U.S. Open Cup: NTX Rayados advance after 11-round shootout

NTX Rayados survived an 11-round shootout to beat Motagua of New Orleans and moved closer to advancing to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the eighth year in a row.

Kevin Ellis converted the winning penalty kick to give Rayados a 10-9 win in the shootout after their match ended 1-1.

What made his attempt unusual was it was his second attempt of the shootout and came after he missed his first attempt. Since Motagua finished with 10 players, Rayados were able to also use only 10 shooters, allowing them to go with Ellis a second time.

Rayados reached the fourth round in 2018, the farthest they had advanced in seven years. They become the 13th of 14 teams to advance in Open Division qualifying. The final team will be decided on Wednesday.

A fourth round will be held in the spring to determine the seven teams that will advance to the Open Cup along with the USA champion Milwaukee Bavarians.

Third Qualifying Round
November 17
GPS Omens (Bay State SL) 2 Safira FC (UPSL) 2 (Safira FC wins 7-6 on penalties).
New York Pancyprian Freedoms (Cosmopolitan SL) 0 West Chester United Predators (USL of Pa.) 3
America SC (UPSL) 2 Soda City FC Sorinex (Central League) 1
Livonia City FC (Michigan PSL) 0 FC Maritsa (UPSL) 0 (FC Maritsa wins 6-5 on penalties).
Southwest FC (UPSL) 3 San Juan FC (UPSL) 0
Santa Ana Winds (UPSL) 3 Buena Park FC (SoCal Premier League) 2
November 18
Rochester Lancers 2 (Rochester District SL) 1 World Class Premier Elite FC (Maryland MSL) 3
Virginia United (Woodbridge SL) 2 Christos FC (Maryland MSL) 1
Hurricane FC (UPSL) 0 Florida Soccer Soldiers (UPSL) 6
Cal FC (UPSL) 2 California United FC II (UPSL) 2 (match suspended)
IPS/Marathon Taverna (Oregon PSL) 3 JASA RWC (UPSL) 2
December 2
FC Denver (Colorado PL) 4 Gam United FC (UPSL) 1
January 5
Oakland Stompers (UPSL) 0 Academica SC (Liga NorCal) 1
January 12
Motagua New Orleans (Gulf Coast PL) 1 NTX Rayados (North Texas PSA) 1 (NTX Rayados win 10-9 on penalties.)
January 15
Cal FC (Calif.) vs. California United FC II (Calif.) (match will resume with score tied 2-2)
Next story loading loading..

Discover Our Publications