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EPSA Cup champs

 

Phoenix SC scored in overtime Sunday to defeat United German Hungarians 2-1 and claim the EPSA Open Cup. 

Kamara Freebolle and Jack Pocorobba both netted for Phoenix, which now lays claim to the title of best amateur soccer team in eastern Pennsylvania. Tim O’Neill scored UGH’s lone goal. 

The two teams played despite an afternoon downpour in 40-degree weather that slicked the field in Plymouth Meeting. (They were originally scheduled to play Dec. 6, but that was postponed due to snow.) That may have driven away some fans, but it didn’t drive away the two storied local soccer clubs that were competing for the right to move on into the U.S. Open Cup qualifiers. 

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The Eastern Pennsylvania Open Cup final between Phoenix SC and United German Hungarians has been rescheduled for this Sunday in Plymouth Meeting.

The winner moves on to advance to qualifiers in the U.S. Open Cup, the nation’s most prestigious knockout tournament, which was won this year by Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders.

Sunday’s game starts at 2 p.m. at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School on Germantown Pike, which is easily accessible from the Interstate highways that run through the area. Click here for a map and directions. (If you have no car, I’m told the #27 SEPTA bus stops within a half mile from the field.)

UGH and Phoenix were originally scheduled to play last week, but the weekend snowfall caused a cancellation. (For more on the match-up, click here.) These teams are among the best amateur teams eastern Pennsylvania has to offer, so it’s definitely a good way to spend two hours on a Sunday afternoon. Who knows? Maybe the winner can repeat a similar run last year by the Ocean City Barons, the PDL amateur team from New Jersey that went deep into the U.S. Open Cup before losing to eventual finalist D.C. United.

Thanks to Matt, one of our readers, for keeping us in the loop on this.

Posted via web from The Philly Soccer Page

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Two local amateur heavyweights play this Sunday in Feasterville for the right to advance to regional qualifiers in the U.S. Open Cup.

Phoenix SC will host United German Hungarians at 2 p.m. in the Eastern PA Open Cup Final, with the winner claiming bragging rights as not only the region’s best amateur team but also the opportunity to compete in the nation’s most prestigious soccer tournament. (Read a recap of their semifinal wins here.) The two squads have a renowned soccer history, with UGH having made it to the U.S. Open Cup finals in 1977 and 1993. 

Eight amateur teams from the U.S. Adult Soccer Association will eventually compete in the U.S. Open Cup alongside 32 other teams, including eight from Major League Soccer. It’s not unheard of for amateur teams to progress deep into the tournament. Last year, the Seattle Sounders won the Cup, and the furthest advancing USASA team was Sonoma County Sol, which lost in the second round against the Portland Timbers of the United Soccer Leagues. The amateur Ocean City Barons of the USL’s Premier Development League – the fourth tier of American soccer – were the most successful local team, surprising many by making it to the third round before losing to D.C. United.

The Phoenix – UGH game will take place at the Phoenix Sports Club at 301 West Bristol Road in Feasterville, Pa. View a map and directions here.

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