omens (USASA – Bay State Soccer League, Boston, MA)
GPS Omens logoThese two Bay State Soccer League rivals found themselves opposing each other for the third time in 10 days and it was GPS Omens who prevailed, winning 1-0 to advance to Round 3. With about 20 minutes left in the game, Patrick Murray got on the end of a free kick to score the game’s only goal to avenge the loss by the Omens last year’s Second Round qualifier, won by the Wanderers in a penalty kick shootout. With this year’s win, GPS moves a step closer to qualifying for the US Open Cup for the fifth time in the last seven years.

Safira FC (USASA – UPSL – Sommerville, MA)
4:1
Boston City FC II (USASA – Bay State Soccer League – Malden, MA)
Safira FC held off a late push from Boston City FC II to prevail 4-1, aided by a red card in the final five minutes, and advance to the Third Round of qualifying. Former Boston City player Thiago Teixeira opened the scoring for Safira FC in the 27th minute and they held that lead at halftime. In the 66th minute, Jhonata Batista leveled the match when he headed home a corner kick from Chris Gilbert. Safira did not wait to counter, as Hugo Bomfim received a pass from Jacob Wagmeister and beat the goalkeeper to take the lead in the 70th minute. When Boston City received a red card in the 85th minute, Safira took advantage right away. Vander Bellettini and Matt Vidal scored goals in the 87th and 89th minutes, respectively. A scrappy match between two Boston-based teams with a strong Brazilian influence saw little first half action Teixeira’s goal.  The defender, who played in three matches for Boston City’s NPSL first team in 2016, darted in front of keeper Boston City Jacob Wagmeister on Safira’s first corner of the match to head into an empty net.  Boston City II won five corners in the first half but could not capitalize and, resulting in the 1-0 scoreline at halftime.

West Chester United take a team photo prior to their 2019 US Open Cup qualifier against the Ukrainian Nationals. Photo: WCUSC

West Chester United take a team photo prior to their 2019 US Open Cup qualifier against the Ukrainian Nationals. Photo: WCUSC

Jackson Lions FC (USASA – Garden State Soccer League – Jackson, NJ)
0:0 (1:3 PK)
New York Pancyprian Freedoms (USASA – Cosmopolitan Soccer League – Jamaica, NY)
After 120 minutes of scoreless soccer, the New York Pancyprian-Freedoms, winners of three US Open Cup titles, needed a penalty kick shootout to eliminate the Jackson Lions of New Jersey to advance to the Third Round. Freedoms goalkeeper Hector Guerrero was the hero, making several key saves in regulation and extra time, before saving two of the four attempts in the penalty kick shootout. The New York team move on to the next round as they attempt to qualify for the tournament for the seventh time in the Modern Era (1995-present) and the first time since 2016. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Ukrainian Nationals (USASA – United Soccer League of Pennsylvania – North Wales, PA)
0:3
West Chester United Predators (USASA – United Soccer League of Pennsylvania – West Chester, PA)
Two teams with rich histories from the Philadelphia area squared off with West Chester United picking up a 3-0 road win over the four-time US Open Cup champion Ukrainian Nationals. The Predators, a club founded in 1976, received a first half goal from Kyle Martyn who then assisted on John Peter Nolan’s goal ten minutes into the second half to give the Predators a 2-0 lead. Chas Wilson, who assisted on Martyn’s opening goal with a nice give-and-go, scored in the 65th minute thanks to a pass from Matt Greer to put the game out of reach. While West Chester has been playing soccer for more than 40 years, the club did not qualify for the US Open Cup in the Modern Era until 2016. With the win, they are one step closer to returning to the tournament after a two-year absence.

MID-ATLANTIC REGION

CVille Alliance FC Reserves (USASA – Soccer Organization of the Charlottesville Area – Charlottesville, VA)
0:6
World Class Premier Elite FC (USASA – Maryland Major Soccer League – Boyds, MD)
World Class Premier cruised into the Third Round with a resounding 6-0 win over Cville Alliance FC Reserves, the club formerly known as Aromas Cafe FC. The star of the show, by far was Elton Joe who was involved in five of his team’s six goals, by scoring a hat trick and dishing out two assists. Seisay Idrissa also had a goal and two assists in the one-sided win which is part of the club’s inaugural qualifying run.

