New York Pancyprian Freedoms (N.Y., Open Division) 0, Jersey Express (PDL) 1
In the final Second Round match of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Chris Karcz picked out Ansger Otto for the lone goal in the 81st minute of Jersey Express’s 1-0 victory against New York Pancyprian Freedoms. With the win, Jersey Express advances to the Third Round for the second straight year where they will face New York Cosmos on June 1.
Jersey Express (PDL) at New York Pancyprian Freedoms (Open Division)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. ET; Belson Stadium at St. John’s University; Jamaica, N.Y.
Jersey Express Previous Appearances (Best Finish): Third appearance (Third Round: 2015)
New York Pancyprian-Freedoms Previous Appearances: Fourth appearance (Pro-Era); Won three U.S. Open Cup championships outside the Professional Era, lifting the Dewar Trophy in 1980, 1982 and 1983.
- Jersey Express used a pair of penalty kicks to defeat Clarkstown SC Eagles 2-1 in first round play on May 11.
- Making their third-straight appearance in the tournament, Jersey Express qualified via an At-Large berth after finishing 8-3-3 in the PDL last season.
- New York Pancyprian-Freedoms advanced to the second round by virtue of a pair of goals from Yanick Reyering in the team’s 2-1 defeat of New York Red Bulls U-23 on May 11.
- New York Pancyprian-Freedoms qualified after defeating rivals New York Greek Americans 4-2 in extra time on October 17, before defeating Jersey Shore Boca 2-1 on November 14.