Open Cup: Amateur hour sees four upstarts advance

The reigning NASL champion New York Cosmos, former Open Cup champion Richmond Kickers, Indy Eleven and Pittsburgh Riverhounds all lost to amateur teams -- three from the PDL, plus USASA power Christos FC -- in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The PDL winners: 2016 champion Michigan Bucks, Reading United and Chicago FC United. Two other amateur teams, the Eric Wynalda's L.A. Wolves and GPS Omens from Massachusetts, advanced after defeating local amateur rivals.

May 17 in Reading, Pa.
Reading United 3 New York Cosmos 2. Goals: Marie 39, Micaletto, Pierrot 45; Alhassan 12, Szetela 64.
Reading United -- Beaury, R.Campbell, Chanis, W.Campbell, Finnegan, Delhommelle, Micaletto (Fox 86), Adams, Pieters, Pierrot (Bennett 68), Marie (Zandi 76).
New York Cosmos -- Maurer, Barnes, Mendes (Jakovic 46), Ochieng (Ayoze 46), Mulligan, Calvillo, Alhassan, Marquez, Szetela, Herrera (Flores 62), Restrepo.
Att.: 347.

Reading United stunned the Cosmos with three goals in six minutes at the end of the first half to reverse a 1-0 deficit, and it held on for a 3-2 win Albright College's Shirk Stadium.

Frenchmen Paul Marie (FIU) and Hugo Delhommelle (Lander) and Haitian-born Frantzdy Pierrot (College of Charleston) scored for Reading United, which has a long history as a PDL feeder to the pros.

Kalif Alhassan, who scored his first goal for the club to give the Cosmos a short-lived lead in the first half,  set up Danny Szetela for the second goal to cut the deficit to 3-2 in the in the 63rd minute.

Reading United, which held on despite losing English midfielder Mohammed Adams (Syracuse) to a red card in stoppage time, will face the Harrisburg City Islanders in the third round. The only other time it made the third round in its nine straight appearances was in 2013 when it fell to the New York Red Bulls.

May 17 in Pontiac, Mich.
Michigan Bucks 1 Indy Eleven 0. Goal: Atuahene 35.
Michigan Bucks -- Sheperd; Souahy, Kaba, Mukuna, Timmer; Snell, Dunwell, Owens, Stoneman (Cerda 46); Atuahene, Landell (Collier 66).
Indy Eleven -- Cardona; Vukovic, Manning, Watson-Siriboe, Palmer; Keller (Speas 46), Ring, Thompson, Plumhoff (Franco 61); Braun, Goldsmith.

Ghanaian forward Francis Atuahene (Michigan) scored the lone goal as the reigning PDL champion Michigan Bucks defeated the NASL's Indy Eleven, 1-0.

The Bucks had a chance to extend their lead late in the game but Elliot Collier has his shot saved by Indy keeper Keith Cardona and Ivo Cerda had his rebound cleared off the line by  Kwame Watson-Siriboe.

May 17 in Richmond, Va.
Richmond Kickers 0 Christos FC 1. Goal: Caltabiano 79.
Richmond Kickers -- DeBellis, Shanosky, A.Lee, Troyer, Wyatt, Yomby (E.Lee 83), Jane (Bolduc 80), Minutillo, Eskay, Grant, Minatel (Owusu Sekyere 80).
Christos FC -- Saunders, Glos, Kansaye, Albrecht, Fisher, Baxter (Graham 73), Houapeu, Forbess, Pereira, Joe (Caltabiano 76), Caringi.
Att.: 850.

Geaton Caltabiano's goal scored in the 79th minute gave longtime Maryland amateur powerhouse Christos FC a 1-0 win over the Richmond Kickers, who won the Open Cup in 1995, the last year before MLS clubs entered the tournament.

Richmond coach Leigh Cowlishaw made eight changes in the team that had tied the Harrisburg City Islanders, 0-0, in USL action on Saturday. The Kickers have won just twice in eight USL games and have scored only four goals, ranking 28th out of 30 teams.

May 17 in Evanston, Ill.
Chicago FC United 3
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1. Goals: Segbres 19, Barlow 73, Sierakowski 90+l; Banjo 52.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds -- Broome, Fitzpatrick, Jack, Thompson, Campbell (Washington 71), Parkes, Green, Howell (Kerr 38), Earls, Walsh (Hertzog 46), Banjo.
Chicago FC United -- Jackman, Gonzalez, Samake, De Bruijne, Sanchez, Moore, Perez, Garcia (Barlow 70; Farina 75), Segbres, Sierakowski, Catalano.
Mark Segbres scored the first goal and set up Wisconsin teammate Tom Barlow for the winner as the PDL's Chicago FC United defeated the USL's Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 3-1, at Northwestern's Martin Stadium. Ryan Sierakowski (Michigan State) added an insurance goal in stoppage time.

