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21 teams advance in U.S. Open Cup with Round 1 victories



For 21 teams, the U.S. Open Cup dream is still alive, but for 21 more, the tournament has come to a quick end.

The U.S. Open Cup kicked off Wednesday with a series of 21 matchups to start the tournament’s opening round. The victors have now earned a spot in the tournament’s second round, which is scheduled for May 20 and will see the introduction of professional clubs into the field.

Wednesday’s opening round was dramatic for the pair of teams that earned spots in the tournament through the play-in round. Both Cal FC and Harpo’s FC saw their contests pushed to penalty kicks, with Cal FC falling to Ventura County Fusion, 6-5. Meanwhile, Harpo’s FC was the beneficiary of penalties, knocking out BYU Cougars with a 4-2 victory from the spot.

In all, eight of the 21 matchups went to penalty kicks, with two additional games being decided in extra time.

Here’s a closer look at the results from Wednesday’s opening round of the U.S. Open Cup:


West Virginia Chaos (PDL) 1 – 0 Fort Pitt Regiment (Pa.; NPSL)

Greater Binghamton Thunder FC (N.Y.; NPSL) 1 – 1 Western Mass Pioneers (PDL) (Greater Binghamtom FC Thunder wins 4-3 on penalty kicks)

Lansing United (NPSL) 0 – 0 RWB Adria (Ill.; USASA)  (Lansing United wins 4-2 on penalty kicks)

Miami United FC (NPSL) 2 – 1 SW Florida Adrenaline (PDL)

Upward Stars (S.C.; NPSL) 3 – 3 Triangle Brigade FC (N.C.; USASA)(Upward Stars win 3-1 on penalty kicks)

Virginia Beach City FC (NPSL) 3 – 2 AC Connecticut (PDL)

Reading United AC (Pa.; PDL) 1 – 0 Maryland Bays (USASA)

Michigan Bucks (PDL) 3 – 0 Detroit City FC (NPSL)

Chattanooga FC (NPSL) 1 – 1 Ocala Stampede (Fla.; PDL)(Chattanooga FC win 5-3 on penalty kicks)

Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) 3 – 1 Brooklyn Italians (NPSL)

Jersey Express (PDL) 3 – 0 New York Greek American SC (USASA)

Seacoast United Phantoms (N.H.; PDL) 2 – 1 Global Premier Soccer (Mass.; USASA)

Des Moines Menace (PDL) 2 – 1 Madison Fire (USASA)

Midland/Odessa Sockers (Texas; PDL) 3 – 1 Tulsa Athletics (NPSL)

Laredo Heat (PDL) 0 – 0 NTX Rayados (USASA) (Laredo Heat wins 4-2 on penalty kicks)

Harpo’s FC (Col.; USSSA) 0 – 0 BYU Cougars (Utah; PDL) (Harpo’s FC wins 4-2 on penalty kicks)

Chula Vista FC (USASA) 2 – 1 FC Tucson (PDL)

Kitsap Pumas (Wash; PDL) 5 – 2 FC Tacoma 253 (NPSL)

Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) 2 – 1 Burlingame Dragons FC (Calif.; PDL)

Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 3 – 1 Cal FC (USASA)(Ventura County Fusion wins 6-5 on penalty kicks)

PSA Elite (Calif.; USASA) 7 – 1 Golden State Misioneros FC (PDL)


What did you think from the U.S. Open Cup’s opening round? Which teams still remaining do you see as possible Cinderellas?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 3 – 1 Cal FC (USASA)(Ventura County Fusion wins 6-5 on penalty kicks)

    ventura b like “lets make it interesting; forget the game lets shoot penalties”

  2. SHOUT OUT TO MATT RAILLA, my best friend and teammate on our win against Dragons FC!! Let’s make a run like we did for Cal FC baby

    • Yes. The 27th is when NASL comes in. Then it is the 2nd week of June, I believe when MLS gets involved. Then there is a drawing to figure out the placement for the 5th round, which is the quarters, semis, and final.

      …or you could get off your lazy ass and google it instead of making me type all this crap!

  3. You say that every year and every year the don’t. Promise to eat a hat or smg to make it interesting.
    So from these results NPSl=PDL>usasa


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