Christos FC (USASA – Maryland Major Soccer League – Elkridge, MD)
6:0
Aegean Hawks FC (USASA – Washington Premier League – Boyds, MD)
Christos FC, the Baltimore-area club that made a name for itself with a Fourth Round run in 2017, is attempting to qualify for the third year in a row. They made a statement on Sunday with a dominant 6-0 win over fellow Maryland-based powerhouse Aegean Hawks FC. Pete Caringi III, who was drafted by the Montreal Impact in 2014 and played a starring role in that 2017 US Open Cup run, led the way with four goals and one assist. This is the third year in a row that these two teams have met in the qualifying tournament, and this marked the third year in a row that Christos FC prevailed. Christos has outscored the Hawks 12-1 in those three wins.

Rochester Lancers 2 (USASA – Rochester District Soccer League – Spencerport, NY)
0:0 (4:3 PKs)
Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (USASA – Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League – Pittsburgh, PA)

Virginia United take a team photo prior to their 2019 US Open Cup qualifier against the Super Delegates FC. Photo: Virginia United

Virginia United take a team photo prior to their 2019 US Open Cup qualifier against the Super Delegates FC. Photo: Virginia United

For the second year in a row, the Rochester Lancers 2 (formerly Rochester River Dogz) and the Tartan Devils Oak Avalon met in the Second Round of the US Open Cup Open Division Local Qualifying tournament. And for the second year in a row, Rochester advanced to the Third Round with a narrow win. After 120 minutes of scoreless soccer, Rochester defeated the Devils in a penalty kick shootout by a tally of  4-3 to punch their ticket to the next round. The Lancers are attempting to qualify for the US Open Cup for the second year in a row. Last year, they made their tournament debut but were eliminated in a penalty kick shootout against the NPSL’s Erie Commodores.

Virginia United (ANFUSA – Woodbridge Soccer League – Woodbridge, VA)
2:0
Super Delegates FC (USASA – Maryland Major Soccer League – Laurel, MD)
The lone representative from the Asociacion Nacional Fútbol en USA, Virginia United continued on in the qualifying tournament with a 2-0 win over Super Delegates FC, one of the top teams in the Maryland Major Soccer League. Carlos Cartagena opened the scoring for United in the 5th minute, while Erick Otero added a second goal in the 60th minute. Goalkeeper Argelio Medrano was solid in between the sticks, earning the clean sheet for United. This is not only the first time Virginia United has entered US Open Cup qualifying, but this is the first time that the Asociacion Nacional Fútbol en USA, which describes itself as “the first Hispanic multicultural organization of amateur fútbol at the national level,” has taken part in the competition.

SOUTHEAST REGION

Sporting Orlando SC (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – Orlando, FL)
4:0
Hurricane FC (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – Delray Beach, FL)
Hurricane FC continued its great form in dominating Sporting Orlando SC in the Second Round of the 2019 US Open Cup qualifying tournament with a 4-0 win at Northeast Regional Park in Davenport, Fla. Hurricane FC came into the match having won four of their last five games in the 2018 UPSL Fall Season. In the 10th minute, Sporting Orlando SC was awarded a penalty kick but goalkeeper Leonardo Cid made a huge save to keep the score at 0-0. In the 35th minute, Fabricio Astudillo got the first goal of the match for Hurricane FC, capitalizing on a rebound to give his team the lead. Sporting kept pushing for the next 10 minutes but was still empty-handed at halftime. In the 59th minute, Edmar De Lacerda got a goal to give Hurricane FC a 2-0 lead. Orlando continued to push for goals which wore them down, opening up more space for the Hurricane FC strikers to attack. In the 71st minute, De Lacerda got his second goal of the night to give Hurricane FC a 3-0 lead. Fabricio scored his second goal in the 80th minute to seal the victory for Hurricane FC, their first-ever win in three entries into the competition. The club had lost their opening round game in each of the last two years, though they received a bye into Round 2. (Report by Joshua Taylor)

ASC America SC (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – Jacksonville, FL)
2:1
Central Florida FC Spartans (USASA – Central Florida Soccer League – St. Cloud, FL)
America SC overcame an early deficit to earn a 2-1 home win over the Central Florida FC Spartans in the Second Round of the 2019 US Open Cup qualifying tournament. Murphy Bennett struck first for the visitors as the Spartans took a 1-0 lead into the halftime break. However, just five minutes after the second half got under way, Rafael Tobias scored an equalizer to level the game at 1-1 (50th minute). In the 73rd minute, Cameroonian striker William Eyang, who spent time playing professionally in Sweden and with Orlando City B of the USL, scored what would prove to be the game-winner. With the win, America SC advances to move one step closer to qualifying for the US Open Cup for the first time in club history.

