2020 US Open Cup Qualifying Round 2 preview: 23 games on the schedule for this weekend

Posted by | October 19, 2019


The Second Round of the Open Division Local Qualifying Tournament for the 2020 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup kicks off this weekend with 24 games. Saturday, Oct. 19 has 12 games on the schedule, followed by 11 more on Sunday. Saturday’s game between South Carolina side Soda City FC Sorinex (USASA / Central League) and the Georgia Revolution FC Reserves (USASA /Atlantic District Amateur Soccer League) was postponed due to heavy rains in Columbia, S.C.

This weekend’s winners will advance to Round 3 which is scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 23-24.

Check out a preview of each game below, including links to our qualifying coverage. TheCup.us will have live updates from every single game on Twitter @USOpenCup.

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FEATURED GAMES

Lansdowne Yonkers FC
(USASA / Cosmopolitan Soccer League)
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West Chester United SC
(USASA / United Soccer League of Pennsylvania)
West Chester United SC Turf Field – West Chester, PA
Saturday, Oct. 19 – 7 p.m. ET

By Josh Hakala

Two of the top teams in the Northeast square off on Saturday night when West Chester United hosts Lansdowne Yonkers FC.

WCU is trying to qualify for the US Open Cup for the second year in a row and the third time in the last five years. Last year, United swept through all four qualifying matches without allowing a goal, outscoring its opposition 10-0. They began this year’s competition with another shutout, a 5-0 win over Danubia Swabian of Philadelphia. The United Soccer League of Pennsylvania club, which also has a team that competes in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), were led by Chas Wilson in that game who scored a hat trick and dished out one assist.

Just like West Chester, Lansdowne is also attempting to qualify for the third time in five years (2016, 2018). Last year, the club was one-and-done for the first time since this new Open Division Local qualifying tournament began in 2015. They kicked off this year’s competition with a 4-2 road win over New Jersey’s Clifton Elite FC. They were led by Dean Dillon, who scored a pair of goals. Dillon signed for Lansdowne from League of Ireland Premier Division side Shamrock Rovers. Lansdowne has developed a strong resume since bursting onto the scene a little more than five years ago. They won four straight Cosmopolitan Soccer League titles between 2013-17 and two USASA Amateur Cup championships (2017, 2019).

Vereinigung Erzebirge
(USASA / United Soccer League of Pennsylvania)
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United German Hungarians
(USASA / United Soccer League of Pennsylvania)
Trifecta Sporting Club Stadium Field – Oakford, PA
Sunday, Oct. 20 – 3 p.m. ET

By Jim Coppock

Two long-time United Soccer League of Pennsylvania (USLPa) teams meet for the opportunity to advance to the third qualifying round of the 107th U.S. Open Cup. Both teams compete in the USLPa’s Major Division and have a combined 147 years of existence. United German Hungarians (UGH) have not made the tournament proper since 1999; Vereinigung Erzgebirge (VE) has not been there since 2002.

UGH were US Open Cup runners-up in 1977 and 1993. Their all-time roster boasts: a former U.S. Soccer president (Werner Fricker), 2 MLS veterans (Steve Rammel and Peter Vermes), 2 U.S. National Teamers (Walter Bahr & Alex Ely), 2 U.S. Olympians (Jack Dunn & Casey Bahr), and an NFL kicker (Chris Bahr).

Fun fact: All three of Walter Bahr’s sons played soccer in the North American Soccer League; Casey and Chris with the Philadelphia Atoms in 1973 and 1975, respectively, and Matt with the Caribous of Colorado and Tulsa Roughnecks in 1978.

VE founded their social club in 1931, with the team getting its start in 1969. UGH have a nearly 100-year history playing the game. The social club itself was formed in 1910 and the soccer team formed in 1922 as Banater A.A.

VE has already defeated another veteran USL PA side, and four-time Open Cup winners, Ukrainian Nationals, in the first qualifying round by a 4-1 score, while UGH were awarded a bye for the first qualifying round. UGH has a 1-0 record against VE in the qualifying tournament, with the lone victory coming after extra time in 2017. The two teams met semi-regularly prior to the 2016 qualifying tournament format with their last meeting coming in November of 2013 when VE edged UGH 1-0 in the Quarterfinals of the Eastern Pennsylvania tournament.

