The big story from last night’s U.S. Open Cup first round is Harpo’s FC of the Colorado Amateur Soccer League, billed as Colorado’s Most Competitive League. It must be pretty good — Harpo’s is only in third place in Division 1 East.
They’re bringing a lot of attention to the U.S. Specialty Sports Association, which was only added to the U.S. Open Cup field in 2013. And I’d imagine a lot of people now have an interest in checking out Harpo’s Bar and Grill in Boulder. At the very least, I know where I’m going if I’m ever in Boulder while a UFC event is on.
And hirsute goalkeeper Zac Gibbens will surely be a cult hero for stopping several shots, including one in the PK shootout.
The starting points for reading about the first round are:
1. TheCup.us first-round preview, with each club’s Cup history.
Other first-round results (home teams listed first):
PDL over NPSL
West Virginia Chaos 1, Fort Pitt Regiment 0: Two first-timers in the Cup. West Virginia will get a few more players for the next round; they were busy with finals this week.
Long Island Rough Riders 3, Brooklyn Italians 1: The Italians won the Cup a couple of times in the pre-MLS days but couldn’t hang in here despite the heroics of keeper Mike Bernardi. The Rough Riders, who got two goals and an assist from Hofstra/England midfielder Joe Holland, are two decades old and were a big-time player in the USL A-League days. Footnote for women’s soccer fans: Former co-owner Louis Ederer represented Dan Borislow in his legal action against WPS.
Michigan Bucks 3, Detroit City FC 0: The perennial PDL and Cup contenders are still kings of the warehouse. And we have a Peri Marosevic sighting — goal-scorer for the Bucks. DCFC’s noisy fans were the talk of Twitter last night and impressed Detroit Free Press columnist Jeff Seidel.
Midland/Odessa Sockers 3, Tulsa Athletics 1: Yet another first-timer advances, in this case over a second-timer. TheCup.us counted eight countries represented on the Midland/Odessa roster. The Sockers’ coach flew in three hours before the game.
FC Tacoma 253 2, Kitsap Pumas 5: Please don’t name yourself after an area code. The other interesting tidbit from TheCup.us: Tacoma features a player on loan from an Italian Serie D side. Didn’t help here — Kitsap took a 5-0 lead and cruised.
NPSL over PDL
Western Mass Pioneers 1, Greater Binghamton Thunder 1 (GB 4-3 on PKs): First Cup win for the Thunder, knocking off a Cup perennial. Pretty impressive for a team with one player on the roster. The Pioneers were down to 10 men by the end.
AC Connecticut 2, Virginia Beach City FC 3: Each club was appearing in the Cup for the first time. ACC was formerly known as Connecticut FC Azul. I’m guessing this is the first time a Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads team has advanced since the Virginia Beach Mariners did it in 2006. I’d love to know how #7 Player Name and #13 Player Name fared.
Miami United 2, SW Florida Adrenaline 1: 93rd-minute winner. These two teams are also first-timers. The Adrenaline lost a player in the second half and then squandered an equalizer from 17-year-old Ray Gerke. Miami United also beat the Miami Fusion a few days ago. Yes, Fusion.
Chattanooga FC 1, Ocala Stampede 1 (CFC 5-3 on PKs): Late equalizer for the home team, which upset the Wilmington Hammerheads last year and will advance to face … the Wilmington Hammerheads. Chattanooga keeper Greg Hartley pulled a Matt Reis, stopping two PKs and making the winner.
Sonoma County Sol 2, Burlingame Dragons 1 (AET): Goals in stoppage time and extra time for the Cup veterans over the first-timers. The Sol roster includes a lot of players from “local high schools, Santa Rosa Junior College or Sonoma State.”
NPSL over USASA
Lansing United 0, RWB Adria o (Lansing 4-2 on PKs): Only one shot on goal for Cup debutant Lansing. Nice scarves. And nice camera angles on the PKs:
Upward Stars 3, Triangle Brigade 3 (Upward 3-1 on PKs): Back and forth in Spartanburg. What, you didn’t guess their location from the name “Upward Stars”? TheCup.us says the Brigade was formed in 2014 by a bunch of UNC club players.
PDL over USASA
Jersey Express 3, New York Greek American Atlas 0: Four-time champion Atlas, part of the New York area’s strong Cosmopolitan Soccer League, just couldn’t hold off the Express. Juan Correa had two assists.
Reading United AC 1, Maryland Bays 0: If only the debutant Bays could’ve found a home field. No, the Kris Ward who played in goal for the Bays is not the former Spirit assistant coach.
Global Premier Soccer 1, Seacoast United Phantoms 2: Down 1-0, down 10 men on the road in Massachusetts, the New Hampshire club scored in the 70th and 88th minutes. GPS falls to 0-3 in the Cup. Former Phantom captain Ben Brewster now plays for the Tulsa Roughnecks, their next opponent.
Des Moines Menace 2, Madison Fire 1: The perennial PDL powerhouse had little trouble with the Cup first-timers from the Wisconsin Soccer Leagues Major Division. Fifth-year Menace player Charlie Bales had two assists.
Laredo Heat 0, NTX Rayados 0 (Laredo 4-2 on PKs): Both teams have advanced in the Cup before. The last PK was converted on a retake — keeper moved early.
Ventura County Fusion 3, Cal FC 3 (Fusion 6-5 on PKs): The 2012 underdogs that knocked off the Hammerheads and Timbers couldn’t do it this time — this is the first time they’ve been ousted by another amateur team.
USASA over PDL
FC Tucson 1, Chula Vista FC 2 (AET): The visitors scored the equalizer in the 82nd minute. Tucson missed a chance to equalize on a PK in extra time.
PSA Elite 7, Golden State Misioneros FC 1: They went to PKs last year. Not this time, apparently.
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