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Six matches go to penalty kicks in first round of U.S. Open Cup

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The U.S. Open Cup began this week with teams from the lower divisions fighting for a chance to become giant killers in the second round.

PDL side South Florida Surf won the only game on Tuesday by a 4-2 scored over Red Force from Florida. The majority of Wednesday’s clashes featured clashes from the teams in the same state or region.

Six of the contests went to penalty kicks and a seventh went into extra time. Two of the biggest winners were the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NPSL and Fresno Fuego, as both teams notched 4-1 victories.

One match still has to be played, as Wednesday’s clash between Chicago FC United and Grand Rapids FC was postponed due to inclement weather. The winners from the first round will play next Wednesday in the second round, where clubs from the USL enter the competition.

Here’s a closer look at the first round results:


South Florida Surf (PDL) 4, Red Force (Florida) 2

Christos FC (Maryland) 3, Fredericksburg FC (NPSL) 0

Atlanta Silverbacks (NPSL) 4, SC United Bantams (PDL) 1

Burlingame Dragons (PDL) 0, El Farolito (California) 0 (Burlingame wins 6-5 on PKs)

Boston City FC (NPSL) 2, Western Massachusetts Pioneers (PDL) 2 (Boston City wins 5-4 on PKs)

FC Motown (New Jersey) 2, New Jersey Copa FC 1

Charlotte Eagles (PDL) 2, Chattanooga FC (NPSL) 0

Carolina Dynamo (PDL) 2, Legacy 76 (NPSL) 1

Miami United FC (NPSL) 2, Boca Raton Football Club (Florida) 1

Jacksonville Armada U23 (NPSL) 2, The Villages SC (PDL) 1

Ocean City Nor’Easters (PDL) 3, Junior Lone Star FC (Pennsylvania) 1

Reading United AC (PDL) 1, Clarkstown SC Eagles (NPSL) 0

Michigan Bucks (PDL) 1, Ann Arbor FC (NPSL) 0

Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pennsylvania) 1, Derby City Rovers (PDL) 1 (Tartan Devils win 4-3 on PKs)

GPS Omens (Massachusetts) 2, GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) 0

Dutch Lions FC (NPSL) 3, NTX Rayados (Texas) 1

FC Wichita (NPSL) 1, Azteca FC (Colorado) 0

AFC Cleveland (NPSL) 3, Des Moines Menace (PDL) 1

OKC Energy U23 (PDL) 1, Tulsa Athletic (NPSL) 1 (OKC Energy U23 wins 4-2 on PKs)

Anahuac FC (Nevada) 1, Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) 1 (Anahuac FC wins 5-4 on PKs)

Chula Vista FC (California) 3, Albion SC Pros (NPSL) 2

FC Golden State Force (PDL) 2, Outbreak FC (California) 0

Fresno Fuego (PDL) 4, La Maquina FC (California) 1

Moreno Valley Football Club (California) 2, Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 0

FC Tucson (PDL) 3, Colorado Rush 1

OSA FC (NPSL) 0, Seattle Sounders U23 0 (OSA wins 5-3 on PKs)

LA Wolves (California) 4, San Diego Zest (PDL) 2

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