For the first time since 2002, Vereinigung Erzgebirge is heading to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup after knocking off their local rivals West Chester United with a 2-1 win in the third and final round of the Open Division Local qualifying tournament on Sunday afternoon.
West Chester United
On a picturesque Tuesday evening at Homewood Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, it took penalty kicks to decide the first round matchup between FC Baltimore Christos (NPSL) and West Chester United SC (USL of Pennsylvania).
West Chester United’s road back to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup for the first time since 2016 has been a meandering and arduous one with trips to Wisconsin, New York City and Boston all while juggling a roster of players with a wide variety of off-the-field commitments that interfere with weekend travel.
West Chester United won a fourth straight 2019 US Open Cup qualifying match away from home to qualify for the First Round of the competition with a 3-0 win over Boston-based Safira FC at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass.
It was a battle between the old and the relatively new, and it was the Predators who came out on top.
A second half goal from Matt Greer was the difference on a muddy day in the Philadelphia suburbs in a 1-0 win for West Chester United over Vereinigung Erzgebirge (VE) that put the club one step closer to qualifying for the 2019 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
Bavarians, who previously won the title in 1976, 2001, 2002 and 2003, qualified for the 2019 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup with the victory. It will be the seventh time in the Modern Era (1995-present) that the club has qualified for the Open Cup.
For one of the country’s oldest active clubs (est. 1926), Saturday’s victory puts Phoenix SC one win away from qualifying for the US Open Cup proper for the first time since 2011, where they lost to the Rochester Rhinos 2-1 in the first round.
Three of the four teams that advanced in the opening weekend of Round 2 are newcomers to US Open Cup qualifying.
West Chester United took the first step toward qualifying for the US Open Cup for the second year in a row.