2019 US Open Cup Round 1: Game-by-game review

Posted by | May 13, 2019

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The opening round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is complete and, as is usually the case, there was plenty of drama. There were 19 teams that advanced to Round 2. Check out a summary of every game below, with links to the full match report.

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MEET THE UNDERDOGS SERIES
Milwaukee’s Bavarian Soccer Club, proudly amateur since 1929
West Chester United battle tested from long journey back to US Open Cup
NTX Rayados grooming “new generation” to keep qualifying streak going
Academica SC earns first US Open Cup berth after more than 40 years as a club
FC Denver using US Open Cup to build to “higher level”
First year Florida Soccer Soldiers winning with “respect, pride and commitment”

Virginia United 2:6 Richmond Kickers
An historic night from striker Charles Boateng helped Richmond Kickers (USL League One) comfortably dispatch Virginia United (ANFEEU / Woodland Soccer Lg.) 6-2 at City Stadium in Richmond, Virginia. Boateng scored four goals – two in each half – before eventually being subbed off with an injury. Daniel Jackson and Eli Lockerby provided the rest of the scoring for Richmond while Virginia United’s goals came courtesy of Eliot Martinez and Bernardo Mejano. Boateng became the first player since Dom Dwyer in 2015 to score four or more goals in a single Open Cup game and is just the 12th player to do so in the Modern Era (1995-Present). Richmond will travel south in Round 2 to take on North Carolina FC (USL Championship) on Wednesday, May 15. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

The Villages SC 1:1 (8:7 PK) Lakeland Tropics
It took 120 minutes and ten rounds of penalties, but The Villages SC (USL-2) eventually prevailed 8-7 in penalties after a 1-1 draw with Florida rivals Lakeland Tropics (USL-2) at Lake Myrtle Beach Sports Complex in Auburndale, Florida. The Villages opened the scoring in the 16th minute, courtesy of a marauding run into the box from left back Danilo Seglio, who buried the rebound after his initial shot was saved. Lakeland equalized before halftime via a goal from Raheem Tayler-Parkes, with the assist coming from Chase Hovious. The stalemate couldn’t be broken in the second half or extra time, so penalties would have to decide the winner. Both sides converted their initial kicks before trading misses up until the fifth round when The Villages goalkeeper Jerfesson stepped up with a chance to win it, only to be denied by Tropics keeper Joel Serrano. Both teams converted their next four kicks before The Villages midfielder Sukrija Dudic played the hero and converted in the tenth round to send his side through. The Villages will travel to St. Petersburg on Tuesday, May 14 for a Second Round matchup with the Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL Championship). [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

FC Motown 4:4 (3:5 PK) NY Red Bulls U-23
The New York Red Bulls Under-23s (USL-2) side overcame two blown leads and a half hour rain delay to defeat FC Motown (NPSL) 5-3 in penalty kicks after a 4-4 draw. All eight goals before the shootout were scored by eight different players. Joseph Fala, Kene Eze, Cameron Vickers, and Maximiliano Garcia scored for Motown while New York got their goals from JP Marin, Brian Saramago, Omar Sowe, and Jeciel Cedeno. Lightning and heavy rain kept both teams in the locker room for an additional 20 minutes at halftime before the second half could resume. New York went on to convert all five of their penalties in the shootout, which turned out to be enough to send them through. The Red Bulls’ U-23 side advances to the Second Round for just the second time in their nine year existence. They will travel southwest on Tuesday, May 14 to take on Memphis 901 FC (USL Championship). [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

