US Open Cup First Round Review

The 2016 edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicked off Wednesday night with 22 teams moving on to next week’s second round. The Premier Development league (PDL) had a nice round one, sending nine teams onwards in the competition. Here are your game capsules.

Richmond Strikers 1 – 2 Aromas Café FC

 A drab first half was followed by a wild second half and, eventually, extra time. Douglas Clare opened the scoring from Aromas in the 47th minute before Richmond’s Will Bates converted a penalty kick to level the game. Jake Van Yahres found the back of the net in ET send Aromas through to the second round.

 The Villages SC 1 – 0 Kraze United SC ­

The matchup of Florida based clubs came down to the wire. Neither team could find the net until The Villages’ Pedro Dias broke the deadlock with a 92nd minute winner. West Chester United 1(8) – 1(7) Fredericksburg ­ West Chester gave away a late lead when Ryan Zinkhan leveled the match, but the Pennsylvania club held on through an eight round penalty kick shootout to move on. Clarkstown SC Eagles 1 – New Jersey Express 2 ­ Juan Correa converted penalty kicks on both sides of halftime to help New Jersey take a 2­0 lead. Bljedi Bardic’s stoppage time goal made things interesting, but proved to be little more than a consolation at the final whistle.

Myrtle Beach Mutiny 2 – 3 Charlotte Eagles ­

The Eagles rode Dani Siaj’s brace to a 2­0 lead before Ryan Arambula got one back for the hosts and Jon Ander Ibarrondo sent the match into extra time with a stoppage time strike. The Eagles rallied to earn a penalty in the extra period, despite playing down a man. Marco Micaletto did the business from the spot to send Charlotte through.

 Miami Fusion FC 4 – 1 Boca Raton Football Club

 ­A 40 minute delay led to a drab first half. Two goals inside the first 20 minutes of the second period made things interesting before the Fusion took over behind a brace from Alan Faccini.

 Reading United AC 2 – 0 Atlanta Silverbacks ­

Reading kicked off its seventh consecutive USOC with a 2­0 win. Khori Bennett and Frantzdy Pierrot got the goals to knock out the Silverbacks.

Indy Eleven 1 – 0 Cincinnati Dutch Lions ­

Indy’s first ever Open Cup appearance was a success thanks to a 17th minute winner from Vincent Mitchell. The teams had to wait out a 1 hour, 58­ minute weather delay in the second half before Indy saw out the match.

Long Island Rough Riders 1 – 2 Lansdowne Bhoys ­

Lansdowne got off to a fast start of its first ever Open Cup appearance when Ovan Oakley scored in the eighth minute. The Rough Riders got a goal from Alfonso to level in the second half, sending the game to extra time. With the game seemingly destined for penalty kicks, Lansdowne won a 126 th minute penalty that Ciaran McGuigan converted for the win.

 New York Pancyprian Freedoms 2 – 1 New York Red Bulls U23 ­

Here’s something I bet you didn’t know: New York Pancyprian Freedoms are three­time USOC champions. The Red Bull youth side got a first­half goal from a Zach Knudson pk, but couldn’t hold on to the lead as Yanick Reyering scored a brace to get the Freedoms the win.

Michigan Bucks 0(3) – 0(4) Detroit City FC

The crosstown rivals needed penalty kicks to break a 120­minute scoreless tie. Evan Louro saved two spot kicks to help City get the win.

GPS Portland (Maine) Phoenix 0 – 1 AFC Cleveland ­

Antonio Manfut’s goal 24 minutes into the match held up despite a shot off the post and a Portland extra­time equalizer being waved as offside. Cleveland will get USL side St. Louis FC in the second round.

Mississippi Brilla 2 – 0 CD Motagua of New Orleans ­

The Brilla got two goals in the first half to see off fellow Southern side Motagua. Eduardo Cruz opened the scoring and Ignacio Flores doubled the lead with a shot that deflected off the post and in.

FC Wichita 1 – 2 Des Moines Menace

 Long­time participant Des Moines had to fight off a determined FC Wichita side making its USOC debut. Wichita’s Carlos Contreas opened the scoring just after halftime before Heath Preston equalized 10 minutes later. Leigh Veidman continued the first­round trend of late goals, getting the winner for the Menace in the 86th minute.

 Albuquerque Sol FC 0 – 2 Harpo’s FC ­

Harpo’s was never really challenged in the game, getting out to an early lead thanks to Christopher Salvaggione’s 14th minute strike. Shane Wheeler added a second goal in the 33rd minute. Sacramento Gold 3 – 1 Burlingame Dragons ­ Sacramento got a brace and an assist on the third goal from Manolo Pina to overcome the Dragons. Jamael Cox bent in a free kick to give Burlingame an early lead before Sacramento roared back for the win.

Ventura County Fusion 2 – 1 LA Wolves ­

Ventura heads to the second round for the second year in a row after its 2­1 win over the Wolves. Angel Espana got the Fusion’s first and Albert Ruiz doubled the lead later in the first half. Joey Chinca pulled on back in first half stoppage time, but it was not enough.

 FC Tucson 3 – 0 San Nicolas FC

FC Tucson scored early and dominated throughout to see off San Nicolas. Dom Papa got the opener in the sixth minute and Minh Vu converted a penalty kick in the 32nd. Vu bagged a brace with a 57th minute strike.

San Francisco City FC 0 – 3 CD Aguiluchos USA ­

CD got goals from Simon Rawsley, Miguel Santiago and Ricardo Guerra, all in the second half, en ­route to a victory over fellow Bay Area side SFCFC.

Portland Timbers U23s 0 – 2 La Maquina ­

The second of the MLS U23 sides in round one was also knocked out. La Maquina got an early goal from Alejandro Velazquez and held on until Edwin Barboa’s goal in second half stoppage time put the game away.

Sounders FC U23 3 – 1 Outbreak FC ­

Outbreak gave the Sounders all they could handle, getting a goal in the 29th minute from Oscar Aguero to take the lead. Seattle got back on level terms before the break when LeeRoy Maguarashe stuck a volley just inside the left corner. The game went to extra time before Seattle got goals from Ashkanaov Apollon and David Olsen to take a 3­-1 victory.