Colorado Rush
(USSSA / Colorado Super League)
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FC Boulder Harpos
(USSSA / Colorado Premier League)
Fairview High School – Boulder, CO
Sunday, Oct. 20 – 5 p.m. ET

By Jim Coppock

Two of metro Denver’s most well-known clubs meet once again in the US Open Cup qualifying phase. This is the third meeting between these clubs; Harpos have a 2-0 record (3-1 and 2-1 after extra time). Harpos’ last tournament appearance was in 2016; Rush’s last was in 2017.

Harpos defeated long-time rivals FC Denver 2-0 in the previous round on goals from (former MLS player) Freddie Braun, and Shane Wheeler. Rush defeated Club El Azul in the first round in a shortened extra time contest, 3-2. The game was called in extra time due to 5 El Azul players being sent off (4 DURING extra time), which left them with just 6 players to continue (7 is the minimum).

Rush will want to continue to honor their recently deceased teammate and former Director of Coaching, Colin Clark, with a victory. Colin passed away after suffering a heart attack on August 26th. Colin spent eight years in MLS, five of those with the Colorado Rapids.

Miami United FC Under-23s
(USASA / UPSL)
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Florida Soccer Soldiers
(USASA / UPSL)
Jr. Orange Bowl Stadium (Ives Estates Park) – Miami, FL
Sunday, Oct. 20 – 6 p.m.

By Josh Hakala

Last year’s Open Division Local Cinderella story was the Florida Soccer Soldiers. They cruised through qualifying and then made headlines by upsetting two professional teams (Miami FC of the NPSL and the Charlotte Independence of the USL Championship). That Cup run gave them plenty of attention, but that also led to losing some key players, including William Stamatis, who signed with Miami United FC, and TheCup.us Lower Division Player of the Tournament finalist Valentin Sabella, who signed with the club he sent packing in the Open Cup: the Charlotte Independence. The Soccer Soldiers are back this year and began the qualifying tournament by shutting out South Florida power Red Force FC (UPSL) for the second year in a row. The score was 2-0 and Andres De Somocurcio led the way with a goal and an assist.

The Miami United Under-23s are back after taking a year off last year. They made their debut in 2018, losing their opening match to South Florida FC (APSL), 3-1. After not entering last year, they picked up their first qualifying win in Round 1, eliminating Atletico Miami CF, 7-3. United scored five goals in the first half to cruise to an easy win. Former Soccer Soldier William Stamatis and Juan Bazan each scored a pair of goals.

Oakland Stompers
(USASA / UPSL)
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Olympic Club
(USASA / San Francisco Soccer Football League)
Beach Chalet Soccer Fields – San Francisco, CA
Saturday, Oct. 19 – 10 p.m. ET

By Michael Battista

The battle of the bay between Olympic Club and Oakland Stompers could not be between two more-different clubs. For one, the prospect of entering the US Open Cup for the first time in its more than 100-year history is backed by a plethora of former professional players, while the other is named after a past-NASL team with deep community roots in the Oakland area.

The Olympic Club itself is one of the countries oldest athletic clubs whose members have included Major League Baseball Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio, Ty Cobb, and even go beyond the world of sports with Mark Twain – one of the greatest American authors of all time. Despite being more known for golf, members helped found the San Francisco Soccer Football League (SFSFL) in 1914 and since then the club’s team has won the league 14 times. In its current iteration, the Flying O’s boast one of the most top heavy squads in US Open Cup qualifying. Players with former professional experience include Matthew Fondy (NASL), Bryan Burke (USL Pro & NASL), Michael Zaher (MLS & USL), and the previously retired Seattle Sounders star Aaron Kovar.

These players, along with an array of college talent along with University of San Francisco assistant men’s soccer coach Javier Ayala-Hil, helped the team cruise past its first round opponent JASA RWC, 4-0.

On the other side of the Golden Gate bridge lies the Oakland Stompers of the United Premier Soccer League. The team, whose roots date back to 1984 as a youth club, began playing as a men’s team in 2009. Over the next decade the Stompers competed in various leagues, such as the aforementioned SFSFL before joining the UPSL in Spring 2018.

Last year, the Stompers competed in their first USOC Qualifying tournament and made it to the third round past Oakland FC Leopards and Real San Jose. Despite falling to eventual 2019 Tournament Finalist Academica SC, the team has rebounded and returns to the Second Round this year after beating Contra Costa FC off a second half goal from Junior Paolo Leonardo Hinostroza.

Here are the remaining qualifying games taking place this weekend:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

Brockton FC United
(USASA / Bay State Soccer League)
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Safira FC
(USASA / Bay State Soccer League)
Dilboy Stadium – Somerville, MA
Kickoff: 11 a.m.

