Round one of the 2015 US Open Cup is now in the books, with eight matches requiring extra time or penalties to settle. Here's a rundown of the results from Wednesday, May 13:
Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) 3 - Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) 1
The Cosmos first ever opponent in the US Open Cup won't be facing the boys in green again this season. Our third round opponent from 2014 conceded less than a minute into the match, and while they managed to eventually draw level, the Long Island Rough Riders proved to be too much to handle in the second half. Long Island will now host Real Monarchs SLC on May 20.
Michigan Bucks (PDL) 3 - Detroit City FC (NPSL) 0
Former New York Cosmos player Peri Merosevic started this match for the Bucks, and scored the second of Michigan's three goals on the night. The 3-0 victory over their in-state rivals set up a second round match against Portland Timbers II, which will be held in Pontiac, Michigan.
Jersey Express (PDL) 3, New York Greek American SC (USASA) 0
Four time U.S. Open Cup winners Greek American SC looked to be in good shape until the hour mark, but it was all Jersey Express after that. The Newark based side scored three second half goals to win 3-0, in a match which wound up being important to the Cosmos. The victory means that Jersey get to host New York Red Bulls II on May 20, with the winner of that second round tie set to face the Cosmos one week later.
West Virginia Chaos (PDL) 1 - Fort Pitt Regiment (NPSL) 0
Daniel Smee found the back of the net in the fifth minute to put the Chaos through to the second round. They'll now travel to Pittsburgh to face the Pittsburgh RIverhounds on May 20.
Greater Binghamton Thunder FC (NPSL) 1 - Western Mass Pioneers (PDL) 1 (4-3 on penalties)
Ryan Taylors opened the scoring midway through the first half, but Greater Binghamton leveled the match just after the second half kicked off through Zeb Cross. The match went to penalties, where Greater Binghamton won 4-3, setting up a date at the Rochester Rhinos on May 20.
Lansing United (NPSL) 0 - RWB Adria (USASA) 0 (4-2 on penalties)
Neither team could break their opponent down during tha match, but Lansing proved to be more efficient from the penalty spot. They'll now host Louisville City FC on May 20.
Miami United FC (NPSL) 2 - SW Florida Adrenaline (PDL) 1
This one looked like penalties were a real possibility, but Miami United got a 93rd minute winner from Manuel Abirached to earn them a second round match. They'll head north to face the Charleston Battery on May 20.
Upward Stars (NPSL) 3 - Triangle Brigade FC (USASA) 3 (3-1 on penalties)
This one was a back an forth affair, with both sides quickly answering any time their opponents managed to score. Upward Stars managed to see their way through on penalties, however, and will now visit the Charlotte Independence on May 20.
Virginia Beach City FC (NPSL) 3 - AC Connecticut (PDL) 2
Another back an forth affair, this match saw Virginia Beach City take the early lead, but Connecticut managed to fight back to lead 2-1 after about an hour of play. Two goals in the last 20 minutes saw Virginia Beah City through, however, and they'll now visit the Richmond Kickers on May 20
Reading United AC (PDL) 1 - Maryland Bays (USASA) 0
Brett Campbell scored the only goal of the match in the 19th minute, setting up a second round visit to the Harrisburg City Islanders on May 20.
Chattanooga FC (NPSL) 1 - Ocala Stampede (PDL) 1 (5-3 on penalties)
The home side fell behind at the hour mark, but Luke Winter scored very late to send the match to extra time, and eventually, penalties. Chattenooga then sent their fans home happy with a win, which will see them hit the roud to face the Wilmington Hammerheads on May 20.
Seacoast United Phantoms (PDL) 2 - Global Premier Soccer (USASA) 1
70 minutes into the match, Seacoast United were down a goal and a man, but still managed to come back for the victory. That sets up a long road trip for their second round match against the Tulsa Roughnecks, which will be played next Wednesday.
Des Moines Menace (PDL) 2 - Madison Fire (USASA) 1
Des Moines controlled this match from the opening whistle, and had a 2-0 lead an hour into the match. Madison made things interesting with about 15 minutes to go, but in the end, it's Des Moines that desrved their second round visit to St. Louis FC next Wednesday.
Midland/Odessa Sockers (PDL) 3 - Tulsa Athletics (NPSL) 1
Midland/Odessa took a 2-0 lead into the half, and never really looked to be in danger of losing on Wednesday. The victory earns them a home match against Oklahoma City Energy FC in the second round.
Laredo Heat (PDL) 0 - NTX Rayados (USASA) 0 (4-2 on penalties)
Laredo advanced in a relatively dull affair, by virtue of being the better side during the penalty shootout. They'll travel to Austin Aztex next Wednesday, in what one would hope is a more interesting match.
Harpo’s FC (USSSA) 0 - BYU Cougars (PDL) 0 (4-2 on penalties)
Harpo's had a big week, being featured in The Guardian before winning a fairly dull affair in Utah. The wild ride will continue next Wednesday in Colorado, against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks.
Chula Vista FC (USASA) 2 - FC Tucson (PDL) 1 (AET)
Chula Vista looked to be on the way out with less than ten minutes to go on Wednesday, but Alejandro Lopez manages to score in the 82nd minute to send this one to extra time. Angel Pinal scored early in the additional 30 minutes to put Chula VIsta ahead, and they held on for the 2-1 victory. They'll now travel to Arizona United FC for their second round match.
Kitsap Pumas (PDL) 5 - FC Tacoma 253 (NPSL) 2
This match was far more lopsided than the final score would indicate, as Kitsap ran out to a 5-0 lead within ten minutes of the second half restart. FC Tacoma managed a couple of goals in the final 15 minutes to make the scoreline a bit more flattering, but in reality, Kitsap had stopped pushing by that point in the match. They'll now visit Sacramento Republic FC on the 20th.
Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 3 - Cal FC (USASA) 3 (6-5 on penalties)
Cal FC have had some memorable cup runs over the years, but 2015 won't be one of them. They fell behind three separate times during Wednesday night's match, but managed to equalize after each concession. In the end, it didn't matter for Eric Wynalda's former club, as they'd lose 6-5 on penalties. For Ventura County, that means a trip to LA Galaxy II next Wednesday.
PSA Elite (USASA) 7 - Golden State Misioneros FC (PDL) 1
This one was a rout. PSA will host Orange County Blues after thrashing Golden State, and it will certainly be interesting to keep an eye on them following their first round showing.