U.S. Open Cup: Upsets galore -- seven in all -- in second round

Seven Open Division teams -- including local amateur qualifiers NTX Rayados and Sporting AZ FC -- upset pro teams from the USL in the second round of the U.S.Open Cup on Tuesday.

Calendar: U.S. Open Cup, third round

The PDL's Ocean City Nor'easters, Mississippi Brilla and FC Golden State Force and NPSL's Jacksonville Armada and FC Wichita also knocked off Division II teams to advance to next week's third round, the final round before MLS clubs enter the competition.

Two other amateur teams from the NPSL -- defending champion Elm City Express and Miami United FC -- also won. At least two Open Division teams will reach the fourth round and get a chance against MLS opposition. Two Open Division matchups -- Jacksonville Armada-Miami United FC and NTX Rayados-FC Wichita -- are set for next Wednesday.

Charlotte Independence (USL) 1, Ocean City Nor'easters (PDL) 3.
The Nor'easters beat a pro team for the sixth time -- only the Michigan Bucks and Des Moines Menace have more upset wins --  when they stunned Independence at Mecklenburg County Sportsplex with three first-half goals, two within the first seven minutes by former U.S. U-17 Kyle Gurrieri, who spent last season in Sweden after a year at Syracuse University. Haiti U-20 Fredlin Mompremier from Fairleigh Dickinson had the third goal. Third Round: at North Carolina FC (USL).


Jacksonville Armada FC (NPSL) 1, Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL) 0.
The battle of former NASL rivals was delayed by severe weather for over an hour at Jacksonville University's Southern Oak Stadium. J.C. Banks, the son of 1990 U.S. World Cup defender Jimmy Banks, broke the scoreless deadline near the hour mark. He was one of five starters who played for the Armada in the NASL last year. "We scored a great goal,” said Armada head coach Mark Lowry. "It was a wonderful contribution from every single player tonight." Third Round: vs. Miami United FC (NPSL).

May 16 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Jacksonville 1 Tampa Bay 0. Goal: Banks 58.
Jacksonville -- Holt, Charpie, Jerome, Beckie, Melvin, Castellanos (Portilla 69), Doyle (Silva 90), Yuma, Banks, Gebhard (Keita 80), Kilduff.
Tampa Bay -- Mizell, Lachowecki, Gorskie, Collins, Portillos, Blake, Nanchoff (Cole 75), Rozeboom, Flemmings (Hristov 67), Guenzatti (Graff 80), Fernandes.

Mississippi Brilla (PDL) 1, Indy Eleven (USL) 0.
Brilla will play in the third round for the first time in four Open Cup appearances thanks to University of Tulsa defender Koray Easterling's goal in the 82nd minute from a cross by Swiss midfielder Bastien Oberli, who plays at Campbell. Brilla is one of the top programs in the PDL, returning 10 players from its 2017 team that reached the semifinals. Third Round: at Nashville SC (USL).

Tulsa Roughnecks (USL) 3, FC Wichita (NPSL) 4.

FC Wichita came back from 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 down to stun the Roughnecks. Major Arena Soccer League star Franck Tayou was the hero with two goals, including the winner in stoppage time. “We enjoy playing with one another,” Tayou said. “When you have that, it makes the other things easier.” Thomas Wells (back home at the University of Tulsa, where he plays for the Hurricane) and Nelson Landaverde (with a free kick from 19 yards) also scored for FC Wichita. Third Round: at NTX Rayados (NTPSA).



NTX Rayados (BTPSA) 5, OKC Energy FC (USL) 2 (OT).
Christian Okeke's 90th-minute penalty kick sent the match to overtime after Rayados, who had led at halftime, rallied from 2-1 down. Okeke, who played college soccer at Bradley and Midwestern State, added a second goal in overtime and Rayados pulled away with goals by Lucio Martinez from the penalty spot and Alberto Rodriguez with his second of the match. Rayados, who play in the North Texas Premier Soccer Association, qualified for the Open Cup for the seventh year in a row, the longest streak of any Open Division local qualifier. Third Round: vs. FC Wichita (NPSL).

