Contributed by Steven Torres
Jacksonville Armada FC of National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) secured a berth into the third round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday evening after defeating Tampa Bay Rowdies of United Soccer League, 1:0, at the Southern Oak Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
After a scoreless first half in this Open Cup Second Round encounter, forward J.C. Banks notched the eventual game-winner for the NPSL side in the 58th minute-mark.
Jacksonville, who played last year in the NASL (North American Soccer League), will now host the third-round match-up, of the single-elimination tournament, next Wednesday (May 23) against another NPSL team, Miami United FC, whom defeated Miami FC 2, 3:1, during second round action this evening.
Miami FC 2, who’s first team also competed in the NASL in 2017, took a 1:0 lead against visiting Miami United at FIU Soccer Stadium after a tally from midfielder Dylan Mares in the 17th minute. Miami FC 2 then had to play with 10 players after forward Kris Typrak was ejected just before halftime.
In the second half, Colombian midfielder David Ochoa scored back-to-back goals in a span of three minute (49th & 52nd) to give Miami United a 2:1 lead. Brazilian forward Victor Pelae had third tally for Miami United in stoppage time for the Miami United victory.
2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Second Round
05.16.2018: Jacksonville, Florida; Southern Oak Stadium
JACKSONVILLE ARMADA FC (NPSL) – TAMPA BAY ROWDIES (USL) 1:0 (0:0)
J.C. BANKS 58’
Jacksonville Armada FC: Brian Holt – Wesley Charpie, Mechack Jérome, Michael Melvin, Drew Beckie, Yuma, Conor Doyle (90: Christian Silva), Derek Gebhard (80: Alhassane Keita), Joshua Castellanos (69: Camilo Portilla), J.C. Banks, Ciarán Kilduff. Booked: Melvin 28’, Kilduff 77’, Beckie 90’
Coach: Mark Lowry
Tampa Bay Rowdies: Cody Mizell – Neill Collins, Hunter Gorskie, Max Lachowecki, Zac Portillos, Lance Rozeboom, Jack Blake, Michael Nanchoff (74: Joe Cole), Junior Flemmings (66: Georgi Hristov), Leo Fernandes, Sebastián Guenzatti (80: Jochen Graf). Booked: Fernandes 14’, Blake 62’, Nanchoff 69’
Coach: Stuart CAMPBELL
05.16.2018: Miami, Florida; FIU Soccer Stadium
MIAMI FC 2 (NPSL) – MIAMI UNITED FC (NPSL) 1:3 (1:0)
Dylan MARES 17’ – David OCHOA 49’, 52’; Victor PELAE 90’+
Miami FC 2: Daniel Vega – Rhett Bernstein (76: Coy Craft), Mason Trafford, Sean McFarlane, Dylan Mares, Tyler Ruthven, Ariel Martínez, Kris Tyrpak, Vincenzo Rennella (66: Don Smart), Darío Suárez, Jaime Chávez. Booked: Michaud 61’, Rennella 62’, Sent offs: Tyrpak 45’
Coach: Paul DALGLISH
Miami United FC: Occenat Peterson - Darryl Gordon, Bautista Dominguez (86: Ignacio Cebedu), Elusma Pierre, Maximiliano Schendfeld, Ezequiel Tejera, Tomas Granitto, Nicolas Gorobosov, David Ochoa, Gabrielle Privitera (58: Shelton Shamar), Nicolas Micoli (68: Victor Pelae). Booked: Micoli 30’, Granitto 74’
Coach: Gerardo REINOSO
Written by Steven Torres