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LA WOLVES AND LA MAQUINA FC TO REPRESENT CAL SOUTH IN THE SECOND ROUND OF THE 2016 US OPEN CUP

May 16, 2016

Cal South-affiliated and US Adult Soccer Association teams LA Wolves and La Maquina FC have earned their berth in the 2016 U.S. Open Cup Second Round that will take place this Wednesday, May 18.

In the First Round of the tournament, the LA Wolves fell 2-1 to fellow Cal South affiliate and USL-PDL side Ventura County Fusion. However, the Fusion violated Section 203(c) of the 2016 tournament that states, “Any player who plays in any part of an Open Cup match for a team, including any match in any Open Division qualifying round, may not be included in the Open Cup roster or play for any other team in the Open Cup competition for that competition year.”

With the findings, US Soccer disqualified the Fusion from this year’s tournament, allowing the Wolves to move on to the Second Round of play.

“Rules are in place for a reason. If they are not there, then it’s going to be a free for all in terms of rosters,” said Wolves President Yan Skwara.

“We have a very good player in our roster, Paolo Cardozo, who played with [LA] Misionarios in the Qualifying Round before coming over to us. We had to make a hard decision, but we had to follow the rules,” the club President added.

In the Second Round of the tournament, the Wolves will now have to face Cal South partner and USL-side Orange County Blues FC. The Wolves are entering the second round match with high spirits, recently earning a strong 6-1 win over FC Hasenthal.

“It’s not a walk in the park; it’s a very hard game, against a pro club,” Skwara said. “We’re an amateur club and they’re a professional club in the USL pro league. We definitely have to bunker down and prepare for our hardest match in our two-year history.”

Orange County’s La Maquina FC also earned their spot in the next round after defeating MLS-affiliate side Portland Timbers U-23 2-0 in the First Round of play. Alejandro Velazquez and Edwin Borboa each scored one goal apiece for the USASA-side’s win.

With the berth in the Second Round of play, La Maquina is now preparing to face yet another northern team, this time facing NPSL-side the Sacramento Gold this Wednesday at Westminster High School at 6 pm.