Soda City FC Sorinex (USASA – Central League – Lexington, SC)
4:1
Shahin Atlanta FC (USASA – Atlanta District Amateur Soccer League – Marietta, GA)
Soda City FC Sorinex cruised to a 4-1 home win over Shahin Atlanta FC to advance to Round 3 of the 2019 US Open Cup qualifying tournament. Soda City were led by former Wofford College star Nestor Jaramillo who had two goals and an assist. Both teams traded goals in the opening 22 minutes only to see Jaramillo give Soda City the lead in the 29th minute with his second goal of the game. Jaramillo played provider in the second half, setting up a Graham Jermstad goal in the 64th minute. Dean Smith would cap off the scoring in the 88th minute to send Soda City into Round 3 as they attempt to become the first open division local amateur team from South Carolina to qualify in the Modern Era (1995-present).

Florida Soccer Soldiers (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – Hialeah, FL)
1:0
Red Force FC (USASA – American Premier Soccer League – Miami, FL)
The Florida Soccer Soldiers took advantage of a shorthanded Red Force FC squad, earning a 1-0 win over the APSL power. After a scoreless first half, the game changed in the 60th minute when former Atlanta Silverbacks (NPSL) player Fabio Fernandes of Red Force was shown a straight red card. The Soldiers capitalized shortly after, scoring the game’s lone goal in the 73rd minute from Valentin Sabella. With the win, the Soccer Soldiers move closer to qualifying for the first time, while Red Force are denied a shot at qualifying for the fifth time, and the third year in a row.

CENTRAL REGION

Leon FC (USASA – North Texas Premier Soccer Association – Dallas, TX)
0:2
NTX Rayados (USASA – North Texas Premier Soccer Association – Dallas, TX)

NTX Rayados pose for a team photo before their 2019 US Open Cup qualifying match against Leon FC. Photo: NTX Rayados

NTX Rayados pose for a team photo before their 2019 US Open Cup qualifying match against Leon FC. Photo: NTX Rayados

After weather forced a last minute venue change and an early morning kickoff (8:30 a.m. local time) the two North Texas Premier Soccer Assocation rivals squared off in the Second Round of the 2019 US Open Cup qualifying tournament in Plano, Texas. The NTX Rayados came away with a 2-0 win with goals from a pari of veterans. Tito Sales opened the scoring just before halftime (43rd minute), and the club’s all-time US Open Cup goalscoring leader Alberto Rodriguez put the game away with a goal in the 88th minute. The Rayados continue on their quest to extend their open division local qualifier record with an eighth consecutive US Open Cup berth. (NOTE: Out of all of the amateur teams in the Modern Era, only Reading United of the PDL has a longer qualifying streak: 10) [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Celtic Cowboys Premier (USSSA – Austin Men’s Soccer Association – Austin, TX)
vs.
Motagua of New Orleans (USASA – Gulf Coast Premier League – New Orleans, LA)
Motagua of New Orleans lost some of their luggage (and the uniforms inside them) but after some last minute heroics from a local soccer shop in Round Rock, Texas, they pulled out a 3-2 road win over the Celtic Cowboys Premier. Brandon Chagnard led the way with a pair of goals as they move one step closer to returning to the US Open Cup with a rematch with NTX Rayados lined up in Round 3. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT 

FC Maritsa (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – St. Louis, MO)
4:3
FC Minnesota (USASA – Minnesota Amateur Soccer League – Blaine, MN)

Players from FC Maritsa (green) and FC Minnesota challenge for the ball during their 2019 US Open Cup qualifying match. Photo: Mark Zimmerman

Players from FC Maritsa (green) and FC Minnesota challenge for the ball during their 2019 US Open Cup qualifying match. Photo: Mark Zimmerman

In one of the most exciting games of the 2019 US Open Cup qualifying tournament, FC Maritsa scored a 90th minute game-winner to stun FC Minnesota 4-3 to advance to Round 3. FC Maritsa are seeking to qualify for the US Open Cup for the first time, and to become the first amateur team from Missouri to qualify since the KC Athletics in 2010. The St. Louis club opened the scoring early with former St. Louis Ambush (indoor soccer) player Shane Hitchcock putting the ball into the back of the net in the 4th minute. In the 22nd minute, FC Minnesota tied the game through former NCAA Division III National Player of the Year Shae Bottum, only to see Maritsa regain the lead two minutes later with a goal by Pepe Junqueira. FC Minnesota equalized before halftime when former Gatorade Player of the Year (Minnesota) Justin Oliver scored in the 39th minute. Fazlo Alihodzic, who starred at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, put Maritsa back in front in the 69th minute. Despite Jonah Garcia receiving a red card in the 82nd minute, FC Minnesota looked sure to send the match into extra time when Oliver converted a penalty kick in the 87th minute. Two minutes into second half stoppage time, FC Martisa would score a dramatic game-winner ….

