For the second time in a week, FC Tucson has pulled off an upset in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Tucson's minor-league soccer team defeated the San Antonio Scorpions in penalty kicks tonight to advance to the next round of the nationwide tournament. The game went to kicks after the teams played to a 2-2 tie through regulation and two overtime periods. FC Tucson delivered with four PKs, winning it when the Scorpions missed their final attempt.
FC Tucson trailed 1-0 at halftime, then pulled even when Ricardo Velasco scored in the 57th minute. Saeed Robinson gave FC Tucson a 2-1 lead with a goal in the 68th minute, a score that held until the Scorpions connected on a penalty kick in the final minute of regulation.
FC Tucson advances to play Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo, one of the top franchises in America's soccer landscape. The teams will square off May 29 in Houston.
Last week, in the first U.S. Open Cup match in franchise history, a Conner Bevans goal in stoppage time sealed a 2-1 victory over Phoenix FC at Kino Sports Complex North Field No. 5.
It was a win over a professional team that plays in the level above FC Tucson's. Today's foe was two levels above the men in black and just one step away from the big leagues, Major League Soccer.
Read more about FC Tucson's win in Wednesday's Arizona Daily Star.