At the end of a dramatic day in Region II of USASA, one man may have been the deciding factor in which team became the first amateur club to advance to the 2011 edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
For the second year in a row, Detroit United has captured the Michigan Open Cup title and has punched their ticket to the USASA Region II tournament. They defeated a Michigan Bucks “reserve” squad registered under the name “MBSC Rush,” 2-1, in extra time with Tommy Eller scoring both goals for United, overcoming a goal by Soony Saad early in the second half.
For the first time since 2001, the US Open Cup has a Michigan representative from the USASA. Detroit United, a newcomer from Region II, was founded in 2002 and looks to prove itself as they face the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
After 16 goals and two penalty kick shootouts, the USASA has booked their first two teams for the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Detroit United finished extra time tied 5-5 with 402 Academy, but emerged victorious in a PK shootout, while the KC Athletics finished overtime locked up at 3-3 before winning their own PK contest. Both teams are first time qualifiers to the tournament.
With Detroit United and KC Athletics punching their ticket to the USASA Region II semifinals the day before, the other two quarterfinal matches took place on Sunday with one producing a goalfest, and another a dramatic nailbiter.
If Fernando Gatica’s debut in the starting lineup is any indication, Detroit United is a serious threat to reach the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
The USASA Region II tournament is complete with Detroit United’s 1-0 win over their rival Ann Arbor FC Elite in the Michigan Open Cup championship. This was the third straight year that the two teams had met in the state competition, with Ann Arbor winning the first two years. 2010 Michigan Open Cup Final Sunday, […]
The draw for the USASA Region II Open Cup tournament is set, with several new teams among the eight amateur sides that will vie for two berths in the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The Michigan Open Cup final will take place Sunday with Ann Arbor United hosting Detroit United at Saline High School.