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.
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.