# USOC2019 2nd Rd. Preview: the dream continues

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American Open Cup
by Jonah Fontela on 13 May 2019

The long road to the 2019 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup continues on Tuesday and Wednesday (May 14 and 15) with the second round of the 106-year-old tournament, the national championship of the American football club. In total, 44 teams will play 22 games in a straight-ahead, single elimination format during the Second Round. At this stage, the pros from the second division of the new re-branded USL championship come to the party, hoping to close the number of remaining amateurs who survived the first round of last week unscathed.

As always, it is the simplest of comparisons: win and go on or lose and go home.

Spotlight on the northeast
The Northeast region will see seven games of the second round (two on Tuesday and five on Wednesday) and seven new teams from the USL championship take winners from the previous round.


(West Chester SC – the PA-based pro & # 39; s – are still on the move)

West Chester United, scrappy amateurs from the outskirts of the PA, played four off-road competitions and a First Rounder in Baltimore, who have so far collected hundreds of miles in the space of their five competitions. And they are back in the Second Round – on their way to Birmingham, Alabama to face the Legion, first-year USL Champion side led by President and General Manager Jay Heaps. "It's a shame we're on the road again," said Peter Nolan, defender of West Chester. "It is almost unfathomable to think that we have been on the road every game. It is not a motivating factor, but it makes it difficult with logistics and work."

One of the most appealing matchups is the journey from Reading United to Louisville, where they will take over Louisville City at Lynn Stadium on the campus of the University of Louisville. Reading, a minor-league affiliate of MLS & Philadelphia, and forever one of the best development teams in the country, fought against Philadelphia Lone Star in their opener last week, but eventually won 2-1 against ten men. But the first round of the Open Cup is often difficult in the USL League Two teams (formerly PDL) that are already arriving in their season, while players who still complete exams and rosters are still finishing. It will be interesting to see what Reading can do with a game that is now under their belt. John Hackworth & # 39; s Louisville City, for their part, does not have such concerns. Fully professional and together for an extensive pre-season, the back-to-back, reigning USL champions (and the second division team that went furthest in last year's Open Cup – Quarter Finale) will want their panache straight out of the gate show.

Hartford Athletic plays their first ever Open Cup match against New York Cosmos B (NPSL) at the University of Hartford. In the first season, Athletic plays as a team in the USL championship, against a team led by Danny Szetela, the former US National Team-up-and-comer, who sustained injuries and briefly stopped the game before re-emerging with the cosmos .


(The Richmond Kickers – 1995 champs – riding a wave of youthful enthusiasm Photo Jessica Hendricks)

The Richmond Kickers, 1995 American Open Cup Champions, travel to Cary North Carolina to record the always powerful North Carolina FC – led by the new coach Dave Sarachan. The Kickers are led by David Bulow, the old youth coach now in his first year at the top course in Richmond. He was the top scorer of the 2011 edition of the Open Cup and he knows what it takes to achieve results in this one-off match. "When I was playing, we always took the Cup very seriously, Bulow said, hoping that his 21-year-old Ghanaian striker Charles Boateng – who scored four last week in a 6-2 win over Virginia United – can stay hot "It's something that always counts, and still does, on the Richmond Kickers."

Elsewhere in the northeast, Pittsburgh Riverhounds organize Dayton Dutch Lions (which beat the Erie Commodores in the First Round) in their beautiful Highmark Stadium on the banks of the Monongahela River. Indy Eleven, shocked last year in this phase by Mississippi Brilla, opens their doors to Lansing Ignite, who beat AFC Ann Arbor 2-1 in the First Round. The Memphis 901 FC completes the action of the region and gets a fresh New York Red Bulls U23 team at AutoZone Park in Memphis.

Up for the Fight in Southeast
There are four games to look forward to in the Southeast region, with four USL Championship teams starting the battle and ready to play.

Tampa Bay Rowdies, a venerable old name in American Soccer, opens their Al Lang Stadium to The Villages, from Central Florida. The Villages won their USL League Two rivals in the Florida Tropics and hope to get some Cup magic against the Rowdies, who have not had much luck in the recent Open Cup game (they went out early in the last two years).

South Georgia Tormenta 2 took one of the big cups of the First Round with a win over pro-side Chattanooga Red Wolves (3-0) from USL League One. Tormenta 2, based in Statesboro, is the academy feeder for Tormenta FC, which plays in the USL League One and was eliminated by Grenville Triumph last week. Alle Tormenta now hopes to lie with the guys from Ian Cameron, who are going on a trip to take on a Nashville SC party that made a deep run to the Round of 16 last year.


