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After brush with greatness in US Open Cup, Christos FC just wants to have fun

BALTIMORE, Md. -- The fellas of Christos FC do many things well. They coach. They found companies. They are marketers and statisticians. But the two things they do best are play soccer together and drink beers together.

On a recent Friday night, a handful of them were doing the latter. They ostensibly came together on my behalf so I could meet members of the team that reached the fourth round of the 2017 US Open Cup. They even took a 1-0 lead against D.C. United before falling 4-1, the furthest...

U.S. Open Cup is made of more than just magic moments like Christos'

Never mind what happened after the 80th minute -- when D.C. United's professionals were able to draw on their superior conditioning to pull away to a 4-1 win -- the only moment anyone will remember from the day D.C. hosted amateurs Christos FC in the U.S. Open Cup, will be Mamadou Kansaye's free kick in the 23rd minute.

As Kansaye's free kick swept up and over the D.C. wall to open the scoring, a chaotic scramble ensued on the sidelines and on the grass berm behind the D.C. goal, where a neon...