For the third year in a row, and the fourth time in the last six years, the Orange County Blues are being sent home by an amateur team.
San Nicolas FC of the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is a young club, and it’s already building something of a reputation.
Amilcar Lopez scored midway through the first half, and Eduardo Barba added a brace with goals on either side of halftime for San Nicolas, a Pomona (Calif.)-based club who are attempting to qualify for the tournament for the first time.
San Nicolas FC (UPSL) may have earned a berth in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup second round regional qualifying game next month, but the Chino (Calif.)-based club is likely will play without its best player for the foreseeable future.
The award is voted on by the staff at TheCup.us and a select of panel of members from the North American Soccer Reporters.
Steven Gerrard may have made the headlines before the game, making his debut for the LA Galaxy, but Aaron Maund’s 87th minute game-winner stole the show for Real Salt Lake.
Michael Salazar scored and had an assist, and Orange County-based amateur club PSA Elite (USASA) withstood a late barrage to hang on for a 2-1 victory over Orange County Blues FC.
Norberto Orejel made the most of his Lamar Hunt US Open Cup debut, scoring two goals in the first half as PSA Elite defeated Golden State Misioneros FC, 7-1, in a first round game at Weingart Stadium on the campus of East Los Angeles College.