Las Vegas Lights FC didn’t need any luck on Wednesday night, as the USL Championship club easily defeated LA Force FC (NISA) 4-0 in the Second Round of the 2023 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
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FC Tucson picked up the club’s first US Open Cup win since 2018.
Including OCFC’s Second Round win over Orange County SC (no relation) two weeks ago, this is the first time any NPSL team has ever beaten two professional sides in a single Open Cup tournament and also the first time any team from the league has taken home the prize money for advancing the farthest from the Open Division.
Lights head coach Eric Wynalda’s former team put up a valiant fight, but an early 15th minute goal by Lights forward Sammy Ochoa, and an even quicker 50th minute goal by Victor Rojas proved too much for a scrappy Cal FC team to overcome.