Region I First Round Complete

First Round Complete

Final 8 Set for 28 April

(15 April) The final match of the first round of our Amateur Cup qualifiers ended with Christos FC of Maryland outlasting the Alexandria Reds of National Premier Soccer League in penalty rounds after a 1:1 draw. This game was rescheduled after a communication gaffe saw their original date without referees. After a scoreless first half, Manny Ruiz opened the affair with a strike in the 50th minute. His goal appeared to advance the Reds to the next round but Kyle Saunderson tied it up in the waning minutes to send it to extra time. Christos prevailed when it went into penalty rounds 4:2.


The prior ties of the first round were played the week prior. Awaiting the Reds/Christos winner was Los Toros of Metro DC/Virginia who handily shutout Lancaster City FC of Eastern Pennsylvania 6:0. Jack Stone led with a hat trick as Seth Cain, Carlos Hernandez and Ziggey Aggrey contributed. The other South brackets winners saw Steel Pulse FC (MD) edge West Chester United (EPA) 1:0 from a goal by Jonny Humberto Ramos at the end of the first half. They will host Eastern Penn’s Vereinigung Erzgebirge who defeated Virginia Marauders FC (MDCVA) 3:1. Alex Hajj, Antoine Hoppenot and Jalen Weatherspoon tallied for VE with Matthew Martinez scoring the lone goal for the Marauders.


The North bracket saw Region cup holder Newtown Pride FC of Connecticut shutout Massachusetts side Sete de Setembro 2:0. Shanardo Green and Gustavo Gomes put the goals through in the second half for Newtown. Their quarterfinal opponent will be the

NY Pancyprian Freedoms of Eastern New York who went through after penalty rounds against their Eastern Premier Soccer League rival Hoboken FC 1912 of New Jersey. In a match that saw the lead see-saw in regulation and extra time, the teams put away 3 goals apiece. Luis Argudo gave the Freedom the lead in the first half but Hoboken’s Jameson Railey drew it even early in the second. James Thristino put Pancyprian ahead briefly only to find Corey Burkhardt tie it again four minutes later. The Jersey side took their first lead on a goal from Alberto Pangrazzi in extra time. That appeared to be the game winner until Thristino hit one at the end of the match. The Pancyprian prevailed in penalty rounds 5:3. NPSL side New York Shockers defeated SC Vistula Garfield (NJ) 2:1. Adel Cekic converted a penalty in the 60th while Filippo Bellu doubled the lead in the 70th. Hubert Dul was good on his penalty kick but it was not enough for the Jersey side. The Shockers will host Providence City FC (MA) in their quarterfinal slot. The first-round match between Providence and NY Greek American (ENY) was not played when Greek American withdrew in protest of field conditions. The protest was reviewed under the auspices of the USASA National Cup Committee and determined that it failed. As the team had abandoned the match, the result was forfeited and given in favor of Providence City FC.


We also played a Werner Fricker Cup quarterfinal, the rubber match between West Chester and Steel Pulse. The Eastern Penn side got the better of their Maryland rival this time with a 5:2 victory. Kenneth Roby put in a two-goal, two-assist performance including and assist to Joshua Pulla who had his own brace. Ridge Robinson tallied the other goal.


We move onto the Gerhard Mengel Cup, the Over-30 Championship this weekend. First game on Saturday evening with Torres FC (MA) hosting Sportfriends Polonia SC (NJ). On Sunday the other North bracket has New York Ukrainians (ENY)        against Greenwich FC (CT) while the South features NoVa FC (MDCVA) playing Vereinigung Erzgebirge (EPA) and Christos FC (MD) traveling to Rochester to meet Spencerport Storm of Western New York.