AMESBURY, MA - The Seacoast United Phantoms won the first round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday May 9th against Kendall Wanderers FC (MA). The win advances the Phantoms into the second round of the U.S. Open Cup for the first time since 2015.
The game started very lively with both teams trying to dictate play, however it appeared to turn in favor of the Phantoms as a red card was issued to the Wanderers in the 11th minute for a bad challenge on Seacoast striker Donnett Sackie. However, while playing with just 10 men, the Wanderers took the early advantage when they scored in the 37th minute to take the 1-0 lead.
The Phantoms struck just before halftime as Sackie rose above the Kendall back line to convert a superb cross from Rok Taneski in the 44th minute.
During the second half, both teams had opportunities to take the lead before Julian Jordan scored to put the Phantoms ahead 2-1. Jordan's curling shot from outside the 18-yard box in the 86th minute seemingly was the game winning goal, but the Wanderers weren’t done, scoring an equalizer in the 90th minute to force the game to overtime.
After two 15-minute overtime periods where both teams had great opportunities, the teams were sent to penalty kicks. Despite the Wanderers’ efforts, the Phantoms won on penalties 6-5 to advance them into the next round.
The Seacoast United Phantoms will face 2017 NPSL National Champions Elm City Express (CT) in the Second Round of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, May 16th at Seacoast United Sports Park in Amesbury, MA. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm. Elm City advanced with a 2-1 victory over familiar PDL Northeast Division rival Western MA Pioneers.
About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup™
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup™, recognized as U.S. Soccer's National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 104 consecutive years dating from 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt. Learn more at www.thecup.us.
About Seacoast United Phantoms
The Seacoast United Phantoms compete in the Premier Development League (PDL), with its roster consisting of collegiate, post-collegiate, and international players looking to further their development during the summer months. For more information on the Seacoast United Phantoms, visit www.seacoastunited.com/phantoms.