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Sahuaros In the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

Arizona Sahuaros lose 2nd round match in the US Open Cup

The Sahuaros played its 2nd round US Open Cup match on Tues June 22 v the Austin Aztex of USL-1 at House Park in Austin, TX.

The Austin Aztex won the match 3-1 in very humid Austin. Coming off a terrific performance in the first round match, Brad Swenby was called on early to make a save on a PK that resulted from a questionable call. Austin broke through on an intercepted pass in the 35th minute that led to a Peri Merosevic goal. The first half ended with the Aztex leading 1-0.
Ten minutes into the 2nd half, Ireland native Kevin Cornwall took a feed from Alex Lopez and the Sahuaros drew even as Cornwall netted the ball. Cornwall and Lopez also play at Vanguard University and Lopez is a member of the ChivasUSA U-20 team.
The game became a back and forth affair until another defensive error led to Merosevic's 2nd score in the 81st minute. That forced the Arizona team to push forward for the tying goal, but they were caught out in the 89th minute and Merosevic completed a hat trick and sealed the game for the USL-1 team.

Thus ended another good run for the Sahuaros in their 3rd consecutive US Open Cup appearance. Next up for the club is the USASA national championships being held in Overland Park, KS from July 23-25. The Sahuaros will be participating in the U-23 bracket.

Game report from The

Congratulations to coach Orhan Kraja and the entire team on a fine performance!

Arizona Sahuaros win 1st round match in the US Open Cup

The Sahuaros defeated the Ventura County Fusion of the PDL on PK's(4-2) after playing 120 minutes to a 1-1 draw. The match was played at Ventura College in Ventura CA.

Chris Green, Paul LaMarca, Mitch Garcia and Nick DeLeon were the PK goalscorers and Brad Swenby was the Sahuaros keeper.

Arizona Sahuaros qualify for 3rd straight US Open Cup
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(May 10, 2010) Ryan Knapp: After an exhausting five games in three days, Region IV of the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) has submitted their two teams to the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup..

The Arizona Sahuaros and the Bay Area Ambassadors of the NPSL both reached the final of the Region IV tournament and therefore qualified for the tournament. For the Sahuaros, this is their third straight Open Cup appearance and fifth overall in the Professional Era (1995-present). The Ambassadors have not only punched their ticket to the Open Cup but won the entire tournament, defeating the Sahuaros in the final to advance to the USASA National Cup Finals.

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Meet the 2010 Sahuaros - by Jose Romero

Sahuaros In the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

From the U.S. Soccer Communications Center:

Field of 40 Finalized from 150 Teams that Entered Qualifying; First Round Matches Kick Off on June 9

CHICAGO (May 27, 2009) U.S. Soccer has announced the groupings for the first two rounds of the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup which will kick off with first-round matches on Tuesday, June 9, around the country.

All 32 lower division teams will enter the tournament in the first round and have been grouped geographically into eight groups of four teams. The first-round match ups were drawn randomly within the four-team groups, although match ups between teams in the same division were avoided when possible.

The two winners from each group will face off in the second round on June 16, with the winners then advancing to the third round to face the eight qualified Major League Soccer teams. The quarterfinals will be played July 7, the semifinals will be played July 21 or 22, and the final will be played on Sept. 2.

Of the 16 amateur division teams representing the U.S. Adult Soccer Association and the Premier Development League, only two are returning for their second consecutive U.S. Open Cup, with the St. Louis Lions (PDL) and the Arizona Sahuaros (USASA) in the field for a second straight year. The Sahuaros have qualified for three of the last four U.S. Open Cups, the best record of any amateur team during that span.


Meet the 2009 Sahuaros - A terrific read!!!


The Arizona Sahuaros, one of the state's top amateur soccer clubs, faced a team that joined MLS in 2009 and went on to win the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

Meet the 2008 Sahuaros: USASA Region IV Champs

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Sahuaros Defeat BYU in U.S. Open Cup First Round Play

(Phoenix, Ariz.) – The Arizona Sahuaros defeated the BYU Cougars 5-1 this evening to advance to the Second Round of the 92nd Annual Lamar Hunt United States Open Cup.

 After a scoreless first half, the Sahuaros were led by forward Giber Becerra who tallied two goals and one assist.  Also leading the charge was Midfielder Thomas Koskavage who also had a goal and registered two assists.

 The victory advances the Sahuaros, to a Second Round match on Wednesday June 28, 2006 to be held at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.  The opponent will be the Virginia Beach Mariners who participate in the USL’s First Division. 

 With the win, the Sahuaros become the only team from the state of Arizona to advance to the U.S. Open Cup Second Round.

