Update: June 1
Christos FC became the lone amateur side to advance to the fourth round (Round of 32) of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup by defeating Chicago FC United, 1-0, in Illinois on May 31. The squad, laden with UMBC alums, will face MLS side DC United at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. on June 13 at 7:30 p.m.
A pair of former Retriever All-Americans combined on the game's lone goal as Pete Caringi III connected with Levi Houapeu for a score in the opening minute en route to the triumph.
Christos FC opened the U.S. Open Cup with a 3-0 win over Fredericksburg FC on May 10 (see below) and defeated the USL's Richmond Kickers, 1-0, a week later. UMBC's Geaton Caltabiano netted the game's lone goal in that upset in Virginia.
Goalkeeper Phil Saunders, who recorded clean sheets in all three matches, was tabbed Open Cup Player of the Round for both rounds 2 and 3 of the competition.
As the lone remaining amateur team in the competition, Christos FC was awarded the $15,000 prize given to the amateur team to go the farthest in the tournament.
From May 17
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.
"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.