Aurora Borealis SC (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – North Aurora, IL)
0:4
Livonia City FC (USASA – Michigan Premier Soccer League – Livonia, MI)
Gavin Cameron scored a pair of goals to lead Livonia City to a 4-0 road win over Aurora Borealis to send the Michigan side to the Third Round. Connor Cole opened the scoring in the 24th minute, followed by Cameron’s opening goal before halftime. Just after halftime, Cameron would add a second, followed by a late goal by former Albion College player Ben Lightner to put the game to bed. Livonia is attempting to become the first open division local team (open division but not PDL or NPSL) to qualify from the state of Michigan since the new qualifying format was introduced five years ago. An open division local team hasn’t qualified from Michigan since 2013 (Dearborn Stars SC).

MOUNTAIN REGION

Sporting AZ FC (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – Scottsdale, AZ)
1:4
Southwest FC (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – El Paso, TX)
Southwest FC took advantage of a shorthanded Sporting AZ side in a 4-1 road win over the UPSL power. The El Paso side struck first with Ramon Chavez connecting on a header off a corner kick in the 4th minute to put the visitors in front. Shortly after, the game changed when Sporting’s standout goalkeeper Andrew Weber (who spent time with the Portland Timbers in MLS) was sent off after a collision with a SWFC player outside of the box. Despite playing down a man, Sporting equalized with a goal by Noel Castillo in the 33rd minute. The game remained tied until the 67th minute when Mario Ramirez gave Southwest the lead. Sporting continued to fight but any hopes of a comeback were dashed with Arizona’s Dominic Papa was shown a red card in the 83rd minute. The score would remain the same until stoppage time when Christian Garcia and Joshua Morales would each score to put the game away and deny Sporting AZ a chance at qualifying for the second year in a row.

FC Denver (USSSA – Colorado Premier League – Aurora, CO)
1:1 (3:2 PK)
Harpo’s FC (USSSA – Colorado Premier League – Commerce City, CO)
In a battle of Denver-area clubs with recent US Open Cup experience, FC Denver needed penalty kicks to eliminate Harpo’s FC after a 1-1 draw. After a scoreless first half, Harpo’s took the lead in the 50th minute when Trevor Amman received a pass from Shane Wheeler to put the visitors in front. Nabil Odulate leveled the match for FC Denver in the 74th minute. The score didn’t change through the remainder of regulation and extra time and had to be decided from the spot. In the end, FC Denver, who is trying to qualify for the second year in a row, advanced by the score of 3-2.

Colorado Rovers (USSSA – Colorado Premier League – Broomfield, CO)
2:4
Gam United FC (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – Aurora, CO)
To borrow some terminology from the sport of boxing, Gam United FC was on the ropes in the first half of their 2019 US Open Cup qualifier against the Colorado Rovers. The Rovers led 2-0 after 20 minutes with goals by George Hunt and and Travis Hutchinson and then just before halftime, Colorado were awarded a penalty kick. Gam United goalkeeper Prince Goma saved the PK to keep the game at 2-0 heading into the intermission. This may have shifted the momentum before the second half, because Michael Sarpong cut the lead in half in the 66th minute, and Nana Boakye equalized five minutes later. In the 85th minute, Saad Hissein gave Gam United the lead with a penalty kick goal, and then three minutes later, Boakye put the game away with the fourth and final goal. United now advance to Round 3 as they try to qualify for the first time in club history.

Boise Cutthroats FC (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – Boise, ID)
3:4 (AET)
San Juan FC (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – Draper, UT)
In what might be one of the first US Open Cup-related matches in the state of Idaho, an entertaining back-and-forth match saw Utah-based San Juan FC rallying to beat the host Boise Cutthroats, 4-3 in extra time. A penalty kick goal by Tyson Fox in the 18th minute was the only goal of the first half, but the game came alive in the second half. Two minutes after the break, Fox added a second goal, but San Juan pulled one back through Ricardo Velazco in the 55th minute. Eduardo Munoz of San Juan would equalize about 10 minutes later, but Fox would return the lead to the Cutthroats in the 68th minute. Boise was on the verge of advancing to Round 3, but San Juan’s Gerard Yong Sam scored a stoppage time equalizer to send the match into extra time. In the extra frame, San Juan took the lead for the first and final time with Sam’s second goal of the game in the 106th minute.