 Game Summary:

Scoring Summary            1            2            FT

BYU                                   0            1            1

Arizona                              0            5            5

 (Arizona Scoring) Kaskavage (53rd), G. Becerra (68th), G. Becerra (73rd-PK), Papa (79th), Papa (88th).  (BYU Scoring) – Trejo (70th –PK)

Game statistics:Shots: AZ: 13, BYU 9; Saves: AZ - 4, BYU-8; Fouls: AZ-10, BYU-9; Offsides: AZ-5, BYU-0; Corners: AZ-6, BYU-2; Cautions: AZ – Haba 49, Sumter 59; BYU – Graham 50. Ejections: None.  Attendance:  832

(Phoenix, Ariz.) – The Arizona  Sahuaros, Arizona’s premiere men’s soccer team, have advanced through the preliminary rounds of the 2006 Lamar Hunt United States Open Cup.  The Sahuaros hosted the Brigham Young Cougars at 7:30 p.m. on June 14, 2006 at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.  The Sahuaros were one of only 34 teams that remained in contention for the United States most prestigious soccer tournament.

The Arizona Sahuaros:  The Sahuaros, coached by Petar Draksin (“Drak”), participate in the USASA (United States Amateur Soccer Association) and have compiled a 2006 record of 4 wins and 1 loss. The Sauharos were NPSL Champions during the 2003 season and finished second in 2004.  The Sauhuaros are the only Arizona based club that has qualified for the US Open Cup, having done so in May while competing in the Region IV Cup where they finished second.  The roster is comprised of both American and International players and has 4 veteran players who have played on the team for at least two seasons including Alex Fonseca a former professional player from Brazil.  The midfield is lead by Giber Becerra (Mexico), Daniel Sabillon (Honduras) and Thomas Kaskavage who is competing in his 4th season in a Sahuaro uniform.  Rodolfo “Fito” Collazo leads the defense anchored by GK’s Franco Carotenuto and Marvin Hypolite (Trinidad & Tobago).

The Brigham Young Cougars:  The team, coached by Chris Watkins, is participating in its fourth season in the PDL (Professional Development League) Northwest Division.  They wear blue and white, just like Brigham Young University. They have the same mascot. They play home games at the school's soccer stadium. The roster is populated exclusively with BYU students. Their head coach has an office in the athletic department.  But – and here's the important part – they're not a college soccer team, or at least not in the traditional sense.  BYU returns six starters, including three players who each saw over 1,200 minutes of action in 2005.  The team is lead by midfielder Brock Trejo and forward Steve Magleby.  Defensively, they are lead by H. VanWagenen who played in all 16 games during the 2005 campaign.


3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ

(Phoenix, Ariz.) - El equipo masculino de fútbol de Arizona, los Arizona Sahuaros, pasaron la ronda preliminar del Abierto de Fútbol de los Estados Unidos del 2006 (2006 Lamar Hunt United States Open Cup).  Los Sahuaros recibirán a los Pumas de Brigham Young, el 14 de Junio del 2006 en las instalaciones de Grand Canyon University en Phoenix a las 7:30 pm. Sahuaros es uno de los 34 equipos que quedan con aspiraciones al título del torneo de fútbol mas prestigioso de los Estados Unidos.

Los Arizona Sahuaros: Los Sahuaros, dirigidos por Petar Draksin (“Drak”) participan en el USASA (por sus siglas en inglés: United States Amateur Soccer Association) y llevan un record de 4 ganados y 1 perdido. Los Sahuaros fueron los campeones de la liga NPSL en la temporada del 2003 y terminaron segundos en el 2004.  Sahuaros es el único equipo que ha entrado al U.S. Open Cup, cuando compitió en Mayo en la Copa de la Región IV donde terminó segundo. La plantilla esta compuesta de jugadores americanos e internacionales. Varios de estos jugadores son veteranos con el equipo, donde han jugado las últimas temporadas. En el equipo hay varios jugadores para destacar: El medio campo esta liderado por Giber Becerra de México y Alex Fonseca de Brasil, quien jugó profesional en su país antes de integrarse a los Sahuaros uno años atrás. Otros jugadores que se destacan son Daniel Sabillon de Honduras y Thomas Kaskavage de los Estados Unidos en el medio Campo.  La defensa esta liderada por Rodolfo “Fito” Collazo de México y respaldada por los arqueros Franco Carotenuto y Marvin Hypolite (de Trinidad y Tobago).

Los Pumas de Brigham Young: El equipo, dirigido por Chris Watkins participa en la Division Noroeste de la Liga PDL (por sus siglas en inglés: Professional Development League). Ellos son los campeones de su división.  Sus jugadores hacen parte de la Universidad de Brigham Young, en Utah. El equipo es liderado por el medio campista Brock Trejo y el delantero Steve Magleby.

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