West Chester United 1:1 (5:4 PK) FC Baltimore Christos
Samuel Phelps scored in the sixth round of penalties and West Chester United SC (USL of Pennsylvania) defeated hosts FC Baltimore Christos 5-4 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw at Homewood Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. West Chester, playing in their fifth straight away match of the tournament (going back to the Open Division Local qualifying tournament), opened the scoring early in the first half with a headed goal from Troy Amspacher that came courtesy of an Andreas Bartosinski assist. Christos defender Jake Dengler fired a shot from distance with just enough power to deflect off the keeper’s hands and into the net to even the score in the 56th minute. The two sides combined for a total of 29 shots, but only nine were on target and only two goals were produced. Each side converted four out of their first five penalties before failing to convert on their sixth attempts. Phelps took his penalty well and Christos’ Charles Pulliam skied his shot over the bar to send the away side through to the second round. West Chester will meet Birmingham Legion FC (USL Championship) on Wednesday, May 15 at BBVA Compass Field in Birmingham. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Chattanooga Red Wolves 0:3 South Georgia Tormenta FC 2
Goals from Jarvian Wigfell, Luca Mayr-Fälten and Adrian Billhardt were enough to help amateur side South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 (USL-2) defeat professional side Chattanooga Red Wolves (USL-1) on Tuesday night at the campus of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. Wigfell opened the scoring the 25th minute, with Mayr-Fälten and Billhardt adding theirs in the 58th and 74th minutes, respectively. Most of Tormenta’s squad was in Statesboro for less than a week, giving themselves little time to prep, but it turned out to be much ado about nothing. They will travel to Dean A. Hayes Track & Soccer Stadium on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University next Tuesday, May 14 to take on Nashville FC (USL Championship). [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Forward Madison FC 2:0 Bavarian SC
First-half goals from Brandon Eaton and Jiro Barriga Toyama helped Forward Madison FC (USL-1) defeat Milwaukee rivals Bavarians FC (USASA/UPSL) before a crowd of about 400 at Uihlein Soccer Park. Sporting a 2-2-1 record in their debut season, Forward Madison deployed a side without Paulo Junior and three other regular starters who are on loan from Minnesota United of Major League Soccer. Eaton opened the scoring in the 9th minute and Toyama added his goal in the 36th and that was enough for Forward Madison to overcome Bavarians, who are the reigning UPSL national champions. Bavarians were playing their first competitive match of the 2019 season. Forward Madison will visit El Paso Locomotive (USL Championship) on Wednesday, May 15 in the Second Round. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Brazos Valley Cavalry FC 0:1 Laredo Heat
Playing in the US Open Cup for the first time in five years, Laredo Heat (NPSL) made sure they wouldn’t be exiting early after dropping Brazos Valley Cavalry FC (USL-2), 1-0, at the Texas A&M International Soccer Complex. Francois Sakou bagged the match’s lone goal in the 60th minute after finishing from the spot. Both teams would go down to 10 men after Ivan Leon and Jose Luis Hincappie both collected two yellow cards. Laredo now moves on to face San Antonio FC (USL) at Toyota Field in San Antonio in the Second Round 7:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday, May 14. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

El Farolito 2:1 Academica SC
1993 US Open Cup Champions El Farolito scored twice in the first half and withstood a second half rally to defeat Academica SC 2-1 at Academica Field in Turlock, California on Tuesday night. Miguel Garduno scored the first El Farolito goal in the 21st minute, courtesy of an assist from Edson Cardona. Leonardo Fredes scored a bicycle kick already worthy of consideration for Goal of the Tournament to stretch the lead to 2-0, but the celebration was muted as Fredes ended up fracturing his arm coming down from the shot. El Farolito’s Walter Mazzolatti picked up his second yellow in the 54th minute and the visitors were forced to play a man down the rest of the way. Academica took advantage and in the 72nd minute, Jorge Carmoa pulled one back for the home side. But El Farolito held on and earned their first Open Cup win in the Modern Era (1995-Present). It was also their first win in the competition since their 1993 tite. They will host Fresno FC (USL Championship) at Boxer Stadium in San Francisco on Wednesday, May 15. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