With the win, San Juan becomes the first Utah-based club to win a qualifying game in the USSF’s new tournament format. San Juan is trying to become the first open division local amateur team from the state of Utah to qualify for the competition since Flamengo SC in 1995.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGION

Lionside FC (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – Redondo Beach, CA)
0:5
Santa Ana Winds FC (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – Lake Forest, CA)
Santa Ana Winds earned a second consecutive qualifying round clean sheet with a 5-0 win over Lionside FC to advance to Round 3. Carlos Torres and Javier Corona gave the Winds a 2-0 lead but each team finished the first half with 10 men after each received a red card. In the second half, the game opened up with Ezequiel Estrada and Wilton Quintero adding to the scoresheet, with Estrada adding his second of the night late in the game to seal the game. The Winds are attempting to qualify for the second year in a row.  

Outbreak FC (USASA – SoCal Premier League – Long Beach, CA)
1:6
Cal FC (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – Thousand Oaks, CA)
Cal FC will always be remembered for their 2012 run in the US Open Cup where they became the first open division local amateur team in the Modern Era (1995-present) to defeat a MLS team (Portland Timbers) without penalty kicks. Despite that reputation, they haven’t qualified since 2015, and the club just returned from hiatus, but they seem to have found their form in 2019 qualifying. After a 3-1 win over San Nicolas in Round 1 (a result that featured a post-game protest that failed), they eliminated two-time qualifier Outbreak FC (2016, 2017), by the score of 6-1. Cal FC were in control from the start as they scored four first half goals from four different players (Irving Parra, German Alfaro, Cris Hernandez, Romero Iomelli). In the second half, Outbreak ruined the shutout with a goal by Matt Murphy around the 60th minute but  Parra and Alfaro added a goal each to remove any doubt.

Buena Park FC (USASA – SoCal Premier League – La Palma, CA)
2:1
Real Sociedad Royals (USASA – SoCal Premier League – Bellflower, CA)
Buena Park FC fell one game short of the 2018 US Open Cup, but after a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad Royals, they are back in contention to qualify for the first time in club history. Scott Locken scored in the first half and Eric Young scored the game-winner around the 70th minute to send BPFC into the Third Round.

California United II pose for a team photo prior to their 2019 US Open Cup qualifying match against Chula Vista FC. Photo: California United FC

California United II pose for a team photo prior to their 2019 US Open Cup qualifying match against Chula Vista FC. Photo: California United FC

California United FC II (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – Irvine, CA)
2:0
Chula Vista FC (USASA – SoCal Premier League – Spring Valley, CA)
California United eliminated their second straight SoCal Premier League team as they shut out Chula Vista FC 2-0 in the final game of the weekend. A first half goal by Paolo Cardoza (32′) and a 72nd minute goal by Gustavo Villalobos were the difference as United continued their quest to qualify for the US Open Cup for the first time. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

WEST REGION

JASA RWC (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – Redwood City, CA)
3:1
Napa Sporting SC (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – Napa, CA)
In a battle between two first-time qualifying entries from Southern California, JASA RWC got the best of Napa Sporting SC, 3-1, to advance to Round 3. Ryan Masch put JASA in front with a pair of goals, but shortly after Masch scored his second in the 54th minute, Napa cut the lead in half. The game remained competitive until JASA put the drama to rest with an 87th minute goal by James Huffer.

Oakland Stompers (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – Oakland, CA)
2:0
Real San Jose (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – San Jose, CA)
Two Bay Area clubs from the UPSL squared off with the Oakland Stompers coming out on top with a 2-0 home win over Real San Jose. Omar Nuno scored both goals for the Stompers as they move on to Round 3 in their first entry into the US Open Cup qualifying tournament.

Academica SC (US Club Soccer – LIGA NorCal – Turlock, CA)
3:2
Contra Costa FC (US Club Soccer – LIGA NorCal – Walnut Creek, CA)
When Academica SC jumped out to a 3-0 lead just after halftime, it looked like they were going to coast to a win over LIGA NorCal rivals Contra Costa FC. However, the visitors had other ideas. Mane Villegas Jr. scored a pair of first half goals for Academica, with Gerardo Cazares giving them a three-goal lead in the 59th minute. But Contra Costa didn’t fold. One minute later, CCFC pulled one back through Nic Bob, and then two minutes after that, Santiago Alejandro scored a penalty kick to make it a one-goal game. However, Contra Costa were unable to find an equalizer in the remaining 28 minutes and Academica SC advanced to the Third Round.