Chicago FC United, which is playing in its first Open Cup, will face Christos FC in the third round, assuring one of them to get to face an MLS opponent in the fourth round. The loss marked the second straight season the Hounds exited after their first game.

-- GPS Omens, which plays in the Bay State Soccer League, beat the NPSL's Boston City FC, 2-1, in a battle of Massachusetts amateur teams on goals by Keith Caldwell, brother of New England Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell, and Charles Romero.

-- Former LA Galaxy and Chivas forward Paolo Cardozo scored on a penalty kick in the 111th minute to give the L.A. Wolves a 1-0 win over Chula Vista FC in a battle of Southern California amateur teams.

12 comments about "Open Cup: Amateur hour sees four upstarts advance".
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now, May 18, 2017 at 9:55 a.m.

    LOL....the Cosmos.

  2. Quarterback TD replied, May 18, 2017 at 10:25 a.m.

    Yip... just like Red Bulls

  3. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 18, 2017 at 10:27 a.m.

    Actually unlike Red Bulls, Cosmos are likely to go defunct after this year. Their fans are so obnoxious that it will not sadden me in the least.

  4. Quarterback TD replied, May 18, 2017 at 10:47 a.m.

    The reason NYRB fans are so super nice is because their team is a bunch of losers.. I was there this weekend to watch the game for which I unwilling paid $1 for but after the game I was very happy knowing that people like you are going through withdrawals and depressions.. BTW how does it feel that another low end team like LA Galaxy came into your home and literally make you feel like a guest who should be sleeping in the dog house ? I am 100% sure only you can answer that on this site..

  5. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 18, 2017 at 11:06 a.m.

    No question that was a pathetic performance but since you are supposedly there every week you also qualify as a fan. How did it make you feel?

    It is early in the MLS season and, although I dislike the MLS playoff format, one benefit is that a team can be pretty average (or worse) for most of the season, get hot for a couple of weeks, and win MLS Cup - for example, Portland in 2015 and Seattle last year.

  6. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 18, 2017 at 11:09 a.m.

    And now your seats cost $1? A few weeks ago you were claiming your seats cost some insanely high amount that no seats in the arena actually cost.

  7. Quarterback TD replied, May 18, 2017 at 12:10 p.m.

    I don't have season tickets anymore but I still receive email super discounts and one of the discounts a few week ago was but one get one at $1..

  8. Quarterback TD, May 18, 2017 at 12:22 p.m.

    i am there for the entertainment just like when I go to a NY Knicks or JETS game and don't expect anything as far fetch like a championship. You are seriously dreaming if you think NYRB are going to win the MLS trophy. The closest NYRB is gettin to the trophy is watching it on television when they are home at the end of regular season.. I guess a fanboy like you will be be doing the same while making excuses for their failures..

  9. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 18, 2017 at 4:38 p.m.

    I know RBNY rejected your son but get over it. Actually who knows if they will win MLS cup? After all, it's just about whatever team gets hot in November. It could be them.

  10. Quarterback TD replied, May 18, 2017 at 6:22 p.m.

    Fire, the difference is you will follow NYRB through a sewage spill and still have excuses to be their very best fanboy and mascot. Me I will just go and watch and have a good time like I am watching a live Broadway comedy. Sometime one don't have to make a team to excel case in point Michael Jordan fail to make his high school team...

  11. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 19, 2017 at 12:02 p.m.

    I've never seen your son play but I doubt he's the next Michael Jordan. In any event, I have been highly critical of RBNY for refusing to spend some money even though the owner is worth $12 billion and of the gameday experience at RBA which could be a whole lot better. They could do more to market the team. And so on. But I don't give up on the team because I don't like absolutely everything they do. That's the difference between a fan and someone who shows up when he gets $1 seats because he can't find anything better to do when the NFL isn't on.

  12. Nick Daverese, May 18, 2017 at 3:44 p.m.

    When I played and coached in the open cup. You could call the winner as the best team in the United States. When the MLS went into it. Their coaches thought the league championship was the most important thing to win not the open cup. I am sure the Cosmos and the other second division teams and the mls feel the same way.

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