Ilya Ksenidi scored late in extra time and was one of five Croatian Eagles players to convert during penalty kicks as they got past the Milwaukee Kickers 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the Wisconsin Open Cup final at Croatian Park in Franklin.
The former Chivas USA player scored the game-winning goal in the 90th minute as the Croatian Eagles, one of the oldest active clubs in the United States, advanced to next week’s championship game with a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Kickers.
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 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.
Kyle Ingold scored with about 15 minutes remaining to snap a tie, then added an insurance goal by drawing and converting a last-minute penalty kick as the Milwaukee Kickers knocked off Bavarian SC 3-1 in the 2010 Wisconsin Open Cup final on Wednesday night in Milwaukee.