On a cold Sunday in Maspeth, Queens, two long-time rivals faced off in the first open division qualifying round for the 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The four-time champion New York Greek American SC hosted three-time champion New York Pancyprian Freedoms at the historic Metropolitan Oval in what is one of the longest-running rivalries in American soccer.
New York Greek American Atlas
A diving header in the 65th minute by midfielder Marko Drjlic put the Jersey Express into the Second Round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, leading to an eventual 3-0 victory over the New York Greek American SC at NJIT Stadium.
This Astoria-based neighborhood club, which is a long-time member of the historic New York Cosmopolitan League, has a rich history in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, winning the crown four times: in 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1974.
USASA Region I qualifying for the 2015 US Open Cup continued over the past two Sundays, with the Maryland Bays remaining alive in both the Open and Amateur Cups, Mass Premier Soccer advancing to the Open Final and changing its name to GPS Massachusetts, and New York Greek American Atlas nearly reaching double-digit goals against its Amateur Cup semifinal foes.
Despite a three-hour storm delay that saw heavy rain and lightning dominate the evening, the Richmond Kickers were able to get a comeback victory over New York Greek American Atlas SC thanks to two second half goals from George Davis IV & Tishan Hanley.
Josh Trott scored both goals as the four-time US Open Cup champions beat the Nor’easters 2-0 to earn their first tournament win of the Modern Professional Era.
With the win, the Freedoms advance to the USASA Region I Finals which will take place in the spring. There they will attempt to qualify for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup for the fourth time in the last six years.
Can’t wait for the US Open Cup Final and want some more related tournament action? Well, if you are a fan of the US Open Cup and live in the greater Chicago area, be sure to check out the conclusion of the USASA’s Open Cup National Championship featuring the four regional champions that were among the USASA entries into the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
Welcome to our continuing series of Meet the USASA features where we annually profile the clubs representing the United States Adult Soccer Association in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Advancing from the four regional tournaments, these often unknown clubs have great stories to tell and each year, our goal is to allow fans to get to know them as they attempt to become this year’s Cinderella story. Also check out our bonus feature, a profile of the first-ever US Club Soccer entry, Stanislaus United Turlock Express.
Reading United AC of the PDL advanced in the US Open Cup for the first time in club history, ending a string of frustrating results suffered in recent years with a 2-1 victory over New York Greek American Atlas.