Wednesday, May 23, 2012

US Open Cup 2nd round(up)

After another night chock-full of action, we're done with the second round of the 99th USOC. Which means MLS teams are about ready to jump into the pool. And of course it also means Seattle is rifling through its checkbook.

Couple notes from Tuesday's results:

— By beating the Chicago Fire's PDL unit 2-1, the Dayton Dutch Lions earned a date with the Columbus Crew in the third round. The game represents the first Ohio Derby in the modern professional era. Dayton beat Chicago on a mad scramble in the box with just seconds left after a corner kick.

— Pittsburgh gave up a 90th minute penalty against the Michigan Bucks to bow out of the USOC in a 1-0 loss. That smarts. There were 419 people at that game, so I can only imagine the thunderous outcry rippling through the firmament.

— The Georgia Derby between the Atlanta Silverbacks and the Georgia Revolution went to the Silverbacks, who have a pretty hearty campaign going for MLS inclusion. Atlanta's win means three-time defending champion Seattle, which would have hosted at Starfire had Georgia won, will be forced to travel to Atlanta Silverbacks Park for a third round date. Always love seeing MLS teams play in lower division grounds. Not that this one is any slouch.

UPDATE: Via the Silverbacks official site, the game was just moved to Seattle's Starfire sports complex after all. Which means they "reached a deal" after the fact. Suck. So much for that. Twitter is hilarious right now. The word "bribe" seems to be the word of the night. Makes it easier to win three straight when you can pay teams to come to you, eh?

— Among the goal scorers for third tier side Orlando City in a 7-0 rout of KC Athletics was none other than John Rooney, brother of the famed and follically challenged Wazza. Rooney finished with a fine brace.

— Brian Shriver, a one-time FCD draftee, scored four of the Carolina RailHawks' six goals, becoming just the ninth player in the modern professional era to score a double brace in a game.

Here's your scorecard courtesy of TheCup.Us.

 Michigan Bucks1FT0 Pittsburgh Riverhounds

 Long Island Rough Riders0FT2Harrisburg City Islanders

Cal FC4FT0Wilmington Hammerheads

Tampa Bay Rowdies3FT0Jacksonville United

 Dayton Dutch Lions2FT1Chicago Fire PDL

PSA Elite0FT6Carolina RailHawks

 Fresno Fuego2FT7Fort Lauderdale Strikers

KC Athletics0FT7Orlando City SC

 Reading United AC1FT2Charleston Battery

 Richmond Kickers4FT0Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks

Atlanta Silverbacks1FT0Georgia Revolution

Brooklyn Italians0FT3Rochester Rhinos

 Ventura County Fusion3AET1Los Angeles Blues

Laredo Heat0FT2San Antonio Scorpions

Minnesota Stars FC2FT0Des Moines Menace

 Charlotte Eagles1FT0El Paso Patriots


jon said...

There are some tasty match-ups as far as MLS teams traveling to lower division grounds. San Antonio, Minnesota, and Tampa in particular would be fun places to be next week. It's too bad about Seattle and ATL but I can't grumble too much as a Timbers fan since our FO arranged the same deal (though it turned out to be unnecessary after Wynalda's Cal FC put a whuppin' on Wilmington). But what's the deal with some of this 3rd round travel? Apparently we desperately need some more USL and NASL teams west of the Mississippi.

Will Parchman said...

Love that LA has to travel all the way to NC. With how spotty LA has been, that might be a fun game to watch. The RailHawks are no slouch.