A handful of California teams are one step closer to qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Open Cup.
Earlier this year, U.S. Soccer announced the schedule format for U.S. Open Cup open division qualifying. Twenty teams from California and 36 teams from around the U.S.A. will square off in hopes of securing one of eight open Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup slots.
The first round of open qualification was held this past weekend for the California teams and a few noteworthy teams advanced to the second round of open qualification. Looking to repeat last year’s run that saw upsets over FC Tucson and Arizona United SC, Chula Vista FC defeated Temecula Football Club 5-2. Cal FC advanced after defeating Valley United SC, 4-0, and San Francisco City FC advanced following a 2-0 win over El Farolito.
Other teams who advanced are La Maquina, San Nicolas FC, San Pedro Monsters FC, LA Wolves, Outbreak FC, Real Sociedad, Davis Legacy.
The California teams need a victory in the second round (November 21 and 22) and a victory in the third round (April 1 and 2) of open qualification to advance to the U.S. Open Cup First Round of May 11, 2016.
Below is the schedule for the second round and results from the first round.
November 21 – Second Round
Davis Legacy at San Francisco City FC – Crocker Amazon Field, San Fransisco 1:00 p.m.
Cal FC at LA Wolves – Mira Costa High School, Manhattan Beach 7:30 p.m.
Outbreak FC at San Pedro Monsters FC – Daniel’s Field, San Pedro 7:00 p.m.
La Maquina at Chula Vista FC – Eastlake High, Chula Vista 6:00 p.m.
November 22 – Second Round
San Nicolas FC at Real Sociedad – St. John Bosco Football Stadium, Bellflower 4:30 p.m.
First Round Results
Strikers FC South Coast (2) vs. La Maquina (3)
Corinthians USA vs. San Nicolas FC (advanced due to Corinthians forfeit – not enough registered players)
San Pedro Monsters FC (9) vs. Footballers Academy (0)
LA Wolves (2) vs. Del Ray City SC (1)
Cal FC (4) vs. Valley United SC (0)
Buena Park FC (1) vs. Outbreak FC (5)
Ozzy’s Laguna FC (2) vs. Real Sociedad (2 – won on penalties 4-1)
Temecula Football Club (2) vs. Chula Vista FC (5)
San Francisco City FC (2) vs El Farolito (0)
Davis Legacy (1) vs. IFC Ballistic (0)