CAL FC TOPS PORTLAND TIMBERS 1-0 IN OVERTIME IN 3RD ROUND OF US OPEN CUP
May 31, 2012
As reported on www.vcstar.com:
Thousand Oaks-based Amateur Side Cal FC Upsets MLS' Portland Timbers to Extend Historic U.S. Open Cup Run
by Joe Curley - Ventura County Star
May 31, 2012 (Portland, OR) - Artur Aghasyan chipped Troy Perkins on a breakaway in the 95th minute as Thousand Oaks-based Cal F.C. pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the 99-year history of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night in Portland, Ore.
The local amateur side, which currently sits ninth in the 12-team Gran Liga de Oxnard, knocked off the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, 1-0 after extra time, in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup before 5,489 at Jeld-Wen Field.
It is the first time an amateur team from the fifth-tier of the American soccer pyramid has beaten a MLS team on the field, without needing a penalty-kick tiebreaker.
"We got one practice in this week," said U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Eric Wynalda, who coaches Cal F.C. "I don't have the resources to be able to train every day. We've somehow figured out a way to get here and it's nothing short of amazing."
After a scoreless 90 minutes, Cal F.C. playmaker Danny Barrera, despite being sprawled on the grass, played the ball forward to split the Timbers defense and set Aghasyan free.
"How good was that pass from Danny Barrera?" Wynalda asked. "How good is this kid? Can somebody just recognize it?"
Aghasyan, the former Ventura County Fusion and Real Salt Lake forward, calmly finished to tally the first goal scored by an U.S. Adult Soccer Association team against MLS opposition.
Cal F.C. advances to play two-time defending cup holders Seattle Sounders, who eased past the Atlanta Silverbacks 5-1, next week.
"They're just a bunch of kids who needed somebody to believe in them," said Wynalda of his team. "Now they they believe in themselves, which makes it scary."
The upset, as well as Cal F.C.'s run, was backstopped by former Kitsap (Wash.) Pumas and Sounders goalkeeper Derby Carrillo, who made 15 saves to extend his shutout streak in the competition to 300 minutes.
Carrillo also won an 80th-minute battle with Portland forward Kris Boyd, who sprayed a penalty kick over the crossbar one minute after a Cal F.C. player was whistled for a handball in the area.
"We were in the right position," Wynalda said. "Our goalkeeper knew exactly what to do."
Portland, which currently sits in seventh place in the MLS Western Conference, outshot Cal F.C. 37-9.
"There were shots," Wynalda said, "But, there really wasn't anything that made me go 'Ooh.'
"We ran with them. We jumped with them when we had to. We played with them."
The Timbers were victimized by their own errant shooting.
Moments after coming on in the 65th minute, Portland substitute Brent Richards missed a pair of excellent chances a minute apart, shooting over and then heading over from eight yards.
Of course, the penalty kick flew over the bar, as did several chances during the overtime periods.
The response locally and across the country was immediate as "Cal FC" was trending worldwide and in the United States on Twitter.com.
"It's crazy how I played against Cal F.C. just a couple of weeks ago in La Gran Liga and now they're out there beating an MLS team," tweeted Channel Islands High senior Cristian Villa.
With Cal F.C.'s upset coming one day after the Ventura County Fusion hosted another MLS club, Chivas USA, in the third round, Ventura College soccer coach Steve Hoffman called this "the biggest week in the history of soccer in Ventura County."
Behind the Barrera brothers, Danny (Westlake High) and Diego (Thousand Oaks High), the amateur club from the Gran Liga de Oxnard had eliminated defending Premier Development League champion Kitsap and the Wilmington (N.C.) Hammerheads of the United Soccer League's Professional Division to reach the third round of the nation's oldest soccer competition.
With a hand in nearly all six goals, Danny Barrera had earned U.S. Open Cup Player of the Round honors in both matches. Yet his biggest contribution was yet to come.
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Lineups & Stats
TOTAL SHOTS: 37 (Jewsbury, 8); SHOTS ON GOAL: 15 (Alhassan, Boyd, 3); FOULS: 8 (Mosquera, 4); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 11; SAVES: 2
CAL: GK Carrillo, D Gonzalez, D Navarro, D Randolph, D Espinosa, M Manjivar, M Arreola (Rivera, 52), M Cruz (Ferreira, Pa., 72), M Barrera, Di. (Caceres, 52), F Barrera, Da., F Aghasyan
TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Barrera, Da., Ferrreira, Pa., Manjivar, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Gonzalez, Aghasyan, Barrera, Da., 1); FOULS: 9 (Rivera, 3); OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 15
Referee: William Niccolls
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial
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