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USASA teams move into spotlight
by Paul Kennedy, May 20th, 2013 10:23PM

TAGS:  us open cup, usasa


[U.S. OPEN CUP] Two teams from the USASA -- Icon FC from New Jersey and the Dearborn Stars from Michigan -- are still alive in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which moves into the second round of its centennial edition on Tuesday.

Making its first-ever U.S. Open Cup appearance, Icon FC defeated former Open Cup champion Brooklyn Italians, 4-1, in the first round thanks to a hat trick by Argjent Duka, brother of Chicago Fire forward Dilly Duka.

Icon FC, which travels to USL PRO's Richmond Kickers in the second round, also features one-time phenom Danny Szetela, who played in the 2005 Under-17 World Cup, 2007 Under-20 World Cup and 2008 Olympics and made three appearances for the USA before his career bombed out at the age of 23 in 2010, and former St, John's star Nelson Becerra.

Icon FC became only the second New Jersey-based USASA club to qualify for the Open Cup in the modern professional era.

Icon FC, Road to the Cup
New Jersey Semifinals
Jersey Shore Boca 2 Icon FC 2
(Icon FC wins 5-4 on penalties.)
New Jersey Final
Polonia Wallington 0 Icon FC 4
Region I Quarterfinals
West Chester United 2 Icon FC 4
Region I Semifinals
Icon FC 1 Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks 1
(Icon FC wins 7-6 on penalties.)

Dearborn upset the Michigan Bucks, perennial PDL powers, 2-0, in the first round on a pair of goals by former Bucks forward Niki Djokic at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas. Vito Longoria earned the shutout in goal.

The Stars, who will face USL PRO's Dayton Dutch Lions in the second round, only qualified for the Open Cup on a technicality. They protested their loss to the Kansas City Athletics in qualifying on the basis that the Athletics' field at Olathe North High School was too narrow. The protest was upheld and the Athletics couldn't field a team on short notice for the replay in Chicago.

Dearborn is just the third team from the Michigan Soccer Association to qualify for the tournament in the modern professional era.

Dearborn Stars, Road to the Cup
Region I Quarterfinals
Dearborn Stars 5 Cincy Saints 0
Region I Semifinals
Kansas City Athletics 1 Dearborn Stars 0
(Replay ordered -- but Kansas City Athletics forfeited.)

May 21 in Rochester, N.Y.
Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) vs. GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL)
Winner plays New England Revolution (MLS)
May 21 in Richmond, Va.
Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) vs. Icon FC (USASA)
Winner plays D.C. United (MLS)
May 21 in Reading, Pa.
Reading United AC (PDL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO)
Winner plays New York Red Bulls (MLS)
May 21 in Ocean City, N.J.
Ocean City Nor'easters (PDL) vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO)
Winner plays Philadelphia Union (MLS)
May 21 in Beavercreek, Ohio
Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) vs. Dearborn Stars (USASA)
Winner plays Columbus Crew (MLS)
May 21 in Cary, N.C.
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) vs. Carolina Dynamo (PDL)
Winner plays LA Galaxy (MLS)
May 21 in Plant City, Fla.
VSI Tampa Bay (USL PRO) vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)
Winner plays Seattle Sounders (MLS)
May 21 in Ocala, Fla.
Ocala Stampede (PDL) vs. Orlando City (USL PRO)
Winner plays Colorado Rapids (MLS)
May 21 in St. Paul, Minn.
Minnesota United FC (NASL) vs. Des Moines Menace (PDL)
Winner plays Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
May 21 in San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) vs. FC Tucson (PDL)
Winner plays Houston Dynamo (MLS)
May 21 in Austin, Texas
Austin Aztex (PDL) vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO)
Winner plays Portland Timbers (MLS)
May 21 in Fullerton, Calif.
L.A. Blues (USL PRO) vs. Ventura County Fusion (PDL)
Winner plays Chivas USA (MLS)
May 21 in Portland, Ore.
Portland Timbers U-23s (PDL) vs. Charleston Battery (USL PRO)
Winner plays San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
May 21 in Charlotte, N.C.
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) vs. Sounders FC U-23s (PDL)
Winner plays Chicago Fire (MLS)
May 21 in Conyers, Ga.
Georgia Revolution (NPSL) vs. Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)
Winner plays Real Salt Lake (MLS)
May 21 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) vs. Laredo Heat (PDL)
Winner plays FC Dallas (MLS)

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