The City Islanders are known for eliminating five MLS teams, but their record against amateur teams is worth noting as well at 12-1-0.
The US Open Cup tends to catch many amateur teams at the wrong time, with the First Round usually also serving as the first competitive game for those teams.
A combination of losses and rule changes kept the amateur side from the Philadelphia area out of the Open Cup for four straight years—but all of that changed in 2016.
Since 2011, West Chester United has come close every season to qualifying for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, but the 4-time Eastern Pennsylvania Open Cup champion as yet has not been able to make the tournament. West Chester is yet again close to its goal, one win away from a berth in the tournament after a 3-0 victory over Salone FC.
West Chester United took a first step toward qualifying for its first Lamar Hunt US Open Cup by going on the road and defeating Junior Lone Star 2-1 on a frigid October night.
Jordi Quintilla’s conversion in the eighth round of penalties was the difference as Sporting Kansas City topped the Philadelphia Union 7-6 in kicks after a 1-1 regulation draw.
The Union edge the Fire to become the first Pennsylvania club to reach back-to-back championship games since 1964.
The Philadelphia Union overcame a red card and a 45-minute weather delay to defeat DC United 2-1 in the Fifth Round of the US Open Cup on Tuesday night.
Union goalkeeper John McCarthy, a former Rochester Rhinos player, was the hero, saving three penalty kicks to help Philadelphia win the shootout 3-1 after a scoreless draw.
Asani Samuels only played 32 minutes in the Rochester Rhinos’ US Open Cup Third Round win over the Harrisburg City Islanders, but that was plenty of time to turn in a man-of-the-match performance.