Dilboy Stadium has played host to matches featuring such famous clubs as Celtic and West Ham. Even England’s 1966 World Cup hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst has scored goals at the field that, in more recent years, has become a home fortress for Safira FC. The Brazilian-influenced UPSL side welcomes Brockton FC United from south of the city to the north Boston suburb of Somerville on Saturday morning to kick off Round 2 of the 2020 US Open Cup qualifying tournament. Safira boasts a potent attack in striker Hugo Bomfim and recent additions Michael Rincon and Rigoberto Jimenez. The trio scored in a 4-0 first qualifying round win over Kendall Wanderers and all have starred with Boston City FC in the NPSL. Safira are attempting to qualify for the first time after falling one game short last year in a 3-0 loss at Dilboy Stadium to West Chester United.

Brockton, who are making their qualifying debut, have enjoyed success in the local Bay State Soccer League and have expanded into the UPSL. Ricky Alves earned Brockton a first-ever US Open Cup win in their first round qualifier, a 1-0 success over Juve-Pro Soccer.

Georgia Revolution FC Reserves
(USASA / Atlanta District Amateur Soccer League)
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Soda City FC Sorinex
(USASA / Central League)
Saluda Shoals Soccer Park – Columbia, SC
Date/Kickoff TBA

Unfortunately, due to heavy rains in Columbia, S.C., this game has been postponed. A makeup date will be announced soon.

Soda City Sorinex won two games in their qualifying debut last year, and got off to another good start this year. The South Carolina club edged Charleston United in a PK shootout to reach Round 2. They will take on the Georgia Revolution FC Reserves who are attempting to do what their senior team did back in 2012 and 2013: qualify for the US Open Cup. The senior team that plays in the NPSL, advanced three times in those two tournament appearances.

World Class Premier Elite FC
(USASA / UPSL)
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CD Huateras
(ANFEEU / Woodbridge Soccer League)
Howison Homestead Soccer Complex (Field 1) – Woodbridge, VA
Kickoff: 6 p.m.

Last year, Maryland-based World Class Premier Elite FC nearly qualified for the US Open Cup in their first entry into the qualifying tournament. They played all four games on the road in four different states, scoring 15 goals, but the journey would fall short in a penalty kick shootout against fellow newcomers Virginia United. They return to the very same venue where they suffered that shootout loss and they will take on one of Virginia United’s league rivals in CD Huateras. WCPE started the tournament with another road win, 4-1 over SOCA (Charlottesville, VA), while CD Huateras edged UPSL side FC Millenium International, 3-2.

Academica SC
(USCS / LIGA NorCal)
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Chula Vista FC
(USASA / SoCal Premier League)
Terra Nova Park – Chula Vista, CA
Kickoff: 6:15 p.m. ET

Academica SC makes the lengthy trip from Northern California (Turlock, CA) to the San Diego area as they take on Chula Vista FC. Acadmica are the last US Club Soccer team left in the tournament. The LIGA NorCal team, that qualified for the 2019 US Open Cup, are traveling outside of Northern California for the first time in this competition and are seeking their second straight win after a 4-1 home win over PV United (USASA / UPSL) in Round 1.

Chula Vista FC has been a regular in US Open Cup qualifying since they first punched their ticket back in 2015, the year before the current Open Division Local Qualifying format was launched. That year, they pulled off one of the bigger upsets when they went on the road to upset the USL’s Arizona United SC. 3-0. In their first three years of the new format, they reached the final round all three years, qualifying in 2017. Last year, the SoCal Premier League side lost their opening game (after receiving a bye in the First Round) to California United FC II, 2-0. This year, they are back again and began their qualifying run with a 2-2 draw and a penalty kick shootout win over fellow SoCal Premier League side Rebels SC, who remarkably played for about 110 minutes with a field player as their goalkeeper after their starter was injured.

Inocentes Futbol Club
(USASA / UPSL)
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NTX Rayados
(USASA / North Texas Premier Soccer Association)
Premier Park (Field 1) – Balch Springs, TX
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET

When the dust settles on the Second Round, there will be just one Dallas-area club left standing when Open Cup regulars NTX Rayados host Inocentes Futbol Club on Saturday.

Inocentes FC, who have split their first two games in the UPSL Fall Season, are attempting to qualify for the tournament for the first time. They began their journey to the 2020 US Open Cup with a 2-1 road win over Lone Star Republic.