FC Mulhouse Portland 1:5 Cal FC
Former MLS player Orr Barouch led the way with a hat trick and German Alfaro, Danny Barrera, and Richard Menjivar each added a goal apiece to help amateur side Cal FC (USASA/UPSL) defeat FC Mulhouse Portland (NPSL) 5-1. Barouch only needed one half to complete his hat trick and the darlings of the 2012 US Open Cup scored their fifth and final goal six minutes into the second half. Barrera, the 2012 TheCup.us Lower Division Player of the Tournament, added an assist on top of his first half goal as he returned to the club that made him famous after stints with several USL sides over the past few years. Cal FC will travel to Las Vegas next Tuesday, May 14 to take on the Las Vegas Lights (USL Championship) in Round 2. Eric Wynalda, who led Cal FC on their Cinderella run in 2012, is the current head coach of the Lights. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

FC Golden State Force 0:2 Orange County FC
Cody Shelton and Aaron Lombardi scored in the first and second halves, respectively, to help Orange County FC (NPSL) advance past FC Golden State Force (USL-2) 2-0 at the Orange County Great Park-Championship Soccer Stadium. Shelton opened the scoring in the 28th minute with help from a clever back heel pass via teammate Blake Frischknecht. Lombardi converted a free kick from 25 yards in the 68th minute and that was enough to see Orange County through to the second round. Coached by former United States international Paul Caliguri, Orange County FC will return to the Orange County Great Park-Championship Soccer Stadium next Wednesday, May 15 when they “visit” local rivals Orange County SC (USL Championship). [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Dayton Dutch Lions 2:1 Erie Commodores FC
It all started with an own goal off a corner kick in the 12th minute from Erie Commodores midfielder Craig Quinn to give the Dayton Dutch Lions a 1-0 lead. In the second half Erie Commodores Midfielder Curtis Strolley got his team back into the game into the 56th minute to tie the match 1-1 with midfielder Austin Solomon with the assist for the Commodores. In the 73rd minute the Dayton Dutch Lions captain Tate Robertson Kier gets the ball from Harvey Slade and blast the ball past the keeper to put the Dayton Dutch Lions back in front 2-1. The Dutch Lions hang on for the win and will advance to the next second round next week and will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Riverhounds. This will be the two teams’ first meeting since 2014 when both teams were in the USL. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Philadelphia Lone Star FC 1:2 Reading United AC

Reading United entered the game riding the Modern Era’s longest streak of consecutive US Open Cup appearances by an Open Division team. By the time their opening round match with Philadelphia Lone Star ended, United had added to another one of their Modern Era records: an eight-game unbeaten streak in opening round matches. Penn State forward Jeremy Rafanello had a brace in a two-minute span inside 20 minutes to put Reading United in front 2-0 but Philadelphia Lone Star would pull one back in the second half. Late in the game, Lone Star appeared to have equalized but the play was ruled offside. A review of the video appears to show the play was not offside. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

South Georgia Tormenta FC 0:1 Greenville Triumph FC
In a meeting between USL League 1 sides, Greenville Triumph FC proved a fitting name as they ran out 1-0 winners over South Georgia Tormenta FC at Legacy Early College. Cole Seiler fought through a goalmouth scrum to slot home the winner in the 75th minute for the only score of the game. Greenville held firm in defense over the final 15 minutes of the match to see out the victory, advancing to the Second Round for the first time in club history. Greenville returns to Legacy Early College next Wednesday, May 15 when they play host to Charleston Battery (USL) at 7 p.m. ET. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Florida Soccer Soldiers 2:1 Miami FC
In arguably the biggest upset of the First Round, the defending NPSL champions Miami FC were shocked to end up on the losing end against amateur side, and first-time entry Florida Soccer Soldiers 2-1. The Miami FC was off to a good start in the 6th minute with a goal from Miami FC forward Ariel Martinez. After halftime, the Florida Soccer Soldiers struck back with a goal from striker William Stamatis in the 46th minute to tie the match 1-1. In the 87th minute, midfielder Carlos Daniel Menesses scored the late winner for the UPSL side to give them the First Round win and a spot in the Second Round where they will travel to North Carolina to take on the Charlotte Independence (USL Championship). [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

