Union Wins, Advances to Third Round U.S. Open Cup

Published Apr 5, 2023



ROCHESTER, NY (April 4, 2023) - What a night at the Rochester Community Sports Complex as the Flower City Union brought in their first victory of the season! Tonight’s match was a second round match-up against Manhattan SC as part of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. 


The Union dominated possession for a majority of the match with some exciting shots on goal early in the first half. In the 36th minute, Stephen Elias was able to break open the match with a blazing one-timer from outside the 30-yard box! Moments later in the 42nd minute, Elias again found the back of the net, cleaning up a ricochet from the left side, putting the Union up 2-0 at the close of the first half. 


The second half opened with blazing energy and aggression on both sides. Manhattan was able to gain more minutes in possession as Hakim Karamoko netted a goal to cut Union’s lead in half at the 70th minute. Union refused to concede another goal and Alioune Dhiakate made sure of it with a scrappy goal in the 81st minute to place Union ahead, 3-1 and seal the victory. 


The Flower City Union club will be advancing to the third round of the U.S. Open Cup, which will draw the third round opponents on April 6th! Stay tuned for further information regarding our next match in the Cup as second round matches conclude.


In the meantime, the Union is preparing to get the downtown soccer stadium packed for their official Opening Day on May 13th! The Flower City Union will take on the Maryland Bobcats FC and kickoff at 6:00PM. Get General Admission tickets for just $10 using promo code “OpeningNight23” at checkout when you purchase online at


About Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

The U.S. Open Cup is one the oldest cup competitions in the United States, dating back to 1914. The tournament allows for soccer clubs at all levels, from amateur to lower division professional soccer the opportunity to compete at the highest professional level for this prestigious title.


About the Flower City Union Organization

Flower City Union is a community-minded professional soccer club from Rochester, NY currently participating in the National Independent Soccer League (NISA). The club will also be playing several home matches in Syracuse NY, as well as away matches representing Syracuse as Salt City Union in 2023.


The organization also recently announced Flower City 1872, a women’s club playing in the United Women’s Soccer league.


For more information about Flower City Union or to obtain media credentials, please contact media@flowercityunion.


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Flower City Union: @flowercityunion

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Salt City Union: @saltcityunion

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Flower City 1872: @flowercity1872

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