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Second Round US Open Cup Results: AC St. Louis, Austin, Miami FC, Portland and Rochester Go Through to Face MLS in Round Three

In the second round of US Open Cup action Tuesday night, five USSF D2 teams won and went through to the next round.    AC St. Louis beat NSC Minnesota 1-0 on the road,  Miami FC beat FC Tampa Bay at Lockhart Stadium in extra time 2-1;  the Rochester Rhinos defeated the USL-2 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3-0.  the Austin Aztex won 3-1 over the Arizona Sahuaros and the Portland Timbers grabbed a 4-1 win over the Kitsap Pumas . The Carolina RailHawks lost in Charleston to the USL-2 Battery 2-1, and the USL-2 Harrisburg City Islanders dropped the Long Island Rough Riders 1-0.  In a battle of USL-2 teams, the Richmond Kickers dispatched the Real Maryland Monarch 3-1.

AC St. Louis ground out its third 1-0 victory in a row on a humid night in Blaine, Minnesota.  Although NSC Minnesota had a lot of possession and at halftime led on corner kicks 5-1, AC St. Louis took its lead on another big goal by St. Louisan Mike Ambersley in the 35th minute following a shot by Luke Kreamalmeyer.  AC St. Louis will play the league-leading LA Galaxy of MLS next Tuesday in Los Angeles.  Congrats to AC St. Louis goalkeeper Alec Dufty on his third clean sheet in a row.

Miami FC will play FC Dallas next week in the third round of US Open Cup play after dropping FC Tampa Bay 2-1 in extra time Tuesday night at Lockhart Stadium in a Florida derby.  Paulo Araujo Jr, Miami FC’s scoring machine, notched another goal early in the contest off a Christian Gomez free kick rebound.  Yendry Diaz of FC Tampa Bay notched the score in the 82nd minute and the game went into overtime, when former FC Dallas forward Abe Thompson converted a penalty kick in the 97th minute and Miami FC held on another 18 minutes for the big win.

The Rochester Rhinos got a nice win at home over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3-0.  A second minute  goal by Canadian Tyler Rosenlund gave the Rhinos a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, and Aaron Pitchkolan knocked another in six minutes later.  Rosenlund added another goal in the second half to give Bob Lilley’s team the win.  Rochester plays next week at Columbus Crew Stadium.  The Rhinos are the only non-MLS team to win the US Open Cup since the MLS came into existence.

In Austin, the Aztex continued their fine play with a 3-1 win over the amateur Arizona Sahuaros.  The Aztex achieved their second hat trick in four days, as forward Peri Marosevic, an FC Dallas loanee, found the net in the 35th and 80th minute, and in stoppage time, with assists on two of the goals by Sullivan Silva, and the other Michael Callahan.  The Aztex travel to Fullerton, California next Tuesday to take on Chivas USA in round three of Cup play.

Coach Martin Rennie’s Carolina RailHawks saw their US Open Cup ambitions come to an end as they lost to the Charleston Battery 2-1.  Charleston took the lead on goals by Rudolph Mayard and Lamar Neagle before the RailHawks came back on a goal by defender Greg Shields but could not find an equalizer.  The Battery, who lost to DC United two years ago in the US Open Cup Final, meet the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park next Tuesday.  St. Louisan and former St. Louis Lion Tom Heinemann started and played the entire game for the Battery.

The Portland Timbers will face the Seattle Sounders next Wednesday at PGE Park after their 4-1 road win late Tuesday night over the Kitsap Pumas.  The Harrisburg City Islanders will host the New York Red Bulls next week and the Richmond Kickers will play DC United in third round US Open Cup action.

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One Response

  1. “AC St. Louis – 2010 US Open Cup Champions” . . . has a nice ring to it . . .

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