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Tucsonenses end Open Cup run with 'brutal' loss in Colorado

Lack of finishing defeats local soccer side

FC Tucson ended their run in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup with a loss to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Wednesday night. The team finished its evening at Weidner Field down 2 - 0.

“It was absolutely brutal,” said coach Jon Pearlman, who was present but serving a suspension, about the match.

Despite the final score, Tucson had three strong chances in the first half. Neither team was able to finish, and they ended the half 0 - 0.

The Switchbacks figured out how to find the back of the net quickly into the second half. Jun Gyeong Park scored only a moment after the whistle blew. The team extended their lead only two minutes later with another goal, this time from Jamaican Kevaughn Frater.

A late injury for the Switchbacks left the home side short handed, but despite shots from Alfonso Pinheiro and Tate Schmitt, the Boys in Black were unable to get on the board.

The Switchbacks move on in the tournament to face fellow USL side Oklahoma City Energy FC. Tucson returns to league play against Albuquerque Sol FC on Saturday.

Part-timers push through

The just completed second round was the first where amateur and semi-professional teams faced off with the pros. Four of the part-timers made it through, two of which are perennial contenders in the Premier Development League, FC Tucson’s home.

Both Reading United AC and current PDL champions Michigan Bucks defeated professional opponents, along with new PDL side Chicago FC United, who surprised the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3 - 1.

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Also ending a pro team’s Open Cup hopes was Christos FC. The amateur side from Baltimore that maintains its headquarters in a local liquor store, beat the Richmond Kickers, a former Open Cup winner, 1 - 0.

Two more amateur sides, Massachusetts-based GPS Omens and LA Wolves, coached by U.S. national team great and current TV commentator Eric Wynalda, both moved on to the third round by defeating other amateur teams.

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May 19, 2017, 1:55 pm
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I’m happy that you mentioned the Michigan Bucks. I was talking to a co-worker of mine the other day about them and how they always advance in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Now that FC Tucson & AFC Ann Arbor have unfortunately been eliminated, lets go Bucks!

Christos FC is also an interesting team but skilled they won the 2016 National Amateur Cup and are perennial contenders for Maryland’s best amateur team. Despite having an ever changing lineup.

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FC Tucson's Tate Schmitt passes the ball to Moshe Perez under pressure from Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC midfielder Kim Tae-seong