FC Motown's 2017 US Open Cup run ended in the second round in Rochester on May 17. Rochester Rhinos made good use of home advantage, knocking in two goals early and one late to seal a comfortable 3-0 win and ensure they would not feature in any Cupset stories.
Motown's tournament started in September in the qualifying rounds. The Morristown-based amateur outfit was hardly known outside the local New York and New Jersey soccer scene when its name came up on the list of lower-league candidates for a spot in the main draw of USOC 2017.
But a run to the second round of the tournament has seen Motown make itself more widely known. In the qualifying rounds, the club knocked out four-time USOC winner NY Greek American (by forfeit) and local rival Lansdowne Bhoys (who made the third round of USOC 2016; ultimately falling to Rochester Rhinos, as it happens). In the first round of the main draw, Motown staged a comeback on the road against NPSL's NJ Copa FC, winning 2-1 in extra time.
Against Rochester Rhinos on the road - a professional team with a better record in USOC than some MLS clubs (looking at you, New York Red Bulls) - Motown was expected to bow out of the competition. The match lived up to those expectations, but Motown has not showed no sign of a just-happy-to-be-here attitude during its run. The team features former pros like first-round match-winner Samuel Gehman and Franklin Castellanos, once of NYRB II and forever in the nightmares of Jose Mourinho and John Terry.
Motown went to Rochester to win and returned disappointed that it had not fulfilled its ambition. Motown head coach (and former New York Red Bulls Homegrown player) Sacir Hot gave Once A Metro his assessment of his team's performance against the Rhinos and in the Cup overall, and a hint of what's next for the ambitious amateur outfit.