Here are the results from first round U.S. Open Cup games involving Southern California teams with capsule game reports provided by U.S. Soccer (but it appears the San Diego Flash had the easiest game). Complete U.S. Open Cup results are here.
Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 2, CD Aguiluchos (NPSL) 1: Ventura County Fusion overcame an early second-half deficit with back-to-back goals in a seven-minute stretch for a first-round victory at Ventura College. Chongo Kennedy converted a 53rd-minute penalty kick for the equalizer and English import Peter Gregory scored the game-winner in the 64th minute. The Fusion hosts USL PRO expansion squad Sacramento Republic on May 14.
San Diego Flash (NPSL) 1, S.C. Corinthians USA (US Club Soccer) 0 (forfeit): S.C. Corinthians USA withdrew from the competition as the team did not have enough approved players available before the roster deadline. The San Diego Flash was awarded a 1-0 victory.
PSA Elite (USASA) 1, LA Misioneros FC (PDL) 1 (PSA Elite wins 2-1 in PKs): Shorthanded PSA Elite overcame an overtime deficit and won in the shootout at StubHub Training Center Field in Carson. Javier Castro gave LA Misioneros a 1-0 lead in the 94th minute, but the 10-man PSA Elite side notched an equalizer in the 114th minute. Jose Preciado scored the game-tying goal, forcing the match into a shootout, where PSA Elite maintained that momentum en route to a 2-1 edge in penalties. PSA Elite advances to the second round to face the NPSL’s San Diego Flash on May 14.
The American answer to England’s knockout FA Cup begins anew at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Carson’s StubHub Center when San Bernandino-based LA Misioneros FC of the PDL takes on Irvine-based PSA Elite of USASA.
The Thousand Oaks-based amateur team, coached by Eric Wynalda, made national headlines two years ago after shocking the MLS Portland Timbers in the tournament and eventually losing to losing finalists Seattle.
The Galaxy’s reserve squad are tied for the USL Pro lead after beating the Charlotte Eagles 2-1 Monday night in Carson, extending their unbeaten streak to four games. Charlie Rugg and Chandler Hoffman scored for the Galaxy.
*Could you see this one coming? I guess it’s the obvious end game of Chivas USA’s renewed philosophy on its Mexican heritage in a sense: respected former Anglo U.S. internationals and club youth coaches claim racial discrimination by the club and file a lawsuit.
*The U.S. and the Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez got stomped by Belgium tonight, but coach Jurgen Klinsmann sounded positively upbeat: “I would rather play Belgium 10 more times than El Salvador 100 times because that is when you learn,” he said. School is in here.
*The LA Galaxy reserves lost tonight, too, in the U.S. Open Cup to the same minor league team that have ousted them before although I’m guessing the absent Bruce Arena doesn’t really care now that he won’t have to worry about midweek distractions and the annoyance of playing Chivas USA in the next round. Come to think of it, that applies to me, too. Game story here.
*Much rumored, but unseen Galaxy midfielder Frank Lampard scored for England to draw 1-1 with actual and oft-seen Ireland-led Galaxy striker Robbie Keane subbed out disappointingly relatively early on. Game story.
*The Galaxy announced today that the first-ever soccer games played at 51-year-old Dodger Stadium are set for Aug. 3 when Real Madrid plays either Everton or Juventus in a doubleheader with the Galaxy, which will take on one of those two latter teams in the second game of the night. The four teams are part of the west region of the previously announced Guinness International Champions Cup.
From the press release: Dodger Stadium has seen many legendary baseball moments through the years, while hosting more than 147 million fans since it opened its doors. Dodger Stadium has also played host to events such as the 1984 Olympic Games baseball competition, the 2009 World Baseball Classic Final, a Mass conducted by Pope John Paul II, concerts by the biggest names in the business like The Beatles, Michael Jackson and U2 as well as a basketball game and championship boxing match. These will be the first professional soccer games played and come January, 2014, the stadium will host its first National Hockey League game between the Kings and Ducks.
There’s a romance to the under-appreciated U.S. Open Cup I’ve especially appreciated since watching obscure Roma FC lose to the Galaxy a few years back (wonderfully named and stylish midfielder Quavas Kirk scored the winner, if I recall, with a beautifully struck shot that was the highlight of his brief Galaxy career) at the HDC Track & Field Stadium, the LA Riot Squad boozing it up behind one net in a fenced off beer garden.
(And I’ve still got the red Roma T-shirt I bought for $10 the club were selling to finance their cup run).
Yeah, there were familiar names involved in games last night: the Sounders (whose David Geno became the stuff of cup legend with four goals in the U-23 teams’ win over Doxa Italia), Timbers, Red Bulls.
But there was the unfamilar, yet evocative, names too Tuesday that invoked the spirt of the tournament:
The brother of wonderfully named Chicago Fire forward Dilly Duka, the even more wonderfully spelled Argjent Duka, scored a brace to lead the fantastically named Icon FC of the USASA over the excellently named Brooklyn Italians of the NPSL.
The Dayton Dutch Lions thumped the River City Rovers (there just aren’t enough top American teams named Rovers) by a 3-0 scoreline.
The meterologically named Ocean City Nor’easters found the perfect storm (!) to defeat the New York Red Bulls U-23 team 3-0.
I could go on. Or you could just click here for a full run down of the night’s action.
MLS has suspended Sporting Kansas City midfielder Paulo Nagamura for one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for violent conduct after he “demonstrated disregard for his opponent’s safety” by stepping on (Edgar) Mejía’s hand in the 52nd minute of their game last weekend against Chivas USA.
The minor league LA Blues announced today they have signed former NFL punter and Bruin Aaron Perez as a goalkeeper for the remainder of the 2013 season. Perez, who had stints with the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins, most recently played for FC Santa Clarita of the National Premier Soccer League.
Old news if you follow me on Twitter @lasoccerblog, but Staff Writer Phil Collin has the story of the cornerstone of Chivas USA sticking by the club.
Tickets for the Ventura County Fusion’s May 14 U.S. Open Cup game at Ventura College are now on sale. The opponents will be the winner of the Fresno Fuego Future-FC Hasental clash, a game played three days after the Fusion’s PDL home opener against the BYU Cougars.
Lawndale’s Kei Kamara will attempt to ensure the EPL status of Norwich City at 6:30 a.m. Saturday against former Canaries boss Paul Lambert and Aston Villa on Fox Soccer, while Manchester United and Chelsea clash at 7:30 a.m. Sunday on the same channel.
Chivas USA visits Sporting Kansas City Sunday (2 p.m. UniMas), while the Galaxy caps off the weekend with an 8 p.m. game Sunday in Carson that is a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup against the Houston Dynamo (live on ESPN2). More on these games later.