May 21, 2013
LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP
Four PDL teams advance over pro clubs
Four PDL teams emerged victorious against NASL and USL PRO teams to find their way into Round 3 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Reading United AC got things going with Mario Pinto tallying the lone goal en route to a 1-0 upset victory against USL PRO's Harrisburg City Islanders. The win marked Reading's first upset against a professional club in its history.
FC Tucson was the victor of another dramatic PDL upset, outlasting the San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) for a shootout victory. Saeed Robinson put Tucson on top 2-1 with just over 20 minutes to play, but San Antonio got a goal back with a last-second penalty called in the 90th minute. Neither team could find the winner in extra time and the PDL side eliminated its NASL counterpart 4-3 in the shootout.
Also coming out on top for the PDL was the Des Moines Menace with a 1-0 victory against Minnesota United FC (NASL) and Ocean City Nor'easters (PDL) with a 1-0 win against USL PRO's Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
Laredo Heat SC almost made it five for the PDL as the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL needed everything they had to advance past the Heat. Tori Stahl finally put the Strikers over the top as he converted the final kick in the shootout that saw the NASL side win 7-6 on penalty kicks after the score stood at 2-2 through regulation.
SECOND ROUND RESULTS:
21. GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) 0 at Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) 1: With no score at halftime, thunder and lightning forced the game to go into a delay. The game got back underway just before 10 p.m. ET. The host Rhinos broke through for the first and only goal in the 65th minute when Bilal Duckett scored off a corner.
22. Icon FC (USASA) 1 at Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) 4: Argjent Duka got Icon FC on the board early, but the Kickers answered back two minutes later. Joseph Ngwenya assisted on the first goal and capitalized on a penalty kick to give the host Kickers the lead for good. Stanley Nyazamba tallied twice.
23. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 0 at Reading United AC (PDL) 1: Mario Pinto tallied the only goal of the game as Reading FC got its first-ever professional upset in club history. Reading has yet to allow a goal in the 2013 U.S. Open Cup.
24. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) 0 at Ocean City Nor'easters (PDL) 1: The win by Ocean City was its fifth against a professional team in its history, good for second among amateur clubs.
25. Dearborn Stars (USASA) 1 at Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) 4 (OT): After regulation time with the Stars already down a man and tied 1-1, extra time saw two more Dearborn players sent off with red cards. Gibson Bardsley scored twice in the overtime period to give the Dutch Lions a trip to Columbus to take on the Crew in the next round.
26. Carolina Dynamo (PDL) 1 at Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 3: The team at the top of the NASL table was too much for the Carolina Dynamo to handle in this Carolina clash. Three different players scored for the RailHawks, who will host the LA Galaxy in third round.
27. Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 2 at VSI Tampa Bay (USL PRO) 1: Georgi Hristov scored two goals in the first half to give the Rowdies a lead they would not relinquish. The Rowdies will now take on the three-time U.S. Open Cup champion and 2012 runner-up Seattle Sounders in Round 3 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
28. Orlando City (USL PRO) 2 at Ocala Stampede (PDL) 1: Orlando City striker Dom Dwyer tallied in the 27th minute, while the City defense didn't allow the Stampede to get a shot in the first half. Orlando City will host the Colorado Rapids in the third round.
29. Des Moines Menace (PDL) 1 at Minnesota United FC (NASL) 0: Des Moines eliminated Minnesota by virtue of a Brandon Fricke tally in the 86th minute and will now travel to Kansas City, Kan., to face defending U.S. Open Cup champion Sporting Kansas City in the third round.
30. FC Tucson (PDL) 2 at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) 2 (Tucson wins 4-3 on PKs): Saeed Robinson put FC Tucson on top 2-1 in the 67th minute, only to see the lead evaporate in heartbreaking fashion as San Antonio equalized on penalty kick in the 90th minute. Tucson rallied and became the fourth PDL team of the night to pull off the upset.
31. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) 2 at Austin Aztex (PDL) 0: The Hammerheads converted a 23rd-minute penalty kick to go up 1-0 and benefitted from an Austin own goal in the 68th minute to advance to Round 3.
32. Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 1 at L.A. Blues (USL PRO) 5: The biggest blowout of the night saw the L.A. Blues defeat in-state rival Ventura County Fusion as four different Blues players found the back of the net.
33. Charleston Battery (USL PRO) 1 at Portland Timbers U-23s (PDL) 0: Austin Savage provided the only goal when he got his head on a Jose Cuevas cross in the 60th minute to avoid the PDL curse that plagued several other teams in Round 2.
34. Sounders FC U-23s (PDL) 0 at Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) 3: The Eagles scored all three of their goals in the second half and shut out a Sounders U-23s side that scored five goals within the first 45 minutes a week ago. The Eagles will host MLS side Chicago Fire in Round 3.
35. Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) 3 at Georgia Revolution (NPSL) 2: The NASL side came away victorious in the Atlanta derby as the Silverbacks scored three goals in the first hour to hold off their crosstown foes. Kwadwo Poku, who came into the second round tied for the tournament lead with four goals, notched an assist for the Revolution.
36. Laredo Heat (PDL) 1 at Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 1 (Strikers win 7-6 on PKs): After Laredo's final PK attempt was saved, Toni Stahl converted the Strikers' seventh penalty kick attempt to send the Fort Lauderdale side home winners of the longest game in the tournament.