Cal South affiliates Moreno Valley FC, the LA Wolves and Chula Vista FC are moving on to the Second Round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup tournament. In the single-game elimination tournament, the winning amateur sides in the First Round advance to the round where professional Division II clubs are set to join. The Second Round is set to take place on Wednesday, May 17.
La Maquina FC and Outbreak FC, also Cal South affiliates, were bumped out of future contention. La Maquina had great success in last year’s tournament, finishing as the lone standing amateur club in the Fourth Round where they faced and fell to Major League Soccer side, the LA Galaxy.
|WEDNESDAY, MAY 17|
|5:00PM||OKC Energy FC (USL)||Moreno Valley Futbol Club||Taft Stadium; Oklahoma City|
|7:30PM||LA Wolves FC||Chula Vista FC||Azusa Pacific University; Azusa|
The following is a recap of the US Open Cup Round 1, courtesy of ussoccer.com
Albion SC Pros (NPSL) 2, Chula Vista FC (Calif.) 3
Albion were handed an early blow when Luke Staats was shown a 16th minute red card. The home side held on through a nervy, scoreless match until the flood gates opened when Chula Vista FC’s Alberto Diaz broke the deadlock in the 74th minute. Albion had a chance to equalize just after the goal when David Luquen was chopped down in the box by CVFC defender by Gilberto Lopez, but the striker put his attempt off the bar. Just four minutes later, Chula Vista defender Gilberto Lopez was shown a second yellow card for a foul in the box, leading to his ejection and an Albion penalty kick. Just two minutes later, Lopez was sent packing when he committed a hand ball in the box, resulting in a follow-up penalty kick. The second attempt was coolly converted by Luan Oliveira to bring things level in the 79th minute. Chula Vista then grabbed the go-ahead goal when Jaime Verdin pounced on a rebound in the 89th, before Oscar Hernandez added an insurance strike in the second minute of stoppage time. That goal would end up being needed as Albion pulled one back through Lester Hayes a minute later, but the comeback was too late as Chula Vista outlasted the NPSL side to set up their Second Round clash with LA Wolves FC.
FC Golden State Force (PDL) 2, Outbreak FC (Calif.) 0
Despite playing most of the match with 10 men, FC Golden State Force notched a 2-0 victory against Outbreak FC on Wednesday evening. The Force found the scoresheet early when Mark Verso tallied in the seventh minute. FC Golden State found the back of the net again on a 21st minute tally from Bruno Lavandoski, but were forced to play a man down for most of the match when Dominic Oduro was sent off in the 29th minute. The Force will host Orange County SC of the USL in the Second Round of the competition.
Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 1, Moreno Valley Fútbol Club (Calif.) 2
Ventura County Fusion did its best to overcome an early two-goal deficit, but it’s last-minute effort wasn’t enough in a 2-1 win for Moreno Valley Fútbol Club. Former Fusion player Javier Castro gave Moreno Valley a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute, followed by a Norberto Ochoa insurance goal four minutes later. Ventura County failed to convert an 84th minute penalty, but Kevin Feucht put them on the board in the final moments of the game. Moreno Valley will travel to Oklahoma City for a contest against the OKC Energy FC in the Second Round.
Fresno Fuego (PDL) 4, La Máquina FC (Calif.) 1
Jose Cuevas ignited a rowdy crowd at Chukchansi Park with a tally in the 19th and minute as Fresno Fuego hosted La Máquina FC. La Máquina, who had advanced to the Fourth Round of the 2016 U.S. Open Cup only to fall to LA Galaxy in extra time, would not go down easy and Jose Montes de Oca leveled the match in the 64th minute. Fresno went back ahead on another Cuevas goal in the 73rd minute and poured it on with additional strikes from Joey Chica and Etiando Tavares for a 4-1 win. Fresno moves on to host the USL’s Phoenix Rising FC in the Second Round.
L.A. Wolves FC (Calif.) 4, San Diego Zest (PDL) 2
Chuck Pitts opened the scoring for L.A. Wolves in the 36th minute. Miguel Sanchez doubled the advantage by getting on the end of a corner kick just before the hour mark and L.A. Wolves got a third goal in the 62nd. The San Diego Zest regained some hope when substitute Joseph Fortini pulled one back in the 70th minute, but L.A. Wolves took back the three-goal advantage when Paolo Cardozo’s individual effort in the box led to an own goal. San Diego got a consolation penalty kick from Patrick McGrath in the 86th, but it wasn’t enough to spark a full comeback as L.A. Wolves FC booked their Second Round date against Chula Vista FC.