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Amateur clubs advance after opening round of new-look U.S. Open Cup


The first round of the U.S. Open Cup is in the books, with 16 amateur teams advancing to the second round, when NASL and USL Pro sides enter the competition under the tournament's new format.

From Tuesday's first-round results, Pacific Northwest sides Kitsap Pumas and the Portland Timbers' U-23 team both fell, with amateur side Cal FC, coached by Eric Wynalda, knocking off Kitsap 3-1 behind two goals from former UCSB and U.S. youth international Danny Barrera. Also of note was the extra-time performance turned in by the Ventura County Fusion, who blew open a 2-2 game with four goals after regulation for a 6-2 win over Fullerton Rangers.

After next week's second round, the 16 U.S.-based MLS teams will enter the tournament in the third round to face the winners. The draw to determine which winners the MLS clubs will play has not yet taken place.

Here are all the results from Tuesday's opening round and the fixtures for the second round:

2012 U.S. OPEN CUP


Chicago Fire PDL 1, Croatian Eagles 0

Reading United 2, New York Greek American Atlas 1

Orlando City SC U-23s 1, Jacksonville United 2

FC Sonic Lehigh Valley 0, Long Island Rough Riders 2

Aegan Hawks 3, Carolina Dynamo 1

Michigan Bucks 6, Jersey Shore Boca 0

Georgia Revolution 1, Mississippi Brilla 0 (ET)

GPS Portland Phoenix 2, Brooklyn Italians 3

Milwaukee Bavarians 1, Des Moines Menace 3 (ET)

Real Colorado Foxes 1, KC Athletics 3

Laredo Heat 4, ASC New Stars 2 (ET)

El Paso Patriots 3, NTX Rayados 1

SU Turlock Express 0, Fresno Fuego 2

Fullerton Rangers 2, Ventura County Fusion 6 (ET)

Portland Timbers U-23s 1, PSA Elite 3

Kitsap Pumas 1, Cal FC 3

SECOND ROUND FIXTURES (May 22; Tournament bracket can be seen here)

Jacksonville United vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

Chicago Fire PDL vs. Dayton Dutch Lions

Harrisburg City Islanders vs. Long Island Rough Riders

Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs. Michigan Bucks

Wilmington Hammerheads vs. Cal FC

Carolina RailHawks vs. PSA Elite

Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Fresno Fuego

Orlando City SC vs. KC Athletics

Charleston Battery vs. Reading United

Rochester Rhinos vs. Brooklyn Italians

Aegan Hawks vs. Richmond Kickers

Georgia Revolution vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

Des Moines Menace vs. Minnesota Stars

San Antonio Scorpions vs. Laredo Heat

El Paso Patriots vs. Charlotte Eagles

Los Angeles Blues vs. Ventura County Fusion


Which results stood out for you from the first round? Which second-round matchups do you have your eye on? See any amateur sides making it through to face MLS competition?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. 50/50 but only if they have a stadium that meets certain minimum requirements and the ownership wants to do it. Starting this year its a coin flip to determine the home team. Any team that makes it to the third round is guaranteed to face an MLS team.

  2. So, if my hometown Fuego beat Ft. Lauderdale, then they play against an MLS team? What are the chances to HOST an MLS team?

  3. Unfortunately my team is out its a shame this tournament doesn’t catch on more I find a lot of Americans just don’t follow cup competitions but I am still not sure why

  4. I love this tournament… can’t wait until the third round to see some MLS teams have to venture into the Southeast and some smaller markets in the midwest


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