2019 US Open Cup Round 2: Game-by-game review

Posted by | May 21, 2019
Graphic by Dallas Kreil | IG: @dak_design

Graphic by Dallas Kreil | IG: @dak_design

The Second Round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is complete and, as is usually the case, there was plenty of drama. There were 22 teams that advanced to Round 3. Check out a summary of every game below, with links to the full match report.

2019 US Open Cup schedule/results (links to every match report)
2019 US Open Cup statistical leaders
2019 US Open Cup Round 1: Game-by-game review

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Things you should know about the Second Round of the US Open Cup (Modern Era)
NPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference currently ineligible for 2020 US Open Cup
Every US Open Cup game to stream on ESPN+ in multi-year media rights deal

Round 1: Charles Boateng – Richmond Kickers

2019 US Open Cup qualifying schedule/results
2019 US Open Cup Qualifying Round 1 game-by-game review
2019 US Open Cup Qualifying Round 2 game-by-game review
2019 US Open Cup Qualifying Round 3 game-by-game review
2019 US Open Cup Qualifying Final Round game-by-game review
Florida Soccer Soldiers qualify for first time after America SC withdraws
More pros, less amateurs, an extra sub in 2019 US Open Cup format
Chattanooga FC qualifies for 2019 US Open Cup, but opts out
Bavarian SC qualify for 2019 US Open Cup by winning Amateur Cup title

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”

Florida Soccer Soldiers (USASA/UPSL)
2:2 (5:4 PK)
Charlotte Independence (USL-C)

The sides kept pace with each other throughout the match with neither club able to gain an advantage. The Independence converted on a set piece to get on the board early in the game, but the Soccer Soldiers equalized in the 78th minute. Just minutes before extra time, Soccer Soldiers midfielder Antonioni Gonzalez was sent off with his second yellow. Charlotte went back on top with a shot off the crossbar and in from Dominic Oduro. With two minutes left in extra time, 19-year-old Valentin Sabella stole a bad pass and had only the keeper to beat, which he did on the dribble and finished to knot it up at 2-2. Florida Soccer Soldiers converted all their penalties including one from their keeper, Bryant Martin, who also made the game winning save of Charlotte’s fifth PK attempt. Florida returns to North Carolina in Round 3 to take on North Carolina FC. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Dayton Dutch Lions (USL-2)
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (USL-C)

It took them about 52 minutes to get going, but once the Pittsburgh Riverhounds found the net, it was hard to stop them. Neco Brett scored twice in an 12-minute span in the second half and Anthony Velarde added a goal later as Pittsburgh’s strong second half led them to victory. The Riverhounds will host fellow USL Championship side Indy Eleven in the third round. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

The Villages SC (USL-2)
Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL-C)

The sides played even for much of the first half, but Tampa Bay essentially closed the door just before halftime. Mohamad Kone and Zach Steinberger scored within five minutes of each other to put the Rowdies up 2-0 heading into the break. Brandon Allen added a third goal before The Villages could get on the board, and Leon Taylor added a fourth in stoppage time to put the game to bed. Tampa Bay will hit the road in Round 3 to take on Oklahoma City Energy.  [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

New York Cosmos B (NPSL)
Hartford Athletic (USL-C)

Hartford scored twice in the opening 30 minutes and managed to hold off Cosmos B for the remaining time. The win was Hartford’s first ever as a club; they began play as an expansion side in the USL Championship this year. Harry Swartz got things started with a 16th minute strike assisted by Giuseppe Gentile and Mads Jorgensen buried a free kick nine minutes later to double the lead in the first half hour. Bljedi Bardic pulled one back for the Cosmos B team in the 57th minute but Hartford held on to advance. Hartford will hit the road in Round 3 and face Memphis 901. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

South Georgia Tormenta 2 (USL-2)
Nashville SC (USL-C)

