Kendall eliminated Boston in the longest penalty kick shootout in the four-year existence of this new qualifying tournament, winning 9-8.
The Phantoms, who were making their sixth appearance in the tournament — third in the last four years — got a gift from the Wanderers in the form of a 12th minute red card by Kendall’s Jason Noctor. The Wanderers, who were making their US Open Cup debut, still managed to hold the home team to a 2-2 draw before falling in penalty kicks.
Every year there’s a surprise team in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. A squad of players that makes it farther than anyone thinks they should. A team vying for that title this year is the Kendall Wanderers from Massachusetts.