LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP Second round results and recaps
CHICAGO - The second round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup featured some greater offensive muscle than the opening round, especially from the USL PRO and NASL sides.
Defending USL PRO champion Orlando City Soccer Club had the most lopsided victory of this 99th edition of the tournament - a 7-0 thrashing against the USASA's Kansas City Athletics. The NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers also rolled a seven, topping the PDL's Fresno Fuego 7-2, with Aly Hassan scoring three goals.
The big individual performance of Tuesday's second-round matches came from Brian Shriver of the NASL's Carolina RailHawks as he netted four goals during his team's 6-0 win against the USASA's PSA Elite.
But not all of the USASA regional qualifiers bowed out of this year's tournament. Cal FC continued its run with a dominant 4-0 victory against the USL PRO's Wilmington Hammerheads to advance to the third round against Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers next Wednesday. Cal FC has allowed only one goal so far in the tournament, previously defeating the PDL's Kitsap Pumas 3-1 in the first round.
Three third-round scheduling changes were made following Tuesday's second-round play. MLS's Real Salt Lake, which would have gone on the road to face the NASL's Minnesota Stars in Blaine, Minn., is now hosting the third-round matchup. RSL and Minnesota will play each other at 7 p.m. MT on Tuesday, May 29, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
The Seattle Sounders also will host their third-round match, which originally would have been played in Atlanta, Ga., against the NASL's Atlanta Silverbacks. Seattle will host Atlanta at 7 p.m. PT on Wednesday, May 30, at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.
The Chivas USA-Ventura County Fusion game will take place at Ventura College in Ventura, Calif., kicking off at 7 p.m. PT on Tuesday, May 29.
2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
SECOND-ROUND RESULTS - Tuesday, May 22
Michigan Bucks (PDL) 1, Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO) 0: Stew Givens, the 2011 PDL Defender of the Year, came through on the offensive side Tuesday as he tallied the game-winning penalty kick goal in second-half stoppage time to lift Michigan past the Riverhounds at Chartiers Valley Stadium in Bridgeville, Pa.
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) 2, Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) 0: Yann Ekra and Brian Ombiji each netted second-half goals as host Harrisburg posted a shutout against Long Island at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, Pa.
Cal FC (USASA) 4, Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) 0: Danny Barrera scored twice and Artur Aghasyan and Pedro Ferreira also tallied goals as Cal FC upset Wilmington at the Legion Sports Complex in Wilmington, N.C. The USASA side built a 3-0 lead heading into halftime and never looked back.
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 6, PSA Elite (USASA) 0: Brian Shriver scored four goals as the RailHawks breezed past PSA Elite at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Three of Shriver's goals came in the first half as Carolina built a 5-0 advantage through the first 45 minutes. Amir Lowery and Zack Schilawski also had goals for the RailHawks.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) 7, Fresno Fuego (PDL) 2: Fort Lauderdale overcame a slow start and piled on six second-half goals to defeat Fresno at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Aly Hassan scored three goals, two in the second half, to lead the scoring charge. Mark Anderson, Walter Restrepo and Leopoldo Morales also found the scoring column for Fort Lauderdale. Orlando City Soccer Club (USL PRO) 7, K.C. Athletics (USASA) 0: Max Griffin and John Rooney each had two goals and Orlando City benefited from an early own goal during its win against Kansas City at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Sanford, Fla. Orlando's Jamie Watson and Matt Luzunaris also chipped in with a goal.
Charleston Battery (USL PRO) 2, Reading United AC (PDL) 1: Nicki Paterson's 79th-minute goal completed a second-half comeback for Charleston against Reading at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Reading's Olutolani Ibikunle gave his side a 1-0 lead in the 64th minute, but Charleston responded with a Dane Kelly goal in the 69th minute and Paterson's winner about 10 minutes later.
Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO) 3, Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) 0: Thomas McManus, Conor Chinn and JC Banks each found the net and Rochester blanked Brooklyn at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. Brooklyn defender Kirk Scarlet was sent off in the 59th minute for a hard challenge against McManus.
Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) 3, Jacksonville United (NPSL) 0: Mike Ambersley's second-minute goal was the early difference and Dan Antoniuk and Keith Savage added goals during Tampa Bay's victory at Patton Park in Jacksonville, Fla. The match was delayed for one hour because of lightning.
Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) 4, Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC (USASA) 0: Gerson dos Santos had two goals and Christopher Agorsor and Nozomi Hiroyama each had a goal as Richmond made quick work of the Aegean Hawks at Maryland SoccerPlex Stadium in Boyds, Md.
Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL) 1, at Georgia Revolution (NPSL) 0: Raphael Cox scored the game's lone goal in the 61st minute as Atlanta held on for the one-goal victory at RYSA Soccerplex in Conyers, Ga.
San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) 2, Laredo Heat (PDL) 0: In a match that featured three red cards, San Antonio prevailed on the strength of goals from Pablo Campos and Kevin Harmse at the Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio played a portion of the first half shorthanded following Walter Ramirez's 25th-minute red card.
Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) 2, Chicago Fire PDL (PDL) 1: Dayton's Dan Holowaty found the game-winner several minutes into second-half stoppage time for the win at the Toyota Park Practice Field in Bridgeview, Ill. The Fire PDL's Brendan King tied the score at 1-1 in the 90th minute. But Holowaty quickly got that goal back during a scramble in the box shortly after a Dayton corner kick.
Minnesota Stars FC (NASL) 2, Des Moines Menace (PDL) 0: Despite playing more than half of the match shorthanded, Minnesota blanked host Des Moines at Valley Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Simone Bracalello scored a goal in the 19th minute and Miguel Ibarra added an insurance tally in the 84th minute.
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO) at El Paso Patriots (PDL): Nate Thornton broke the stalemate with a 72nd-minute goal as the Eagles defeated El Paso at Patriots Stadium in El Paso, Texas.
Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 3, Los Angeles Blues (USL PRO) 1 (OT): Frankie Lopez scored two goals, including the go-ahead goal in the 107th minute, to lead Ventura County at Fullerton College's Hal Shurbeck Field in Fullerton, Calif. Travis Bowen added a penalty kick goal in the 116th minute for the Fusion.