Nashville SC managed to hold off upset-minded South Georgia Tormenta 2 thanks to the efforts of Alan Winn, who scored or assisted on all three of Nashville’s goals. South Georgia took down USL League One side Chattanooga Red Wolves SC in Round 1, but ran out of magic on the road against Nashville. Winn set up Ropapa Mensah to give Nashville the lead eight minutes in and then proceeded to score the second himself. Georgia pulled one back via Adrian Billhardt just before halftime, but it wasn’t quite enough. Cameron Lancaster (with help from Winn) scored in the 52nd minute and that was enough, despite a second Georgia goal from James Meehan. Nashville will host Charleston Battery in Round 3.  [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

NTX Rayados (USASA / North Texas Premier Soccer Association)
Oklahoma City Energy FC (USL-C)

Oklahoma City Energy got revenge against NTX Rayados courtesy of second half goals from Amer Sasivarevic, Christian Eissele, and Je-Vaughn Watson. One year ago it was Rayados who took down OKC 5-2 in the second round of the 2018 tournament, but this year the Energy managed to apply their home field advantage. After a scoreless first half, Sasivarevic opened the scoring only for Christian Okeke to equalize 10 minutes later. OKC eventually pulled away thanks to a penalty converted by Eissele in the 82nd minute and then Watson sealed the win in stoppage time. They will host the Tampa Bay Rowdies at John Crain Field on the campus of Oklahoma University in Round 3. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Tulsa Roughnecks (USL-C)
Austin Bold FC (USL-C)

One goal in each half was enough for Austin Bold FC to blank Tulsa Roughnecks as the former made their official US Open Cup debut. Sonny Guadarrama got things started for the USL Championship expansion side in the 34th minute and Andre Lima added the second in the 74th. Tulsa bows out in the second round for the second consecutive year while Austin will move on to host San Antonio FC in an I-35 derby in Round 3. The two sides will also meet each other again in USL league play on June 1. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Laredo Heat SC (NPSL)
San Antonio FC (USL)

A pair of first half goals, each assisted by Jack Barmby, was enough to help San Antonio FC advance past Laredo Heat in front of a crowd of 4,700 in San Antonio. Pascal Eboussi got things started for the home side in the 17th minute, heading home off a corner kick taken by Barmby. Barmby went on to play Ever Guzman through on goal to make it 2-0 just before halftime. San Antonio has now won their second round matchup in all four of their Open Cup appearances. They’ll travel to Bold Stadium in Del Valle, Texas to take on USL Championship and I-35 rivals Austin Bold FC in Round 3. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Las Vegas Lights FC (USL-C)

Eric Wynalda’s current club triumphed over Eric Wynalda’s former club as Las Vegas Lights beat 2012 US Open Cup darlings Cal FC, 2-0. Sammy Ochoa headed home a cross Edwin Rivas to open the scoring in the 13th minute and Victor Rojas finished it off with one more in the 52nd minute. Rojas’ goal came courtesy of an assist by Pablo “Lito” Cruz, who also featured for the 2012 Cal FC side that Wynalda helped lead to an historic upset over MLS’ Portland Timbers in that year’s tournament. Las Vegas will host Orange County FC, the last remaining NPSL club in the competition, in Round 3.  [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Fresno FC (USL-C)
El Farolito (NPSL)

Qudus Lawal came off the bench and scored the game winner for Fresno FC as they took down amateur side El Farolito 1-0 on the road in San Francisco. Lawal was brought on at halftime and in the 75th capitalized on a mistake by Farolito’s keeper to score what turned out to be the game’s only goal. Fresno, making their second US Open Cup appearance, will hit the road again in Round 3 to take on the winner of Reno 1868/Sacramento Republic. They advanced to Round 4 in their Open Cup debut last year, only to be knocked out by Los Angeles FC. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Lansing Ignite (USL-1)
Indy Eleven (USL-C)

