U.S. Open Cup: FC over SC for Orange County bragging rights

Paul Caligiuri's Orange County FC is one of only two amateur teams to survive the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup -- down from nine in 2018 -- when it beat the USL Championship's Orange County SC in a shootout after twice rallying from a goal down, the second time two minutes into stoppage time at the end of regulation.



On Tuesday, the amateur Florida Soccer Soldiers beat the Charlotte Independence in similar fashion, advancing in a shootout against the USL Championship's Charlotte Independence after twice coming from behind.

U.S. Open Cup Schedule:
Third Round

The FC-SC clash at Irvine's Championship Soccer Stadium appeared headed to overtime when Darwin Jones, the former Seattle Sounders' Homegrown Player, put OCSC up with a header in the 87th minute.

But Englishman Ryan Holland scored two minutes into stoppage time to send the game to overtime. The match ended 2-2 after 120 minutes but only after OCSC twice had shots cleared off the line by OCFC defenders.

The shootout featured a battle of young keepers: OCFC's 20-year-old David Preys, a LA Galaxy academy product now at Cal State Northridge, vs. OCSC's 17-year-old Aaron Cervantes, who was in contention to make the U.S. U-17 national team that has qualified for the 2019 U-17 World Cup.

Preys made the only stop, saving the first attempt by OCSC's Aodhan Quinn, to send OCFC into the third round, where it will play the Las Vegas Lights, coached by Eric Wynalda, Caligiuri's teammate on the 1990 and 1994 U.S. World Cup teams.

-- The only other non-USL Championship team to advance on Wednesday was Forward Madison. Peter Wilt's new USL League One team beat the El Paso Locomotive, 3-0, on the road. Japanese-Colombian Jiro Barriga Toyama led the Flamingos with a goal and an assist.

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The closest any other amateur team came to advancing was the Des Moines Menace, which fell at home to Saint Louis FC in a shootout. The hero was 18-year-old goalkeeper Patrick Schulte with three saves in the shootout in his first start for Saint Louis FC. The U.S. U-18 keeper is playing on a USL academy contract until he enrolls at Saint Louis University.

-- Wynalda and Caligiuri will be joined in the third round of the Open Cup by a third member of the 1990 World Cup team: Steve Trittschuh, whose Colorado Colorado Springs Switchbacks edged FC Denver, 1-0. Abraham Rodriguez, 16, was in goal for the Switchbacks.

-- A fourth member of the Italia '90 team came close to taking his team into the third round. John Harkes' Greenville Triumph SC (USL League One) lost to Charleston Battery, 2-1, on a goal by Ian Svantesson on minute into stoppage time.

-- The third round will consist of 19 teams from the USL Championship and one each from the USL League One, NPSL and UPSL. In 2018, 15 teams from the USL were joined by four from the NPSL, three from the PDL (now USL League Two), one from the UPSL and one from the North Texas Premier Soccer Association.

Tuesday, May 14
Charlotte Independence 2 Florida Soccer Soldiers 2 (4-5 on PKs). (Roberts 32, Oduro 92; Suazo 78, Sabella 118.)
Tampa Bay Rowdies 4 The Villages SC 1. (Kone 43, Steinberger 45+3, Allen 62, Taylor 90+3; Gyau 89.)
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3 Dayton Dutch Lions 0. (Brett pen. 57, 68, Velarde 90+2.)
Hartford Athletic 2 New York Cosmos B 1. (Swartz 16,  Jorgenson 25; Bardic 57.)
Nashville SC 3 South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 2. (Mensah 8, Winn 32, Lancaster 52; Billhardt 43 Meehan 68).
OKC Energy FC 3 NTX Rayados 1. (Sasivarevic 51, Eissele pen. 81, Watson pen. 90+4; Okeke 62.)
Austin Bold 2 Tulsa Roughnecks 0. (Guadarrama 33, Lima 74.)
San Antonio FC 2 Laredo Heat 0. (Eboussi 17, Guzman 41.)
Las Vegas Lights 2 Cal FC 0. (Ochoa 13, Rojas 50.)

Wednesday, May 15
El Farolito 0 Fresno FC 1. (Lawal 75.)
North Carolina FC 4 Richmond Kickers 1. (Fortune 16, Kristo 52, pen. 61, Chester 70; Ackwei 34.)
Greenville Triumph 1 Charleston Battery 2. (Hemmings 30; Svantesson 79, 90+1).
Indy Eleven 1 Lansing Ignite FC 0. (Enevoldsen 57.)
Louisville City FC 3 Reading United AC 0. (Thiam 12, Davis 19, Jane 88.)
Birmingham Legion 4 West Chester Predators 1. (Hoffman 21, Hollinger-Janzen 36, Kasim 51, Opoku 89; Wilson 61.)
Memphis 901 FC 3 NY Red Bulls U23 1. (Lindley 8, Morton 26, 73; Marin 5.)
Des Moines Menace 1 Saint Louis FC 1 (1-3 on PKs) (Perea 38; Greig 13.)
El Paso Locomotive 0 Forward Madison FC 3. (Barriga Toyama 19, Diaz 26, Michaud 76.)
Colorado Springs Switchbacks 1 FC Denver 0. (Donsu 45+2.)
Phoenix Rising 2 New Mexico United 2 (3-4 on PKs). (Flemmings 65, Jahn 101; Sandoval 79, 95.)
Orange County SC 2 Orange County FC 2 (4-5 on PKs). (Own goal 13, Jones 87; Collins 27, Holland 90+2.)
Sac Republic FC 1 Reno 1868 0. (Werner 82.)

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