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Sounders Knock Cal FC Out Of US Open Cup

Posted on 06 June 2012 by Kyle Alm

For a team that no one had heard of a few weeks ago Cal FC have certainly captured the attention of the soccer community in these United States. Their amateur status, the firebrand coach, and roster of misfits and success against established teams in higher leagues, the most recent of which being the Portland Timbers, who were felled by Wynalda’s small axe in dramatic fashion where a MLS Designated Player missed a PK and the lower division side advanced in shoot out.

Seattle Sounders, winners of the last three US Open Cup tournaments, were not taking Cal FC lightly, with the exception of Andy Rose, Alex Caskey, and Sammy Ochoa, the Sounders were all regular starters, and even Rose and Caskey have started for Sounders this season.

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Cal FC employed a similar strategy in Tukwila as they did in Portland, sit back, defend, and look for a break. It would prove less effective than it did a week ago.

A moment of minor controversy in the 12th minute when a handball was awarded for a Sounders free kick just outside the penalty box. There were several appeals for a penalty, but referee Daniel was not hearing it. On replay it looked very clear that the ball was handed very close the 18 yard line, awarding a penalty might have been too harsh, too early.

Cal FC did muster two shots in the first half, one on target that went directly to Bryan Meredith for an easy save in the 17th minute. Sounders took 11 shots and got 2 on target.

Osvaldo Alonso Volley vs Cal FC

Osvaldo Alonso scored a magnificent goal tonight against Eric Wynalda's Cal FC, this volley was from 30 yards. © 2012 American Soccer News Photo by John Crouch

In the second half the Sounders would find their scoring touch, over and over again. Another old adage, sometimes it only takes one goal to get on track offensively. Sounders would find their first goal on a penalty in the 50th minute for a handball in the box, that was much clearer than the decision in the 12th minute. As Osvaldo Alonso stepped up to the spot memories of Kris Boyd’s miss and Sounders frequent difficulties converting PKs may have caused some distress, but the Cuban defector found the corner of the net past a diving Derby Carillo for the first score.

Sounders would not let up over the next 20 minutes as they added four more goals, 2 from Fredy Montero, one from Andy Rose and a spectacular 30 yard volley from Alonso for a brace to put the final goal tally at 5-0.


In the end, Cal FC could not match the quality put on the pitch by Sounders, they had been fortunate in Portland, but their improbable run came to an end. For Eric Wynalda it must be vindicating to have had this historic success, although it is yet another finger stuck into the eye of the soccer establishment that has yet to promote it’s prodigal son to a position of authority in MLS or US Soccer.


UPDATE: Someone finally put this goal on YouTube

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