Sounders FC put an end to Cal FC’s U.S. surprising run that the U.S. Open Cup tonight, knocking off the underdogs, 5-0, at Starfire Sports Stadium.
The amateur club from the Los Angeles area had become the story of the competition by knocking off three professional clubs on their way to finally facing the three-time defending Cup champions – a pairing that drew Fox Soccer in for national TV coverage.
Cal kept its Cinderella story going for another half, sticking stubbornly with the Sounders through a scoreless first half. Then, the coach not only turned into a pumkin, but it rolled off a cliff and burst into flames.
Everything changed in the 49th minute when defender Jesus Gonzalez was called for a handball in the penalty area.
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Osvaldo Alonso nailed the penalty kick.
With Cal suddenly forced to try to push forward, Seattle began finding space and taking advantage of it.
In the 58th minute, Montero made it 2-0, running onto a Cordell Cato cross and finishing into a nearly open net.
In the 66th minute, there was a scramble in front of the Cal goal, which Andy Rose finally finished, making it 3-0.
In the 68th minute, Montero nailed a free kick from about 25 yards.
In the 70th, Alonso sent in a screaming volley from about 35 yards.
As the minutes wound down, the crowd of 3,894 chanted “This ain’t Portland,” a taunt to Cal’s third and final victim on its tournament run, following Kitsap of the PDL and Wilmington of USL-Pro.
Cal FC is an amateur club created and coached by former U.S. national team star Eric Wynalda to give players a second chance at professional careers.
The win sends the Sounders forward into a quarterfinal match against the winner of the San Jose-Minnesota match, also tonight.
Seattle returns to MLS action June 16 at Montreal.