This was Sounders' coach Sigi Schmid's reaction today when asked about the Portland Timbers' 1-0 home loss to Cal FC last night -- a result that brings the amateur side to Tukwila on Tuesday to face the Sounders in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup.
"Obviously it was an interesting game," Schmid said. "It shows what can happen. The game of soccer is cruel sometimes: You can completely dominate the game and not come out with a result. It’s happened to us a couple of times this season, I think, in league. And it happened to Portland. But those are all the experiences you end up going through. For us it’s good, because we get to play at home; don’t have to travel, and it’s always better to play at home."
As for the opposition, Schmid said Cal FC -- a member of the United States Adult Soccer Association -- is an amateur side, but using high-level players that have been on the cusp of MLS. Along the way to the fourth round, they not only beat the MLS Timbers, but also the PDL champion Kitsap Pumas and the USL Pro runners-up Wilmington Hammerheads.
"It’s not a Sunday morning pub team," Schmid said. "It’s not a bunch of guys who roll out of the bar and walk out onto the field to play. These are all guys who still see soccer in their future. Who – even through the team maybe doesn’t train all that much – are training on their own, are staying fit on their own. So from that standpoint it’s not your typical amateur team.
"And then they’ve got players. Derby Carrillo played in goal; he was a goalkeeper that we had up here for all preseason. (Diego) Barrera has been up here on trial. Jesus Gonzalez has been with us on trial during preseason. Those are three players that we’ve looked at from their team. Mike Randolph is somebody that everybody knows: He played for the Timbers, he played for the Galaxy. He was somebody that we considered for a bit when we were looking for a right back. Right there is four players that are guys that everybody’s has an idea about and is aware of."