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Sounders one of eight MLS clubs to advance; Timbers one of eight MLS clubs to tumble

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on May 30, 2012 at 11:49 pm with 5 Comments »
May 31, 2012 12:07 am

Only half 16 MLS clubs that joined the U.S. Open Cup in the third round will stick around to be part of the fourth.

Seven of the 14 MLS teams that played on Tuesday advanced. And then the proportion repeated Wednesday, when Sounders FC beat Atlanta 5-1, but the Timbers fell to amateur club Cal FC in Portland.

Those latter results set up a fourth-round match in which Cal FC will visit Starfire at 7 p.m. Tuesday to meet the Sounders. Ticket information is expected later today.

The result from Portland wasn’t in last night when we talked to the Sounders after their win. However, several Sounders commented on what a rough Tuesday it had been for their league.

Coach Sigi Schmid: You never know what happens in these games. I watched a lot of the games last night. I watched part of Columbus’ game, I saw Dallas’ game in parts, I saw Chicago’s game, so I saw a lot of teams and these teams are going to come and battle. If [Alex] Caskey doesn’t respond with the third goal after they make it 2-1, maybe the game changes a little bit.”

Sammy Ochoa: “We just try to worry about ourselves, play the way we know how to play and just work from there.”

Jeff Parke: “I know man, geez. I got up this morning and saw that seven teams went down. You keep thinking to yourself that you know it’s going to be a tough game, but it’s important that we take this tournament seriously. We want to come out here and win and get back in the (Champions League) or win another trophy because this is our tournament and we’re the ones to try and get the trophy again.”

Alex Caskey: “I came from a lower division team last year, and these teams are motivated. The level of competition is pretty good, so you have to bring out your best play to beat them.”

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  1. derekyoung says:

    Probably the best thing I’ve seen in soccer, maybe in any sport, was Portland losing to Cal FC last night. In case you weren’t aware, Cal FC is an amateur club playing at the USASA level. Basically they’re a very good beer league team. This one happens to be former pros and guys that missed USL signings put together by Wynalda, but they’ve only played together for about two months and are barely able to practice once a week. Portland had a ton of shots, including a missed PK, but their keeper (who played with Kitsap last year) was able to handle it or they sailed high.

    So now we’ll play this Cal FC club next week. The thing is, I’m not sure if they can afford to get up here. They were wearing kinda thrown together kits because MLS refused to allow them to wear the Fire handmedowns they had planned to use.

    Amazing story. Too bad we’ll have to end it.

  2. elmocatt says:

    The perfect set of results – we win and PDX loses.

    Here is how the Oregonian described it “The loss was is an unmitigated disaster for owner Merritt Paulson, general manager Gavin Wilkinson, head coach John Spencer and the players.”

    And this is not the first time that the Timbers have choked in the Cup. Back in the USL days, they lost to a similar SoCal amateur outfit, Hollywood FC, when they were supposed to advance to face the USL Sounders. History repeats itself!

    Cannot wait to see the Tiffos for our MLs matchup with Portland – given their total cup failures over the years.

  3. Don Ruiz says:

    Nice posts, gents. And Derek, I liked your summation enough where I’ve elevated it into a new post above. Thanks as always.

  4. Don Ruiz says:

    By the way, EC, I believe those Sounders went on to beat HFC, 6-0.

  5. derekyoung says:

    Thanks DR. Had I known I would have proofread for typos. :)

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