Maryland's Christos FC only amateur team left in U.S. Open Cup

Christos FC, a Maryland-based amateur soccer club, has had an improbable run through the U.S. Open Cup tournament.

Despite facing teams from the United Soccer League and the Premier Development League, Christos FC is the only amateur squad of the 14 remaining.


Next comes a date with a local foe: D.C. United.

On June 13, Christos FC will face the Major League Soccer opponent at the Maryland SoccerPlex in the fourth round of the tournament.


Christos FC opened the U.S. Open Cup with a 3-0 win over Fredericksburg FC on May 10 and defeated the USL's Richmond Kickers, 1-0, a week later.

Geaton Caltabiano, who plays for the Baltimore Blast and attended UMBC, scored the game-winner in that second-round game, but he missed Wednesday's third-round showdown against the PDL's Chicago FC United.

Christos FC weathered his absence, though, as Pete Caringi III connected with Levi Houapeu, two more former UMBC Retrievers, for a score in the opening minute en route to a 1-0 triumph.

The team hopes to continue that momentum against D.C. United, which is 4-7-1 to start the MLS season.