Two of the great names of the U.S. Open Cup -- the New York Pancyprian Freedoms and Ukrainian Nationals -- begin play this weekend in the first qualifying round for the 2019 competition.
The three-time champion New York Pancyprian Freedoms travel to Yonkers on Saturday to face the Lansdowne Bhoys in a battle of Cosmopolitan League teams.
The Queens-based Pancyprian
Freedoms were founded in 1975 by Greek refugees from Cyprus after the Turkish invasion of the island. They won Open Cup titles in 1980, 1982 and 1983 and were one of the rare American entrants in the
Concacaf Champions Cup in the 1980s, advancing to the semifinals in 1984.
The Pancyprian Freedoms are led by 38-year-old
, who played two seasons in MLS, former U.S. U-17 Andreas Chronis
, who moved to Greece out of high school, Jordan Shankle
, who finished up last year at St. John's
and Gerassimos Magoulas
, who played at Division II Dowling. Also on the roster is Alecko Eskandarian
, who won MLS Cup 2004 with D.C. United and now works in the MLS league office.
The Ukrainian Nationals host Eastern Pennsylvania rival United German Hungarians on Sunday at the Tryzub Ukrainian American Sports Center in North Wales.
The Ukes were formed in
1950 by Ukrainian immigrants and dominated the U.S. soccer scene in the early 1960s, winning four consecutive ASL titles (1961-64) and capturing Open Cup titles in 1960, 1961, 1963 and 1966. They
featured Brazilian-born U.S. international Alex Ely
and Walter Chyzowych
They moved to the German-American League and now compete in the United Soccer League of
Pennsylvania against the United German Hungarians, Vereinigung Erzgebirge and other institutions of the Eastern Pennsylvania soccer scene.
The Ukrainian Nationals survive in part because
they have a flourishing youth program. Northeast Region First Round:
Sept. 22 in Roxbury, Mass.
Southie FC (Mass.) vs. GPS Omens (Mass.) Sept. 22 in Cambridge, Mass.
Kendall Wanderers (Mass.) vs. Boston Siege (Mass.) Sept. 22 in Somerville, Mass.
(Mass.) vs. Mass United FC (Mass.) Sept. 22 in Jackson, N.J.
Jackson Lions (N.J.) vs. Newtown Pride (Conn.) Sept. 22 in Yonkers, N.Y.
Lansdowne Bhoys (N.Y.) vs.
New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y.) Sept. 23 in North Wales, Pa.
Ukrainian Nationals (Pa.) vs. United German Hungarians (Pa.) Sept. 23 in Warminster, Pa.
Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Pa.) vs. West Chester Predators (Pa.) Sept. 23 in Malden, Mass.
Boston City FC II (Mass.) vs. Juve-Pro Soccer (Mass.) Mid-Atlantic Region First Round:
Sept. 22 in Charlottesville, Va.
Tigres FC (Va.) vs. Cville Alliance FC - Reserves (Va.)
Sept. 22 in Columbia, Md.
Izee Auto (Md.) vs. World Class Premier Elite (Md.) Sept. 23 in Windsor Mill, Md.
Steel Pulse FC (Md.) vs. Aegean Hawks (Md.) Sept.
23 in Elkridge, Md.
Christos FC (Md.) vs. Rockville SC (Md.) Sept. 23 in Washington, D.C.
DC Cheddar (D.C.) vs. Super Delegates (Md.) Sept. 23 in Manassas,
Centro America FC (Va.) vs. Virginia United (Va.) First Round Bye:
Rochester River Dogz (N.Y.), Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.) Second Round:
Oct. 21 in
Rochester River Dogz (N.Y.) vs. Tartan Devils Oak Avalon (Pa.)
Sept. 22 in Winter Garden, Fla.
America SC (Fla.) vs. Orlando FC Wolves (Fla.) Sept. 22 in Miami, Fla.
Miami Sun (Fla.) vs. Florida Soccer
Soldiers (Fla.) Sept. 23 in Kissimmee; Fla.
Deportivo Lake Mary (Fla.) vs. Sporting Orlando SC (Fla.) Sept. 23 in Columbia, S.C.
Soda City FC Sorinex (S.C.) vs.
FC Cardinals (N.C.) Sept. 23 in Miami, Fla
Red Force FC (Fla.) vs. FC Kendall (Fla.) First Round Bye:
Central Florida FC Spartans (Fla.), Hurricane FC (Fla.), Shahin
Atlanta FC (Ga.) Central Region
Sept. 22 in Austin, Texas
Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) vs. San
Antonio Runners (Texas) Sept. 22 in New Orleans, La.
Motagua New Orleans (La.) vs. Port City FC (Miss.) Sept. 22 in Plano, Texas
Dallas Elite FC (Texas) vs. NTX
Rayados (Texas) Sept. 23 in Saline, Mich
Ann Arbor FC (Mich.) vs. Livonia City FC (Mich.) Sept. 23 in Houston, Texas
Bay Area Oilers (Texas) vs. Leon FC
(Texas) First Round Bye:
Aurora Borealis Soccer Club (Ill.), FC Maritsa (Mo.), FC Minnesota (Minn.) Mountain
Sept. 23 in Denver, Colo.
Indios Denver (Colo.) vs. FC Denver (Colo.) Sept. 23 in Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Colorado Rush (Colo.) vs. Harpos FC (Colo.) Sept. 23 in Commerce City, Colo.
Gam United FC (Colo.) vs. Northern Colorado FC (Colo.) Sept. 23 in Broomfield, Colo.
Colorado Rovers (Colo.) vs. Club El Azul (Colo.) First Round Bye:
Boise Cutthroats FC (Idaho), San Juan FC (Utah), Southwest FC (Texas), Sporting AZ FC (Ariz.) Second
Oct. 21 in Boise, Idaho
Boise Cutthroats FC (Idaho) vs. San Juan FC (Utah) Oct. 21 in Mesa, Ariz.
Sporting AZ FC (Ariz.) vs. Southwest FC (Texas)
Southern California Region
First Round: Sept. 22 in Lake Forest, Calif.
(Calif.) vs. Santa Ana Winds (Calif.) Sept. 22 in Calabasas, Calif.
Cal FC (Calif.) vs. San Nicolas FC (Calif.) Sept. 22 in Lake Forest, Calif.
(Calif.) vs. SC Trojans (Calif.) Sept. 23 in La Palma, Calif.
Buena Park FC (Calif.) vs. Valley United SC (Calif.) Sept. 23 in Bellflower, Calif.
Royals (Calif.) vs. Quickening (Calif.) Sept. 23 in Lake Forest, Calif.
CaliGators FC (Calif.) vs. California United FC II (Calif.) Sept. 23 in Long Beach, Calif.
Outbreak FC (Calif.) vs. L.A. South Bay Monsters (Calif.) First Round Bye
: Chula Vista FC (Calif.) West
Sept. 22 in Turlock, Calif.
Academica SC (Calif.) vs. Davis Legacy SC (Calif.) Sept. 22 in Oakland, Calif.
Leopards (Calif.) vs. Oakland Stompers (Calif.) Sept. 22 in San Ramon, Calif.
San Ramon Dynamos (Calif.) vs. JASA RWC (Calif.) First Round Bye:
Contra Costa FC
(Calif.), IPS/Marathon Taverna (Ore.), Napa Sporting (Calif.), Nevada Coyotes (Nev.), Real San Jose (Calif.) Second Round:
Oct. 21 in Portland, Ore.
Taverna (Ore.) vs. Nevada Coyotes FC (Nev.)