Sporting AZ (UPSL) 1, Phoenix Rising (USL) 1 (5-4 on penalties)
The Rising, second in the overall USL standings with a 6-1-3 record, appeared to gain control of the match played at Chandler-Gilbert Community College when Chris Cortez scored in the 64th minute, but Danny Arrubia equalized three minutes later for Sporting AZ. Andrew Weber, a backup on the Portland Timbers' MLS Cup 2015 championship team, made a save in the sixth round of the shootout, allowing Eijin Kishimoto to step up and score the winner. David Paul had had a chance to clinch the win in the fifth round for Sporting AZ but missed. Third Round: vs. Fresno FC (USL).

Orange County SC (USL) 2, FC Golden State Force (PDL) 4
FC Golden State Force twice trailed before Allisson Faramilio tied the match at 2-2 in the 47th minute. Goals from Samuel Goni and Pedro Fonseca in the last half hour gave the Force the win at Orange County Great Park. Third Round: vs. Las Vegas Lights (USL).

U.S. Open Cup, Results:
Play-in Round: May 6
First Round: May 8-9

Second Round
May 16 in Cary, N.C.
North Carolina FC (USL) 3 Lansdowne Bhoys (N.Y.) 0
May 16 in Erie, Pa.
Erie Commodores FC (NPSL) 1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL) 2
May 16 in Charleston, S.C.
Charleston Battery (USL) 1 South Georgia Tormenta FC (PDL) 0
May 16 in Reading, Pa.
Reading United (PDL) 1 Richmond Kickers (USL) 1
(Richmond Kickers win 4-3 on penalties.)
May 16 in Louisville, Ky.
Louisville City (USL) 5 Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) 0
May 16 in Madison, N.J.
FC Motown (NPSL) 1 Penn FC (USL) 3
May 16 in Miami, Fla.
Miami FC 2 (NPSL) 1 Miami United FC (NPSL) 3
May 16 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Jacksonville Armada (NPSL) 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL) 0
May 16 in Amesbury, Mass.
Seacoast United Phantoms (PDL) 0 Elm City Express (NPSL) 2
May 16 in Cincinnati, Ohio
FC Cincinnati (USL) 4 Detroit City FC (NPSL) 1
May 16 in Matthews, N.C.
Charlotte Independence (USL) 1 Ocean City Nor'easters (PDL) 3
May 16 in Clinton, Miss.

Mississippi Brilla (PDL) 1 Indy Eleven (USL) 0
May 16 in Tulsa, Okla.
Tulsa Roughnecks (USL) 3 FC Wichita (NPSL) 4
May 16 in Duluth, Minn.
Duluth FC (NPSL) 0 Saint Louis FC (USL) 2
May 16 in Sacramento, Calif.
Sac Republic FC (USL) 3 San Francisco City FC (PDL) 1
May 16 in Nashville, Tenn.
Nashville SC (USL) 2 Inter Nashville FC (NPSL) 0
May 16 in Dallas, Texas
NTX Rayados (Texas) 5 OKC Energy FC (USL) 2
May 16 in Midland, Texas
Midland-Odessa Sockers (NPSL) 0 San Antonio FC (USL) 4
May 16 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL) 3 FC Denver (Colo.) 2
May 16 in Chandler, Ariz.
Sporting AZ (Ariz.) 1 Phoenix Rising (USL) 1
(Sporting AZ wins 5-4 on penalties.)
May 16 in Clovis, Calif.
Fresno FC (USL) 2 Orange County FC (NPSL) 0
May 16 in Irvine, Calif.
Orange County SC (USL) 2 FC Golden State Force (PDL) 4
May 16 in Reno, Nev.
Reno 1868 (USL) 7 Portland Timbers U23 (PDL) 3
May 16 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Las Vegas Lights (USL) 4 FC Tucson (PDL) 2
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