Thursday, June 29, 2006

Upsetting an Icon

Romario, the Brazilian World Cup champion and goal-scoring Lothario who’s slumming in South Beach this summer with Miami FC, got quite a shock last night in the US Open Cup’s second round in the Dallas suburbs. Taking on amateur side Dallas Roma FC, USL1 Miami suffered a pk call in the match’s ten minute, and went down 0-1 when Roma’s John Waters converted for the hosts. Roma then played eighty minutes of bunker ball to score the most significant upset in the USOC’s MLS (post-1996) era.

The win sets up the first-ever matchup between an amateur (USASA) side and an MLS club, as Dallas Roma now heads to Los Angeles to take on Chivas USA. Other Cup upsets last night include 3 amateur PDL (Div. IV) victories, including:
  • Last year’s cup darlings, the Des Moines Menace, overcoming the USL1’s (Div. II) Minnesota Thunder 1-0 in the twin cities
  • The homestanding Michigan Bucks beating the USL2’s (Div. III) Cincinnati Kings, 2-1
  • The Carolina Dynamo taking the USL2’s Richmond Kickers, 1-0, in Greensboro, NC

Third Round matchups, to be played July 12th (League Level)

Michigan Bucks (IV) – Columbus Crew (I)
Wilmington Hammerheads (III)-Atlanta Silverbacks (II)
Chivas USA (I)-Dallas Roma FC (Amateur)
Carolina Dynamo (IV)-Seattle Sounders (II)
Kansas City Wizards (I)-Des Moines Menace (IV)
Rochester Rhinos (II)-New Hampshire Phantoms (III)
Real Salt Lake (I)-Virginia Beach Mariners (II)
Charleston Battery (I)-Portland Timbers (I)

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