Three local (well, based in New York and New Jersey) lower-league clubs have advanced to the second qualifying round of the 2017 US Open Cup. Brick Lions, FC Motown, and Lansdowne Bhoys march on to the next round.
For Sacir Hot's FC Motown, the first round of USOC qualifying was anti-climactic.
Brick Lions posted an emphatic win over Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Warminster, PA) to sail into the second qualifying round.
Lansdowne Bhoys had to work a little harder for their qualification, forcing overtime against New York Pancyprian Freedoms (the team that bounced RBNY U-23s out of the 2016 USOC).
If the name Christiano Francois sounds familiar: he was on trial with NYRB II earlier this season. His new club seems to be enjoying his work.
Sadly, the second qualifying round will pit Lansdowne Bhoys against FC Motown in mid-October: only one can progress. Brick Lions will face Pennsyvania's Junior Lone Star in the next round.
A third qualifying round is scheduled for November.
Once A Metro will keep you posted on the progress of the NY and NJ lower-league teams in the 2017 US Open Cup.