Baltimore, Md.—Former UMBC men's soccer standout and current assistant coach Pete Caringi III '14 was named Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Player of the Round after scoring three goals against Fredericksburg FC in the opening round of the tournament. His Christos FC team, comprised of mainly UMBC alums, takes on the Richmond Kickers of the USL in the second round tonight.
"It is great that so many UMBC alums can still play together at a high level," Caringi III said about Christos.
Caringi scored goals in the fourth, 50th and 87th minutes to lead his side to victory. A win tonight for the side could mean a matchup with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and former UMBC great Kay Banjo '15 in the third round.
Former UMBC players on the team include Mamadou Kansaye '15, Geaton Caltabiano '14, Joe Glos '15, Levi Houapeu '15, Phil Saunders '15, Michael Scott '15, Malcolm Harris and Jordan Becker '16. Christos has had a rich history of UMBC alums to don the colors of the team. There have been over 80 UMBC alumni that have played for Christos since the club started in 1997. One of those members is current associate head coach Anthony Adams.
"When I graduated, Towson and Loyola grads had teams full of their alums, but there wasn't anything for UMBC guys. Christos FC became that team and I've been playing with them since 1999 through unlimited, over 30 and now even over 40," Adams said.
To keep up to date with Christos FC and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, head to USSoccer.com and follow the team on Twitter @ChristosFC.