The Bays are the first Maryland-based team to win the USASA Open Cup Championship since the Baltimore Colts FC won the title back in 2005.
USASA Region I
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.
The 2014 edition of the US Open Cup is nearly upon us, but qualifying for 2015 is already nearing completion for Region I of the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
Days after the AC Blaugrana (Rhode Island) side that beat them in the preliminary round was disqualified for fielding an ineligible player, Mass Premier put a 5-0 thrashing on defending USASA Region I Open Cup champion Icon FC (New Jersey) on Sunday at Framingham State University.
With Blaugrana out, Mass Premier advances to the Region I Quarterfinals for the third straight year. They will host New Jersey-based Icon FC at Framingham State University on Sunday at 2 p.m.
A long series of state competitions culminates in this—the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) Region I Open and Amateur Cups, with the winners of each tournament qualifying for the 2015 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The Open CUp begins this weekend (April 6) with the quarterfinal round, while the Amateur Cup competition kicks off a week later.
A year after the Maryland Bays were defeated by the Screaming Eagles, denying them a third straight Maryland Open Cup title, on March 9, the Bays got their revenge.
A 2-0 victory over Hammers FC earned the Hawks a place in the USASA Region I Open Cup tournament, which will qualify a team to the 2015 edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
All four teams that advanced have won the tournament title in the last five years.
The 2013 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is still in progress, but two teams have already qualified to the 2014 version of the tournament.