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PDL and NPSL teams advance
by Paul Kennedy, June 10th, 2009 7AM



[U.S. OPEN CUP] The Sonoma County Sol of the NPSL and El Paso Patriots and Chicago Fire Premier of the PDL were the lowest ranked teams to win games on Tuesday in the first round of the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

All seven USL1 teams won their opening game on Tuesday. The Rochester Rhinos needed a 90th-minute goal from Taiwo Atieno to tie the USL2 last-place Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 1-1, and they went on to win the shootout.

In a battle of Massachusetts teams, USL2's Western Mass Pioneers edged the Emigrantes Das Ilhas, a team of Cape Verdean immigrants from the New England Luso American Soccer Association, 3-2, in overtime.

Two games -- Aegean Hawks FC/Real Maryland and Crystal Palace Baltimore/Ocean City Barons -- were postponed because of bad weather and rescheduled for Wednesday.

Play continues with eight second-round games next week. Following two rounds of play, the eight survivors will face the eight qualified Major League Soccer teams.

First Round
June 9
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL2) 4 (Fisher 1, Shipalane 42, Patterson 49, Severs pen. 60) Reading Rage (PDL) 1 (Ports 8).
Western Mass Pioneers (USL2) 3 Emigrantes Das Ilhas (USASA-Mass.) 2 (OT).
Carolina RailHawks (USL1) 2 (Paladini 14, Diallo 48) Richmond Kickers (USL2) 1 (Bulow pen. 20).
Wilmington Hammerheads (USL2) 2 Charlotte Eagles (USL2) 0
Charleston Battery (USL1) 2 (Paterson 1, Yoshitake 32) Atlanta FC (USASA-Ga.) 0.
Miami FC (USL1) 2 (Araujo 64, Serna 65) Lynch's FC (USASA-Fla.) 1 (n/a 35).
Cleveland City Stars (USL1) 3 St. Louis Lions (PDL) 0
Rochester Rhinos (USL1) 1 (Atieno pen. 90) Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL2) 1 (Bonseu 22).
(Rochester Rhinos win 4-2 on penalties.)
Minnesota Thunder (USL1) 3 (Cvilikas 30, 46, Saint-Prioux 40) Nebraska 402 (USASA-Neb.) 2 (Gotsmanov 12, Tony Schmitz 57).
Chicago Fire PDL (PDL) 3 (Braun 26, Akpan 28, Millian 53) Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA-Wis.) 1 (Zenoni pen. 64).
El Paso Patriots (PDL) 2 (Morin 27, Moreira 59) Arizona Sahuaros (USASA-Ariz.) 1 (Keller 67).
Austin Aztex (USL1) 2 (Harwell 18, Johnson 64) Mississippi Brilla FC (PDL) 0
Portland Timbers (USL1) 3 (Faber 46, McLaughlin 90, Hayes pen. 90) Kitsap Pumas (PDL) 0.
Sonoma County Sol (USASA-Calif.) 5 Orange County Blue Star (PDL) 2

June 10
Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL2) at Ocean City Barons (PDL)
Aegean Hawks FC (USASA-Va.) at Real Maryland FC (USL2)

Second Round
June 16
Western Mass. Pioneers at Harrisburg City Islanders
Wilmington Hammerheads at Carolina Railhawks
Charleston Battery at Miami FC
Cleveland City Stars at Rochester Rhinos
Chicago Fire PDL at Minnesota Thunder
El Paso Patriots at Austin Aztex
Portland Timbers at Sonoma County Sol
Aegean Hawks FC/Real Maryland vs. Crystal Palace Baltimore/Ocean City Barons


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