(Tormenta fans hit a storm in Statesboro, Georgia)

Greenville Triumph, coached by American football legend John Harks, organizes Charleston Battery – the oldest permanently working pro-club in the country (associated with Richmond Kickers for the honor) at their Legacy Early College Field in Greenville in a matter that all South Carolina included. The battery, which is still led by Michael Anhaeuser, who has been a coach for a long time, has a lot to do with the Open Cup tradition and pedigree. They are the last team that does not come from Major League Soccer (MLS) to reach the final (2008).

The fourth and final game in the region pits SoFla & # 39; s Soccer Soldiers (from the UPSL) against the powerful Charlotte Independence of the USL Championship. The football soldiers, Sunday amateurs, showed tremendous spirit and talent during their first round win over a professionally run Miami FC side. They do not rattle after being dropped early and they will undoubtedly be a handful for the independence of Irish coach Jim McGuinness, who finished third in the Eastern Conference of the USL Championship.

Forward Madison, NTX Rayados Charge On
The central region starts this week with seven games (three Tuesday and four Wednesday).

OKC Energy, Oklahoma & # 39; s USL Championship side, must have a sense of deja vu with a date against NTX Rayados. The Dallas-based men's league amateurs beat them in the second round of last year and hope they will do the same this year after eliminating Little Rock Rangers (NPSL) in the First Round. A team consisting of young talent from the local community college system, teachers and school leaders, the Rayados have hit a proven system and play in their eighth consecutive Open Cup.

The heavyweight games of Phoenix Rising versus New Mexico United and Austin Bold vs. Tulsa Roughnecks are the only two games in the region that play USL Championship games in direct competition.


(Forward Madison won in the first-ever Wisconsin First Rounder last week against Bavarians SC from Milwaukee)

Forward Madison, the first-year USL League One team from Wisconsin, was impressed by last week's victory over the ruling national amateur champions Bavarian SC. They will look for more of the same as they travel the long way south to face El Paso Locomotive (USL Championship) who want the first team from El Paso to reach an Open Cup since the patriots in 1995 Last .

Saint Louis FC has had bad luck in recent years by moving deep into the tournament. They will have their hands full again when Des Moines Menace hosts their Second Rounder in Iowa. The Menace, who had an Open Cup race in 2005 with a fourth round appearance and two third round appearances in 2013 and 2014, were worthy winners over Zero Duluth FC in the first round – a game that included a penalty shootout and some fine goals required tending by a Jordan Bell.

Elsewhere in the Central Region, San Antonio FC (USL Championship) faces Laredo Heat or NPSL, who defeated Brazos Valley Cavalry in the first round of last week. Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL Championship) meet Sunday-League FC Denver-roster winners over Midland-Odessa Sockers last week – in a replay of their second-round match last year, which ended 3-2 in favor of the Switchbacks.

The Best in the West
The Open Cup is played under the bright lights of Las Vegas, where Cal FC – one of the best amateur sides in the country – takes on the Las Vegas Lights of the USL Championship. Aside from the promise of a popping game on its own terms, the match sees Lights coach Eric Wynalda against the team he chose. If Cal FC sounds familiar, it is because under Wynalda & # 39; s custody an almighty cup run was held in 2012 and the Portland Timbers managed to beat 1-0.

Some Cal FC stars of 2012 are back, including Danny Barrera and Richie Menjivar. "I just enjoy it so far and hopefully we can make some noise like we did a few years ago," said the El Salvador international Menjivar, ready to pick up a Lights side that will be much exhausted like many Wynalda players are Cup-bound for the affair. "I know the goal of the club is to have a great run like we did last time and I think it is certainly possible, but we play professionally-minded players so that every game gets the attention it deserves. "


(Cal FC on their famous day in 2012 when they defeated MLS & # 39; Portland Timbers in the Open Cup)

El Farolito, from San Francisco, looked like a dynamite in the First Round when they defeated Academica SC in Turlock, California. Leonardo Fredes scored the Open Cup Goal of the Round in that match, but he will be absent from the meeting of El Farolito with Championship Fresno FC after breaking his arm and scoring the same high kick. El Farolito has its own Open Cup pedigree and won the tournament in the semi-pro days in 1993 when the club was known as CD Mexico.