One goal was all it took for Indy Eleven to advance past Lansing Ignite. Thomas Enevoldsen headed home in the 57th minute with Paddy Barrett providing the cross for the assist. Indy advances to the third round one year after falling to Mississippi Brilla in Round 2 of the 2018 tournament. The match was also their first Open Cup game at home since 2016. They’ll travel to Pennsylvania in Round 3 to take on fellow USL Championship side Pittsburgh Riverhounds. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Richmond Kickers (USL-1)
North Carolina FC (USL-C)

North Carolina FC used three second half goals to break a halftime stalemate and advance past Richmond Kickers in Cary, North Carolina. Andre Fortune opened the scoring for the home side in the 16th minute but Richmond equalized in the 34th minute with a goal from Wahab Ackwei. North Carolina broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute with a goal from Robert Kristo, who went on to score his second via penalty ten minutes later. Yamikani Chester erased any hope of a comeback in the 70th minute, with Manny Perez providing the assist on the final goal. North Carolina will stay at home in Round 3 and host amateur underdogs Florida Soccer Soldiers. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT 

Reading United AC (USL-2)
Louisville City FC (USL-C)

Defending USL Cup Champions Louisville City FC cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win at home against amateur side Reading United. Abdou Thiam got things started in the 12th minute with an assist from Niall McCabe and George Davis IV doubled the lead seven minutes later. Sunny Jane put any doubts about the result to rest with the third and final goal in the 88th minute. Louisville will look to make another deep run this year after advancing to the quarterfinals in the 2018 tournament. They’ll host fellow USL Championship side Birmingham Legion in the third round. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Charleston Battery (USL-C)
Greenville Triumph (USL-1)

Charleston Battery needed two second half goals from Ian Svantesson, including a stoppage time winner to win their Palmetto State showdown with hosts Greenville Triumph. Max Hemmings got on the end of Aaron Walker’s corner kick to open the scoring for Greenville in the 30th minute, but Svantesson took over in the second half and the Battery overcame their brand new in-state rivals with almost no time to spare; Greenville were playing in their first ever US Open Cup after their inaugural season in 2018. Charleston will travel to Tennessee to take on Nashville SC in Round 3. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

New York Red Bulls U-23s (USL-2)
Memphis 901 FC (USL-C)

Memphis 901 FC made history with their first ever US Open Cup win, a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls U-23 side. Josh Morton made individual history with the team’s first ever brace. His first goal came in the 26th minute while the second came in the 73rd minute in the second half. Cam Lindley got Memphis on the board in the 8th minute after New York took an early lead with a 5th minute goal from JP Marin. Memphis are currently in the middle of their inaugural season in the USL Championship after being awarded a franchise in January of 2018. They’ll host another USL Championship expansion side, Hartford Athletic, in the third round. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT 

West Chester United SC (USASA / USL of PA)
Birmingham Legion (USL-C)

Birmingham Legion scored twice in each half to easily dispatch amateur side West Chester United SC. Edward “Eddie” Opoku led the way with two assists and a goal. Chandler Hoffman opened the scoring by converting a penalty – drawn by Opoku – in the 21st minute and Femi Hollinger-Janzen added another – via an Opoku corner kick – in the 36th to give the home side a comfortable lead going into halftime. Six minutes into the second half, Prosper Kasim got the third. West Chester got on the board in the 60th, but it wasn’t enough and Opoku sealed it with his 88th minute goal. Birmingham travels to Louisville to take on Louisville City FC in Round 3. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT 

Saint Louis FC (USL-C)
1:1 (3:1 PKs)
Des Moines Menace (USL-2)

18 year old goalkeeper Patrick Schulte stood on his head and saved three penalties in the shootout to help visiting Saint Louis FC get past hosts Des Moines Menace in a game that could generously be called “unpleasant”. The two sides combined for 12 cards, including three red cards that were the result(s) of second yellows; Des Moines finished extra time with nine men and Saint Louis ended with ten. Kyle Greig converted an Audi Jepson corner in the 14th minute to put Saint Louis on the board first, but Des Moines’ Nicolas Perea converted from the penalty spot in the 39th minute and neither side could break the deadlock the rest of the way, forcing a penalty shootout. Schulte became just the 10th plater to stop three penalty kicks in a shootout, tieing a Modern Era (1995-Present) record. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Forward Madison FC (USL-1)
El Paso Locomotive FC (USL-C)

