Sunday, April 26, 2015

2015 LHUSOC Opens With Preliminary Round Wins For Amateur Teams

The 2015 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament opened Saturday with two Preliminary Round teams winning matches to advance to the First Round May 13 to face competition from the Premier Development League.

Chris Cummings and Johnny Bravo scored on penalty kicks to negate an own goal as Cal FC of the US Adult Soccer Association edged host San Francisco City FC, 2-1, at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco and will next face the BYU Cougars in Provo, UT.

In the second game, Dan Campbell and Shane Wheeler scored goals as Harpo's FC of the US Specialty Sports Association shut out KC Athletics of the USASA, 2-0, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO and will travel to Ventura College Sportsplex in Ventura, CA to face the Ventura County Fusion.

Belmar Brace Sends T2 To Win Over Arizona United SC Before Record-Breaking Crowd

Kharlton Belmar scored in the 19th and 40th minute to lead Portland Timbers 2 to a 2-0 shutout of host Arizona United SC in Week 6 USL action before a record-breaking crowd of 6,108 at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale AZ, exactly 2,000 more than saw United play Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy in a fourth-round 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup match there.

T2, 3-2-1 with ten points and in second place in the Western Conference standings, hosts Orange County Blues FC next Sunday.

Arizona United, 3-2-0 with nine points and in fourth place in the standings, hosts Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC next Saturday.

Delicate Scores 200th Point As A Kicker, Leads Them Over Winless FC Montreal

Matthew Delicate scored his 200th career point as a member of the Richmond Kickers on a goal that led them to a 1-0 shutout of USL newcomer FC Montreal Saturday in Week 6 action from Saputo Stadium.

It is Richmond's fourth straight shutout of the season and they led the league and the Eastern Conference with a 4-0-2 record and 14 points. The Kickers host the Charleston Battery next Saturday.

FC Montreal, in last place and winless in four matches, hosts the Rochester Rhinos next Saturday.

Saint Louis FC Drains Energy With Win At Taft Stadium

Jamiel Hardware and Mike Ambersley scored goals to lead USL newcomer Saint Louis FC to a 2-1 win over OKC Energy FC in Week 6 USL action from Taft Stadium Saturday.

Chuy Sanchez had the Energy's goal.

Saint Louis, 2-2-1 with seven points and in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings, is off until they host Wilmington Hammerheads FC May 9.

OKC, 2-1-1 with seven points and in seventh place in the Western Conference standings, travels Friday to the Austin Aztex.

Louisville City Hard On Roughnecks

Matt Fondy scored in the 24th minute as host Louisville City FC shut out Tulsa Roughnecks FC, 2-0, in a battle of USL newcomers in Week 6 play Saturday from Louisville Slugger Field.

Tulsa's Ryan Pierce scored an own goal in the 89th minute.

Louisville City, 2-0-3 with nine points and in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings, travels next Saturday to another newcomer in the Charlotte Independence.

Tulsa, 1-3-1 with four points and in tenth place in the Western Conference standings, is off until they face Arizona United SC on the road May 9.

Diallo Stoppage Time Goal Gives Galaxy II Win Over Monarchs

Bradley Diallo's second-half stoppage time goal was all LA Galaxy II needed to shut out host Real Monarchs SLC, 1-0, in Week 6 USL action Saturday from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT.

LA, 2-3-1 with seven points and in eighth place in the Western Conference standings, hosts Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 next Sunday, while Real Monarchs, 0-4-2 with two points and in last place, host defending league champion Sacramento Republic FC Wednesday.

Riverhounds Attack Toronto FC II With Vincent Brace

Rob Vincent scored twice and Kevin Kerr, Tyler Pasher and Danny Earls added goals as the host Pittsburgh Riverhounds defeated USL newcomer Toronto FC II, 5-1, Saturday in Week 6 play from Highmark Stadium.
Mo Babouli gave TFC II the early lead before the Riverhounds' offensive onslaught.