US Open Cup: Minnows get their possibility opposite a pros

  • by Paul Kennedy


For 4 teams in Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup second round, a foe began final tumble with Open Division qualifying.

The Lansdowne Bhoys, NTX Rayados, FC Denver and Sporting AZ all
survived a three-round foe and were among 13 teams to allege to final week’s initial round.

Having won their opening games, they are behind during it on Wednesday, confronting off against
teams from a USL. Not given 2013 has a group from a pledge ranks next a NPSL and PDL unsuccessful to strech a third round.

Here’s a demeanour during a 4 Open Division qualifiers.

Lansdowne Bhoys (at North Carolina FC). The Cosmopolitan League bar is a reigning USASA champion in both a National Open Cup and
National Amateur Cup.

The Bhoys are something of a late comer on a New York racial scene. They were founded in 1997, and their stream boss (William McGrory), conduct coach
(Austin Friel) and captain (Sean Kelly) are all Irish immigrants.

But Lansdowne has players from all around a world. The star is Gambian Abdoukarim Danso was in
goal as a Bhoys close out a Brooklyn Italians, 2-0, to allege to a second round.

Danso, who goes by a nickname “Kabo,” saved 3 chastisement kicks to stymie a three-time Open Cup
champion Pancyprian Freedoms in Open Division play. He is a hermit of former MLS actor Futty Danso, who is on a North Carolina FC roster.

Open Cup history. Kabo was in idea dual years ago when a Boys dissapoint a USL’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 2-0, in a second turn in 2016. Their run finished in a third round
against a Rochester Rhinos.

Open Cup 2017-18:
2-1 at
Jackson Lions FC (Garden State Soccer League)
0-0 (4-3) during NY Pancyprian Freedoms (Cosmopolitan Soccer League)
3-1 Junior Lone Star U23s (Philadelphia Premier Soccer
2-0 during Brooklyn Italians (NPSL)

NTX Rayados (vs. OKC
Energy FC).
The Rayados (the nickname of Mexican powerhouse Monterrey) were founded in 2011 and play in a North Texas Premier Soccer Association.

Former Bradley and
Midwestern State brazen Christian Okeke‘s overtime idea gave a Rayados a 2-1 win over Fort Worth Vaqueros during Richland College in a initial round. Their initial idea was scored by Lucio
on a giveaway kick.

Open Cup history. The Rayados have competent for a Open Cup in any of a past 7 seasons —
the best record of any qualifier in a complicated epoch — yet they were kicked out of a 2016 contest for not carrying a group competing in a North Texas Premier Soccer Association.

Open Cup 2017-18:
2-0 Central Texas Lobos (Austin Men’s Soccer
4-1 during Celtic Cowboys Premier (Austin Men’s Soccer Association)
2-1 Motagua New Orleans (Gulf Coast Premier League)
2-1 Fort Worth Vaqueros

FC Denver (at Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC). FC Denver was founded 12 years ago when a call for players was put out
on Craigslist. The club, that plays in a Colorado Premier League, has grown to 4 adult men’s teams, including dual over-30 teams.

A shawl pretence from Chivas USA academy
and UC Santa Barbara product Cesar Castillo gave FC Denver a 4-2 over over Colorado opposition Azteca FC in a initial round. Alex Bernhardt, who played during NCAA Division III St. Thomas in
Minnesota, had a fourth goal.

Open Cup history. This is a initial time FC Denver has modernized to a Open Cup proper. It
tuned adult by roving to St. Louis to face a USL’s Saint Louis FC in a span of pre-season matches.

Open Cup 2017-18:
3-0 during Gam United FC (UPSL)
1-0 Fort Collins United (UPSL)
2-0 Indios Denver FC (UPSL)
Azteca FC (Colorado Premier League)

Sporting AZ (vs. Phoenix Rising). The club, formed in Phoenix’s East Valley, traces a roots behind to a indoor Phoenix Hearts
of Southwest Independent Soccer League, one of a many names of what became a USL. They after became a Arizona Sahuaros and were afterwards renamed Sporting Arizona FC, that now competes in a UPSL’s
Southwest Conference.

Sporting AZ, coached by former Northern Ireland general Aidan Davison, knocked off a NPSL’s FC Arizona, 1-0, in a initial round. Andrew
who played 12 games in an MLS career that spanned 10 years and was a backup when a Portland Timbers won MLS Cup 2015, done 3 saves and warranted a shutout.

Open Cup history. The Sahuaros played in a Open Cup 6 times, many recently in 2010 when they mislaid to a Austin Aztex.

Open Cup 2017-18:
3-1 Inter EmpireWorks FC (UPSL)
6-1 Galati FC
(Arizona Champions League)
1-0 during FC Arizona (NPSL)

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