What a great night of action in the first round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup as the lower levels showed what they are made of. Some sides got their first action in this domestic club competition and dominated their opponents, but the one match that was very exciting to follow was in Western Pennslyvania. The NPSL’s Chattanooga FC traveled to face the USL Pro’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds in what would be an exciting finish.
A first half goal from Ivan Heredia in the 14th minute gave the Tennessee side the early led and after the half, a second goal from Mark Beattie gave the cushion in the 55th minute. But somehow late in the second half the Riverhounds flicked the switch and came back with two big goals from Jason Yeisley & Stefan Lundberg that forced the match into extra time.
Nine minutes into the first half of extra time Jeremy Deighton converts the match winner and the Riverhounds down by two goals, comes back to equalize and wins it in extra time. In another match that involves two Pennsylvania sides, alot of action on the field and a bit of a scrum that forces the on-field officiall to send a man off. The Reading United traveled to the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg to face the City Islanders.
Reading United dominated their four qualifying games to reach the first round and it looked like they were goiing to do that when they got the lead in the 35th minute when David Rodriguez converted his goal. It looked like Reading was dominating till a scrum insued between the two sides. Steven Okai started the fray and was shown a straight red card in the 53rd minute. Reading was down to ten men and the City Islanders took the advantage.
Two goals scored within four minutes as J.T. Noone equalized in the 86th minute then Sainey Touray converts the match winner that moves the City Islanders into the second round and they will host the Rochester Rhinos back at Skyline Sports Complex. Here are the rest of the scores from Round One of the US Open Cup.
Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Round 1 Scores
FC New York 3:0 Western Mass: Jhonny Arteaga, Hatrick
Harrisburg 2:1 Reading: Sainey Touray, Game Winning Goal
Pittsburgh 3:2 Chattanooga FC (AET): Jeremy Deighton, Game Winning Goal
Richmond 4:1 Dayton: David Burlow, Hat Trick
Charlotte 3:1 Carolina: Diego Martins, Game Winning Goal
NY Pancyprian Freedoms 2:1 Brooklyn Italians: Stefan Dimitrov
Wilmington 4:0 Central Florida: Andriy Budnny Two Goals & Jyler Noviello, Game Winning Goal
Orlando City 4:0 ASC New Stars: Devorn Jorsling: Two Goals & Game Winning Goal
Charleston 2:0 Regals FC: Nicki Paterson, Game Winning Goal
Rochester 2:1 Phoenix S.C. (PA.): Anthony Hamilton (PK) Game Winning Goal
Madison 4:0 AAC Eagles: Jed Holhbein, Two Goals & Tenzin Rampa, Game Winning Goal
LA Blues 3:1 Hollywood Utd: Mehrshad Momeni, Two Goals & Game Winning Goal
Chi. Fire Premier (PDL) 1:0 Iowa Menace: Chris Estridge, Game Winning Goal
Real Colorado 5:0 DV8 Defenders: Five seperate Goal Scorers
El Paso 0(5):0(6) Kitsap: After regulation and extra time Kitsap wins penalty shootout.
Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Second Round Matches, Tuesday, June 21st
#17 NY Pancyprian Freedoms Vs. FC New York At Belson Stadium St. John’s ;: Queens, NY 7:30PM
#18 Harrisburg City Islanders Vs. Rochester Rhinos At Slyline Sports Complex; Harrisburg, Pa. 7PM
#19 Richmond Kickers Vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds At Richmond City Stadium; Richmond, Va.
#20 Wilmington Hammerheads Vs. Charlotte Eagles At Legion Stadium; Wilmington, N.C. 7:30PM
#21 Charleston Battery Vs. Orlando City S.C. At Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C. 7:30PM
#22 Madison 56ers Vs. Chi. Fire Premier At Breese Stevens Field; Madison, WI. 8PM
#23 Kitsap Pumas Vs. Real Colorado Foxes At Bremerton National Stadium; Bremerton, Wa. 10PM
#24 Ventura County Fusion Vs. LA Blues At Ventura College; Ventura, Ca. 10:05PM