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Eastern PA US Open Cup final on Saturday

It will be all United Soccer League of Pennsylvania in the Eastern PA US Open Cup qualification final after United German Hungarians prevailed over Predators on Sunday, 1–0.

The game, rescheduled from Sunday, Dec. 2 after rain made the UGH unplayable, was played at YSC Sports in Wayne. The deciding moment proved to come early in the match when Tom Greenawalt, formerly of the Reading Rage, was called for bringing down a UGH player in the box. Before Elsion Pajolarri converted the penalty kick for UGH, Greenawalt argued the call and was sent off and so Predators were not only down a goal but down a man.

The short-handed team fought hard throughout the rest of the match but could not find the back of the net, leaving UGH to advance to the final qualification game.

There they will meet West Chester United, who defeated Cavalla FC in a 2–1 battle last Sunday. Michael Lodge opened the scoring for West Chester in the first half before Dominic Popolizio made it 2–0 in the second half.  Cavalla made it 2–1 in the 73rd minute but could not find the equalizer.

West Chester will host UGH in Saturday’s final. Kickoff is at 2pm. Click here for directions to the game.

Results: US Open Cup Eastern PA Qualification – Quarterfinals – Dec. 9, Dec. 16

West Chester Majors (USLPA) 2–1 Cavalla FC (PSSL) [Game played on Dec. 9]

United German Hungarian Majors (USLPA) 1–0 Predators (USLPA) [Game played Dec. 16 at YSC Sports]

Results: US Open Cup Eastern PA Qualification – Second Round – Dec. 2, 2012

West Chester Majors FC (USLPA) 4–0 Quakertown SC (ICSL)

Salone FC (PSSL) 0–4 Cavalla FC (PSSL)

UGH Majors (USLPA) 3–0 Junior Lone Star FC (PSSL)

Nether United (ICSL) 0–0 Predators (USLPA) — Predators advance after winning 5–4 on penalty kicks

Results:  US Open Cup Eastern PA Qualification – First Round – Nov. 11, 2012

* Cavalla FC defeated Ukrainian Nationals 1–0 on Sunday, Oct. 28.

West Chester Majors
Salone FC
United German Hungarians Majors

Quakertown 3–2 Plymouth Colonials

Mayfair 0–6 Junior Lone Star

Nether United 1–1 Phoenix Majors  – Nether United win 7–6 on penalties

Predators 1–0 Vereinigung Erzgebirge Majors

The USASA will send nine teams to the Open Cup tournament, founded in 1914 as the National Challenge Cup and the oldest national soccer tournament in the US. In 2011, Phoenix SC became the third team from Eastern Pennsylvania in the Pro Era to represent Region I in the Open Cup tournament, following Vereinigung Erzgebirge (1999) and United German Hungarians (2002). In the first round of the tournament, they fell 2–1 to Rochester Rhinos.

In 2012, Jersey Shore Boca, former club of Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Chris Konopka, became the first USASA team from New Jersey in the Pro Era to reach the first round of the US Open Cup where they were defeated 6–0 by PDL side Michigan Bucks.

United German Hungarians finished runners up in the Open Cup in 1977 and 1993.

Past Eastern PA Open Cup champions:
1997: United German Hungarians
1998: United German Hungarians
1999: United German Hungarians*
2000: United German Hungarians
2001: DiPasquale’s
2002: Vereinigung Erzgebirge*
2003: Ukrainian Nationals
2004: Lighthouse SC
2005: Ukrainian Nationals
2006: Ukrainian Nationals
2007: Vereinigung Erzgebirge (Runner-up Ukrainian Nationals also qualified for Region I Finals)
2008: United German Hungarians
2009: Vereinigung Erzgebirge
2010: Phoenix SC
2011: Phoenix SC*
2012: West Chester United Predators

* Qualified for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

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