U.S. Open Cup qualifying: NTX Rayados advances for record ninth straight time

NTX Rayados qualified for the U.S. Open Cup for a a record ninth straight time from local qualifying by beating Celtic Cowboys Premier, 3-0, in the third round.

All 12 winners from this weekend's third-round matches in Open Division qualifying will advance to the 2020 U.S. Open Cup.

NTX Rayados got a hat trick from Mohamed Sesay, who has scored nine goals in three qualifying matches this fall.

Former U.S. U-18 Willie Raygoza, who played at UCLA, had his sixth goal in three games for Cal FC, which won, 2-1 at the Oxnard Guerreros to qualify for the second year in a row and fifth time overall. In 2012, it was coached by Eric Wynalda when it reached the quarterfinals.

San Francisco's Olympic Club advanced with a 3-1 at Colorado's Azteca FC thanks to goals by Javier Ayala-Hil, Bryan Burke and former USL Pro MVP Matthew Fondy. Nashville United got two goals each from former Tampa Bay Rowdies star Georgi Hristov and all-time Lipscomb leading scorer Logan Paynter to beat South Carolina's Soda City Sorinex FC, 4-0, and qualify for the Open Cup for the first time.

Another first-time qualifier is Louisiana Krewe FC, a 1-0 winner over Michigan Premier Soccer League champion Livonia City FC. Miami United FC U23 beat Florida rival Hurricane FC, 4-0, while Chula Vista FC won its third shootout in three qualifiers to beat L.A. Monsters FC after they played to a 2-2 tie.

East Region
Nov. 24 in Everett, Mass.
Brockton FC United (Mass.) vs. N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms
Nov. 24 in Warminster, Pa.
Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Pa.) vs. West Chester United (Pa.)
Nov. 24 in Glen Burnie, Md.
Christos FC (Md.) vs. Steel FC (Pa.)
Nov. 24 in Woodbridge, Va.
CD Huateras (Va.) vs. Virginia United

Central Region

Nov. 23 in Miami, Fla.
Miami United FC U23 (Fla.) 4 Hurricane FC (Fla.) 0. (Dominguez 7, Gordon 23, Micoli 38, Stamatis 45.)
Nov. 23 in Columbia, S.C.
Soda City Sorinex FC (S.C.) 0 Nashville United (Tenn.) 4. (Hristov 5, 62, Paynter 17, 88.)
Nov. 23 in Lafayette, La.
Louisiana Krewe FC 1 Livonia City FC (Mich.) 0. (Barrozo 70.)
Nov. 23 in Balch Springs, Texas
NTX Rayados (Texas) 3 Celtic Cowboys Premier (Texas) 0. (Sesay 56, 70, 78.)

West Region

Nov. 23 in Chula Vista, Calif.
Chula Vista FC (Calif.) 2 L.A. Monsters FC (Calif.) 2 (5-4 on PKs) (Rodriguez 34, Rubio 81; Robles Delgado 56, Salguero pen. 73.)
Nov. 23 in Aurora, Colo.
Azteca FC (Colo.) 1 Olympic Club (Calif.) 3. (Chavez 48; Fondy 3, Burke 63, Ayala-Hil 86.)
Nov. 23 in Oxnard, Calif.
Oxnard Guerreros FC (Calif.) 1 Cal FC (Calif.) 2. (Arriola 72; Raygoza 3, Alfaro 43.)
Nov. 24 in Boulder, Colo.
FC Boulder Harpos (Colo.) vs. Colorado Rovers
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