By TRAVIS CLARK
U.S. Soccer's knockout tournament is officially back. After two months of intermittent play-in matches between a handful of MLS matches, the tournament proper began between a number of amateur and second/third division clubs in action.
Perhaps the only upset emerging from Tuesday night's opening-round matches was the triumph of USL-2 side Richmond Kickers, winners over USSF D-2 side Crystal Palace Baltimore 1-0. Amateur side Arizona Sahuaros beat PDL Ventura County Fusion on penalty kicks in the other notable result.
The rest of the USSF D-2 teams in action all won — Miami FC needed extra time against the Central Florida Kraze, but scored four in the added time to run away 5-1 winners. The Portland Timbers got two late goals to pad the final scoreline over the Sonoma County Sol, 3-0. Even struggling A.C. St. Louis avoided the upset, winning 1-0 against the Des Moines Menace.
Here's a look at the rest of the results from the opening round of the U.S. Open Cup:
U.S. OPEN CUP ROUND 1
Long Island Rough Riders 2, NY Pancyprian Freedoms 0
Harrisburg City Islanders 4, Brooklyn Italians 2
Real Maryland 2, Reading United 1
Charleston Battery 4, CASL Elite 2
Carolina Railhawks 1, Charlotte Eagles 0
Rochester Rhinos 2, Dayton Dutch Lions 0
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2, Detroit United 0
NSC Minnesota Stars 4, KC Athletics 2
Tampa Bay Rowdies 3, Legends FC 0
Austin Aztex 3, DFW Tornadoes 0
Kitsap Pumas 4, Bay Area Ambassadors 2
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