IPS Marathon Traverna pose for a team photo prior to their 2019 US Open Cup qualifying match against Nevada Coyotes. Photo: IPS

IPS Marathon Traverna pose for a team photo prior to their 2019 US Open Cup qualifying match against Nevada Coyotes. Photo: IPS

IPS/Marathon Taverna (USASA – Oregon Premier League – Portland, OR)
5:4
Nevada Coyotes (USASA – United Premier Soccer League – Carson City, NV)
In the highest-scoring game of the 2019 qualifying tournament to date, International Portland Select (IPS)/Marathon Taverna held off the Nevada Coyotes 5-4 in an exciting game in the Rose City. Nathan Pogue got the scoring started with two goals in quick succession in the 17th and 19th minutes. Eight minutes later, Nevada’s Edwin Navarro pulled one back to cut the lead in half, only to have Prince Saydee give IPS a 3-1 lead in the 39th minute. Just before halftime, the Coyotes proved they were not going away as they brought it back to a one-goal game through Kieran Toland who finished on a pass from Salifu Jatta in the 45th minute. Paco Thomas would restore the two-goal lead for IPS in the 59th minute, only to see Nevada make it a 4-3 game a minute later as Jatta found Jake Crim for the goal. In the 84th minute, Saydee scored his second goal of the game, which would prove to be the game-winner because Jatta added his second for the Coyotes in the 90th minute. With the win, IPS/Marathon Taverna reach the Third Round of qualifying for the first time as the Portland-based club is seeking its first-ever trip to the US Open Cup. If they accomplish that, they would be the first open division local amateur team from Oregon to reach the tournament since 1993.

2019 U.S. Open Cup Open Division Local Qualifying Third Round Schedule

Northeast Region

Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue
Nov. 17 GPS Omens (Mass.) vs. Safira FC (Mass.) 10 a.m. ET The Fortress; Boston, Mass.
Nov. 17 New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.) 7:30 p.m. ET Belson Stadium, St. John’s University; Jamaica, N.Y.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue
Nov. 18 Virginia United (Va.) vs. Christos FC (Md.) 5 p.m. ET Howison Homestead Soccer Complex – Field 1; Manassas, Va.
Nov. 18 Rochester Lancers 2 (N.Y.) vs. World Class Premier Elite FC (Md.) 5 p.m. ET Roberts Wesleyan Turf Field; Rochester, N.Y.

Southeast Region

Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue
Nov. 17 America Soccer Club (Fla.) vs. Soda City FC Sorinex (S.C.) 8:30 p.m. ET West Orange High School; Winter Garden, Fla.
Nov. 18 Hurricane FC (Fla.) vs. Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.) 6 p.m. ET Seacrest Soccer Complex – Field 1; Delray Beach, Fla.

Central Region

Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue
Nov. 17 Livonia City FC (Mich.) vs. FC Maritsa (Mo.) 8 p.m. ET Total Sports Complex – Old Trafford; Wixom, Mich.
Nov. 17 Motagua New Orleans (La.) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas) 7 p.m. CT Pan American Stadium; New Orleans, La.
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Nov. 18 Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) vs. NTX Rayados (Texas) 3 p.m. CT Round Rock Multipurpose Complex – Field 1, Round Rock, Texas

Mountain Region

Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue
Nov. 17 Southwest FC (Texas) vs. San Juan FC (Utah) 7:30 p.m. MT Pebble Hills High School; El Paso, Texas
Nov. 18 FC Denver (Colo.) vs. Gam United Football Club (Colo.) 1:30 p.m. MT Aurora Sports Park – Field 1; Aurora, Colo.

Southern California Region

Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue
Nov. 17 Santa Ana Winds FC (Calif.) vs. Buena Park FC (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Lake Forest Sports Park – Field A; Lake Forest, Calif.
Nov. 18 Cal FC (Calif.) vs. California United FC II (Calif.) 7:30 p.m. PT Calabasas High School; Calabasas, Calif.

West Region

Date Game (home team listed first) Time Venue
Nov. 17 Oakland Stompers (Calif.) vs. Academica SC (Calif.) 7:30 p.m. PT Raimondi Park; Oakland, Calif.
Nov. 18 IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.) vs. JASA RWC (Calif.) 7 p.m. PT Buckman Field Park; Portland, Ore.

 

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