[U.S. OPEN CUP REWIND: Second Round] Four PDL teams advanced to the third round of the centennial edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, including the Des
Moines Menace and FC Tucson, which knocked off teams two levels above them in the NASL.
DES MOINES MENACE. The Menace, coached by former FC Dallas head coach Mike Jeffries, beat Minnesota United FC, 1-0, for its fifth win over a pro club.
Brandon Fricke scored the lone goal on an 86th-minute header, and the Menace survived a late scare when Pablo Campos’ header hit off the crossbar. The win moves Des Moines into the third round at defending champion Sporting Kansas City.
FC TUCSON. FC Tucson knocked off the San Antonio Scorpions in a shootout after their game ended, 2-2. Saeed Robinson put Tucson on top 2-1 with just over 20 minutes to play, but San Antonio sent the game to overtime on a last-second penalty kick by Hans Denissen.
FC Tucson, which had tied the game at 1-1 on Ricardo Velasco's goal in the 55th minute, had beaten Phoenix FC of USL PRO in the first round.
OCEAN CITY NOR'EASTERS. The Ocean City Nor'easters beat USL PRO's Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 1-0, in the second round for their fifth win over a pro club in their history.
The Nor’easters' goal came in the second half courtesy of a thunderbolt from first-year player Ken Tribbett to set up a third-round date with the Philadelphia Union.
READING UNITED AC. Reading United AC edged the Harrisburg City Islanders, 1-0, on a goal by Brazilian Mario Pinto-Neto in a battle of Philadelphia Union affiliates to move into the third round against the New York Red Bulls.
Reading, which set an amateur record by qualifying for the Open Cup for the fifth year in a row, has won its first four games of the 2013 season by a 14-0 margin. Its starting lineup included Jamaican Damion Lowe (son of former Reggae Boy Onandi Lowe) from Hartford and Soccer America MVP Steve Neumann from Georgetown.
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U.S. OPEN CUP SCHEDULE, Second Round
May 21 in Rochester, N.Y.
Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) 1 GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) 0
Third round: Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) vs. New England Revolution (MLS)
May 21 in Richmond, Va.
Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) 4 Icon FC (USASA) 1
Third round: Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) vs. D.C. United (MLS)
May 21 in Reading, Pa.
Reading United AC (PDL) 1 Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 0
Third round: New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. Reading United AC (PDL)
May 21 in Ocean City, N.J.
Ocean City Nor'easters (PDL) 1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) 0
Third round: Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. Ocean City Nor'easters (PDL)
May 21 in Beavercreek, Ohio
Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) 4 Dearborn Stars (USASA) 1
Third round: Columbus Crew (MLS) vs. Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO)
May 21 in Cary, N.C.
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 3 Carolina Dynamo (PDL) 1
Third round: Carolina RailHawks (NASL) vs. LA Galaxy (MLS)
May 21 in Plant City, Fla.
VSI Tampa Bay (USL PRO) 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 2
Third round: Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) vs. Seattle Sounders (MLS)
May 21 in Ocala, Fla.
Ocala Stampede (PDL) 1 Orlando City (USL PRO) 2
Third round: Orlando City (USL PRO) vs. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
May 21 in St. Paul, Minn.
Minnesota United FC (NASL) 0 Des Moines Menace (PDL) 1
Third round: Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. Des Moines Menace
May 21 in San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) 2 FC Tucson (PDL) 2
(FC Tucson wins 4-3 on penalties.)
Third round: Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. FC Tucson (PDL)
May 21 in Austin, Texas
Austin Aztex (PDL) 0 Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) 2
Third round: Portland Timbers (MLS) vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO)
May 21 in Fullerton, Calif.
L.A. Blues (USL PRO) 5 Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 1
Third round: L.A. Blues (USL PRO) vs. Chivas USA (MLS)
May 21 in Portland, Ore.
Portland Timbers U-23s (PDL) 0 Charleston Battery (USL PRO) 1
Third round: Charleston Battery (USL PRO) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
May 21 in Charlotte, N.C.
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) 3 Sounders FC U-23s (PDL) 0
Third round: Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS)
May 21 in Conyers, Ga.
Georgia Revolution (NPSL) 2 Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) 3
Third round: Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL)
May 21 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 1 Laredo Heat (PDL) 1
(Fort Lauderdale Strikers win 7-6 on penalties.)
Third round: Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) vs. FC Dallas (MLS)
NOTE: Third round will be played May 28-29.