Three goals from three different players and a Brian Sylvestre clean sheet helped Forward Madison roll into Texas and knock out El Paso Locomotive. Jiro Barriga Toyama and Christian “Pato” Diaz scored in the first half and Jeff Michaud added a third in the 76th minute to solidify the result. The goal for Michaud was an historic one, as he becomes just the second player to score at least one goal in four consecutive tournaments with four different teams. The Flamingos are now the last remaining USL League One team in the 2019 US Open Cup, which means they have won the tournament’s $25,000 prize money as the last remaining Div. 3 pro team. They continue their Open Cup run on the road again in Round 3 to face Saint Louis FC. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

FC Denver (USSSA / Colorado Premier League)
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USL-C)

Kwasi Donsu’s first half stoppage time goal turned out to be the difference as Colorado Springs Switchbacks snuck past amateur side FC Denver. Donsu’s first half winner, a 25 yard rocket of a shot, was his first goal with the Switchbacks. He joined Colorado Springs from FC Medeama in his native Ghana in February, along with countryman Ibrahim Yaro who also made the start against Denver. The Switchbacks will either travel to Phoenix in Round 3 or stay home to face New Mexico United, depending on the outcome of that game in Round 2. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

New Mexico United (USL-C)
2:2 (4:3 PKs)
Phoenix Rising FC (USL-C)

New Mexico United needed penalties to overcome USL Championship rivals Phoenix Rising FC in a game that took awhile to get going, but finished with some late drama. It took 65 minutes to get to the game’s first goal, which came from a Junior Flemmings penalty. New Mexico equalized in the 79th minute after Devon Sandoval got his head onto a cross from Josh Suggs and the score remained deadlocked after 90. Sandoval got his second on the night five minutes into extra time, with Santi Moar providing the assist this time. Adam Jahn leveled the score at 2-2 in the 102nd minute off an assist from Solomon Asante and neither team would score again, forcing penalties. New Mexico, making their first Open Cup appearance in their inaugural season, won 4-3 in the shootout and now travels to Colorado for Round 3 to take on Colorado Springs Switchbacks. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Reno 1868 FC (USL-C)
Sacramento Republic (USL-C)

The rain was the star of this one as a soaked field in Sacramento slowed both teams down until Sacramento got the winner in the 83rd minute courtesy of Sam Werner. The two sides combined for more twice as many fouls (36) as shots (18). This was very much a case of “familiarity breeds contempt”. Reno defeated Sacramento 4-1 in league play on Saturday and this was the third consecutive year that Reno was knocked out of the tournament by Sacramento. Sacramento Republic will stay home in Round 3 and face off against Fresno FC.  [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

Orange County FC (NPSL)
2:2 (5:4 PK)
Orange County SC (USL-C)

Orange County Soccer Club joins El Paso as the only USL teams to lose to a lower tier squad when they lost their penalty shootout to Orange County FC. OCSC opened their account early with an own goal by Joshua Davis in the 13th minute. In the 27th minute OCFC equalised, capitalising on a counter attack sweeping up the ball after an OCSC corner. In the second half Darwin OCSC had a goal disallowed for an offside call but got one back for his side going ahead in the 87th. In the second minute of injury time however OCFC’s Ryan Holland put in a goal set up by an Aaron Lombardi corner. A few opportunities for OCSC to win in extra time never came to fruition which led to penalties putting OCSC in the same situation they were in in 2016 when they played the LA Wolves, to the spot. OCSC, shooting second, had their first penalty saved by David Preys. OCFC however put in a perfect five from five to advance to the next round where they will visit the USL’s Las Vegas Lights on 29 May. [+] FULL MATCH REPORT

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