There is an Orange County derby on the cards with Paul Caligiuri & Orange County FC (NPSL) – conquerors of FC Golden State Force in the first round – who take on the Orange County SC of the USL championship. What a difference a letter can make!

The western region (and the second round as a whole) has an all-championship affair between the Sacramento Republic, led by Simon Elliot, winner of the former Open Cup, and Reno 1868 FC. The two met each other in the weekend in a league game and Reno can be satisfied in a 4-1 out. The Republic, for their part, has warmly served a chance of revenge.

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Second round

Northeast region

Date

Game (first home group listed)

Time

Place

May 14

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (USLC) vs. Dayton Dutch Lions (USLL2)

7 p.m. ET

Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, Pa.

May 14

Hartford Athletic (USLC) vs. New York Cosmos B (NPSL)

7.30 p.m. ET

Al-Marzook Field (Univ. Or Hartford); Hartford, Conn.

15 May

Indy Eleven (USLC) vs. Lansing Ignite FC (USLL1)

7 p.m. ET

Sellick Bowl (Butler Univ.); Indianapolis, Ind.

15 May

North Carolina FC (USLC) v Richmond Kickers (USLL1)

7 p.m. ET

Sahlen & # 39; s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

15 May

Louisville City FC (USLC) v Reading United AC (USLL2)

7 p.m. ET

Lynn Stadium (Univ. Van Louisville); Louisville, Ky.

15 May

Memphis 901 FC (USLC) vs. New York Red Bulls U23 (USLL2)

7 p.m. CT

AutoZone Park; Memphis, Tenn.

15 May

Birmingham Legion FC (USLC) v West Chester United (Pa.)

7 p.m. CT

BBVA compass field; Birmingham, Ala.

Southeast region

Date

Game (first home group listed)

Time

Place

May 14

Charlotte Independence (USLC) v Florida Soccer Soldiers (Fla.)

7 p.m. ET

Mecklenburg County Sportsplex; Matthews, N.C.

May 14

Tampa Bay Rowdies (USLC) vs. The Villages SC (USLL2)

7 p.m. ET

All Lang Stadium; St. Petersburg, Fla.

May 14

Nashville SC (USLC) v South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 (USLL2)

7.30 p.m.

Dean A. Hayes Track & Soccer Stadium (Middle Tennessee State Univ.); Murfreesboro, Tenn.

15 May

Greenville Triumph SC (USLL1) vs. Charleston Battery (USLC)

7 p.m. ET

Legacy Early College Field; Greenville, S.C.

Central region

Date

Game (first home group listed)

Time

Place

May 14

OKC Energy FC (USLC) v NTX Rayados (Texas)

7.30 p.m.

John Crain Field (Univ. Or Oklahoma); Norman, Okla.

May 14

Austin Bold FC (USLC) v Tulsa Roughnecks (USLC)

7.30 p.m.

Bold stadium; Del Valle, Texas

May 14

San Antonio FC (USLC) v Laredo Heat SC (NPSL)

7.30 p.m.

Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas

15 May

Des Moines Menace (USLL2) v Saint Louis FC (USLC)

7.30 p.m.

Cownie Soccer Park; Des Moines, Iowa

15 May

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USLC) vs. FC Denver (Colo.)

7 p.m. MDT

Weidner Field; Colorado Springs, Colo.

15 May

El Paso Locomotive FC (USLC) vs. Forward Madison FC (USLL1)

7 p.m. MDT

Southwest University Ballpark; El Paso, Texas

15 May

Phoenix Rising FC (USLC) vs. New Mexico United (USLC)

7.30 p.m.

Casino Arizona Field; Tempe, Ariz.

West Region

Date

Game (first home group listed)

Time

Place

May 14

Las Vegas Lights FC (USLC) v Cal FC (California)

7.30 p.m.

Cashman Field; Las Vegas, Nev.

15 May

El Farolito (NPSL) v FC Fresno (USLC)

2.30 pm & # 39; evening. PT

Boxer stadium; San Francisco, California

15 May

Sacramento Republic FC (USLC) v Reno 1868 FC (USLC)

7.30 p.m.

Papa Murphy & # 39; s Park; Sacramento, Calif.

15 May

Orange County SC (USLC) vs. Orange County FC (NPSL)

7.30 p.m.

Orange County Great Park – Championship Soccer Stadium; Irvine, California.

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