U.S. Open Cup roundup: Cupset in Sacramento, NASL teams thrive


Fourth-tier professional side Kitsap Pumas knocked USL side Sacramento Republic out of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in third round dominated by the second-tier on Wednesday.

Kitsap, who plays as a professional side in the mostly amateur PDL, picked up a 3-1 win over the Republic.

Kitsap and fifth-tier side La Maquina FC are the lowest ranked sides remaining in the tournament. La Maquina, from Santa Ana, California, had an all-USASA matchup with L.A. Wolves and won 2-0.

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The NASL rebounded from last year’s poor USOC results — as predicted by commissioner Bill Peterson — with a resounding night of results. The nine teams of the second-tier league went 7-2 against third-tier USL competition (The USL has applied for second tier status, and went 6-9 Wednesday).

June 15’s fourth round is now a showdown between MLS and NASL or USL sides, the exception being an all-MLS matchup between Portland and San Jose.

Full results
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1-1 (2-0, PKs) Richmond Kickers
Jacksonville Armanda 2-1 Charleston Battery
Chattanooga FC 1-2 Harrisburg City Islanders
New York Cosmos 2-0 Jersey Express
Carolina RailHawks 5-0 Charlotte Independence
Miami FC 1-2 Wilmington Hammerheads
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0 FC Cincinnati
Rochester Rhinos 2-0 Lansdowne Bhoys
Indy Eleven 2-1 Louisville City FC
Saint Louis FC 0-2 Minnesota United
Rayo OKC 1-2 Oklahoma City Energy
Des Moines Menace 1-2 San Antonio FC
Arizona United 0-3 Colorado Springs Switchbacks
La Maquina FC 2-0 L.A. Wolves FC
Kitsap Pumas 3-1 Sacramento Republic

Fourth round matches
Rochester Rhinos (USL) vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Jacksonville Armada (NASL) vs. Orlando City (MLS)
Chicago Fire (MLS) vs. Indy Eleven (NASL)
New York City FC (MLS) vs. New York Cosmos (NASL)
Philadelphia Union (MLS) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) vs. New England Revolution (MLS)
Columbus Crew SC (MLS) vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)
DC United (MLS) vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
Minnesota United (NASL) vs. Sporting KC (MLS)
FC Dallas (MLS) vs. Oklahoma City Energy (USL)
Houston Dynamo (MLS) vs. San Antonio FC (USL)
Colorado Rapids (MLS) vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)
Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)
L.A. Galaxy (MLS) vs. La Maquina FC (USASA)
Seattle Sounders (MLS) vs. Kitsap Pumas (PDL)
Portland Timbers (MLS) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)