No Open Division Local team in the Modern Era (1995-present) has qualified for the US Open Cup more consecutive times than NTX Rayados. The North Texas Premier Soccer Association side is seeking a ninth straight trip to the US Open Cup, a streak that began in 2012. Only Reading United AC (USL League Two) has a longer qualifying streak among all Open Division clubs with 11. North Texas got off to a good start in Round 1 with a 4-2 home win over UPSL side FC Fort Worth SC. They received goals from four different players: Reece Wilson, Mohamed Sesay, Kevin Ellis, and Luis Hernandez.

Celtic Cowboys Premier
(USSSA / Austin Men’s Soccer Association)
AT
San Antonio Runners
(USASA / UPSL)
UTSA Campus Recreation Field Complex South – San Antonio, TX
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET

It’s Austin vs. San Antonio in this qualifying match between Celtic Cowboys Premier and the San Antonio Runners. The Runners, who are a college club team based at the University of Texas – San Antonio, are coming off their first qualifying win in team history last round. They defeated the UPSL’s Coyotes FC 3-2 in Temple, Texas.

Last year, the Runners made their qualifying debut but lost in the opening round to Satuday’s opponent: Celtic Cowboys Premier. The rematch will be hosted by the Runners this time. The Celtic Cowboys are competing in the qualifying tournament for the fourth year in a row, but they have yet to win multiple games in a single competition. They won their opening match in 2018 (vs. Austin Real Cuauhtemoc) and 2019 (vs. San Antonio Runners). They continued that streak this year with a 7-1 win over Central Texas Lobos (USASA / Gulf Coast Premier League). Former University of New Mexico player Chris Wright scored four times to lead the Cowboys.

Athletic Katy FC
(USASA / UPSL)
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Louisiana Krewe FC
(USASA / Gulf Coast Premier League)
St. Thomas More Catholic High School – Lafayette, LA
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET

Athletic Katy FC from the Houston area will hit the road to take on the Louisiana Krewe FC. Both teams are seeking their first US Open Cup berth and will meet in Lafayette on Saturday night.

Athletic Katy began the UPSL’s Fall Season with back-to-back losses, but are unbeaten in their last three games (1-0-2). They currently sit in fourth place in the Central Conference’s South Division I. To reach the Second Round of qualifying, they eliminated the division’s current second place team, Houston FC, in penalty kicks (5-4) after a 3-3 draw. It was a dramatic game as Athletic Katy let a 3-0 halftime lead slip away, despite Houston losing their starting goalkeeper to injury, and their backup goalkeeper to a red card in the second half. With an inexperienced field player putting on the goalkeeper gloves, Houston scored three goals to send the game into extra time where Athletic Katy prevailed in the shootout.

The Krewe, who compete in the Gulf Coast Premier League, began their Cup run with a 5-2 win over fellow Louisiana-based Gulf Coast Premier League club Northshore United. Henrique Pimpao was the hat trick hero, leaving the Krewe as the last Louisiana club remaining in the competition.

Nashville United
(USASA / Middle Tennessee Soccer Alliance)
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Springfield FC
(USASA / UPSL)
Springfield Area Soccer Association – Springfield, IL
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET

Originally slated as a first qualifying round match, Nashville and Springfield find themselves contesting the second qualifying round. This is Nashville United’s second attempt at the Open cup in the past three years. Nashville currently sit atop the Middle Tennessee Soccer Alliance-Open division. Springfield FC finished the UPSL 2019 Spring Midwest Conference-South in third place. these two clubs are the only entries from their respective states in the competition.

Livonia City FC
(USASA / Michigan Premier Soccer League)
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Ann Arbor FC
(USASA / Ann Arbor Premier Development League)
Legacy Center Sports Complex – Brighton, MI
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET

The last two Michigan clubs in the tournament square off in the Second Round. Since the Open Division Local Qualifying tournament was created for the 2016 US Open Cup, no Michigan club has qualified for the tournament. There has not been an Open Division Local team from the Great Lakes State since 2013 (Dearborn Stars SC).

It’s a rematch of last year’s opening round where Livonia City, making their qualifying debut, defeated Ann Arbor FC (on the same field in Brighton, Mich.) 4-3 in extra time. They would reach the Third Round of the competition, falling in penalty kicks to FC Maritsa.

After a 2-2 draw, Livonia needed penalty kicks to advance past newcomers Wayne County Sporting into Round 2.