New York Cosmos B 2:1 Black Rock FC
Substitute Bledi Barcic headed in a corner kick six minutes into second half stoppage time to win the match for the Cosmos (NPSL) and break the hearts of upset-minded Black Rock FC (USL League Two), who had withstood a first-half barrage and equalized in the 87th minute when Komar Martinez-Paiz’s shot took a deflection and trickled into the back of the net. The Cosmos had dominated the first half and had an early penalty kick by Danny Szetela saved by Leland Gazo, but got the opening goal in the 28th minute from Aaron Dennis off an assist from Giuseppe Barone. Black Rock started to apply pressure of its own midway through the second half, eventually resulting in the tying goal. The Cosmos advance to meet Hartford Athletic (USL Championship) at the University of Hartford Tuesday at 7 p.m. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

NTX Rayados 2:2 (4:2 PK) Little Rock Rangers
NTX Rayados (USASA) needed late heroics and a shootout to make it to the Second Round of the US Open Cup, 2-2 (4-2), against Little Rock Rangers (NPSL). Backs against the wall with time winding down, Mariano Fazio scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time for 10-man Rayados to force extra time on the road against Little Rock. An additional 30 minutes weren’t enough, setting up the match to be decided by penalty kicks. After Trevor Reed missed the first attempt for Little Rock, Christian Okeke put Rayados up 1-0. The two teams matched each other over the next two rounds, but disaster struck when Robel Dent failed to convert for the Rangers in the fourth round. Fazio finished what he started at the end of regulation, slotting home his attempt to clinch the match for Rayados. The win sets up a rematch of last season’s Second Round matchup against OKC Energy FC (USL) at John Crain Field in Norman, Oklahoma, next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. CT. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Duluth FC 1:1 (1:3 PK) Des Moines Menace
Ninety minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time weren’t enough to separate Duluth FC (NPSL) and the Des Moines Menace (USL-2) at Lions Field in Urbandale, Iowa. Ignacio Goya de Anca put the Menace up 1-0 in just the 9th minute of action off an assist from Marek Weber, but Des Moines found their advantage wiped away after giving up a penalty in the 35th minute. Carlyle Junior converted from the spot, and the teams would go into halftime tied 1-1. As the second half wore on, neither team could find separation, sending the game into extra time, and later penalty kicks. Lucas Jacobs was the only Duluth player to convert his attempt, while Des Moines’ Oquin Robinson, Rory, O’Keeffe and Weber all found the back of the net to give the Mance the match, 3-1. Des Moines now moves on to the Second Round as they get set to host Saint Louis FC (USL) at Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines, Iowa, next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. CT. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

FC Denver 2:1 Midland-Odessa Sockers FC
FC Denver hung on to a 2-1 road win over the Midland-Odessa Sockers FC thanks to an 89th minute goal from Kyle Crouse to deliver the game winner for FC Denver to advance to Round 2. The first opportunity for FC Denver came when Cesar Castillo scored off a deflection to put FC Denver in front. In the 64th minute Grant Mobley also scored off a deflection to get Midland-Odessa Sockers FC to tie the match but FC Denver would use Crouse’s game-winner to punch their ticket to the Second Round where they will travel to play the Colorado Springs Switchbacks for the second year in a row. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

AFC Ann Arbor 1:2 Lansing Ignite FC
Elma N’for scored both goals for Lansing Ignite FC (USL-1) to hold off a tough challenge from NPSL side AFC Ann Arbor at Lansing Catholic High School. N’for scored his first-ever US Open Cup goal in his US Open Cup debut in the 29th minute to put Lansing in front, only to see the Mighty Oak equalize in the 66th minute. Ignite would have a quick response, as N’for would score his second goal six minutes later, which would prove to be the game-winner. The win sets up a Second Round meeting for Ignite FC with Indy Eleven FC (USL) at the Sellick Bowl in Indianapolis on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. CT.  [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

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