The PDL's FC Golden State Force leads a trio of amateur teams into the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, where they will get a chance to go up against MLS opposition.
NTX Rayados, a
Dallas area amateur team with plenty of Open Cup experience, and Miami United, an NPSL team filled with former pros, also advanced.
These were their heroes: Allisson Faramilio (FC Golden State Force).
The 30-year-old Brazilian,
whose playing career has taken him to South Korea, Albania, Iraq and Kuwait, scored his third and fourth goals of the 2018 Open Cup to lead FC Golden State Force past the Las Vegas Lights, 2-1.
Allisson's penalty kick in the 90th minute extinguished the Lights, who became the eighth USL team to fall to an Open Division team in 2018. Seven teams fell in the second round, including Orange
County SC, which lost to FC Golden State Force, 4-2. USL second-round casualties:
1-3 vs. Ocean City Nor'easters (PDL) Tampa Bay Rowdies
: 0-1 at Jacksonville Armada FC (NPSL) Indy Eleven:
0-1 at Mississippi Brilla (PDL) Tulsa Roughnecks:
vs. FC Wichita (NPSL) OKC Energy FC:
2-5 at NTX Rayados (NTPSA) Phoenix Rising
: 1-1 (4-5 on penalties) at Sporting AZ (UPSL) Orange County SC:
2-4 vs. FC Golden
State Force (PDL)
Christian Okeke (NTX Rayados).
The 22-year-old Okeke, who played college soccer at Bradley and Midwestern State, scored his
third game-winning goal of the 2018 Open Cup to give Rayados a 3-2 win over the NPSL's FC Wichita. Rayados, who play in the North Texas Premier Soccer League, had blown a 2-0 lead after getting goals
from Adrian Ramos
and Christopher Escalera
in the first half. Rayados have qualified for seven straight Open Cups, but this is the first year they've made a long run in the
tournament. Tomas Granitto (Miami United)
. The Salvadoran-born Floridian scored the
winner with a brilliant shot from 25 yards as Miami United followed up on its 3-1 victory over Miami FC 2 with a 2-0 win at the Jacksonville Armada, another NASL team camped out in the NPSL. Granitto,
24, played one season at FGCU and later bounced around the NASL and USL. MLS's Sporting KC called him up from Swope Park Rangers in 2016 for a Concacaf Champions League match. May 23 in Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville 0 Miami United 2
. Goals: Granitto 21, Gorobsov 26. Jacksonville
Holt, Charpie (Portilla 68), Jerome, Silva, Melvin, Castellanos (Keita 72), Banks, Yuma, Doyle, Gebhard (Bement 86), Kilduff. Miami United --
Occenat, Gordon, Schenfeld, Pierre,
Navarro, Tejera (Marcelin 67), Granitto (Shamar 78), Ochoa, Domingues, Gorobsov, Micoli (Obregon 86).
Other third-round standouts ...
-- Brandon Allen
, the former New York Red Bulls forward, scored 19th minutes into
his debut for Nashville SC in its 3-1 win over PDL upstart Mississippi Brilla.
-- Ethan Bryant
, 16, drew a penalty that led to San Antonio FC's first goal in a match against the
Colorado Springs Switchbacks it eventually won on penalty kicks.