Sol Take USOC Revenge Over Gold

“Behind goals from Eric Larson and Tyler Hurst, the Sonoma County Sol dispatched the Sacramento Gold 2-1 Saturday night at Rancho Cotate High School in Rohnert Park, Calif. to move one step closer to qualifying for the 101st edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

Coach Vinnie Cortezzo said, “Last year, Sacramento knocked us out in the early rounds of Open Cup qualifying so it was nice to get a little revenge.”

Read the full match recap by Evan Ream over at TheCup.us (the best site for US Open Cup news and updates.)

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Golden Gate USOC Qualifying 2014

Credit: Terry Forte @strongpoint71

Credit: Terry Forte @strongpoint71

Thanks to @strongpoint71 for putting together this bracket for the 2104 US Open Cup qualifying campaign of the NPSL’s Golden Gate conference. Predictions are always a tough thing in a league that relies on college players as squads tend to vary from year to year, but if history is any indication then the Sonoma County Sol (2013 NPSL national runners up) will be the team to beat.

Incidentally, I am curious how the draw was completed as Real San Jose has a bye in the first round.*

*EDIT: Per @strongpoint71 (of the San Francisco Stompers front office), the draw is entirely random and not based on last seasons results.