Ann Arbor FC has entered the qualifying tournament in each of the last four years, but has yet to earn a win on the field. They advanced beyond the First Round by forfeit, but then forfeited themselves when they were unable to travel to Rochester, NY for their Round 2 match. This year, Ann Arbor advanced to Round 2 after receiving a bye.

Alta California Sol
(USASA / UPSL)
AT
Cal FC
(USASA / UPSL)
Orange County Great Park (Field 16) – Irvine, CA
Kickoff: 9:30 p.m. ET

Cal FC and Alta California Sol meet for the first time in either the Cup. This is Alta California Sol’s first attempt at qualifying for the Open Cup. Cal FC’s USOC journey began in 2012, by defeating the PDL’s Kitsap Pumas, USL Pro’s Wilmington Hammerheads, and MLS’ Portland Timbers, before being dispatched by the Seattle Sounders in the fourth round. Cal FC arrive on the back of a dominant 9-2 win over Quickening, featuring a hat-trick by Willie Raygoza; Alta California defeated USA Soccer Stars 2-1 with a brace from Celso Lagunas.

Oxnard Guerreros
(USASA / UPSL)
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Outbreak FC
(USASA / SoCal Premier League)
Orange County Great Park (Field 19) – Irvine, CA
Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET

This is the first meeting between these two teams and Oxnard’s first attempt at qualifying. Outbreak FC are in their fifth consecutive qualifying tournament and are looking to make the first round since 2017. Oxnard get here after a 2-0 win, on goals from Raul Yepez and Jesse Tamayo, over Santa Monica United. Outbreak advanced after falling behind in the 3rd minute against Real San Jose, equalizing in the 10th through Torey Edwards, to push their way through to a 4-2 PK shootout win after a 1-all draw.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20

New York Pancyprian Freedoms
(USASA / Cosmopolitan Soccer League)
AT
Cedar Stars Academy Westchester
(USASA / Cosmopolitan Soccer League)
Ramapo College of New Jersey – Mahwah, NJ
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET

Two teams from one of the longest running leagues in the country (96 years) with almost a decade of history between them, square off in the second qualifying round. Cedar Stars had a 2-1 victory in the first round, while New York had a bye.
Cedar Stars have two players in excellent form; forward Chris Katona who scored the opener in the first round game and four in his last league contest, and Ovan Oakley, who had the winner in the first round game as well as a brace in the most recent league game this past week.
The Pancyprians have lifted the Dewar Cup three times (1980, 1982, 1983) and are looking to return to the Cup proper for the first time since 2016. Adam Himeno leads the team in scoring in CSL play. With the team struggling in the league, a victory here could reinvigorate their season.

Azteca FC
(USASA / Colorado Premier League)
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FC Union Jerez
(USASA / Colorado Premier League)
Broomfield Commons (Field TBD) – Broomfield, CO
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET

A pair of teams from the top half of the Colorado Premier League table face-off in the second qualifying round. This is their first-ever USOC meeting. Azteca (3rd in CPL) have the distinction of having never lost a qualifying round game—6 wins from 6—while outscoring opponents 19-to-7. Azteca dispatched AC Sloan’s Lake in the first qualifying round 5-0, while Union Jerez (5th CPL) saved a late penalty kick, after scoring 2 unanswered goals, to best GAM United 2-1, after extra time. Azteca are looking to make the first round proper for the first time since 2018; Union Jerez have never advanced beyond the qualifying rounds.

Hurricane FC
(USASA / UPSL)
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Orlando FC Wolves
(USASA / Central Florida Soccer League)
Sylvan Lake Park (Field D) – Sanford, FL
Kickoff: 5 p.m.

Hurricane FC travels north to take on Orlando FC Wolves as they attempt to win back-to-back qualifying games for the first time in club history. Orlando, who are also seeking their first Open Cup berth, are participating for the second year in a row.

Last year, Hurricane FC earned their first qualifying win in Orlando with a 4-0 win over Sporting Orlando SC, before losing to Florida Soccer Soldiers in Round 3 by the score of 6-0. They kicked off their 2020 US Open Cup run by edging the International Soccer Association 9-8 in a penalty kick shootout (after a 1-1 draw).

After being one-and-done in their debut last year, Orlando FC Wolves kicked off this year’s competition with a 2-1 extra time win over Deportivo Lake Mary.

Alianza FC
(ANFEEU / Woodbridge Soccer League)
AT
Virginia United
(ANFEEU / Woodbridge Soccer League)
George Hampton Middle School – Woodbridge, VA
Kickoff: 6 p.m.

