U.S. Open Cup: USL League One teams shine in second round

The second round of the U.S. Open Cup is complete, sending 31 teams into the next round.

The third-round draw, which will also include 17 MLS teams, will take place on Friday at noon ET and air on U.S. Soccer's YouTube and Twitter channels.

The big winner in the second round was the USL League One whose 11 teams went 8-3. They were 5-2 against USL Championship teams. Five other lower-division teams won against higher-division teams, going 10-21 overall.

More teams from Division 3 and amateur leagues (16) than from the Division 2 USL Championship (15) advanced to the third round, which will be played April 19-21.

This week's results leave 56 teams still alive: 25 from MLS, 15 from the USL Championship, eight from USL League One, four from NISA, two from MLS Next Pro and one each from USL League One and NPSL. The only survivors from the first round were North Carolina Fusion U23 and Motown FC.

At least seven non-MLS teams will reach the fourth round, scheduled to take place on May 10-11.

Upset winners:

Amateur over Division 3:
Charlotte Independence (USL League 1) 2 North Carolina Fusion U23 (USLL2) 4
Motown FC (NPSL) 1 AC Syracuse Pulse (NISA) 0
Division 3 over Division 2:
Indy Eleven (USL Championship) 0 St. Louis City2 (MLS Next Pro) 2
Central Valley Fuego (USL League 1) 4 El Paso Locomotive (USL Championship) 1
Colo. Springs Switchbacks (USL Championship) 0 Northern Colo. Hailstorm (USL League 1) 1
FC Tucson (USL League 1) 3 Las Vegas Lights (USL Championship) 2
Bay Cities FC (NISA) 2 Monterey Bay F.C. (USL Championship) 1
Charleston Battery (USL Championship) 0 South Georgia Tormenta FC (USLL1) 1
Greenville Triumph (USL League 1) 2 Oakland Roots (USL Championship) 0.
Chattanooga FC (NISA) 3 Memphis 901 FC (USL Championship) 1

Debutant winners:

Ten teams won in their Open Cup debuts. They included both MLS Next Pro teams and the San Diego Loyal, whose debut was delayed two seasons because Covid-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 editions. Rio Grande Valley FC also won. The Toros are in their seventh season but were initially ineligible because of their affiliation with MLS's Houston Dynamo.


Indy Eleven (USLC) 0 St. Louis City2 (MLSNP) 2
Union Omaha (USLL1) 2 Des Moines Menace (USLL2) 1
Central Valley Fuego (USLL1) 4 El Paso Locomotive (USLC) 1
North Carolina FC (USLL1) 1 Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (USLC) 2
Western Mass Pioneers (USLL2) 0 Flower City Union (NISA) 1
Colo. Springs Switchbacks (USLC) 0 *Northern Colo. Hailstorm (USLL1) 1
Bay Cities FC (NISA) 2 Monterey Bay F.C. (USLC) 1
Albion San Diego (NISA) 1 San Diego Loyal (USLC) 2
Rochester New York FC (MLSNP) 1 Lansdowne Yonkers FC (EPSL) 0
Cal United Strikers (NISA) 5 San Fernando Valley FC (UPSL) 0

2 comments about "U.S. Open Cup: USL League One teams shine in second round".
  1. R2 Dad, April 8, 2022 at 1:33 p.m.

    Late Thursday result: Sacramento Republic FC vs. Portland Timbers U-23 Team (6-0). Match was over at the half. Men vs boys, really.

  2. Santiago 1314, April 8, 2022 at 11:08 p.m.

    It is going to be interesting to see how the 7 MLS teams that draw Non-MLS teams respond:
    Bury them or Play the "B" Team.???

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