Open Cup: Amateur Christos FC aims to make history

Maryland powerhouse Christos FC (named after a Baltimore liquor store) hopes to join a small group of amateur teams that have beaten MLS teams when it faces D.C. United in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Four other amateur teams -- the Michigan Bucks twice -- have beaten MLS teams, but Christos FC would  become the first amateur team to advance past the fourth round since MLS teams first entered the competition  in 1996 if it beat D.C. United.

Open Cup upsets: Amateur vs. MLS
YEAR MATCH
2012: Cal FC 1 Portland Timbers 0
2012: Michigan Bucks 3 Chicago Fire 2
2006: Dallas Roma 0 Chivas USA 0 (4-2 on PKs)
2000: Michigan Bucks 1 New England Revolution  0
2000: Chicago Sockers 0 Kansas City Wizards 0 (7-6 on PKs)

Christos FC has been a powerhouse in the USASA, winning a national double -- the U.S. Amateur Cup and Werner Fricker Open Cup -- a week apart in 2016, but it is making its first appearance in the Open Cup 20 years after its founding in 1997. It's also won Over-30 and Under-23 national titles.


Christos FC in the Open Cup:
FIRST ROUND: 3-0 at Fredericksburg FC (NPSL). Pete Caringi III opened the scoring in the fourth minute and added goals in the 50th and 87th minutes.
SECOND ROUND: 1-0 at Richmond Kickers (USL). Geaton Caltabiano's goal scored in the 79th minute gave Christos FC the win over the pro Kickers, who won the Open Cup in 1995, the last year before MLS clubs entered the tournament.
THIRD ROUND: 1-0 at Chicago FC United (PDL). Caringi found Levi Houpeau for a goal in the opening minute of the game and Christos FC held on for its third straight win.

Caringi, Caltabiano and Houpeau all played for Caringi's father, Pete, at UMBC. Most of the players are former college players from the Baltimore area.

Fourth-Round Entrants:
19 MLS
9 USL
3 NASL
1 USASA

U.S. Open Cup:
First Round: Results
Second Round: Results
Third Round: Results

FOURTH ROUND, SCHEDULE
June 13 in Boyds, Md.
D.C. United (MLS) vs. Christos FC (Md.), 7:30 pm ET
June 13 in Tukwila, Wash.
Seattle Sounders (MLS) vs. Portland Timbers (MLS), 10:30 pm ET
June 14 in Cincinnati, Ohio

FC Cincinnati (USL) vs. Columbus Crew (MLS), 7 pm ET
June 14 in Cary, N.C.
North Carolina FC (NASL) vs. Houston Dynamo (MLS), 7:30 pm ET
 June 14 in Providence, R.I.
New England Revolution (MLS) vs. Rochester Rhinos (USL), 7:30 pm ET
June 14 in Harrison, N.J.
New York Red Bulls (MLS) vs. New York City FC (MLS), 8 pm ET
June 14 in Chester, Pa.
Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL), 7:30 pm ET
June 14 in Kennesaw, Ga.
Atlanta United FC (MLS) vs. Charleston Battery (USL), 7:30 pm ET
June 14 in Fenton, Mo.
Saint Louis FC (USL) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS), 8 pm ET
June 14 in Dallas
FC Dallas (MLS) vs. Tulsa Roughnecks (USL), 8 pm ET
June 14 in Kansas City, Kan.
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) vs. Minnesota United (MLS), 8:30 pm ET
June 14 in Commerce City, Colo.
Colorado Rapids (MLS) vs. OKC Energy FC (USL), 9 pm ET
June 14 in Sacramento, Calif.
Sacramento Republic FC (USL) vs. Real Salt Lake (MLS), 10:30 pm ET
June 14 in Carson, Calif.
LA Galaxy (MLS) vs. Orange County SC (USL), 10:30 pm ET
June 14 in San Jose, Calif.
San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) vs. San Francisco Deltas (NASL), 10:30 pm ET

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