A pair of Woodbridge Soccer League rivals will meet on Saturday with a spot in the Third Round on the line. Virginia United made a big splash last year in their qualifying debut as they knocked off three Maryland Major Soccer League teams, including Christos FC, en route to becoming the first Asociacon Nacional Futbol en USA (ANFEEU) team to punch their ticket to the US Open Cup. This year, United received a bye into the Second Round, while Alianza FC edged fellow Woodbridge Soccer League rival Doradus FC, 2-1

Currently, Alianza FC is tied for first place in the Woodbridge Soccer League with a 7-1-2 record. Virginia United are just three points behind them with a 6-2-2 mark.

Federal City Wanderers
(USASA / District Sports Premier League)
AT
Christos FC
(USASA / Maryland Major Soccer League)
Glen Burnie High School – Glen Burnie, MD
Kickoff: 6 p.m.

Christos are in their fourth consecutive qualifying tournament (2017-2020); Federal City, once known as World Bank FC, are debutants but hoping to make a big splash. Christos have a storied history, much like Cal FC, in that they have had a Cinderella tournament in which they played all the way through to the big dogs (MLS).
Their magical 2017 run began with an NPSL opponent-Fredericksburg FC; then came the USL‘s Richmond Kickers (USOC winners in 1995—and the last amateur team to win the Cup); then Chicago FC United of the then-PDL, which set up a date with DC United of MLS in the fourth round. In front of nearly 5,300 people, Christos jumped out to the lead early, and held the score at 1-1 until the final 10 minutes. Ultimately, DC United showed their class and won it 4-1. Since then, Christos has fallen at the first round in both the 2018 and 2019 competitions.

Tartan Devils Oak Avalon
(USASA / Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League)
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Steel FC
(USASA / Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League)
Highmark Stadium – Pittsburgh, PA
Kickoff: 7 p.m.

It seems fitting that the qualifying tournament’s last two Pittsburgh teams should play each other in the city’s crown jewel soccer-specific stadium. Steel FC will host the Tartan Devils Oak Avalon at Highmark Stadium, the home of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL Championship). Both teams are familiar with each other since they both compete in the Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League.

Steel FC are seeking their first trip to the US Open Cup and began the competition with a 3-1 home win over Germantown City FC from the Woodbridge Soccer League (Va.) on the strength of a trio of first half goals. The Tartan Devils have entered every year of this new tournament (that started ahead of the 2016 US Open Cup), but entering this year’s competition, they had only one win in four years to show for it. Luckily for them, that win was all they needed to punch their ticket to the US Open Cup. In 2017, they received a first round bye, and because the federation shortened the qualifying tourney that year, their 3-1 road win over Aromas Cafe FC was enough to get in. This year, they picked up their second win, a 3-2 road win over Maryland side Steel Pulse FC.

San Juan FC
(USASA / UPSL)
AT
Colorado Rovers
(USSSA / Colorado Premier League)
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Field 8) – Commerce City, CO
Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Colorado Rovers host San Juan FC of Salt Lake City in the first ever meeting between the two clubs. Rovers are in second place, hot on the heels of fellow CPL (and USOC) combatant, FC Boulder Harpos. San Juan sit alone atop the UPSL’s Mountain Conference. The Rovers come into this game having a first qualifying round win over local opponents, Logroñes SC, by a 6-2 score; with one of their insurance goals coming from ex-MLS player Ritchie Kotschau. Rovers have not been in the tournament since 2014. San Juan FC come into this game after their first qualifying round win over IPS/Marathon Taverna 2-0, in their first attempt at qualifying.

LA Monsters FC
(USASA / SoCal Premier League)
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SC Trojans FC
(USASA / SoCal Premier League)
Orange County Great Park (Field 19) – Irvine, CA
Kickoff: 10:15 p.m.

LA Monsters of the SoCal Premier League and SC Trojans of the SoCal Premier League Division 2 take the field in the last of the all-Southern California contests of the round. Both teams are attempting to qualify for their first US Open Cup appearance.

The college-based Trojans, in their second consecutive attempt at qualifying, defeated Newport FC of the UPSL 4-1 in the first qualifying round. Marsuk Dilla opened his account with a double in as many minutes in the first half to seal advancement.

LA Monsters, in their fourth attempt to qualify (2016, 2018, 2019), defeated Valley United of the UPSL in the first round. The game-winner came in the 3rd minute from Edward Delgado Robles. LA Monsters has a mixed record in qualifiers against SoCal Prem opponents, with 1 win and 2 losses.

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