U.S. Open Cup Second Round Brings Plenty Of Upsets


If the second round of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup was any indication of how the tournament might play out this season it seems that it is the year of the upset. This week’s saw the introduction of the USL into the tournament. Yet despite the heightened competition it was the underdogs that would have their moment to shine.

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Of the 21 matches that took place on Wednesday, there was perhaps no greater upset than the Ventura County Fusion’s 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy II. Although the Galaxy II were resting some of their starters, they did hold the lion’s share of possession during the match. But a late goal by forward Abu Danlandi gave the Fusion the victory and the chance to play in the Open Cup third round for just the third time in their history.

Galaxy II were not the only lower-division MLS affiliate to lose on Wednesday night. Red  Bulls II also struggled against the Jersey Express losing 1-0.The Express gained the lead after forward Chris Karcz headed home a cross in the 56th minute. This was the Express’ first-ever win in the U.S. Open Cup.

In other U.S. Open Cup action FC Chattanooga of the NPSL outlasted the Wilmington Hammerheads 5-3 on penalties.

Meanwhile the Colorado Spring Switchbacks of USL held on for dear life as they were taken to the limit by amateur side Harpo FC. Harpo, who are sponsored by Avery Brewing Company, nearly came back from the brink with a goal by Kevin Haber in the 49th minute. But two early goals by Switchbacks forward Martin Maybin were enough.

Full results from the second round (courtesy of U.S. Soccer🙂

May 20West Virginia Chaos (PDL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)0-3Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.
May 20Chattanooga FC (NPSL) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)1-1 (5-3 PK’s)Legion Stadium; Wilmington, N.C.
May 20Virginia Beach City FC (NPSL) at Richmond Kickers (USL)0-2Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.
May 20Greater Binghamton FC Thunder (NPSL) at Rochester Rhinos (USL)0-1Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
May 20Louisville City FC (USL) at Lansing United (NPSL)1-0East Lansing Soccer Complex; East Lansing, Mich.
May 20Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) at Reading United A.C. (PDL)3-0Don Thomas Stadium; Reading, Pa.
May 20Miami United (NPSL) at Charleston Battery (USL)0-1Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.
May 20^Upward Star (NPSL) at Charlotte Independence (USL)1-4Eagle Field at Winthrop; Rock Hill, S.C.
May 19#Portland Timbers 2 (USL) at Michigan Bucks (PDL)2-0Ultimate Soccer Arenas; Pontiac, Mich.
May 20Real Monarchs SLC (USL) at Long Island Rough Riders (PDL)1-0St. Anthony’s High School; South Huntington, N.Y.
May 20New York Red Bulls II (USL) at Jersey Express (PDL)0-1NJIT Soccer Stadium; Newark, N.J.
May 20Seacoast United Phantoms (PDL) at Tulsa Roughnecks (USL)0-1Hurricane Soccer & Track Field; Tulsa, Okla.
May 20Des Moines Menace (PDL) at Saint Louis FC (USL)1-1, 1-2 AETSt. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.
May 20Oklahoma City Energy (USL) at Midland/Odessa Sockers (PDL)3-1Grande Communications Stadium; Midland, Texas
May 20Laredo Heat (PDL) at Austin Aztex (USL)0-2House Park; Austin, Texas
May 20Harpo’s FC (USSSA) at Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)1-2Sand Creek Stadium; Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 20*Orange County Blues (USL) at PSA Elite (USASA)1-2University High School; Irvine, Calif.
May 20Chula Vista FC (USASA) at Arizona United SC (USL)3-0Scottsdale Stadium; Scottsdale, Ariz.
May 20Ventura County Fusion (PDL) at LA Galaxy II (USL)2-1StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium; Carson, Calif.
May 20Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) at Sacramento Republic FC (USL)2-4Bonney Field; Sacramento, Calif.
May 20Kitsap Pumas (PDL) at Seattle Sounders 2 (USL)2-2, 2-4 AETStarfire Stadium; Tukwila, Wash.

2015 U.S. Open Cup Third Round Schedule (Courtest of U.S. Soccer🙂

May 27Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) at Chattanooga FC (NPSL)7:30 p.m. ETFinley Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn.
May 27Charlotte Independence (USL) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL)7:30 p.m. ETWakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
May 27Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at Charleston Battery (USL)7:30 p.m. ETBlackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C.
May 27Louisville City FC (USL) at Indy Eleven (NASL)7:30 p.m. ETCarroll Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.
May 27Jersey Express (PDL) at New York Cosmos (NASL)7:30 p.m. ETBelson Stadium (St. John’s Univ.); Queens, N.Y.
May 27Rochester Rhinos (USL) at Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)7 p.m. ETSkyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa.
May 27Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL) at Real Monarchs SLC (USL)7 p.m. MTRio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
May 27^Portland Timbers 2 (USL) at Seattle Sounders 2 (USL)1 p.m. PTStarfire Stadium; Tukwila, Wash.
May 27Jacksonville Armada (NASL) at Richmond Kickers (USL)7 p.m. ETRichmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.
May 27Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL)7 p.m. ETHighmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.
May 27Minnesota United FC (NASL) at Saint Louis FC (USL)7 p.m. CTSt. Louis Soccer Park; Fenton, Mo.
May 27Austin Aztex (USL) at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL)7:30 p.m. CTToyota Field; San Antonio, Texas
May 27Oklahoma City Energy (USL) at Tulsa Roughnecks (USL)7:05 p.m. CTONEOK Field; Tulsa, Okla.
May 27Chula Vista FC (USASA) at Sacramento Republic FC (USL)7:30 p.m. PTBonney Field; Sacramento, Calif.
May 27PSA Elite (USASA) at Ventura County Fusion (PDL)7 p.m. PTVentura College Sportsplex; Ventura, Calif.