The Second Qualifying Round for the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is in the books and five California-based squads moved one step closer to the 2016 tournament.
Advancing to the next round, which puts each squad just one win shy of a U.S. Open Cup berth, are La Maquina, LA Wolves FC, San Francisco FC, Outbreak FC and San Nicolas FC.
The big upset in the second round was La Maquina knocking off Chula Vista, 4-0. La Maquina’s Edwin Borboa scored goals on either side of the half while Rodolofo Godines Jr. and Jose Castro Perez added second-half goals.
Trailing 2-1 at halftime, San Francisco City FC rallied and scored three goals to eliminate Davis Legacy, 4-3. Davis Legacy held the lead at three different points during the match and each time they tried to pull away San Francisco FC was right there with an equalizer. Late in the match, Legacy’s Andisheh Bagheri converted a penalty in the 79th minute to take the lead for the third time. However, San Francisco City FC’s Mark Tonkel scored moments later and less than five minutes after that Johannes Demarzi scored the game-winner.
A first half brace from LA Wolves FC’s Sam Higgins was enough as his side defeated Cal FC, 2-1. Outbreak FC defeated San Pedro Monsters FC, 4-3, in overtime, and San Nicolas FC defeated Real Sociedad, 3-0.
The Third Qualifying Round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is set for April 2-3. Twelve of the 14 Second Qualifying Round winners in closest proximity to each other will compete. The remaining two winners will be awarded the first two slots into the 2016 U.S. Open Cup from the Open Division local qualifying track and will be joined by the six victors from the Third Qualifying Round. The exact matchups for this round will be determined on Jan. 7, 2016.
Second Round Results
La Maquina (4) vs. Chula Vista (0)
Cal FC (1) vs. LA Wolves FC (2)
Davis Legacy (3) vs. San Francisco City FC (4)
Outbreak FC (4) vs. San Pedro Monsters FC (3)
San Nicolas FC (3) vs. Real Sociedad (0)
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)