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Fresno FC at El Farolito in US Open Cup Second Round

May 15, 2019 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Fresno FC News Release

N FRANCISCO - Fresno FC enters the second round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup this Wednesday against El Farolito (NPSL) of San Francisco.

El Farolito defeated Academica SC 2-1 on goals from Miguel Garduna and Leonardo Fredes in the first round two weeks ago. El Farolito is a member of the National Premier Soccer League and has won the U.S. Open Cup in its semi-pro days in 1993 when the club was known as CD Mexico. CD Mexico was founded in 1985.

Fresno FC will compete in the U.S. Open Cup for a second consecutive year. In 2018, Los Zorros defeated Orange County Football Club (2-0) and Sporting Arizona FC (2-1), in the second and third rounds, respectively. Fresno fell in the fourth round to LAFC, 2-0, at Banc of California Stadium.

The winner between El Farolito and Fresno FC advances to the third round on May 29 against the winner between Reno 1868 FC and Sacramento Republic FC. If Fresno wins, they'll play at Sacramento or Reno. If El Farolito wins, they will host their opponent at Boxer Stadium.

Wednesday's match must produce a winner, so if the score is tied after regulation, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played in their entirety. If the score remains tied, a penalty kick shootout will decide the winner.

ABOUT THE OPEN CUP

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has been played since 1914 and is the longest continuously-running soccer competition in the United States. It is a single-elimination tournament open to professional teams and qualifying amateur teams based in the United States. Major League Soccer teams enter the competition in the Fourth Round.

ABOUT EL FAROLITO

El Farolito defeated Academica SC 2-1 on goals from Miguel Garduna and Leonardo Fredes in the first round two weeks ago. Fredes, who also broke his wrist on the play, made SportsCenter's Top 10 for his strike.

El Farolito went down to 10 men when Walter Mazzolatti received his second yellow of the evening at the 55th minute. Academica halved the deficit on Cory Golbad's strike at the 73rd.

El Farolito was founded in 1985 and is a member of the National Premier Soccer League. The club won the U.S. Open Cup in its semi-pro days in 1993 when it was temporarily known as CD Mexico. El Farolito has won nine championships on the city level, which are on display at its namesake restaurant and bar located at 24th and Mission.

RECORDS

Fresno FC: 4W-1L-4D, (16 points, 3rd place in USL West)

El Farolito: 2-3-2 (8 points, 6th place in NPSL Golden Gate Division)

FRESNO AT THE TOURNAMENT

The Foxes are 2-1 all-time in the Open Cup. They won their first two matches in the Cup last year against Orange County FC and Sporting Arizona FC before losing to LAFC in the fourth round at Banc of California Stadium.


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