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Night of excitement for lower divisions, amateurs (US Open Cup 1st Rd results)

Detroit FC advances on PKs - Photo courtesy US Soccer

The first round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is in the books.

Below you’ll find the complete list of the results, but the excitement from the first round of U.S. Open Cup is something very unique — providing the amateurs and lower division clubs with a chance to be a part of something special and prestige of advancing and playing against higher division teams.

Of local interest, the Erie Commodores came away with its first-ever win in Open Cup — beating Rochester River Dogz in a match that went to penalty kicks (1-1, 5-4 PKs). This sets up a match next week — where the Commodores will be hosting the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC at Gannon University on Wednesday, May 16. This match-up should provide a fun backdrop and create a nice buzz for soccer in Northwestern PA in the week to come.

RELATED: Commodores win first-ever Open Cup match; to host Hounds in 2nd round on May 16 

In addition to the scores below — I thought it would be fun to capture just a few snippets from the excitement and highlights from first round as folks all across the country were getting swept up in the euphoria of a knockout tournament that includes the heart and soul of American soccer — the local clubs and amateurs.

#USOC2018 1st Round Highlights

How’s this for a ridiculous goal?

It’s the first time of year in the US when games go to extra time — and PKs become a thing


No MLS team in Detroit? Just fine with these folks…

Wins provide a chance to play the pros.

And, who doesn’t love a 7-4 scoreline? (other than Bob Lilley)

Fourth division NPSL and PDL did well, but there were qualifiers and amateurs that got through…

May 6 Miami FC 2 (NPSL) 1:3 FC Miami City (PDL) Tropical Park Stadium – Miami, FL
May 6 The Villages SC (PDL) 2:1 Jacksonville Armada FC (NPSL) Southern Oak Stadium (Jacksonville Univ.) – Jacksonville, FL
May 6 New York Cosmos B (NPSL) 3:2 Brooklyn Italians FC (NPSL) Long Island University Athletic Complex – Brooklyn, NY
May 8 Kitsap SC Pumas (NPSL) 0:5 Portland Timbers U23s (PDL) McCulloch Stadium – Salem, OR
May 9 Ocean City Nor’easters (PDL) 3:0 AFC Ann Arbor (NPSL) Scicluna Field (Eastern Michigan Univ.) – Ypsilanti, MI
May 9 Elm City Express (NPSL) 2:1 Western Mass Pioneers (PDL) Lusitano Field – Ludlow, MA
May 9 New York Red Bulls U23s (PDL) 1:2 FC Motown (NPSL) Ranger Stadium (Drew Univ.) – Madison, NJ
May 9 Christos FC (USASA) 1:1 (4:5 PK) Reading United AC (PDL) Alvernia University Stadium – Reading, PA
May 9 Rochester River Dogz (USASA) 1:1 (4:5 PK) Erie Commodores FC (NPSL) Gannon Univ. Field – Erie, PA
May 9 Jacksonville Armada FC (NPSL) 2:0 SIMA Aguilas (PDL) Montverde Academy – Montverde, FL
May 9 Inter Nashville FC (NPSL) 6:1 Charlotte Eagles (PDL) Mecklenburg Co. Sportsplex – Matthews, NC
May 9 Red Force FC (USASA) 0:4 Miami FC (NPSL) FIU Stadium – Miami, FL
May 9 South Georgia Tormenta FC (PDL) 2:1 Myrtle Beach Mutiny (PDL) North Myrtle Beach Sports Park (Field 6) – Little River, SC
May 9 Seacoast United Phantoms (PDL) 2:2 (5:6 PK) Kendall Wanderers (USASA) Seacoast United Sports Park – Amesbury, MA
May 9 Michigan Bucks (PDL) 2:2 (5:6 PK) Detroit City FC (NPSL) Keyworth Stadium – Hamtramck, MI
May 9 FC Kendall (USASA) 1:5 Miami United FC (NPSL) Ted Hendricks Stadium – Hialeah, FL
May 9 Lansdowne Bhoys FC (USASA) 2:0 Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) Long Island University Athletic Complex – Brooklyn, NY
May 9 Kingston Stockade FC (NPSL) 3:6 (AET) Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) John Burns Park – Massapequa, NY
May 9 Mississippi Brilla (PDL) 1:1 (3:2 PK) New Orleans Jesters (NPSL) Pan American Stadium – New Orleans, LA
May 9 OKC Energy U23s (PDL) 1:3 FC Wichita (NPSL) Adair-Austin Stadium (Friends Univ.) – Wichita, KS
May 9 Dakota Fusion FC (NPSL) 4:4 (0:3 PK) Duluth FC (NPSL) Public Schools Stadium – Duluth, MN
May 9 Lakeland Tropics (PDL) 0:3 Midland-Odessa FC (NPSL) Grande Communications Stadium – Midland, TX
May 9 Fort Worth Vaqueros (NPSL) 1:2 NTX Rayados (USASA) Richland Comm. College (Field 10) – Dallas, TX
May 9 San Francisco City FC (PDL) 4:0 CD Aguiluchos USA (NPSL) Raimondi Park – Oakland, CA
May 9 Azteca FC (USSSA) 2:4 FC Denver (USSSA) North Stadium – Westminster, CO
May 9 LA Wolves FC (USASA) 1:3 FC Golden State Force (PDL) Rio Hondo College – Whittier, CA
 May 9 Santa Ana Winds FC (USASA) 0:3 Orange County FC (NPSL) Orange County Great Park (Championship Stadium) – Irvine, CA
May 9 Sporting AZ FC (USASA) 1:0 FC Arizona (NPSL) John Riggs Stadium – Mesa, AZ
May 9 La Maquina FC (USASA) 1:2 FC Tucson (PDL) Kino North Stadium – Tucson, AZ

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

Riverhounds MF Danny Griffin

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