LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP Cinderella Cal FC and Sounders move on
CHICAGO - The third round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup wrapped up with two matches on Wednesday, with the three-time defending champion Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer posting a dominant 5-1 victory against the NASL's Atlanta Silverbacks and the Cinderella of the tournament Cal FC upsetting the Portland Timbers 1-0 in overtime.
2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
THIRD ROUND –
Cal FC 1, Portland Timbers 0 OT
The underdog story of this year's tournament, the USASA's Cal FC, continued to forge ahead when forward Artur Aghasyan scored the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the Portland Timbers 1-0 at JELD-WEN Field on Wednesday night.
With the win, Cal FC,, advances to the fourth round of the tournament to face Seattle Sounders FC on Tuesday, June 5. Cal FC is the last of nine USASA clubs remaining in the 2012 U.S. Open Cup.
After 90 minutes, the Timbers and Cal FC entered overtime scoreless despite Portland controlling a majority of the run of play during regulation. In the 95th minute, Cal FC forward Danny Barrera played a through ball from the midfield circle that sent Aghasyan in behind a high-pressed Timbers backline. In a one-on-one with Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins near the top of the penalty area, Aghasyan slipped the ball by and into the back of the net for the decisive goal.
The Timbers had a number of scoring opportunities throughout the match, attempting nearly 40 shots throughout the contest. Portland’s best opportunity to take the lead came in the 80th minute on a penalty kick attempt by forward Kris Boyd. A Cal FC defender was called for a handball inside the box, setting up Boyd’s attempt from the spot; the striker’s hard shot cruised just over the goal.
Cal FC goalkeeper Derby Carrillo recorded 15 saves against the Timbers, including seven during the 30 minutes of overtime.
Seattle Sounders 5, Atlanta Silverbacks1
Sounders FC began its run for a fourth straight Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a third-round win over the Atlanta Silverbacks, 5-1 on Wednesday evening at Starfire Sports Stadium. Seattle will host Cal FC in a fourth-round match at Starfire on Tuesday, June 5.
Seattle scored four second-half goals and set a club record for goals in an Open Cup. Sammy Ochoa scored twice, Osvaldo Alonso scored and assisted, while Andy Rose and Alex Caskey each added a goal.